Our Board

Launchpad Board of Directors (2019)

The Launchpad Board of Directors are highly experienced local community members who undertake governance responsibility for the organisation.


Loretta Allen-Weinstein- Chairperson

Loretta has over twenty years experience working with disadvantaged young people in the homelessness and criminal justice sectors. She has managed non government services in Victoria and NSW. Loretta currently works with Juvenile Justice in strategic planning and policy development. Loretta has a degree in Youth Work and is currently the industry representative on the international organisation – Collaboration of Researchers for the Development of Effective Offender Supervision (CREDOS).


Tony Ottavio- Treasurer

Toni Ottavio, is a Registered Nurse with over 25 years experience working in neuroscience, mental health and health service management across public, private and not for profit sectors. Toni is currently employed as General Manager in Uniting Hope and Uniting Recovery programs which include specialist homelessness services, mental health and psychosocial services, community living support, Lifeline Western Sydney and Responsible Gambling counselling across Nepean to the Central Coast. Toni Ottavio has participated on working parties developing NSW Work Health and Safety Roadmap for NSW 2022, NSW Youth Health Framework 2017-21. Toni is a current youth mental health first aid trainer.
Publications: A clinical staging model for early intervention in Youth Mental Health(2014) S Cross, D Hermens, E Scott, A Ottavio, P McGorry, I Hickie.


Belinda Andersen- Secretary

20 years ago Belinda was a proud member of the first Youth Advisory Committee, established by South Sydney Council. She was actively involved in the annual youth week activities and voluntarily worked with local youth agencies to support them in their projects aimed at improving health outcomes for the marginalised youth of the inner west. Through this experience she found her passion in helping others and influencing change. Establishing a career in Human Resources spanning over 15 years and worked in both commercial and Not for Profit organisations. She has an innate ability to see both the bigger picture and get amongst the thick of things to find a solution that is both pragmatic and people centred.
Belinda has a Bachelor of Business & Commence/ Law.


Julia Sokolovic

Julia grew up in the Inner West and remains closely connected to the area. Julia has personal experience with youth homelessness and disability, and has worked in Government, Business Analytics, Telecommunications, Workforce Planning and Recruitment, and currently works in Information Technology.


Andrea Fernandes

Andrea has over 15 years’ experience working in social policy, community engagement, accessibility, research, project management and political administration, in the private and public sectors. She holds a BA Hons. in Social Science and is studying Human Rights Law for her Masters at UNSW. Born overseas, Andrea has made Sydney her home and has lived in the inner west for over 10 years.


Kristie Clifton

Kristie has over 15 years’ experience in the youth sector predominantly working for non-government organisations such as Oasis, Byron Youth Services and Foster House.
Krisite has a number of educational achievements including a Masters in Child and Adolescent Welfare.
Her strengths are in the development, implementation and evaluation of programs, service change , development and fostering partnerships in the sector.
Kristie is also a Trainer and Assessor for the Diploma of Case Management, Diploma of AOD, Diploma in Mental Health, the Diploma of Youth Work and Child, Youth and Family Interventions.