Doreen Stoves
Chief Executive Officer

Doreen worked for the Department of Human Services for 25 years before coming to Doncare; she held management positions in several Human Services programs including Child Protection, Accommodation and Support Services, Intellectual Disability Services, Aged Care Services, Child Care Services as well as being involved in the management of Institutions. Doreen is also a Clinical Family Therapist who previously worked with individuals and families; she has a particular interest in domestic/family violence and is a strong advocate for quality service provision to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

In the time she has been at Doncare, Doreen has worked at developing strong links and partnerships with the service system in Manningham and developing a range of programs to meet the needs of the local community. Doreen was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2013. She was also awarded a Public Service Medal (PSM) in 1995 for her work with children and families while working at the DHS.

Nitika Maharaj
Manager, Clinical Services

Nitika is a qualified and registered psychologist with AHPRA and a member of the Australian Psychological Society.  Nitika initially studied at Monash University and then completed her Masters at Leiden University in The Netherlands.  She has worked as a psychologist for over 17 years and has particular expertise working with children, adolescents and their families and in trauma informed practice.  She has experience across many settings including schools, private practice and community agencies.  Before becoming a psychologist Nitika was a secondary school teacher and held a variety of co-ordination roles.  She has experience in counselling, coaching, supervising students and counsellors, supporting leadership and project management as well as running her own practice.

Nitika is passionate about the provision of compassionate and professional counselling and support services to those most in need.  She has a personal commitment to building respectful relationships and to creating a safe and encouraging environment for counsellors to learn and develop.  Nitika has a particular interest in preventing family violence and a strong belief in the value of working with communities to develop healthier and more empowering attitudes and responses to domestic violence.  Nitika feels privileged to be working with the compassionate and collaborative team at Doncare. 

Helen Mackenzie
Manager, Social Support & Volunteering in Manningham

Helen studied Human Services at Monash University and has extensive experience in the social welfare field. Her experience includes 11 years working with homeless persons in Melbourne before she moved into management positions within large Retirement Villages for 16 years, providing insight and understanding of retirees and senior citizens. Helen enjoys working with older people to assist them to remain as independent and active as possible and strongly believes that everyone deserves the best possible quality of life, and that maintaining positive social interactions plays a large part in making this achievable.

Volunteers are very special to Helen and have always been vital to the work she has undertaken. Without actively engaged volunteers so much wouldn’t be possible and the world would be a poorer place. Helen is honoured to be part of the Doncare team of productive management, staff and volunteers working together for the Manningham community.

Ian Clark
Manager, Family Services & Information and Crisis Support 

Ian has worked in the welfare sector both in the UK and Australia for more than 25 years. His roles have included frontline service delivery and management roles in a variety of sectors, mostly working with the homeless, foster care services, and family services. He has degrees in Social Policy and in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and is a registered psychologist. Ian is proud to be a part of Doncare’s significant contribution to support and welfare provision in the Manningham area.

Kerrie McMahon
Corporate Services Manager

After many years in the corporate sector, Kerrie transferred her financial and management skills to the not for profit sector, a move that she has not regretted. Kerrie is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) and has worked extensively in the not for profit sector including roles with Trust for Nature (Victoria), Pines Learning (formerly Donvale Living and Learning Centre), Learning Difficulties Australia, The Sunrise Foundation and more recently, Prahran Malvern Community Housing and SIDS and Kids (Victoria). Kerrie is delighted that she is able to utilise this experience in a vibrant and caring organisation dedicated to serving the community.

Sue O’Connor
Manager, Administration

Sue has extensive administrative experience gained over 20 years working in administrative roles for both the corporate and NFP sector.  Sue holds a Diploma of Management, Certificate IV in Training & Assessment and Diploma of Business Administration (Legal).  Sue has worked at number of not-for- profit organisations across the eastern region including Community Housing Limited, Waverley Emergency Adolescent Care and more recently managing a team of administration staff at Connections UnitingCare.

Sue lives in the City of Manningham and is excited to be working for a local organisation that provides innovative and valuable support services to local residents.

Jenny McMahon
Manager, Opportunity Shops Program

Jen has worked in the welfare sector for 37 years.  She has worked and studied in children’s services, foster care, women’s homelessness, disability, education, health and wellbeing and community development.  Jen currently manages Doncare’s 7 op shops, which are staffed by over 300 dedicated volunteers.  Jen appreciates and enjoys working alongside the volunteers who bring their stories, skills and experience to work in the shops and raise funds for Doncare’s programs. Jen is an active volunteer in the community herself and believes that whilst volunteering is an enormous contribution to our community, it also brings great satisfaction to the volunteers.