ECLC has a highly professional, multitalented and passionate team of staff, and 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

Interim Director Partnerships & Community Development: Peter Gartlan

Managing Lawyer (Inner East): Deborah Miller

Managing Lawyer (Outer East): Galit Aflalo

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

Manager, Partnerships & Community Development (Outer East): Kate Gibson

Manager, Major Projects: Marika Manioudakis

Manager, Quality and Evaluation: Donna Askew

Manager, Finance: Michael Woollard


Intake & Administration

Senior Intake/Administration Officer (Outer East & Yarra Ranges): Holly

Senior Intake/Administration Officer (Inner East): Louise



Kelsey (SAGE Family Violence Team)




Community Lawyers and Advocates

Anita Koochew

Anita Di Santo

Connie Chen

Kate Gustke

Kathleen O’Callaghan

Lauren Gordon

Marissa Johnpillai

Sara Molenaar

Shasheema Ruwanpathirana (Sort It! Migration Agent – MARN 1574896)


Co-ordinators & Projects

Community Development (Inner East): Iresha Buthgamuwa

Community Development (Outer East): Fadak Alfayadh

Deakin Student Legal Service: Jacinta Maloney

Elder Abuse Prevention: Teresa Donegan

Enhanced Entry Program: Sharon Villanueva

Executive Assistant & Communications: Naomi Hynes

SAGE Family Violence Team: Ruth Howland

Financial Counsellor (FMC Mediation): Diane Debell

MABELS: Anita Koochew

Shared Services: Kelsey

Shared Services: Stephanie

Yarra Ranges: Anita Koochew

YRIPP (CMY): Susan Hillman-Stolz

Page updated April 18, 2018
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