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Yasmin Iese sml Yasmin Iese : Acting CEO/Clinical Manager 

In her 17 years in the sector, Yasmin has specialised in cultural perspectives and approaches to treatment. She has a Bachelor of Arts, a Masters of Health Sciences and Behavioural Psychiatry, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision & Frontline Management. Yasmin also has extensive experience working with young people, in particular young people from Pacific Islander backgrounds.



Projects and Research


 Lilly Lertsinpakdee sml

Lilly Lertsinpakee : Project Officer

Lilly joined DAMEC in Aug 2016, she has a Welfare degree in Community and Family, Diploma in Leisure and Health, Diploma in Drug and Alcohol and Cert IV in Workplace Training and Assessment. Lilly has been working in community sectors in the last 12 years in various roles such as Counsellor, Community Development, Project worker, Group Facilitator and Case management. She is passionate about working with CALD communities.


Alex Freeman smlAlex Freeman: Project Officer

Alex joined DAMEC in April 2019, and brings over 8 years’ experience volunteering with NGOs in the mental health sector, including as a researcher for Mental Health Carers NSW and at Anglicare, where he worked at the “Rough Edges” drop in centre for over 2 years. Alex also volunteers as a peer worker and at the NSP for NUAA after being on the board for nearly a decade. Alex completed his Cert IV & Diploma in Mental Health/D&A at TAFE, and brings both his personal and professional expertise to the role. Alex is passionate about harm minimization and advancing the rights, dignity and giving voice to the people with lived experience in the A&D sector.


Yarrie Bangura smlYarrie Bangura: Project Officer – African Companions

Yarrie joined DAMEC in March 2019; her role concentrates on the development of a culturally appropriate community development project for African communities. Yarrie has a Bachelor of International Development Studies and brings a range of experience working on projects with young people, schools, the arts sector, and communities to bridge cultural divides and to build safe and supportive environments that respond to local needs. Yarrie is passionate about improving mental health and wellbeing in migrant and refugee communities, and draws on her personal and professional background as a trusted source of advice and assistance. Yarrie is also regularly invited to be a presenter at community events and conferences across the Greater Sydney area.



 Dr Ashraful (Neeloy) Alam : Senior Research Officer

Neeloy is specialised in applying cultural perspectives in health behaviour change research and intervention. He has extensive experience in health social science research to design and evaluate community-based health programs. His areas of interest include health and behaviour of children, adolescents and women from multicultural backgrounds in Australia and South/Southeast Asia. His research also focused on sociocultural factors affecting wellbeing of the people from CALD backgrounds with mental illness and substance use comorbidity. Neeloy holds a PhD in anthropology and a master’s in medical anthropology. Besides DAMEC, Neeloy is affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney as a senior research fellow.  



Counselling (Liverpool)

Sinatt Cheng smlSinatt Cheng : Senior Clinician

Sinatt has worked in non-profit agencies for over 17 years. As a senior clinician, she supports culturally and linguistically diverse clients in the areas of alcohol and other drug issues, mental health, child protection, trauma, grief and loss, personal development and family support. Sinatt has Postgraduate Diplomas in Counselling, Family Dispute Resolution and a Diploma in Community Welfare. She is also a member of the Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association of NSW. Sinatt is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, Teo chew, Khmer, Vietnamese and English.


Vi Nguyen smlVi Nguyen : Senior Clinician

Vi has a background in social health and counselling, is fluent in Vietnamese and English. As a Bi-lingual Counsellor she works with culturally and linguistically diverse clients in the area of alcohol and other drug issues, co-morbidity, and family support. She has a Master of Social Health and Counselling at Macquarie University and is also a member of Vietnamese Drug and Alcohol Professionals network.


Sandra Evers smlSandra Evers : Psychologist

Sandra is a Psychologist who has worked with DAMEC for more than eight years.  She has experience in providing evidenced based, psychological interventions for clients within a cross cultural context. Sandra provides long term, therapeutic work for clients experiencing psychological and emotional distress while supporting them to reduce the harms associated with drug and alcohol use. Sandra is registered with AHPRA and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society. 


Counselling (Blacktown)

Mathias Dussey smlMathias Dussey : Bi-lingual Clinician

Mathias Kofi Dussey is a holder of Master of Rehabilitation Counselling and Graduate Diploma of Counselling. He works as African Bilingual Drug and Alcohol Counsellor. He has twelve-year experience working as a Counsellor. He provides counselling services for people with range of issues to improve their wellbeing. This comprises people with physical and mental health, drug and alcohol, domestic violence, physical and sexual abuse, and socially disadvantaged issues. He also has experience working with people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds. 



Yalda Latifi smlYalda Latifi: Bi-linguial Clinician

Yalda has qualified and registered counsellor and psychotherapist. She is specialised in cultural perspectives over ten years of practice. She has majored Bachelor of psychology, Masters of counselling and psychotherapy. She is also a reiki master with years of exceptional international experience in different field of mindfulness and meditation. Yalda is passionate about consciousness and helping others to discover meaningful ways to live.




Thanh sml2Thanh Van Nguyen : Senior Case Manager

Thanh has been employed at DAMEC since 2008. He works with Vietnamese offenders with drug-related issues, providing intensive post-release support to them and their families. Thanh has a Bachelor of Community Welfare, a Graduate Diploma in Family Intake & Support Work and is a member of Vietnamese Drug and Alcohol Professionals network. For over 30 years Thanh has volunteered his time in work within his local community, including in various leadership roles with the Vietnamese community in NSW.


Ben Ondu sml2Benjamin Ondu : Transition Worker (Bi-lingual)

Ben joined DAMEC in October 2015, he has a Social Science Degree in Criminology and Diploma of Community Welfare Work, he has experience in mental health and homelessness, he enjoys working with CALD communities to build a better and resilient community.



Financial and Administrative 

DSC 0103smlSathees Jeyaraj : Finance & Administrative Manager

Sathees joined DAMEC in mid 2012. He brings an extensive background in accounting and finance having worked mainly in the private sector. Sathees is responsible for overseeing DAMEC's accounting, finance and administrative operations. 



 Michelle sml2Michelle Boonphone : Client Services & Administration Manager

My name is Michelle and I have a passion for client services and providing assistance with enquiries to all people from walks of life.I have been in administration roles for several years and love being involved in the Not for profit sector.I am excited to be a part of DAMEC and hope to further my skills and learn along the way.

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