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Meet Our Expert Panel

Dr Madeline Romaniuk Psychologist/Associate Professor

Dr Madeline Romaniuk is a Clinical Psychologist, Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, and Principal Investigator at the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation. She has authored over 40 peer-reviewed articles and conference proceedings in veteran health and has been the leader of research projects totalling over $15 million in funding. For the past 10 years, Madeline’s clinical practice has also focused on current and former Defence personnel suffering mental health and transition difficulties. Madeline is an appointed member of the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Veteran Mental Health and was invited to speak/provide advice at the Parliament Senate Inquiry into Transition from the ADF, the DVA Veteran Mental Health & Wellbeing Summit in Parliament House and the Symposium convened by the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention. Madeline’s role within Women Veterans United is as an expert advisor, providing both research and clinical advice to support the operations of the organisation.

 

 

Dr Katelyn Kerr Psychologist/Advisor

Dr Katelyn Kerr is a clinical psychologist with strong experience working with currently and ex-serving military personnel from all three services, as well as emergency services personnel. She holds the positions of Lead Clinical Psychologist at Toowong Private Hospital Day Programs, Adjunct Principal Research Fellow at the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, as well as conducting a busy private practice. Katelyn has published a number of papers related to the sequela of military service, and has acted as a consultant to various organisations including expert witness roles at the Senate Inquiry into Suicide by Veterans and Ex-Service Personnel, as well as for the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention. Katelyn is a passionate advocate of post-traumatic growth and assisting women to achieve their goals after adversity. Katelyn’s role within Women Veterans United is as an expert advisor, providing gold-standard evidence-based advice to support the operations of the organisation.

Louise Pitcher Psychologist

Louise has a Masters of Occupational Psychology (Clinical), Masters of Business Psychology (in progress), Yoga Teacher Training Certificate and Executive Coaching Certificate.  She has had an extremely diverse career working for the Army, Police, charities and the Mental Health Commission. Louise is passionately committed to supporting people to thrive.  Louise  derives this from both her work with people and lived experience.  She is a facilitator for the support and mentoring groups and is passionate about the welfare of veterans and making a difference in the lives of those who are in need.  It is a pleasure to have Louise as part to our team.

Melanie Marshall Executive Coach/Mentor

Melanie Marshall is an executive coach, and trust strategist.  Her experience in organisational culture change, and professional development across multiple industries is evident in her book Trust The Foundation for Healthy Organisations and Teams. As a previous serving member of the Royal Australian Air Force, Melanie understands the benefits and challenges during and after military service. With personal and professional expertise in change, transition, and transformation, Melanie offers evidence-based and practical guidance as a volunteer trainer and facilitator for our Women Veterans United community. With a passion for enabling freedom through meaning, purpose, and creating multiple options, it’s a pleasure to have Melanie as part of our team.

Sandy Coulson CSM Mentor

Sandy is a recipient of the Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM).  She joined the-Navy after completing her degree in European Languages to become an Administration Officer who reached the rank of Commander.  While serving Sandy became the Director of Personal and Family Support for Defence Community Organisation and supported Defence families.  She also served as the Executive Officer of a Naval Submarine base to then become a Director of Staff at the Navy Staff College.  Sandy was the Senior Naval Officer for South Australia (SA) and the Commanding Officer at Naval Headquarters.  Along with Sandy’s other achievements, she served as an Escort Officer for the President of Ireland and as the Honorary ADC to the Governor General.  Sandy has been a finalist in the Telstra Businesswoman of the Year Awards, the SA Great Awards and other SA Citizen Awards. Since retiring from the Navy, Sandy has worked for Lifeline and the Mount Gambier City Council and is very inspired to be a mentor for Women Veterans United.

Purdey Waite Marketing/Communications

Purdey is a Marketing, Communications and Business Development Strategist. Purdey served in the Australian Army in Operations and Intelligence and understands the complex challenges that are involved in bridging the gap from Defence to civilian life. She is passionate about supporting her fellow veteran community to find the purpose and meaning that enables them to thrive post active service. Purdey is armed with diverse experience in challenging environments, a range of research and analysis methodologies, bolstered by her years managing small enterprise, and her completion of a Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Marketing). Purdey proudly supports Women Veterans United by providing strategist expertise to marketing and communications activities and supports organisational development objectives through providing grant pursuit services.