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Our People

Our Staff

Emina Ajanovic

General Manager

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Emina has a rich history with BABI (since 2005) and has worked in different roles and programs. During this period, Emina has had much success in ensuring BABI continues to remain and thrive in the local community and has shown extreme commitment and passion in creating the organisational structures, processes and programs that are relevant and responsive to the needs of our clients and the community. “I love the dedication and commitment of our BABI Team, their passion towards making a positive difference in the lives of young people and families we work with inspires me every day. I feel honour and a great privilege to work alongside them as they truly are great leaders, advocates and change makers in our local community”.

Tracey Strong

Administration Officer

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Tracey first joined BABI in February 2023 as the administration assistant and has since become our Administration Officer. Tracey’s background includes working in the childcare sector for over 20 years in many roles. An interesting fact out Tracey is she has also worked for over 5 years with remote island communities off the Darwin coastline. Tracey is BABI’s first point of contact, in person and over the phone, to clients and visitors. Tracey’s warm and welcoming presence is a delight to have as our administrator.

Catriona Kucks

Youth and Family Programs Manager

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Catriona has been working with youths and families in the not-for-profit sector for over 20 years. Her roles have included front line practice, education and management. Catriona has completed a Bachelor in Counselling and Psychotherapies and is passionate about creating a trauma informed organisation. Catriona loves seeing people heal, learn and grow, including the team at BABI. Catriona has a love of learning, social justice and human rights.

Fadia Henen

Fadia Henen

Finance Manager

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Fadia Joined BABI in Oct.2015. Fadia holds a bachelor’s degree in business majoring in Accounting from Cairo – Egypt. After moving to Australia in 1990 she attended QUT for further studies to update her skills to Australian standards and is proud to call Australia home. Since 1982 Fadia worked in both the corporate and the non-corporate sectors. Since 1994 Fadia is working exclusively for the not for profit sector in Queensland and has developed an extensive experience within the sector. During these years Fadia has assisted many Community Based Organisations through time of changes such as staffing restructuring, the implementation of tax reform, the application of GST, the changes in the fringe benefit regulation, the implementation of the Standards for community-based organisations and most recently during changes to QLD State award for community workers. Fadia also assisted many organisations transitioning from manual to computerised accounting systems providing system setting up and training. Fadia loves her work and enjoys developing and implementing strategies that overcome the financial challenges faced by the not for profit sector. Fadia loves being part of a dynamic, experienced, diversified and caring team.

Carly Motu

Housing Program Manager

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Carly joined BABI in 2018 in our Youth Engagement role after completing her university student placement here. She has worked in our Get Set for Work program, CYS program and is currently the Housing Program Manager in our Specialist Youth Homelessness Service. Carly holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a Graduate Certificate in Mental Health. Carly is a passionate advocate for young people and enjoys the role of supporting them through the adversities and challenges they face. “I have a passion for empowering and advocating for young people, so my job never feels like work. It blows my mind how much I have learnt from the amazing, resilient and confident young people that access our service”.

Kara

Property/Tenancy and Intake Worker

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Kara joined BABI in 2021 as our Property and Intake worker. Kara has come to BABI with significant experience having worked in the community sector for over 20 years (yes I’m old!!!). Most of her experience has been in working with young people but also more broadly with families and also in Community Development. Kara is passionate about seeing young people live their best lives and is all about creating opportunities for young people. Kara first studied Agriculture when she left school (that’s a whole other story) before returning to university to study social work and has recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Counselling.

Andrew Tupu Tuia

IHRF Project Officer

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Andrew joined BABI in 2022 and worked as a 'Housing Case Worker', recently Andrew has moved into the 'IHRF (Immediate housing Response for Families) Project Officer' role engaging with families that are homeless or at risk of homelessness. “During this time, I have observed several factors that affects the mental health and well-being of our clients, so in my role “Advocating and Service" are values that inspire me to do the work that I do, seeing the positive impacts and journey that everyone conquers while accessing BABI services. It is a privilege to work within our community and be a part of the amazing journey and growth of our youth and families.” “Be the change you want to see in the world” – M. Gandhi.

Ellie Clayton-Nelson

Youth Housing Caseworker

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Ellie first joined BABI in late 2021 as the organisations Administrator, and now is part of the Housing Team as a Youth Case Worker, following completing both a Certificate III and Diploma of Community Services. Originally from Cornwall UK, she made Australia her home in 2019, and has enjoyed having the privilege of working to support young people in the Brisbane Bayside area. Being part of the BABI Team, who advocate fiercely for vulnerable young people, is something Ellie values greatly.

Julie Figliano

Housing Youth Case Worker

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Julie Figliano is excited to be working at BABI Youth and Family Service since the beginning of 2022 and is impressed at the compassionate and fervent team that she works in. Julie loves her role as a Youth Case Worker that allows her to support our Youth and families to thrive. Julie is dedicated in meeting the support needs of her clients and enjoys working with diverse communities to empower their aspirations.

Louise Fitzgerald

Family Counsellor

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Louise holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Counselling) and a Master of Human Services and is registered with PACFA. Louise is also a parent and grandparent. Louise is a passionate trauma therapist who has worked with families and individuals in several organisations and private practice for over 17 years. Louise enjoys family activities, walking, Pilates and reading.

Beth Owens

Youth Counsellor

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Beth has over 14 years' experience working with young people. Beth likes building relationships, creating safe spaces for young people to be themselves, and assisting young people to build on their strengths. Beth is a social worker and a mum. She also enjoys yoga, walks in nature and spending time with others.

Tara Rickard

Youth Case Worker – Get set For Work Program

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Tara initially started at BABI in 2021 as a student on placement and has recently graduated from her Bachelor of Social Work. Tara moved into the Youth Case Worker role in the Get Set for Work program in 2023 and supports young people disengaged from school and employment. Tara is passionate about working alongside young people to overcome barriers and support them to shape and build the life they want to lead. Tara enjoys connecting with young people, learning off them and seeing them reach their goals.

Maddison Summers

Youth Case Worker – Youth Support Program

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Maddie is the Youth Case Worker on our Youth Support program at BABI Youth and Family Service. Maddie is an experienced new graduate social worker with a passion for creating safe and inclusive spaces for young people to feel seen, valued, empowered and accepted. Maddie provides individualised, holistic, practical case management and outreach support to young people aged 12-21 living in local Wynnum/Manly community. Maddie enjoys connecting with young people and supporting them to navigate complex systems and barriers, so that they are able to overcome the personal and environmental challenges to reaching their goals.

Sahn

Youth Worker – LINX Youth Space Program

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Over the past six years Sahn has been immersed in the meaningful work of supporting young people at risk. “My belief is rooted in the idea that every young person carries a unique purpose, and with the right encouragement, they can achieve incredible things. As a person of Faith in Jesus, I’ve found inspiration and strength to pour into the lives of young individuals, fostering an environment of hope and positivity.” Sahn has a passion for Gospel Hip Hop, health and fitness and enjoys spending time with family.

Jake Campbell

Youth Development Coordinator

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I have recently changed roles from Youth Worker to Coordinator of the Community Youth Space. Within this new role I can use my skills as a youth worker to listen to what the young people need and then do my best to make it happen. I am always grateful to be in a position where I can learn, laugh and grow with them. Today's youth are often misunderstood and I want the community to see that they are kids still learning to navigate the world around them. I find a lot of joy in being able to assist youth who often feel like they don’t have much support. Jake enjoys live music and is passionate about fishing and kayaking.

Our Board of management

Bayside Adolescent Boarding Incorporated (BABI) is governed by a Board of Management which is responsible for the development of the strategic vision of the organisation and monitoring professionalism and compliance.

Samantha Carroll

President

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Samantha is a senior Governance, Compliance and Regulatory expert. Her career spans over 17 years working for a top tier law firm for a decade, inhouse legal and senior compliance roles for a mid-tier bank, partner in the Governance, Risk and Compliance division of a Sydney law firm and now as Counsel in the Financial Regulation practice at Ashurst Australia. Samantha’s Governance experience includes previous non-executive/management committee roles for the Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House, CSIRO ethics committee and Stadiums Queensland. Samantha is passionate about lifting the standards of governance and compliance in Australian organisations and with two young children of her own, is committed to ensuring youth support organisations such as BABI continue to thrive in local communities.

Edward Harwood

Treasurer

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Edward joined the Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) in 2006 and is currently employed as PBPL Community Relations Advisor. His responsibilities include oversight of community sponsorship programs and management of community amenities inclusive of visitors centre, cafe, conference rooms and port tours. Previously, Edward worked in a variety of management positions in hospitality in Melbourne, Adelaide, the UK and Sweden. Edward has been a board member of BABI since 2014 and is well known across many non for profit entities in the local area. Edward has an interest in community issues and assisting community organisations to achieve their social aims.

Sarah Mawhinney

Secretary

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Sarah is a communications specialist with a career spanning over 15 years within government, community and union organisations specialising in building power through political and community campaigns. Sarah has proven abilities to successfully work collaboratively with multiple levels of government, utilising well developed interpersonal and negotiation skills to achieve positive results. Sarah is committed to working with local community organisations to improve outcomes for those who need support.

Chris Webster

Vice President

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Chris worked as a Technical Officer with Telstra until 1998 (30 years), a Retail Sales Assistant for 5 years (1998-2003) and Admin/Bookkeeping part time (2003-2021). He currently volunteers with the Community Visitors Scheme (Aged Care) since 2010, the Redland Community Centre since 2017 and Love and Hope Redlands since 2021. He is Company Secretary of RWM Community Financial Services Limited (the company that holds the franchise to operate the Bendigo Community Bank branches in Victoria Point and Wynnum Manly), and Chairperson of the Redland Community Centre.

Leanne Hassed

Board Member – Youth Representative

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Leanne is a previous service user of BABI who became a member of the Board in 2020 as a youth representative. Since coming to BABI in 2016 Leanne has gone through the housing program where she was able to transition to public housing and later to private rental. She also went through the Get Set For Work program where she completed her Cert 3 in Community Services and went on to study at university and gained employment with the Brisbane City Council. Furthering this Leanne participated in BABI’s youth engagement programs and joined the Youth Voice Committee where she was able to develop skills in leadership, community engagement and project management which allowed her to participate in the Queensland Youth Parliament and became a co-coordinator of Rosies Wynnum/Manly branch. Leanne has strong passion and commitment towards social justice and supporting organisations like BABI to fulfil their mission and deliver high quality services to youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Sharon Wilson

Board Member

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Sharon joined the BABI Board in 2022 after a 30 year career in the provision of housing and housing-related services in local, state and commonwealth government agencies. Sharon held senior leadership roles responsible for housing acquisition and construction, maintenance, portfolio management and the delivery of property and tenancy management services to social housing and Defence clients. Sharon brings to BABI many years’ experience in leadership roles with responsibility for strategic management and governance. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Business majoring in Public Management. Sharon has a strong belief that access to safe, secure and affordable housing and a place to call home are fundamental to health, education, employment and life opportunities. The services that BABI provides play an important role in addressing this need in the Wynnum community.

Carly Ogborne

Board Member

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Carly joined the BABI board in 2022, bringing with her 10 years experience in not-for-profit fundraising. She has previously worked with charities that support at-risk and disadvantaged youth, as well as members of the disability community. She also volunteered extensively as a grant writer and has been Lota State School P&C president since 2018. Carly now works in local government. Prior to entering the not-for-profit sector, she was a reporter and editor. Carly has lived in the Wynnum Manly region her entire life and was motivated to join the BABI board after seeing the important role that BABI plays in improving outcomes for local young people.