Meet our Board


Nova is managed by a voluntary Board of Women, with members drawn from professional fields and various community organisations. They bring a vast range of qualifications, knowledge, expertise and professionalism and have great commitment and passion about the work that Nova does. Our board sets the strategic direction that enables our dedicated and committed team to achieve its vision and purpose. We are proud to introduce you to our current board.



Name: Louise Rak


Position on Board: Chairperson


Current Professional Role: Strategic Development and Partnerships Manager, University of Newcastle, Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education


What are you passionate about? I am passionate about people's right to feel safe and the opportunity for people to feel like an active participant within their communities.

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Name: Kate Davies


Position on Board: Secretary


Current Professional Role: Human Services Lecturer, School of Humanities and Social Science - University of Newcastle


What are you passionate about? I’m driven by the goal of social justice, and women supporting other women is one of the most effective strategies for achieving this goal! I’ve worked throughout Asia Pacific in public health and community development roles, as well as throughout Australia. Through this work I’ve seen that keys to improving equality of health, education and economic outcomes, are partnership, respect and people being given every opportunity to shape their own lives

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Name: Rayleen Ableson


Position on Board: Treasurer


Current Professional Role: Business Advisor, Lambourne Partners


What are you passionate about? I am passionate about women and children living safe and having a place they can call home.  This is not a privilege but a basic human right. 

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Name: Katy Mooney


Position on Board: Vice Chairperson


Current Professional Role: Sparke Helmore Regional Pro Bono & Community Manager


What are you passionate about? While it seems like a simplification I consider that my passion and drive for working in this sector are best summed up by Dr Seuss in the Lorax…“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not.”

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Name: Rozyta Englert


Position on Board: Board Member


Current Professional Role: Manager Strategic Change - Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Diocese 


What are you passionate about? I believe deeply in the right of every human being to be treated with respect and dignity, and to live a life free from fear, intimidation and violence. I am passionate about creating a community where we uphold these standards and ensure that vulnerable women and children feel safe and valued. 

Rozyta Englert

Name: Janine Johnston (Charnley)


Position on Board: Board Member


Current Professional Role:  Senior Project Officer at Everymind, Hunter New England Health


What are you passionate about? I am passionate in my belief that all human beings deserve to live a life free from fear with dignity and respect. I serve on the Nova for Women and Children board because I want to use my knowledge and skills to better the situation of vulnerable women and their children in our community.

Name: Marette Gale


Position on Board: Board Member


Current Professional Role:  Manager at Karumah and Director - MKG Management


What are you passionate about? I am passionate about the development of a robust, bold and inclusive service system which supports the well-being of all children, families and communities.  This would be a service system designed to lead, resource and champion local place-based initiatives, with outcomes designed to break the cycles of violence, racism, ill health, and poverty. 


Name: Kelly Hansen


Position on Board: CEO


Current Professional Role:  CEO Nova for Women and Children


What are you passionate about? I am passionate about achieving a fair and just society, where gendered poverty and gendered inequality no longer exist. A society that ensures women and children live without the fear of violence. A society that cares about the most vulnerable in our community and considers shelter as a human right.

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