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Executive and Senior Leadership

FSA Health & Wellbeing is one of six service streams within our governing organisation Family Services Australia. The executive and senior leadership group listed here ensure delivery of our organisational goals.

Gary Jackson

Managing Director & Company Secretary


Enjoying 28years as a C-Level Executive, Company Secretary, Director & Chairman.  Gary has held offices of CEO & Chairman, an Executive Director of Health, Disability & Employment Services Group Advisory Boards, Chair of Clinical Governance Committees & Expert Industry Advisory Panels.

Gary has chaired Group Finance, Audit & Risk Committees and been a Management Committee Member & Treasurer of an International Charity. Gary has had 17 recent years in NFP NGO Human Services incl. Intl Development, Health, Disability, Medical Research, Mental Health, Allied Health, Child Protection, Child Safety, Education, Employment, Disability, Housing, Community & Professional Services.

Sharlene Beikoff

General Manager, Community Services


Sharlene holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology), is a qualified Lead Auditor, is completing a Diploma of Quality Auditing and a Masters in Social Work.  She is passionate about assisting organisations to create quality systems and to identify, design and implement innovative services that support and enhance opportunities for people in the community.

With over 12 years senior leadership experience in the Employment, Education, Health and Community Services industries, Sharlene brings fresh ideas from her experience in Quality Management, Risk Management, Program Management, Project Management, Contract Compliance, Change Management and People Management.

Sharlene has experience developing and implementing International and Australian Standards, such as Human Service Quality Standards, Disability Service Standards, Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001), Risk Management Standards (AS/NZS4360), Client Feedback Systems (AS ISO 10002-2006), Compliance Frameworks (AS 3806-2006) and International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing (Standards).

Brett Fahey

Operations Director


Brett holds a Cert IV in Training and Assessment, Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare), Cert IV Frontline Management and Master of Business Administration (MBA).  Brett is passionate about selfless service for others and well aligned to FSA’s values of Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Empowerment (CARE) with Integrity and Positivity.

With over 20 years progressive leadership experience in community services, Brett has enjoyed 15 years work with Greenacres Disability Services and more recently 10 years with Mission Australia, joining FSA as a member of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT).

Rebecca Hardy

Finance Manager, Corporate Services


With over 20years experience, Bec holds a BBus., MPA and is a qualified CPA professional with an extensive range of management and operational skills that have been successfully applied in branded international and domestic organisations of significant scale.

Bec has enjoyed senior finance roles with staff and systems development experiences not limited to local government, Socrates Distributors, Marriott, Accor Asia Pacific, Emirates, International Hotels Group and Best Western Australia.

With a career ambition to support community service needs for children, young people, adults and families Bec joins FSA  at an exciting time of scale and growth.

Lisa Frost

Executive Assistant, Community Engagement


Joining FSA from Barnardos, Communities for Children program Lisa has enjoyed a 20year career in community services, environment and sport administration, customer service, operations and 8years as a volunteer Teachers Aid.

At FSA Lisa enables internal and external stakeholders to deliver outstanding community support and engagement services in NSW and QLD, while supporting the work of the Managing Director and Company Secretary and broader Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and Senior Leadership Group (SLG).

Lisa is a key organisational and NGO sector support in the launch of the inaugural Family Services House, Illawarra-Shoalhaven Community Services Hub and its multi-disciplined service stream expansion for community continuity of care that has been secured by FSA on 30year terms.

Joe Vidakovic

Information Technology Manager


Joe joins FSA with over 20 years industry experience, continuous leadership and education in various roles within the private, government and non-for-profit sectors, providing a wealth of knowledge and innovation.

Holding a foundation Master of Information Technology Management, Cert IV in Training and Assessment, Train The Trainer, Microsoft SCCM and an Advanced Diploma in Business (Information Technology), Joe has pursued further education in Microsoft Azure, Managing O365, and as a PRINCE2 Practitioner.

Stevie-Rae Kirkland

Clinical Lead, Chair of Central Triage
FSA Psychology


Stevie is a registered psychologist who has experience working with children, adolescents and families from a variety of backgrounds within the Illawarra region.  Stevie has been involved with Warehouse One7 for the past five years, following graduation from the University of Wollongong.

Stevie’s work has encompassed individual and group psychological support, as well as establishing strong community network connections in the service of holistic client care. Stevie has a particular interest in assisting individuals and families experiencing difficulties with anxiety, low mood and autism spectrum disorder.

Stevie works with the focus of assisting people to hold healthy perceptions of themselves, and strengthen their relationships and connectedness with those in their world through an attachment-based intervention.

Mathew Aquilina

Service Manager, Relief Chair of Central Triage

FSA Psychology


Mathew is a registered psychologist and board approved clinical supervisor with experience assisting children, adolescents, adults, and families in individual and group therapies. Mathew is interested in working with anxiety, trauma, and attachment based difficulties in young people. Mathew has completed training in Circle of Security, ACT, CBT, and Schema Therapy models of intervention. Mathew has had experience running a number of group programs with FSA Psychology, as part of external agencies, and in the local community. Notably, he developed a resilience- and emotion-focused program for boys at a local high school. Mathew continues to enjoy work with boys and young men particularly and is passionate about early intervention in shaping men's understanding of and attitude towards mental health issues. He is also passionate about the training and supervision of provisional and early career psychologists.

Megan Blacker

Clinical Services Manager

Head to Health


Megan is a registered psychologist who has experience working with adolescents, adults, families, drug and alcohol, suicidal and self-harming behaviours. She works collaboratively with the child or young person and their families using a variety of different treatments that are client centred and strength based. She has a special interest in trauma work and mindfulness practice. Megan is also an approved Victims' Services counsellor.

Nikki Beaver

Quality and Innovation Manager


Nikki has enjoyed a progressive 17-year career in quality assurance, risk management, audit, compliance and employment services.  Joining FSA at an exciting time of growth Nikki will draw from her extensive NGO experience and positive family values.  Nikki holds a Diploma and Risk Management and Business Continuity, Diploma in Legal Services, has completed NAPCAN training in Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, NSW Ombudsman Responding to Child Protection Allegations Against Employees and is currently studying a Diploma in Risk Management and Business Continuity.

Tonia Towpich

Practice Leader,
Intensive Family Preservation


Holding a Bachelor of Social Work and Diploma of Community Services, Tonia joins FSA with 15 years’ experience in the community service sector. Tonia has worked in the area’s of early intervention/child protection, homelessness services and specialist domestic violence services for various organisations in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven. Tonia is passionate about supporting her team to utilise the strengths of families to overcome adversity and hardship. Tonia’s favourite thing about being a leader is celebrating the achievements of clients and she is inspired by her team’s passion for their work.

Fiona Murphy

Practice Leader,
Domestic & Family Violence


With over 10years with FSA, Fiona previously enjoyed a career in supporting community service organisations including Community Health, Darcy House, Cringila HACC Centre and Citylife Community Initiatives.

Fiona has coordinated a local community kitchen for over 10years and also worked in community development programs in Vietnam.  Fiona has been a part of the FSA team Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) service stream and the Staying Home Leaving Violence (SHLV) Program since its inception in 2010.

Fiona is passionate about making a difference in the local community and assisting the disadvantaged to reach their potential.

Suzi Francis

A/G Practice Leader
Early Intervention


Suzi is focused on supporting vulnerable families, especially working alongside her Team to ensure the best outcome for the families and children we are privileged to work with.

Suzi has worked as a Human Resources Specialist however felt that her qualities as a compassionate and caring person were more suited to a career in Community Services.  She obtained her Diploma in Community Services and commenced with Family Services Illawarra in 2010.

Her new role co-ordinates family referrals to ensure families receive practical support, case management and access to specialised help. This compliments her extensive experience with facilitating parenting programs to ensure parents and carers build positive and stronger relationships with their children.

She is currently studying a Bachelor of Social Science, majoring in Behavioral Studies & values learning to enhance her personal development and leadership.

Craig Bloxsome

Aboriginal Community Engagement Coordinator


Craig joined Family Services through its Intensive Family Preservation (IFP) Program in the Illawarra-Shoalhaven region.  At Family Services, Craig has been a selfless team first leader, applying his skills as a registered Circle of Security Parent Educator, The Sanctuary Model Trauma and Attachment Trainer.

Craig has completed FaCS Mandatory Reporting Training and Structured Decision Making; ACWA Effective Casework and Management, Accidental Counsellor and Workplace Health and Safety Training; ACCYO Safeguarding Children Training; UNSW Indigenous Pre Law Program and Anglicare Leadership 101 experience.

Craig has enjoyed further Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Functional Behaviour Analysis Training, Domestic Violence Assessment and Victims Services Training, together with that as a Suicide Prevention Intervention Strategies Facilitator in regional primary schools.

In a human services career spanning 27years Craig has supported Aboriginal Community Engagement as a respected community contributor and is a Deadly Award’s, Triple Finalist 2010-2012 Health Worker of the Year.

Craig’s community service work has included that of House Manager of Respite Accommodation and Aboriginal Foster Care on the South Coast NSW; Senior Youth Worker, Barnardos; FaCS Case Worker; South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation; Therapeutic Residential Care Leader, Anglicare Tasmania; Brighter Futures Team Leader, CareSouth and he was an Aboriginal Specialist for NSW Housing.

Brooke Askew

Coordinator & Workplace Wellbeing Lead
Child, Youth & Family Support


Brooke has enjoyed an 18+ year career in the Child and Family sector, with 7 of those years being a part of the FSA team.

Brooke’s passion for Wellness and Self Care has always been at the forefront of her work with both her clients and staff, which lead her to design, develop and facilitate the in-house staff Workplace Wellbeing Program which was rolled out in 2019.

Brooke holds a Bachelors degree in Social Science (Behavioural Science) and Early Childhood Education and an Adv Dip in Counselling which underpins her more recent role as Coordinator Early Intervention (Child Youth and Family Service) supporting staff across three FSA sites; Shellharbour, Nowra and Ulladulla.

Brooke’s leadership style has a strong focus on staff wellbeing, balance, debriefing and reflection, which ties in seamlessly with the Workplace Wellbeing Program which she continues to play an active role in.

With extensive experience as a Family Support Worker, a Group Facilitator, an Educator and a Mother, Brooke knows all too well the importance of taking care of yourself in order to be able to care for others. She believes that working alongside vulnerable families in the community to support sustainable change for children is a privilege and one that requires heart, reflection and empathy; it is for this reason that at any given chance you will find Brooke swimming in the ocean, running for “fun”, playing with her children or grabbing coffee with her friends.

Jodie McLerie

Practice Leader

Employment Services


With over 15 years in the Employment Services industry, Jodie brings to FSA her experience and knowledge in developing and leading performance driven individuals and teams.  Jodie holds Diploma’s in Leadership and Management, Community and Human Services and Certifications in Frontline Management, Community Services and Business.

With a passion for the Human Services Sector, Jodie works from a values-and strengths-based approach to ensure that the service develops and fosters quality relationships in the communities in which we operate.

As Practice Leader of our Workforce Australia Enhanced Services contract, Jodie will utilise her wealth of experience and knowledge to deliver strong practice and high performance within FSA’s Employment Service Stream.

Kezia Tennant

Practice Leader

Disability Employment Services


Kezia commenced with FSA in July 2018 bringing 13 years’ experience within the disability employment and human services sector. Through collaborative partnership with AfterCare, Kezia has been the lead specialist in Delivering PHaMs Employment Programs, supporting people throughout the greater Ipswich and Goodna areas to overcome mental health concerns, address non-vocational barriers and improve social and economic participation through re-entry into the workforce.

During her time as a Community Support Consultant and Regional Manager at FSA, Kezia has provided valuable leadership to our growing DES team and specialist community engagement that has enabled the delivery of Individual Placement Support, achieving whole of life outcomes for our DES clients and building strong relationships with local employers and community stakeholders.

As FSA’s Program Lead, Kezia will continue her work within the community identifying areas of need within our four Employment Service Areas and strategise how best FSA can provide assistance and relief to those in need.

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