NCNS are privileged to have an enthusiastic, hardworking and ethical Board, made up of the following people:
Janis Donnelly-Coode is a local lawyer, in her professional life she is passionate about providing a good service to family law and estate clients. These clients are usually stressed or upset or under pressure from family members, and need someone who understands that this is an emotional time for them. She is also passionate about increasing awareness about domestic violence in our society, and starting a dialogue so that real solutions can become available to these victims. Janis joined the board of NCNS this year to utilise her professional skills, experience and networks to contribute positively to a local organisation that is making changes and turning around the lifetime trajectories for the most at-risk children in our community.
Patricia Formosa a long term Board Member at NCNS. Pat is a Penrith resident, and works at Graceades Cottage – a small Neighbourhood Centre in Mt Druitt.
Patricia has an interest in Community Development and Aboriginal program delivery. She is an advocate for small to medium organisations and their ability to be localised, flexible and adaptive in their service delivery.
Joy has been the Managing Director at NCNS since 2009. Prior to this she had various roles in the community sector. She is motivated by working with local communities to address disadvantage and inequity through practical, local actions. She has a particular interest in the development of professional organisational and practice standards for the industry.
Yvonne is a Penrith resident and has had a long term interest in effecting positive outcomes for the whole community. She has worked in a number of roles in the community sector including managing teams and organisations. She has an interest in policy and continuous improvement.
Mary has been a board member at NCNS for nearly 30 years. As a South Penrith resident, Mary has an interest in local services for older people. Mary is also a valued volunteer at South Penrith Neighbourhood Centre where she helps with our Golden Oldies Group and runs the popular Community Library.
Peta has a strong administrative and management background in the community sector, in arts administration and in music therapy. She is currently the Manager of the Lower Mountains Neighbourhood Centre based in Blaxland and has been in this position for over six years, having undertaken a ‘tree change’ seven years ago, loves living in the Blue Mountains, and has a commitment to providing useful and meaningful services and experiences that benefit and strengthen our community.
She has demonstrated experience in operational management, staff management, financial management, governance and Board support, promotion and advocacy, and policy development. In terms of voluntary work she was Chair of the Government Relations Committee of the Australian Music Therapy Association, a Board Director of Blue Mountains Artists Network, and is currently completing a three-year term on the Blue Mountains City of the Arts Trust Committee.
Her key values include honesty, trust, respect and integrity (personal and professional).
Outside of her working life, Peta is a musician and composer and enjoys spending time exploring how her computer music software can help her in her creative work.
Born and raised in West Wyalong, NSW, Sharon Williams is a proud Koori woman whose connection and roots are with the Wiradjuri Nation, central NSW. Sharon’s ancestors are the Galari people who lived along the Lachlan River and her totem is the wedged tail eagle. Sharon has identified as an Aboriginal person all her life. Her professional career with the State Public Sector has spanned close to 40 years. During this time Sharon worked in mainstream and identified positions with the Rural Bank (later known as State, Colonial State, Colonial, Commonwealth) and NSW Health. Sharon is passionate about empowering Aboriginal people into meaningful employment, ongoing professional development, education and training.