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Meet Our Directors

Our team are committed to your welfare and quality of life. We have brought together a team who are committed to the Women Veterans United vision.

Directors

Anna Maria Lang Founder/Co-Chair

Anna Maria Lang is a fourth generation veteran who served 9 years in the Australian Army as one of the first women in her role  while being airborne and also deploying to East Timor.  Anna Maria worked in Defence Force Recruiting additionally and is a Counsellor who has experience with human behavioural science and health while working with women’s welfare throughout her career and volunteer positions.  Anna Maria is a published author of multiple books focusing on women’s empowerment.  She founded Women Veterans United and the Global Empowering Women Organisation (GEWO) and has chaired a committee for United Nations Women and volunteers with  other charity organisations while she is passionate about the rights of women and their welfare as a human rights advocate.

 

Jennifer Wittwer CSM Co-Chair Chair

Jen Wittwer CSM is a military veteran with forty years of experience in cultural and gender-sensitive workplace reform. She is a keynote speaker and author who has worked with UN Women in New York, Ukraine and Jordan, NATO in Brussels and Afghanistan, the Peace Operations Training Institute in the United States, and with security sector agencies in Australia and overseas in implementing key international commitments on women’s leadership and participation in peace and security. In recognition of her efforts, Jennifer’s awards include the 2018 Canberra Women in Business Mentor of the Year, 2014 and 2018 AFR Women of Influence Alumni (Global), 2016-2019 Who’s Who of Australian Women, and 2011 Telstra Businesswomen’s Awards (ACT). Jennifer is a published author, in the 2018 Oxford Handbook on Women, Peace and Security, and with her first book in 2020, Against the Wind; how woman can be their authentic selves in male-dominated professions. She is passionate about mentoring and supporting younger military women and in driving the necessary changes to enable them to reach their full potential.

Kerry Parry Vice Chair/Treasurer

Kerry Parry is an expert in her field of Accounting and as a Treasurer having served 16 years in the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corp (RAAOC), has 19 years experience as a business owner, volunteering with the Scouts for 23 years and being educated with a Bachelor of Commerce, Graduate Diploma in Management, Graduate Diploma in Tax, Diploma in Financial Services (Financial  Planning) and as a Tax Agent since 1982.  Kerry is passionate about the welfare of women veterans having paved the way in her Army career and subsequent to that.  She is an avid believer in equal opportunity and giving her time to causes she believes in.

 

 

Niall Powell Independent Director

Niall came to Australia from Africa in the early 1980’s and grew up in the northern suburbs of Brisbane. Having completed his law degree at Queensland University of Technology in 2003 and completing Articles of Clerkship, Niall was admitted and has since practiced as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia. Niall’s work as a solicitor focuses on commercial and property law and he currently leads the commercial and property teams of the Brisbane office of JHK Legal.   Niall oversees the legal aspects of the Women Veterans United and is passionate about the welfare of women veterans.

 

 

Dr Rita Anwari Director

Dr Rita Anwari is a philanthropist who is deeply committed to the welfare of women veterans.  Rita was born in Afghanistan and moved to Australia when she was young and has trained Australian troops on culture and diversity prior to deploying to the Middle East and is passionate about training them to come home post deployments.  Rita holds an honorary PhD from King’s International University and is a Global Peace ambassador for Peace for Asia, Universal Peace Federation.  Rita Anwari is the winner of the international women’s day award in leadership in social justice and equality category and is a Queensland government inductee on the Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Honour Roll  by Annastacia Palaszcuk MP Premier Queensland and Di Farmer MP.   Her role within Women Veterans United is to provide her skills and expertise in education and innovation to ensure women veterans are able to integrate into Australian society post deployments and understand their role in the peace mission.

Anne Nguyen Director/Psychologist

Anne Nguyen is a Clinical Psychologist who completed her Master’s in Psychology (Clinical) in 2004 from the University of Sydney.  Her clinical experience includes acute mental health both in community and hospital settings, with adults and adolescents, working in schools and private practice, developing, and facilitating group programs, supervision, and training.  Anne continues to serve as an Army Reserve Psychologist and has deployed to the Solomon Islands and the Middle East.  Her role within the organisation is providing professional advice and overseeing the welfare and case management aspects of the of Women Veterans United, ensuring programs are evidence-based whilst tailored to supporting the varied needs of female veterans.

Tamara Sloper-Harding OAM Director

Tamara Sloper-Harding OAM served in the Royal Australian Navy as an Intelligence and Administration Officer, spent time at sea and saw deployments to East Timor and Bougainville.  She transferred to the Naval Reserve with the birth of her fourth child.  She is a leader in the Returned Services League (RSL), various Veteran focussed organisations, Rotary and her church where she has a focus on social justice.  Tamara is the Founder of the charity Friends of Siobada. Her role within Women Veterans United is to forge relationships and provide her charity and fundraising experience to help the organisation grow to make the difference that is intended.  Tamara is passionate about the welfare of veterans and assisting the women to live with quality of life.

 

 

 

Susan Le Rossignol Director/Secretary

Susan served 9 years in the Australian Army Reserves in the Nursing Corp as a Nursing Officer.  Susan’s experience is extensive with 40 years service as a Nurse who is now working in Intensive Care at the St Vincent’s  and Prince Charles Hospitals in Brisbane.  She holds a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Psychology, Graduate Diploma in Emergency Nursing and a Masters in Nursing and is passionate about applying her skills and knowledge to the welfare of women veterans.  Through Susan’s Army and long Nursing career, she has come to know the needs of women and aims to make a difference in the lives of the women whom the Women Veterans United serve.

 

 

 

 

 

Make a Donation

Would you like to help? Women veterans in Australia served our country, and many continue to struggle as result of their service. While many have been going unnoticed and without help, the Women Veterans United is here to fill the gap and make sure that all women veterans are provided for and they are risen out of oppression, poverty and/or homelessness while the quality of their life is restored through your very kind donation.