Staff

  • Chief Executive Officer – Nerita Waight
  • Chief Financial Officer – Trevor Plowman
  • Director Executive and Corporate Services – John Tomaino
  • Director Legal and Client Services – Moricia Vrymoet
  • Executive Assistant to CEO – Kirsten Smith

 

Client Service Officer (CSO)
(Head Office: 3 positions, Regions: 7)

The Client Service Officer (CSO) is a unique role that no other legal service provides in Victoria. It is the aim of the CSO to work with community members to assist and support them as they are processed through the criminal justice system.

CSOs are members of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. CSOs often work on the weekend, public holidays and get called in the middle of the night. They also do Prison Support Work as a part of their role at VALS.

 

Manager, Community Programs

  • Andrew Arden

 

Community Services Team Leaders

  • Vacant (Regional)
  • Kathryn Morris (Metro)

 

Metro CSOs:

  • Gary Bamblett
  • Jaime Carter-Maggs
  • Jacksen Dulvarie

 

Regional CSOs:

  • Bairnsdale – Lyn Morgan
  • Ballarat – Danny Ilsley
  • Mildura – Stephan Gocol
  • Morwell – Vacant
  • Shepparton – Vacant
  • Swan HIll – Vacant

 

CSOs provide:

  • Outreach and support;
  • Initial information;
  • Minor assistance (e.g. helping with phone calls or letters, advocacy to other services);
  • Case planning in conjunction with other service providers;
  • Community liaison;
  • Referral;
    Sit in on interviews with solicitors; and
  • Attend court.

 

Community Legal Education (CLE)
The Community Legal Education Program focuses on providing legal information to Victorian Aboriginal communities on topics those communities identify as priorities for them. Our program is intended to support and empower individuals to access legal services and supports available to them across a range of issues, and to be confident they understand their rights and responsibilities under the law. Our Community Legal Education Officer is based in our Shepparton office and delivers community legal education across the State.

  • Community Legal Education Officer – Loretta O’Neill

 

Legal Practice Staffing

Civil and Human Rights Practice

Principal Legal Officer – Patrick Warner

 

Practitioners

  • Kate Browne
  • Rachel Gleeson
  • Jay Chandramohan
  • Sophia Blosfeld
  • Siobhan Doyle
  • Elaine Stops (DLA secondee)

 

 

 

Criminal Practice

  • Principal Legal Officer – Kin Leong

 

Senior Practitioners:

  • Christina Cussen
  • Grace Donohoe

 

 Practitioners

  • Andrew Vincent
  • Stephanie Gillahan
  • Tamsin Khor
  • Kurstyn Miller
  • Peter Sublet
  • Neghar Panahi
  • James Forrest
  • Hilary Russell
  • Rachel Storey (Mildura Office)

 

Aboriginal Family Practice

  • Principal Legal Officer –  Rebecca Grouios

 

Senior Practitioners

  • William Spencer-He (Morwell Office)
  • Veronica Toth

 

Practitioners

  • Rosie Cuppaidge
  • Genevieve Yarak
  • Dallas Terlich

 

The paralegal for the family team is: Brittany Stanford

 

Legal Secretaries Team Leader

  • Vincenza Galati

 

Criminal Legal Secretaries:

  • Kalinda Kwan
  • Taylor Bastow
  • Monika Burgess

 

Civil Legal Secretary:

  • Sarah-Jo Watt-Linnett

 

Family Legal Secretary:

  • Leann Latu