Launchpad consistently strives to reduce and prevent youth homelessness by enhancing young people’s capacity to fully participate and engage in the community.

OUR STAFF

Cindi Petersen

Executive Officer

Cindi has over 25 years’ experience in the human services sector in non-government, state government and local government organisations. Most of her experience had been in the youth, homelessness and health sectors and she also has a Masters in Community Management from UTS. Her strengths are in the development, implementation and evaluation of projects, developing strategic responses to complex issues and fostering community connectedness.

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Rahnia Mackey

Acting Manager, Case Work Team

Rahnia has over 17 years’ experience in the community services sector working for both Government and non-Government services. Rahnia’s main focus has been working with young parents supporting them to gain the skills and knowledge they need to raise happy and healthy children in our community.

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Sally Curtin

Office Manager

Sally has over 7 years experience working in frontline administration at homelessness, drug and alcohol, and youth services. Her strengths lie in client engagement, team support and office management.

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Brooke Morley

Case Manager – Tenancy

Brooke is currently completing a Bachelor of Social Welfare and has over 6 years of experience in non-government organisations, primarily within youth homelessness programs. Brooke has experience in case management and issues facing young homeless people. Brooke’s strengths are in positive engagement, capacity building and supporting young people to obtain and maintain tenancies

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Tim Morandini

Case Manager

Tim has several years’ experience working in the community services sector, primarily within mental health and disability services. He has experience in person led recovery and supporting people with complex mental health issues and has worked extensively to help clients with mental health and AOD issues access the NDIS. Tim is involved in several community groups and is passionate about mental health reform, sustainability and socio-economic equality.

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Emily Hampton

Assertive Outreach
Case Manager

Emily is a Case Manager with over 5 years’ experience working in the Youth Sector.
Emily’s experience is in Out of Home Care, Mental Health, Assertive Outreach and Homelessness.
Emily’s strengths are in mental health and working with young people who have complex needs.

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Henry Teofilo

Case Manager

Henry has over 14 years’ experience working in both government and non-government organisations.
Most of Henry’s experience has been working with young people entangled in the juvenile justice system and in recent years he has been working in the homelessness sector.
Henry is passionate about Indigenous affairs and working with young people from disadvantaged and marginalised groups.

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Danika Hardiman

Case Manager

Danika is a social worker with several years’ experience, especially in the justice sector assisting women leaving custody. In addition to her extensive knowledge about the criminal justice system, her strengths are in supporting people around their AOD use, outreach support to homeless individuals and working with the queer community. Danika is also a strong supporter of Aboriginal and Torres Islander rights.

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Sam Deylami

Finance Officer

Sam has been serving as the Finance Officer of Launchpad Youth Community since 2015. He holds an undergraduate degree in Management and an Advance Diploma of Accounting. He is a registered BAS agent and member of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) as well as the Institute of Financial
Accountants (IFA). He has extensive experience as an accountant and financial consultant, particularly in non-for- profit organisations.

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Angela Buckfield
(currently on leave)

Manager, Casework team

Angela has over 12 years experience in the Human Services Sector and Non-Government Organisations. Her experience is in Team Management and Case Management, predominantly with high needs youth and families. Angela’s strengths are in engagement and complex needs.

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Alanna Lin
(currently on leave)

Case Manager

Alanna has over 9 years experience in the community services sector working for non-government services. Most of her experience has been working with youth in Out of Home Care, disability respite, disability employment services, Youth Connections and now specialist homelessness services. Alanna’s strengths are assisting young people in crisis situations, re-engagement into employment or education, and developing and facilitating youth programs.

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Launchpad Board of Management (2020)

The Launchpad Board of Management 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).

Toni 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

Board Member

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

Board Member

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

Board Member

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. Kristie 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.

OUR PARTNERS

Launchpad collaborates with a number of individuals, organisations, government departments and businesses. All with the common goal of maximising opportunities for young people.

GOVERNMENT
DEPARTMENTS

The Department of Communities and Justice who provide the core funding for Launchpad services.

The City of Sydney Council who provide funds for the Brokerage Program and a position for Assertive Outreach.

Housing NSW who offer accommodation options for young people and young families.

COMMUNITY HOUSING
PROVIDERS

Metro Community Housing who are our key partners in providing affordable housing to young people across Sydney.

Women’s Housing Company who provide affordable housing to our young people across the City of Sydney.

Amaelie Housing who provide affordable housing to our young people across the City of Sydney.

Bridge Housing who provide transitional housing to our young people across the City of Sydney.

CONSORTIUM
PARTNERS

YWCA NSW is a consortium partner for the Sydney District Young Parents Homelessness Service.

Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand is a consortium partner for the Sydney District Young Parents Homelessness Service. (Sydney Young Parents Program).

Weave Youth & Community Services is a consortium partner for the Inner City Sydney Homelessness Prevention and Support Service for Young People. (Sydney Youth Homelessness Hub).

The Noffs Foundation is a consortium partner for the Inner City Sydney Homelessness Prevention and Support Service for Young People. (Sydney Youth Homelessness Hub).