Zig Zag Young Women’s Resource Centre Inc is an association incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act (QLD) 1981. The association is governed by a management committee made up of interested and committed community members who generously donate their time and expertise to oversee the smooth functioning of Zig Zag.


Executive Members 2016-17

Robyn Evans- Chairperson
Robyn has a Masters of Social Work, an Honours Degree in Women’s Studies and a Bachelor of Social Welfare. She worked as a Counsellor/Advocate for children and young people in Victoria before becoming a child protection sexual assault consultant for the Victorian Department of Human Services. Robyn then went into managerial roles in three Aboriginal Community organisations before moving to Queensland in 2011. Robyn has over twenty years of experience in presenting sexual violence workshops. Her Honours thesis considered self-identification issues for young women following an experience of sexual abuse. Since moving to Queensland Robyn has worked in the Domestic Violence court at Brisbane Magistrates Court before taking a position as a counsellor/group worker/trainer for a specialist sexual violence prevention service on Brisbane’s north side. Robyn continues to be passionate about child welfare, Aboriginal affairs, women’s issues and sexual violence. She was drawn to Zig Zag Young Women’s Resource Centre because of its focus on young women and its strong feminist foundation. This is Robyn’s third year on the Management Committee.

Christine Grodd - Vice Chairperson
Christine holds a Bachelor of Social Science - Human Services, and has a professional background in support work with women and children escaping domestic violence and with young women survivors of child sexual assault. These days Christine works in other areas, including as director of a women's community choir, while continuing to have an active interest in human rights and social justice, particularly relating to women and children. Christine has been a long standing member of the Management Committee of Zig Zag for the last eight years and takes an active role in its governance.

Helen Hobbs – Secretary
Helen has been involved in a variety of non-profit organisations, and is honoured to contribute to Zig Zag’s services to young women. Helen manages support for learning, researcher support and library services at QUT’s Gardens Point Library. Her work in higher education allows her to see how appropriate services and support help young women overcome disadvantage – both societal and psychological. Helen is keenly aware of the privilege around her at work, which contrasts with different complexities that she encountered during voluntary work in Papua New Guinea. Helen brings broad knowledge and experiences from working in complex environments.

Danieka Montague – Treasurer
Danieka holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in International Studies and a Bachelor of Social Science (Development). She is currently completing her Masters of Social Work Studies (Qualifying) at the University of Queensland. Danieka has five years’ experience providing project management support to international aid and development programs in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as three years’ experience across program development, grant writing, research and policy development in the community sector. Danieka is strongly committed to feminism and social justice activism. Danieka joined the Zig Zag Management Committee because of the organisation’s feminist framework and commitment to working with marginalised young women. Danieka currently works as a Young Women’s Support Worker at Brisbane Youth Service Centre for Young Women.

 

General Members 2016-17

Pam Evans – General Member
Pam has a deep commitment to social change, human rights and empowerment, particularly in the area of women and children. Pam holds a Bachelor of Social Work and has a diverse background across the private, not for profit and public sectors. Pam has worked in front line child protection and spent several years providing training to joint investigations teams responding to children and young people at significant risk of harm due to sexual assault, physical abuse and neglect. Pam has managed various programs including, support services for young people in, or recently transitioned from state care, a community based program for young people at risk of becoming homeless and accommodation services for young people, women and children escaping domestic violence. A highlight in Pam's career involved setting up an Indigenous parenting support service that sees Aboriginal Peer Support workers offer culturally appropriate parenting support which honours Aboriginal culture and tradition. Pam is passionate about making a contributing to Zig Zag and to the empowerment of women.

Ketayoon (Kat) Bhathena – General Member
Kat is a committed feminist, advocate of and activist for human rights and social justice. With a Bachelor of Science [Hons] in International Social Policy, Kat has ten years of experience working in the not-for-profit sector. From grass roots front line service delivery to Program Design, to Policy and Community Development, Kat has worked across Homelessness, Mental Health, Youth and Families and Social Inclusion. Kat’s passion resides in using the Arts to provide a platform for community engagement and development, particularly working with young people and culturally diverse communities. Her activist activities include joining War on Want on a number of social justice campaigns in London the early 2000s, touring with Fire and Ice, a theatre group dedicated to telling the stories of asylum seekers, running drama workshops for refugees and setting up a theatre company dedicated to the promotion and development of women in theatre. Kat became a mother in 2012 and this led to strong and renewed interest in gender roles, equality and female leadership, which in turn led to her desire to join Zig Zag.

Ashleigh Husband – General Member
Ash holds a Bachelor of Social Work and is passionate about feminist practice and supporting young women who have experienced homelessness, trauma and disadvantage. Ash has experience working in the youth sector in mental health and currently works as a Drug Intervention and Rehabilitation Worker at Brisbane Youth Service. Through her work with young people who are homeless Ash has developed a particular interest in gender based violence that occurs in the context of homelessness. Ash is also particularly enthusiastic about seeking feedback and drawing on the wisdom of the people she works with in order to provide more responsive and inclusive services. She hopes that her experience working with young women who are homeless will assist her to support Zig Zag to continue in their important work.

Kelly Sumner – General Member
Kelly has a Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) and has been working in the community sector for over seven years, in youth and mental health services. She is a life-long feminist with an interest in building a safer, more supportive society. Young women face some of the highest risks and vulnerabilities in our society, making services like Zig Zag absolutely essential, and Kelly is keen to support its work.

Laura Christie – General Member
Laura holds a Bachelor of Human Services and has been working in the Youth Homelessness Sector for the past 10 years. She has strong passion, experience and knowledge in the area of health and in particular Drug and Alcohol and Mental Health, always utilising best practice perspectives and frameworks relevant for young people. After spending the past 8 years in a Drug and Alcohol support worker role, working with young people with an experience of homelessness and often significant Dual Diagnosis issues, Laura has moved into a Program Manager role at Brisbane Youth Service Centre for Young Women and is finding new passion in working with Young Women in a dedicated women’s space.

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