Southern Community Welfare

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Staff Bios


Vicki Sherry - CEO
B. Ec.

Vicki Sherry joined SCW in January 2015 after spending 25 years working for large multi-national corporations in the Information and Technology industry, including her last tenure with IBM for 18 years.  She has held numerous roles from business development, sales, management, general management, strategy, marketing and operations.  Across these many roles, Vicki has also worked with various routes to market including direct, channels, tele and web and has also worked across many different sectors including enterprise clients, government and smaller businesses.

Vicki has a range of expertise from implementing start-up enterprises, driving growth out of mature business units and leading teams of up to 150 people.Over the last 10 years, Vicki has held senior roles in IBM,  has been part of the leadership team and a member of the Business and Technical Leadership community.

Vicki is a member of Gymea Baptist Church Leadership Team. She has an authentic approach, is results oriented with an ability to work across all levels of an organisation.Vicki has a heart for reaching the community and is delighted to be able to use her corporate skills in building and expanding the capabilities of SCW.


Robert Boardman - Clinical Director

B.A. (psych) PG Dip (psych) B Min (Morling) Cert IV TAA

Robert has a wealth of experience working with people at all stages in life. He has a focus on facilitating change within people, their relationships, and looking at the things they want to get better at. Deeply rooted in positive psychology and with over 20 years applying CBT and Systemic techniques, Robert has developed a strong career in both building the best in people, and facilitating professional development of workers across the Social Services sector. He has developed and delivered numerous workshops specialising in coaching, and mental health issues, as well as presented at various conferences around Australia. With a specialisation in couples as well as adults,

Robert brings a blend of theory and pragmatism to those with whom he works. Slightly odd, occasionally funny, and a committed Christian, Robert is excited to see people from all backgrounds and experiences of life live their best life now!


Karlyn Johns - Case Manager

B.SocS, CMSA Member

Karlyn Johns has over 20 years’ experience working with marginalized individuals in the Community Welfare Sector. She is a Certified Practising Case Manager and holds a degree in Social Science, Community Welfare, and Mediation, she is currently a member of the Case Management Society of Australia.

Karlyn has worked in organisations such as Wesley Mission in the StreetSmart Youth Centre providing case management and advocacy to young people who are chronically homeless or at risk of homelessness.

In addition to this, she has spent a decade working in Sydney’s South assisting individuals and facilitating groups in trauma, grief and loss, suicide support and deliberate self-injury.

Karlyn is extremely passionate about working with those do not fit into other services criteria,  as well as working with homeless people or those at risk of becoming homeless.  She is currently working as a case manager in the Case Management program.  The program supports such presentations as addictions, dual diagnosis, homelessness, chronic unemployment, self harm, trauma, and/or a combination of these issues listed.  Karlyn has extensive experience in constructing client centered case plans and works uniquely with individuals to achieve the best possible outcomes.


Janet Hayes - Practice Manager

Janet joined Southern community Welfare at the start of 2010 in the role of Administration Assistant. Call our office number and you will most probably speak with Janet. As the first point of call for all clients, she enjoys making the booking process as simple as possible whilst taking the time to listen with compassion and understanding to the individual needs of each client. Janet will assist clients to find the most appropriate counsellor or redirect them to another service in their area. Although Janet’s background is in Fashion Design she has thoroughly enjoyed her career change, and likes to share about the great work and services that we provide. Janet recently completed the Accidental Counsellor training program.


Kerry Moss, Community Programs Manager

BSc (Psychology), Grad Dip Counselling, Workplace Training and Assessment

Kerry began at Southern Community Welfare in 2004 in child, family and individual counselling.  From that role, she began to develop resources and programs with a vision for strong, healthy family relationships and individuals.  Kerry is the author of two of the books in our Mr Jitters series, targeting anxiety in children.  Over the years, she has researched and developed various programs to promote resilience in schools and individuals (Rock and Water), parenting (Marte Meo, Circle of Security and PCIT) and personality (Enneagram and Myers-Briggs).  It is Kerry’s passion to encourage and motivate individuals and families to understand themselves, build strength into their relationships to overcome the hurdles and difficulties of life and create opportunities for meaningful and joyful interactions.


Linda Salem - Senior Child and Family Therapist & Clinical Practice Lead
Clinical Psychologist                                 
B.Sc (Hons), M.Psychol (Clinical) , MAPS, ACPA

Linda is a trained Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years experience  working with children and families presenting with a broad range of emotional and behavioural problems. Linda works from behavioural family systems model to help facilitate change within the family.  Linda is an approved supervisor for post-graduate clinical training in the area of child and adolescent mental health at the University of New South Wales. Linda is a committed Christian, loves teaching scripture in her local schools, is a children’s ministry worker in her local church leading children’s groups, parenting groups and is a consultant on children’s camps for children undergoing adversity.

Diana Chan - Psychologist & Clinical Psychology Registrar

B Sci (Psychology – Hons Class 1), M.Psychol (Clinical), ACPA

Diana is a psychologist who joined the Southern Community Welfare team in mid-2016. She holds a Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree, and is currently working towards her specialist qualification in Clinical Psychology as well as a PhD. Diana has worked extensively with children, adolescents, and adults presenting with a wide range of difficulties such as anxiety, depression, non-compliant behaviour, adjustment issues, anger, and emotion dysregulation. She also has experience working with developmental disorders having worked as an Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapist for children with autism, and as a Provisional Psychologist on the Developmental Disabilities team at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Diana is committed to providing evidence-based treatment that is informed by research findings. She predominantly works from a cognitive-behavioural and family systems framework, and is familiar with other evidence-based therapies such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).


Kate Brown - Speech Pathologist & Communications Specialist

B.App. Sc (Speech Pathology), M.A. (Human Communication Disorders), CPSP

Kate is a speech pathologist with over 30 years experience working with children, adolescents and adults with speech and language impairments.  Kate’s areas of special interest include learning disabilities, developmental and adult literacy, communication support for people with developmental disabilities including cerebral palsy and autism spectrum disorder, and applied behavioural analysis for communication impairments.  Her approach to intervention is to use current and traditional best practice tailored to the needs of the individual and their families and carers.

Kate also has extensive background in workplace communication.  She has done a lot of work in identifying areas of communication breakdown and identifying strategies that meet the needs of the individuals involved and the workplace.  She has skills in applied behavioural analysis and been involved in projects in documenting the spoken and written communication demands in a variety of industry sectors. 

As a speech pathologist Kate has worked alongside teachers in preschools and in primary and secondary, private and public schools in both NSW and in New Zealand.  She has qualifications in Work, Health and Safety and has developed training packages targeting communication skills in the workplace.

Medicare rebates are available for applicable services.


Jair Graham - Psychologist

BA – Psych (Hons), MPROFPSY, Associate MAPS

Jair is a Psychologist, a registered Medicare provider, and an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society who joined the Southern Community Welfare team in early 2016. He is passionate about working alongside people to help them face and overcome difficulties in a more constructive way, moving forward to a full, rich and fulfilling life.

Jair primarily works from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) perspective in order to treat a wide range of psychological issues and disorders, and has significant experience working with children, adolescents, and adults.

Jair also has a particular interest in psychometric assessment, offering a range of cognitive tests assessing both learning potential and acquired skills in adults and young people. 



Helen Dwyer - Case Manager

Helen has over 30 years of business experience.  She joins the SCW team after having served on our Board for the past four years.  She has extensive experience in both the Corporate and Not For Profit sectors.  Driven by her desire to work frontline to support people who experience marginalisation, she has recently retrained to work as a Case Manager.

Helen is a keen supporter and advocate for social justice and seeks to make a real and tangible difference for those who are marginalised in our society.  Her area of interest is working with women who have experienced trauma through abuse.  She is passionate about building relationships and collaborating, believing that working together provides more opportunity to educate, raise awareness and instigate change across all sectors of our community.



Sue Chin – Clinical Counsellor

B SocSc (Psychology), Grad Dip Counselling, PACFA Reg. Clinical

Sue is a registered clinical counsellor and member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.  She joined Southern Community Welfare in 2016.    

Sue has a special interest in relationship problems, trauma and grief, and works with individuals, couples and families experiencing difficulties in these areas.  She has also worked extensively with women who have experienced trauma and loss through domestic violence.  In addition to this, Sue enjoys working with people to thrive and grow through challenging changes in their lives, and has 20 years experience in facilitating change and developing people in large multi-national corporations.  

Sue works from a strengths-based and person-centered framework, applying Solution-Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy interventions to help people achieve the positive change/s they want in their relationships and within themselves.


Christina Comely

MPhil, BSc (hons) psychology.

Registered psychologist and accredited Chaplaincy Team Member with Chaplaincy Australia. 

Christina has been a psychologist since 2004 working in private practice, within the criminal justice system and in organisational psychology. She has worked with adolescents and adults presenting with depression and anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, cannabis abuse, crystal methamphetamine abuse, alcohol and other drug (AOD) dependency, trauma, workplace issues and other general mental health conditions.

Christina uses  a number of modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Religiously-integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (RCBT).  RCBT integrates a client’s pre-existing faith into therapy and recognises the strength faith in God brings to a client’s recovery.  It is suitable for clients who may have felt psychology conflicted with their faith.  Christina also has training and experience in running group programs.   

Christina has presented at 17 professional conferences in Israel, Australia and New Zealand on cannabis and mental health, victims issues, Religiously- integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (RCBT), self care and Bible based meditation/ stress management.


Esther Pratten

BSc (hons) psychology.

Esther is a provisionally registered Psychologist who joined the Southern Community Welfare (SCW) team in early 2018. She completed an undergraduate and Honours degree in psychology at the University of New South Wales, with a focus on research in motivation and learning behavior. Esther works from an evidence-based treatment framework and a Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) perspective in order to treat a wide range of psychological issues and disorders. Esther is continuing to develop her psychological skills at SCW and is contributing to ongoing research and development of our services.




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