Meet the Team
Maria Szybiak is an experienced senior leader with history of working across health, community services and public health industries. When Maria isn't at work you'll find her deep-sea fishing with her husband, exploring the bush with her dogs, connecting with her interstate family and being part of committees in WA to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians.
Simone Kerrigan is the Operations Manager for Mentally Healthy WA, currently leading the Act-Belong-Commit Partnership Program. Spending time with her young family keeps Simone physically and socially active, something she identifies as being important for her happiness and mental wellbeing. She loves walking to her local beach and doing Pilates in her spare time, so much so, that she has gained a Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction. Simone holds a Bachelor in Health Science (Public Health & Psychology).
Marketing & PR Coordinator
Janine Ripper joined the team in in January 2018 as the campaign’s Marketing & PR Coordinator, and
Health Promotion Coordinator - Partnerships
Gemma Davis coordinates the Act-Belong-Commit Partnership Program, which includes over 270 organisations from across Western Australia, nationally and globally. She brings with her a range of experience working on state-wide and grassroots health promotion projects. Gemma has experience living and working in regional areas and previously coordinated the Act-Belong-Commit Pilbara Capacity Building Project for three years. In her spare time, you’ll find Gemma catching up with friends and family, getting out into nature with her husband and dog, hitting the gym or relaxing with a good book. Gemma holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Public Health & Human Biology).
Liaison and Support Officer
Jennie Ferraro has been a part of the Mentally Healthy WA team since the campaign’s inception in 2005. Her role focuses on managing the Healthway Sponsorship program and campaign finances. Jennie is a mother
Youth Health Promotion Coordinator
A country girl at heart, Darci grew up on a sheep and wheat farm in Beverley, Western Australia. She enjoys living a mentally and physically healthy lifestyle, getting out-and-about seeking the next adventure. Darci Act-Belong-Commit’s by cooking, volunteering, playing sports and traveling. She also loves spending time with family and friends, laughing and having a good chat. Darci loves working at Mentally Healthy WA, running the Youth Connectors program, as she is passionate about teaching young people how to be mentally healthy and how to encourage their peers to do the same.
Minus three parental leave breaks, Julia has been with the campaign since she finished her PhD in 2012. As Mentally Healthy WA's evaluation officer, Dr Julia Anwar McHenry conducts and supports research and evaluation activities for the overall campaign, as well as individual program areas. Out of the office, Julia runs a sheep stud with her husband on the family farm and enjoys hanging out with family among the trees in the Perth hills. When (if) she has any spare time left, Julia can be found burning the floor in her flamenco zapatos (dance shoes) or singing along to her guitar.
Schools Health Promotion Coordinator
Phoebe Joyce joined the Mentally Healthy WA approximately six years ago, and coordinates the Mentally Healthy Schools Program. She is passionate about Act-Belong-Commit and has experienced the benefits of living a mentally healthy lifestyle as a player for the Wembley Netball Club and volunteer for their social committee. Phoebe has a Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Health) degree from the University of Western Australia and is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology at Curtin University.
Amara Da Luz
Health Promotion Assistant
Amara joined the team in 2019 this year after completing a Bachelor of Preventive Health at Notre Dame University. She has a passion for mental health, with a particular interest in Aboriginal health after working at PCH in an Indigenous families department, and volunteering for several organisations. Amara loves to travel and to have as many food adventures as possible. She is first generation Australian, coming from a Spanish and Portuguese background. When she’s not catching up with friends or family, you’ll find her at the beach or the movies.