here to help
Our staff have lived experience of the system – we understand what its like to be a candidate with a criminal record and we are here to help.
Eleni has extensive professional experience in education, health and employment services. Combined with her lived experience of the criminal justice system, she is determined to help change the lives of not only the women that Success Works serves, but also misinformed attitudes that exist in society to help break the discrimination that exists. As well as a Degree in Education, Eleni has a Diploma in Counselling and Certificate IV in Peer Mental Health
Kat has almost 10 years of lived experience with the justice system as an ex-prisoner and ex-drug user. Whilst in prison, Kat commenced a law degree and started mentoring other women prisoners. In 2007 Kat co-founded the organisation, Women in Prison Advocacy Network (WIPAN) and was the driving force behind its successful development and operation. Kat was the CEO/Director for 8 years, facilitated the training of over 160 volunteer mentors and secured recurrent funding. WIPAN is now known as the Women’s Justice Network (WJN).
Juanita Schaffa De Mauri
Peer Support Coordinator
After a period of low self worth found Juanita incarcerated, she realised she had no choice but to overhaul her life if she was to succeed. She accessed the necessary services to help her move forward, obtained her Certificate IV in Community Services, and after a brief period work placement with Success Works, was offered the role of Peer Support Co-ordinator. Juanita is passionate about removing the stigma of a criminal record, and allowing women affected by the justice system to live their best lives possible through self-improvement.
Gemma has valuable experience in system management, customer service and has a proven track record of formulating successful systems and processes. Gemma’s role is to oversee the mentoring program, match mentors with mentees, and provide ongoing support to ensure a successful mentoring experience. She is committed to making a positive impact in the lives of women who have been affected by the criminal justice system.