ECLC has a highly professional, multitalented and passionate team of staff. The Centre’s employed staff work with a dedicated team of over 100 volunteers.

Each team member plays an important role in helping our community.

Management Team

Chief Executive Officer: Michael Smith

Director Legal Services & Principal Lawyer: Belinda Lo

Director People & Shared Services: Katiana Velcek

Director Partnerships & Community Development: Sonia Vignjevic

Managing Lawyer (Inner East): Deborah Miller

Managing Lawyer (Outer East): Amanda McAnuff

Manager, Partnerships & Community Development (Inner East): Suresh Ramachandraiah

Manager, Partnerships & Community Development (Outer East): Jacqui D’Sylva

Manager, Major Projects: Marika Manioudakis

Manager, Finance: Michael Woollard


Intake & Administration

Senior Intake/Administration Officer: Holly




Kelsey (SAGE Family Violence Team)




Community Lawyers and Advocates

Anita Koochew

Anita Di Santo

Connie Chen

Demelza-Rose Gale

Gavin Wiltshire

Kate Gustke

Kathleen O’Callaghan

Sara Molenaar

Chrissy Andrews (Tenant Advocate)

Ruth Thomas (Family Violence Advocate)


Co-ordinators & Projects

Communications: Abby McCarthy

Community Development (Inner East): Iresha Buthgamuwa

Deakin Legal Service for Students: Jacinta Maloney

Elder Abuse Prevention: Kaz Mackay

Enhanced Entry Program: Sharon Villanueva

Executive Assistant & Communications: Naomi Milnes

SAGE Family Violence Team: Sarah Smethurst

Financial Counsellor (FMC Mediation): Zoe Leishman

MABELS: Anita Koochew

Shared Services: Kelsey

Shared Services: Stephanie

Yarra Ranges: Anita Koochew

YRIPP (CMY): Susan Hillman-Stolz


Page updated April 18, 2017
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