Melissa has a Bachelor of Social Work and a career that spans 20 years in executive and senior management positions in the community and employment services sector. She joined Communicare in September 2014 as Chief Executive Officer.
Prior to joining Communicare, Melissa was State Director WA for Mission Australia where she developed a strong reputation and demonstrated capacity to strategically win new business in a highly competitive market doubling revenue from $15m to $29 m within two years and significantly raising the profile of the organisation.
She has also previously held the position of Executive Manager with Centrecare during which time she was Executive to the WA Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention responsible for implementing the Governments Suicide Prevention Strategy across the State of WA.
Melissa is an active advocate for the needs of individuals, families and communities. Her depth of experience in social services enables her to be influential in lobbying for reform and increasing awareness with the intent to drive change and achieve long-term sustainable outcomes.
Her passion extends beyond Communicare as she is also a member of various committees and boards including the WA CEO Community Sector Roundtable, Funding and Contracting Working Group for the WA Partnerships Forum, Family Court of WA Reference Group and most recently appointed as the WA Director and Chairperson on the Board of Jobs Australia.