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Staff Bios


Vicki Sherry - CEO
B. Ec.

After an extensive career in the Information and Technology industry, including her last tenure with IBM for 18 years, Vicki joined SCW in January 2015. Bringing a wealth of experience in getting the best out of teams and delivering on goals, Vicki brings passion and skills in leading SCW towards professional and sustainable practice. With an interest in empowering and managing teams, and mentoring business leaders, Vicki loves working with people to bring out their best.  Vicki has a heart for reaching the community and bringing God’s love in a practical way, and is delighted to be able to use her skills in building and expanding the capabilities of SCW, all while bringing humour and compassion into almost every situation.


Robert Boardman - Clinical Director & Psychologist

B.A. (psych) PG Dip (psych) B Min (Morling) Cert IV TAA

Robert has a wealth of experience working with people at all stages in life. He has a focus on facilitating change within people, their relationships, and looking at the things they want to get better at. Deeply rooted in positive psychology and with over 20 years applying CBT and Systemic techniques, Robert has developed a strong career in both building the best in people, and facilitating professional development of workers across the Social Services sector. He has developed and delivered numerous workshops specialising in coaching, and mental health issues, as well as presented at various conferences around Australia. With a specialisation in couples as well as adults,

Robert brings a blend of theory and pragmatism to those with whom he works. Slightly odd, occasionally funny, and a committed Christian, Robert is excited to see people from all backgrounds and experiences of life live their best life now!

Karlyn Johns - Support Services Team Leader

B.SocS, CMSA Member

Karlyn Johns has over 20 years’ experience working with marginalized individuals in the Community Welfare Sector. She is a Certified Practising Case Manager and holds a degree in Social Science, Community Welfare, and Mediation, she is currently a member of the Case Management Society of Australia. With a career spanning a range of areas from providing case management and advocacy to young people who are chronically homeless or at risk of homelessness, to assisting those with complex care needs around mental health or addictive behaviours,  Karlyn has extensive experience in constructing client centred case plans and works uniquely with individuals to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Karlyn is extremely passionate about working with those who do not fit into other services criteria, as well as working with homeless people or those at risk of becoming homeless.  She is our Team leader in the Support Services program.  The program supports such presentations as addictions, dual diagnosis, homelessness, chronic unemployment, self-harm, trauma, and more. 

Janet Hayes - Practice Manager

Janet joined Southern Community Welfare at the start of 2010 in the role of Office Administration. As the first point of call for all clients, she enjoys making the process as simple as possible whilst taking the time to listen with compassion and understanding to the individual needs of each client. Janet will assist clients to find the most appropriate counsellor or redirect them to another service in their area. With a background in Fashion Design, she exudes joy and compassion and is at the heart of everything we do.


Kerry Moss, Community Programs Manager

BSc (Psychology), Grad Dip Counselling, Workplace Training and Assessment

Trained Facilitator - Circle of Security, Tuning into Teens, Rock and Water programs


Kerry began at Southern Community Welfare in 2004 in child, family and individual counselling.  From that role, she began to develop resources and programs with a vision for strong, healthy family relationships and individuals.  Kerry is the author of two of the books in our Mr Jitters series, targeting anxiety in children.  Over the years, she has researched and developed various programs to promote resilience in schools and individuals, parents and promoting positive well-being. It is Kerry’s passion to encourage and motivate individuals and families to understand themselves, build strength into their relationships to overcome the difficulties of life and create opportunities for meaningful and joyful interactions. Kerry is always looking for the opportunity to deliver ​group programs and talks to ​inspire new thinking, encourage discussion and make lasting changes.


Linda Salem - Senior Child and Family Therapist & Clinical Practice Lead
Clinical Psychologist                                 
B.Sc (Hons), M.Psychol (Clinical) , MAPS, ACPA

Linda is a trained Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience working with children and families presenting with a broad range of emotional and behavioural problems. If you need to see change in your children or family dynamics then Linda is quite simply one of the best in the sector. Linda works from behavioural family systems model to help facilitate change within the family.  Linda is also a supervisor for post-graduate clinical training in the area of child and adolescent mental health at the University of New South Wales. Linda is a committed Christian, loves teaching scripture in her local schools, is a children’s ministry worker in her local church leading children’s groups, parenting groups and is a consultant on children’s camps for children undergoing adversity.

Kate Brown - Speech Pathologist & Communications Specialist

B.App. Sc (Speech Pathology), M.A. (Human Communication Disorders), CPSP

Kate is a speech pathologist with over 30 years’ experience working with children, adolescents and adults with speech and language impairments.  Kate’s areas of special interest include learning disabilities, developmental and adult literacy, communication support for people with developmental disabilities including cerebral palsy and autism spectrum disorder, and applied behavioural analysis for communication impairments.  Her approach to intervention is to use current and traditional best practice tailored to the needs of the individual and their families and carers.

Combining her skills in implementing applied behavioural analysis with a desire to see everyone improve their communication skills and improve their social functioning, Kate is actively enabling children and adults to build the capacity to overcome barriers and achieve their goals. NDIS registered and passionate about bringing change, sessions may also be available for Medicare rebates.


Jasmin Vanderjagt - Case Manager

B.A SocS, M.A Social Work, Assoc. Dip. Social Welfare, Cert. IV Training and Assessment, AASW, ATA

Jasmin has recently joined Hopefield as a Child and Family Case Manager. She has a special interest in families, and is passionate about providing client centered, strengths-based support those who come to the service. Her extensive 30 years working in the frontline has included support and advocacy for those that have experienced family breakdown, trauma, addictions, mental illness, or homelessness.  This experience, along with the strong desire to empower, encourage and motivate children and their families, ensures the provision of professional, empathic support, assessments and interventions.

The last few years has seen Jasmin practicing in a variety of fields, with some highlights being Child and Family Case Manager in a Humanitarian Resettlement program, Domestic Violence Community Group Facilitator, Child Counselor/Family Therapist for children experiencing court ordered family divorce counselling, and Child and Family Case Worker at Villawood Detention Centre.


Sue Chin – Clinical Counsellor

B SocSc (Psychology), Grad Dip Counselling, PACFA Reg. Clinical

Sue is a registered clinical counsellor and member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.  She joined Southern Community Welfare in 2016.    

Sue has a special interest in relationship problems, trauma and grief, and works with individuals, couples and families experiencing difficulties in these areas.  She has also worked extensively with women who have experienced trauma and loss through domestic violence.  In addition to this, Sue enjoys working with people to thrive and grow through challenging changes in their lives, and has 20 years experience in facilitating change and developing people in large multi-national corporations.  

Sue works from a strengths-based and person-centered framework, applying Solution-Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy interventions to help people achieve the positive change/s they want in their relationships and within themselves.

Christina Comely

MPhil, BSc (hons) psychology.

Registered psychologist and accredited Chaplaincy Team Member with Chaplaincy Australia. 

Christina has been a psychologist since 2004 working in private practice, within the criminal justice system and in organisational psychology. She has worked with adolescents and adults presenting with depression and anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, cannabis abuse, crystal methamphetamine abuse, alcohol and other drug (AOD) dependency, trauma, workplace issues and other general mental health conditions.

Christina uses  a number of modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Religiously-integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (RCBT).  RCBT integrates a client’s pre-existing faith into therapy and recognises the strength faith in God brings to a client’s recovery.  It is suitable for clients who may have felt psychology conflicted with their faith.  Christina also has training and experience in running group programs.  


Esther Pratten

BSc (hons) psychology.

Esther is a provisionally registered Psychologist who joined the Southern Community Welfare (SCW) team in early 2018. She completed an undergraduate and Honours degree in psychology at the University of New South Wales, with a focus on research in motivation and learning behavior. Esther works from an evidence-based treatment framework and a Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) perspective in order to treat a wide range of psychological issues and disorders. Esther is continuing to develop her psychological skills at SCW and is contributing to ongoing research and development of our services.

Esther is passionate about working alongside people to help them face and overcome difficulties in a more constructive way, moving forward to a full, rich and fulfilling life. She also has a particular interest in psychometric assessment, offering a range of cognitive tests assessing both learning potential and acquired skills in adults and young people.





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