Our Staff

Janet Saunders

Janet Saunders 

Executive Officer

Janet has worked in the not-for-profit sector for 24 years, including 11 years in leadership and management roles. Her experience is complimented by a Master of Business Administration and Diploma in Human Resource Management. Janet's business acumen ensures Hobart Women’s Shelter will continue to deliver quality and responsive services and adapt to current and future changes in the sector. She is passionate about empowering women to overcome barriers and reach their full potential.  Janet is committed to working collaboratively within the sector, forming new partnerships and engaging with the broader community.

Josie Young

Josie Young

Community Engagement Officer

Josie joined the Hobart Women's Shelter in June 2016. Josie has worked in the community sector for 10 years, is a published author and has three years management experience. Holding a Masters of International and Community Development and Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Political Science, Josie is passionate about community education and creating opportunities for empowerment for vulnerable individuals and groups.

Anne Jarvis

Anne Jarvis

Property Manager

Anne has worked in Community Services for 11 years; working at the Hobart Women’s Shelter since 2010. Anne has worked across all areas of women, child and youth support before embarking on a career in property management. Anne has a Diploma of Social and Community Welfare, a Diploma of Youth Work, a Diploma of Social Housing, and has completed the Arts component of a Social Work Degree as well as individual modules from the Diploma of Business Management. Anne is a dedicated member of the team applying her support skills within the role of property management.

Jenny McCabe

Team Leader

Jenny joined the team at the Hobart Womens Shelter as Team Leader in July 2016. Jenny hold’s a Bachelor of Social Work (JCU) and a Diploma of Counselling and Communication from the Australian College of Applied Psychology (Syd). Jenny has been working in the area of Community and Social services for 12 years and is passionate about human rights and social justice and supporting women and children to achieve best outcomes for their lives. Jenny’s  working background includes the Womens Centre Cairns, Coordinator of the Mooroobool Community Centre, counselling, recovery coaching, group facilitation and casual sessional worker James Cook University social work department, she has also been on the Management Committee of Rights in Action for several years. Jenny recently moved to Hobart from Cairns and look forward to this new chapter of her life!

Jackie Li 

Administration Coordinator

Jackie joined the Hobart Women’s Shelter in 2016 and is our Administration Coordinator/Book Keeper. Jackie is passionate about assisting those in need and has worked extensively in both corporate and academic settings. Jackie’s enthusiasm and strong work ethic is a valuable asset to the HWS team. Jackie has completed a Bachelor of Business (in Accounting).

Hirut Woldemichael Seboka 

Family Support Worker

Hirut joined the Hobart Women's Shelter in March 2005.  Hirut holds a Diploma in Counselling and is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology in Counselling at the Australian College  of Applied Psychology. Hirut was a founder, Secretary and Public Officer for the ‘Ethiopian Community Association Tasmania’ and an ‘Active Community Cultural Adviser’ for Glenorchy City Council. She is also a member of the community reference group for the ‘African Australian Report on the Human Rights and Social Inclusion Issue Project’.

Nene Manasseh

Family Support Worker

Nene has been working at the Hobart Women's Shelter for 2 years. She has completed a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Tasmania. Her passion for working with women and children who have experienced trauma and hardship has come from her personal life experience. Nene came to Tasmania with her mother and siblings 10 years ago, fleeing war in her country. She has extensive experience volunteering and working in the community sector and a strong sense of compassion and respect for all people.

Angela Pettigrew 

Family Support Worker

Since commencing employment with the Hobart Women’s Shelter in December 2011, Angela has worked across the areas of Women’s Support and Child and Youth Support. This has given her a comprehensive understanding of the issues facing women and children affected by homelessness and domestic violence.

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