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Kelvin Chambers : Chief Executive Officer
Kelvin has been the CEO of DAMEC since 1998. Over that time Kelvin has seen the agency grow from a small advocacy and research organisation to a multifaceted health organisation delivering policy, research, project work and outpatient counselling. As a psychologist, Kelvin also brings a wealth of policy and advocacy experience working with such diverse organisations as the Ethnic Communities Council of NSW, the Ethnic Affairs Commission, Migrant Resource Centres and numerous small NGOs. Kelvin is a specialist in cross cultural work and dependency and continues to lead DAMEC to deliver quality outcomes to the sector.
Yasmin Iese : Deputy 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
Dr Belinda Green: Senior Research Officer
Belinda joined DAMEC in August 2018. She is a passionate researcher and educator with over 15 years’ experience in the social, behavioural and health sciences. Belinda has taught and conducted research for a range of universities in Australia, India and Ethiopia. She has undertaken applied research amongst NGO frontline workers in the area of forced migration and culturally responsive allied health care, self-generated livelihood strategies amongst Scheduled Caste male youth in South India, the identity politics of migrant Muslim women in South Western Sydney and Urban First Nations elders’ life stories in Western Sydney. Belinda has published a variety of resources, journal articles, book chapters and other peer reviewed materials in the former areas. She has a PhD in Social Anthropology, a Master of Social Work (Qual), a first-class honours degree in Anthropology and a Bachelor of Media majoring in Journalism.
Alison Jaworski : Senior Project Officer
Alison joined DAMEC in June 2013. Her current activities include assisting with DAMEC's Transitions Project, representing DAMEC on community drug action teams (CDATs) across the state and assisting with other funded and non-funded projects.
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: 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: 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.
Sinatt 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 : 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 : 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.
Mathias 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: 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 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.
Benjamin 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
Sathees 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 Boonphone : DAMEC Clinical Administrative Coordinator
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.