Our People

Board

Hass Dellal AO / Chair
Hass Dellal AO / Chair
Hass Dellal

Executive Director, Australian Multicultural Foundation

Dr Dellal has had extensive experience throughout Australia and internationally on multicultural affairs. He has spearheaded a number of initiatives for the benefit and development of the general community to including the Muslim youth summits for the Commonwealth Government. He serves on a number of committees including the Australian Multicultural Council, European Multicultural Foundation, NAATI and is Chairperson of SBS Australia.

Dr Dellal was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division for services to Multicultural Organisations, the Arts, and the Community on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 1997, and awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal in 2003. He was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Social Sciences by RMIT University on the 13 December 2006.

Don Smarrelli OAM / Chair of Human Resource Sub-committee
Don Smarrelli OAM / Chair of Human Resource Sub-committee
Don Smarrelli

Partner, LawCorp Lawyers

Member of CMY Finance & Audit Sub-committee

Don is the respected principal of Lawcorp Lawyers which he founded in 1979. In addition to his busy practice, he assists many community organizations including, the President of Assisi Aged Care and a Board member of the Toccolan Club, an Italian community organization focused on fundraising for medical research. In June 2005 Don was appointed a member of the Council for Multicultural Australia being an advisory body to the Federal Government for raising awareness and understanding of multiculturalism. Don was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2007 for services to multiculturalism and the community, particularly through fundraising activities for medical research.

Shelin David / Chair of Finance and Audit Committee
Shelin David / Chair of Finance and Audit Committee
Shelin David

Shelin David joined CMY’s Board of Directors in December 2016.

Shelin is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in accounting and finance.

Shelin’ expertise in accountancy and financial strategic management makes her well-placed to contribute to the governance of CMY’s financial and risk frameworks. She has quickly availed herself to the administration of the financial and audit committee and she was appointed its Chairperson in August 2017.

Shelin’s volunteers her time to numerous organisations including, Habitat for Humanity and the annual Generation Hope Project in America.

Shelin likes exploring new cultures, cuisine and is also looking for her next adrenaline rush.  She includes travel, golf and soccer in her list of enjoyments.

Jen Sharpe / Board Member
Jen Sharpe / Board Member

Founder and Managing Director – Think HQ

Jen is an experienced communications and social marketing strategist with a background spanning corporate, policy, not for profit and entrepreneurial industries.

Jen established Think HQ in 2010 and has experience overseeing high-profile national campaigns, including media strategy and media relations projects, ministerial launches and securing and managing media partnerships. Through Think HQ Jen has worked with Federal Government’s Organ and Tissue Authority, the National Australia Day Council, the Scanlon Foundation, the Australian Multicultural Foundation, Philanthropy Australia, the Centre for Social Innovation, Australians for Mental Health and Orygen Youth Mental Heath.

Jen has received awards for the delivery of high-profile social marketing campaigns and holds an Honours Degree in Politics from Monash and a Graduate Diploma in Business (Entrepreneurialism) from Swinburne.

Demetrio Zema / Board Member
Demetrio Zema / Board Member
Demetrio Zema Photo

Solicitor

Member of CMY Finance & Audit Sub-committee

Demetrio Zema specialises in insurance and commercial litigation, entrepreneurs, not-for-profits and charities law. Demetrio Zema is passionate about championing equal participation for all and actively advocates for youth from migrant and refugee backgrounds and people who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Management

Carmel Guerra OAM / Chief Executive Officer
Carmel Guerra OAM / Chief Executive Officer
Carmel Guerra

For over 30 years, Carmel Guerra has been a strong advocate for young people of refugee and migrant backgrounds in Victoria.

In 1988, Carmel helped form the Ethnic Youth Issues Network and in 2000 established the Centre for Multicultural Youth Issues (CMYI). These organisations seeded the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) in 2007, Victoria’s first independent organisation to work exclusively with young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

Carmel’s journey to improve advocacy and support networks for young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds has placed her at the forefront of service delivery and policy development. With a background in direct youth work, she has used her experience to collaborate in research partnerships and write or contribute to numerous publications, including ‘Ethnic Youth Gangs in Australia: Do they exist?’, and ‘Wealth of all Nations’; the first comprehensive study undertaken into the needs of refugee young people in Australia.

Carmel is recognized for her knowledge on multicultural youth issues and her commentary has been published in major newspapers and journals. She has served on numerous boards and committees and is currently a member of the Youth Parole Board of Victoria, the Victorian Children’s Council, the Migration Council of Australia and the Settlement Services Advisory Council.

Carmel is also the Chairperson of the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN), the national peak body representing multicultural youth issues in Australia.

Carmel was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2016 for services to multicultural youth in Victoria, the Victorian Premier’s Award for Community Harmony in 2015 and the Centenary Medal for services to young people from migrant and refugee communities in 2005. She was also awarded a Not-for-Profit Fellowship at Harvard Business School in 2016.

Carmel remains a fearless advocate for multicultural young people. 

Soo-Lin Quek / Knowledge and Advocacy Manager
Soo-Lin Quek / Knowledge and Advocacy Manager

Soo-Lin has over 20 years’ experience in the community and government sectors. She has managed significant policy and program areas in the Victorian Government. Her previous experience in the community sector ranges from managing community based organisations to policy and community development work in the youth, multicultural, health, family violence, human rights and public housing sectors.

As part of her role, she oversees CMY policy, research and advocacy on emerging issues for young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds. To ensure that the voices of young people are clearly represented in this, she also oversees the Youth Leadership team which builds the capacity of young people to have a voice in the broader community.

 

Karen Dimmock / Business Services Manager
Karen Dimmock / Business Services Manager

Karen has spent 20 years working in the not-for-profit sector in marketing and communications, community engagement and corporate and government affairs.

Prior to becoming Business Services Manager at CMY, Karen was the General Manager of Volunteer West. Some of her previously held positions include Marketing Coordinator of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Director of Community Engagement with Conservation Volunteers Australia.

Karen’s career success include managing the multi-award winning program Revive our Wetlands in partnership with BHP Billiton, establishing the Green Gym program in Australia and doubling turnover and staffing at Volunteer West. She has been a regular speaker at volunteering conferences, and has been a member of the AusYouth advisory committee and International Year of the Volunteer federal steering committee. 

Karen is currently President of Volunteer West and has been a foster carer for the past 10 years.

Bernadette Marantelli / Youth Support Manager
Bernadette Marantelli / Youth Support Manager

Bernadette graduated from the Gippsland Institute of Advanced Education in 1986 and has since worked predominantly with young people, particularly those that are vulnerable or at risk. Bernadette has overseen the delivery of a range of youth services programs across state government, local government and non-government organisations. She has experience working in the fields of residential care, foster care, child protection, therapeutic foster care, adolescent community placement and transitional housing.

Over the past six years at CMY, Bernadette has coordinated and managed direct services across the north and western metropolitan regions of Melbourne for young people from newly arrived and refugee backgrounds. These youth support programs include Reconnect, group work, Young African Men’s Project, Refugee School Engagement, Sport and Recreation, Complex Case Support and the Refugee Youth Support Pilot. 

Bernadette also oversees the rural regional offices, Gippsland and Ballarat, focusing on capacity building, sector development and youth participation.

 

Sarah Nicholson / Sector and Community Partnerships Manager
Sarah Nicholson / Sector and Community Partnerships Manager

Sarah Nicholson has over 15 years experience working in the not-for-profit and youth sectors with a focus on vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.

She trained as a lawyer and has also worked in management, policy, advocacy and sector development. She has written resources and policy papers and spoken at conferences and community sector events in the areas of criminal justice, community law, family violence, human rights and anti-terrorism.

Her career successes include the establishment of Youthlaw, Victoria’s state-wide community legal centre and she was a key contributor to the foundation and development of the Youth Referral and Independent Person Program (YRIPP). Sarah has served on boards and committees for both the government and non-government sectors.

Sarah is passionate about social justice and human rights and continues to volunteer as a lawyer in a community legal centre.