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Staff

Pam Barker

Chief Executive Officer

Pam has extensive experience across the not for profit sector. Pam’s experience at ACON New South Wales’s largest LGBTIQ Health Service as the National Program Manager of the Health & Wellbeing Program and as a Senior Manager at the Black Dog Institute.

Before this, Pam managed Open Doors Youth Service, QLD’s largest LGBTIQ youth service supporting young people between the aged 12–24 years. Open Doors Youth Service is a Reconnect funded organisation providing homelessness prevention and psychosocial support to young people. Pam advocated for change in policy reform at both state and federal government levels partnering with stakeholders to affect change across QLD for LGBTIQ Youth.

Pam is studying her degree in Psychology and will register as a Clinical Health Psychologist specialising in youth and sits on the board of WayAhead Mental Health Association.

Pam brings a wealth of knowledge, wisdom and passion to the homelessness sector advocating for our members and to improve the lives of young people across NSW.

Dr Elizabeth Watt

Manager of Research and Policy

Elizabeth is an applied social researcher, who leads Yfoundations’ advocacy, evaluation and evidence work. In her previous role, as Senior Research Officer at the NSW Department of Communities and Justice, she gained expertise in helping policy makers and practitioners use evidence to achieve positive outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and families.

Before joining the NSW Government, Elizabeth researched the impact of political and technological changes on Indigenous Australian society at Deakin University. Her PhD, completed at the Australian National University in 2016, drew on extensive fieldwork in a remote Cape York community to explore the local reception of welfare reforms.

Megan Hall

Health Promotion and Training Lead

Megan delivers our Sticky Stuff program alongside other NSW Health initiatives, all aiming to improve sexual health outcomes for young people throughout NSW. Megan is driven to provide holistic health information and practical solutions to ensure that participants feel prepared and comfortable to open up the conversation of sexual health with young people.

Megan comes from a nursing background, having spent 3 years working in the area of sexual health. Before this, she worked with young people in many different capacities, as an Indigenous Group Training Consultant, a Boarding Supervisor at a Residential college and an Outdoor Education Instructor. Regardless of her role, Megan has always been passionate about empowering individuals to challenge themselves.

Lauren Brown

Real Estate Training Lead

Lauren has joined the Yfoundations team to develop and implement training under the Real Estate Engagement project. With a professional background in Community Development with Women’s Health as well as Arts program development within the Education sector, creativity in the welfare space is definitely a passion and strength. Whist working towards completing a Bachelor of Social Work in 2019, Lauren also holds a Diploma in Community Welfare as well as Training and Assessment qualifications. Lauren is also life giver to two loud teenage boys who continue to challenge and motivate her both personally and professionally – this gives her a personal understanding of the challenges facing youth today.

Natalie Poulos

Admin Assistant to the CEO

Natalie has joined the Yfoundations team as the Administration Assistant to the CEO. Natalie is originally from Sydney but has recently relocated from an 11-year stint in New York City. Natalie wishes to pursue a career in the homelessness sector. She brings a wealth of knowledge and positive energy to the office and loves to bake for the team and her family.

Caitlyn Ellender

Marketing and Communications Officer

Caitlyn holds a Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies and has experience working in the non-profit sector. She is passionate about making a difference and obsessed with all things digital. A real team player, Caitlyn’s attention to detail is key for a bullet-proof strategy.

When she’s not at work, Caitlyn enjoys volunteering, trying new things, and playing with her two puppies!

Olivia Iannelli

Senior Research and Policy Officer

Olivia holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from Essex University where she also spent time working as a Research Assistant and a BA in Arabic and Politics from SOAS University of London. Before joining Yfoundations, Olivia worked and volunteered for various human rights organisations in the field of domestic violence, children’s rights and modern slavery in the UK, Australia and Jordan such as Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia, Amnesty International, ECPAT UK and Leaders of Tomorrow.

She has extensive experience in writing and delivering high-level reports for governmental bodies on issues linked to victim’s rights and human rights. For instance, alongside Dr Muraszkiewicz, she recently undertook a review of the National Referral Mechanism for victims of human trafficking within the UK, for the European Commission and is currently working on a project funded by the Irish Policing Authority on victims’ experience with the Garda Síochána. As a recent migrant to Australia, Olivia loves exploring different beaches and walking and running with her puppy!

Work with us towards a society where all young people are valued, engaged and supported.