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MHFA Staff

Aisha Usman

Manager

Aneka Srinivasan

Project Lead

Aneka Srinivasan is currently pursuing her Post Graduate studies in Psychology, in Melbourne. She is passionate about advocating for better mental health both in her role at the MHFA but also in her future career as a Psychologist. Aneka is also a trained Indian classical singer and raises funds each year for the MHFA through an annual concert during National Mental Health Month.

Alaina Reynolds

Education and Support Program Coordinator

Alaina coordinates our Education and Support Programs with an extensive background in community education, criminology, mental health and risk analysis projects, complemented by both industry and academic research experience.

Her experience in the NFP sector includes Philanthropic Practice Manager of Australian Standfirst Foundation and as such she is well-informed of current and evolving NFP legislation, psychosocial factors, socio-economic disadvantage challenges and the associated community services sectors requirements.

Susan Warby

Project Officer

Susan has experienced a wide range of study and work. She firstly attained a Bachelor of Business Management (Marketing), later a Master of Regional and Urban Planning, and recently updated her marketing knowledge with digital marketing certifications. Her diverse career spans product management, business development and operational management roles in corporates, small business and NFPs.

Darielle Asch

Project Officer

Darielle has a background in Pyschology, Behaviour Therapy and Community Services and has a huge passion for supporting people that are struggling with mental health issues. Darielle has been running her Wellness Business, The Wanderlust Age,  for over 2 years and is Working as a Life Coach, both with young people and adults. Darielle has also developed an Emotional Intelligence and Self-awareness Program for Young People in Perth. This program has seen some major growth in young people understanding their emotions, their self-worth and becoming more self-aware. This Passion of hers has given her the experience necessary to understand the importance of raising Mental Health Awareness, providing Safe Spaces for people to Speak Up and taking action to better support individuals in need.

Preethi Selvaraj

Community Engagement Coordinator

Preethi joined the MHFA in Feb 2019 and is now responsible for coordinating community engagement fundraiser events.

Prior to joining the Foundation she worked for AMES Australia within the Volunteer Development Unit administring the State Wide Volunteer program. In the recent years she has developed a keen interest in Mental Health and is passionate about advocating for and creating awareness about Post-natal Depression in new mothers.

Priyankaa Ananthakrishna

Project Officer

Priyankaa is a speech pathologist by profession and has completed her Bachelor of Audiology and Speech Pathology in India with a Gold Medal.  She is currently pursuing her Masters at Flinders University and is specialising in speech pathology.  Priyankaa has been into social activities also during her under graduation and school days. She has actively participated in the corporates social responsibility activities and has contributed for cloth donation campaign for the poor and needy people and tree planting activities. She also undertook a short duration volunteer role in the Cancer Institute at Chennai and has helped the ailing cancer patients. She is really inclined towards working for people with Mental Health problems.

Philasande Dladla

Marketing and Media Relations Officer

Philasande is studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Poltical Sciences and International Relations minoring in Economics. Philasande has experience working in media and communications on several campaigns and programs such as working for the South African Government Spousal Division and SA Youth Magazine. Philasande is grounded by her quota "service before self" and this has motivated to serve as best as she can on matters of Mental Health.

Felicity Mackin

Project Officer

Working as Project Officer in Advocacy, Felicity is passionate about the MHFA Ambassador Program in creating a space for change towards positive Mental Health in Australia and in making a positive contribution to social inclusion in our increasingly diverse community. She has a keen interest to pursue her dream in helping and supporting those in need, not only with her role at the MHFA in making a positive impact in the lives of the most vulnerable people, but also with her current studies in Leisure and Health, taking her toward one of her personal goals to aid and provide care for the less fortunate and disabled.

Andeli Zuzic

Community Engagement Officer

Andeli began her work with the Foundation early 2020 and works on a range of projects including the Schools Seminar Program, the Australian Future Leaders Program, and a range of campaigns and events within the organisation. Outside of work, Andeli is currently pursuing a career in music studying her Bachelor of Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music on Flute with a keen interest in the field of Music Therapy. She is a recipient of the prestigious Hansen Scholarship at the University of Melbourne and is one of the Inaugural Hansen Scholars. She has worked extensively in environmental activism with organisations such as the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, School Strike for Climate, and a grassroots group founded by her and friends in 2019 - Jagajaga Youth for Climate. She has lived experience both with mental health conditions and a variety of chronic physical invisible health conditions and is an advocate for reducing the stigma around both Mental Health and invisible disabilities, stigma which often bounces off the stigma of the other.

Jael Wong

Media Officer

Jael is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts at Monash University, majoring in linguistics and minoring in politics. I was born and raised in Hong Kong, came to Melbourne in 2020. I’m passionate about understanding what is happening in society, as well as keen to communicate with people around. 

Akshay Subramanian

Project Officer

Currently studying Bachelor of Psychological Sciences at Swinburne University of Technology. Has volunteered at MHFA since 2018 and is currently working at the Foundation. I’m very passionate about helping others, raising awareness in mental health, and seek to have a career in Psychology.

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