Debbie Notara (Chair)

Commenced March 2017

Debbie has been a social worker for over 40 years working on the Central Coast as a feminist counsellor, group worker and in community development having worked for the Department of Health, TAFE, Department of Education, small non-for-profit organisations, Local Council and also in private practice as a counsellor. Debbie worked for CCCWHC for 4 years as a Health Worker/Counsellor in the late 1990s where she discovered her commitment to meeting women’s holistic health needs. Having completed a Bachelor of Social Work (UNSW) and a research Master of Social Science (UON) focusing on body image dissatisfaction in women, Debbie has taught Social Work students at the University of Newcastle and supervised Social Work student placements from a range of Universities. She has been a full time and part time teacher with TAFE for over 30 years retiring at the end of 2020. Debbie has previously served on the Board of Central Coast Family Support and ARAFMI. She was a CCCWHC Board staff representative (1996 – 1998) and then an ex-officio on the Board while with TAFE (2006 – 2008). Debbie has held the position of Chair since October 2018.

Carole Davidson (Vice Chair)

Commenced September 2014

Carole has been a Case Manager in Aged and Disability services for the past 25 years including running her own business in the same field for the past 10 years working with women experiencing domestic violence as well as other health and disability issues.  During this time, Carole gained great insight into financial responsibility and an understanding of the needs of women on the Central Coast having lived here for 28 years. Carole has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology, Diploma of Community Services (Case Management) and certificates in Dementia Care and Mental Health. Being a passionate feminist, Carole is working for the empowerment of women and girls in organisations including Soroptimist International, Older Women’s Network and Central Coast Against Domestic Violence.  Carole has served on the Board as Vice Chair and Chair of People and Culture Committee and is a passionate advocate of the CCCWHC’s work.

Celina Farrell – (Treasurer)

Commenced May 2019

Celina is a senior marketing executive with more than 20 years experience in business leadership, financial management and fundraising. She has held senior executive roles at Scholastic, Woolworths and Sanitarium before founding Central Coast digital agency – maxemus Digital Marketing. As a result of her career achievements and commitment to supporting non-profit organisations, the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI) awarded her with CPM (Certified Practicing Marketer) status. Celina’s passion for social justice and gender equality fuels her pursuit of lasting solutions to complex social problems. As a strong advocate for supporting women returning to the workforce via remote roles, Celina developed a fully distributed team at maxemus – working with communities, businesses and individuals who understand that work is what we do, not where we go. She feels privileged to empower women in rural and regional communities to access the career they want, from wherever they live, in order to achieve financial independence.  Celina’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Business, and Graduate Diplomas in Digital Marketing and Leading Change. Celina brings her contemporary business expertise, feminist values and creative thinking to the Board of CCCWHC to help it to continue to grow its valuable services and maintain strong risk management for the benefit of all women living on the Central Coast.

Shayne Silvers (Director)

Commenced May 2017

Shayne has lived on the Central Coast for 29 years working across a number of different areas in the humanities sector. Shayne’s experience includes both hands-on and managerial responsibilities in pregnancy counselling, working with long-term unemployed, community development projects, homelessness, domestic and family violence, addictions, mental health and working with youth.    Shayne has a Bachelor of Social Science and Diplomas in Counselling, Management, Business and Leadership.  Additionally, Shayne has experience as a Lifeline Counsellor and is a long-term member of the Red Cross Personal Support Team.   Shayne has won the Central Coast Business Women Award. She was a recipient of a Local Hero Award (for her contribution to improving the lives of marginalised and vulnerable members of the Central Coast Community) and has also received the Central Coast Community Women’s Health Centre’s ‘F’ Award for “Fantastic, Female Leadership for Women in Business”. Shayne was recognised and has won NSW Government Awards for Industry Collaboration, having established a solid partnership with Newcastle University and TAFE. As a strong feminist and advocate for social justice issues, Shayne joined the Board of CCCWHC because she is passionate about the protection and development of safety for women and women-led services.

Robyn Moore (Director)

Commenced April 2020

As a proud a Guringai woman living on the Central Coast for the past 20 years, Robyn is committed to the provision of a culturally appropriate health service for the Aboriginal community and endorses the NACCHO definition of Aboriginal health – a holistic approach through mind, body, soul and culture in which each individual is able to achieve their full potential as a human being, thereby bringing about the total well-being of their community.  Robyn supports the view of community-based feminist women’s health services based on principles of social justice and an understanding of a gendered approach to health or health within a social context. With 50 years of Health Management and Nursing experience Robyn has a passion for and sound understanding of Primary Health Care and opportunities created by the Health Reform agenda and the need for a more patient and family centred integrated Primary Health Care environment. Robyn has previously held Practice Management roles at Corporate & Private Sector General Practices, Yerin Aboriginal Health Service and Director of Nursing in the private sector. Robyn’s qualifications include Registered Nurse; Graduate Diploma in Nursing Management and Masters in Health Management. Previous Board Directorships include Central Coast NSW Medicare Local (CCNSWML) and Central Coast Primary Care (CCPC) and the Clinical Advisory Council for Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC PHN).

Margaret Moon (Director)

Commenced October 2020

Margaret Moon was appointed to the CCCWHC Board in October 2020. She has lived on the Central Coast for 30 years and has had a diverse career as a communications manager, educator and public administrator. After leaving school at 15, she travelled to the UK to work in the creative industries and returned to Australia in 1975 to have her first child. Since then, she has worked as a senior manager with ABC Television and as an educator with NSW TAFE, where she taught social theory, communication skills and gender studies. Margaret began her tertiary education at the age of 32, enrolling as a mature age student at the University of New England. Juggling work, mothering and part-time study, she gained a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Education, a Masters degree in Adult Education and a Diploma in Management, as well as post-graduate qualifications in Women’s Studies and Writing. She recently retired from SafeWork NSW where she managed the Evaluation Program. She brings to the Board significant experience in the areas of strategic planning, governance and communication. Margaret is client-focused and committed to ensuring that women can make their own choices about their health and wellbeing.

Stephanie Doris Short (Director)

Commenced October 2020

Stephanie is passionate about the Central Coast community having holidayed at Hardy’s Bay all her life. She moved to Woy Woy in 2015 to be near her mother who passed away in December 2019. She learnt to swim in the Bogey Hole at Killcare Beach and worked as a physiotherapist at the Woy Woy, Long Jetty and Wyong Hospitals, whilst undertaking further studies in Sociology in the 1980s. She brings to the Board her professional experience as a registered physiotherapist, plus thirty-five years’ experience as an academic sociologist having worked since 2009 as Professor of Health Sociology at the University of Sydney and Director of HealthGov. Stephanie has served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Community Health Association of NSW for ten years and as a Company Director for KU Children’s Services (which operates over 130 early childhood services across Australia). She is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Stephanie has particular expertise in education and research, in strategic thinking and development activities holding Dip Phty, BA MSc and PhD FCHSM MAICD.