The committee is made up of passionate and dedicated professionals who are committed to improving the lives of people in our community.

Jenn O'Sullivan - Chairperson

Executive Manager Path 2 Change

Having worked in the inner suburbs of Sydney in the NSW Police Force, Jenn became very aware of the complexities of the social needs of individuals who have been impacted by mental health issues, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness and domestic violence.  Following the Police Force, many of her life experiences and employment opportunities working with disadvantaged people in the community, continued to prepare, strengthen, and shape her to be able to understand and relate to people who face inequalities and adversity.  

Jenn currently works in the Specialist Homelessness Sector and recognises the need for homeless people and the community to connect and respond to what is happening with others who share the same spaces.  Jenn is passionate about connecting people 365 days a year and believes that as a community, we cannot be passive in our response to homelessness, and hopes with access and opportunities, people will have a choice to change their direction and their lives.

Emma Granger - Vice Chairperson

Emma is an Executive Officer at the Samaritans Foundation, a role that sees her working closely with the CEO on governance, strategy and advocacy. Previously working for the Company Secretary and Board of Lifestyle Solutions, she has significant experienced in areas of corporate governance and compliance. She has been recognised as a skilled administrator, collaborator and emerging leader, involved in the management and successful delivery of many projects and initiatives.

Emma is particularly passionate about human and animal rights and is committed to contributing her time to those causes. Emma diligently pursues knowledge and learning in the areas of intersectional feminism and animal welfare. She believes wholly in the need for constant education and social revolution.

With various volunteer experiences behind her and evolving skills in strategy development and delivery, Emma is excited to bring her knowledge to the Committee of Hunter Homeless Connect Inc. to assist in furthering its important work.

Nikki Ashworth - Treasurer

Nikki is a Chartered Accountant and brings over 10 years of commercial experience to support Hunter Homeless Connect Inc.  Nikki is interested in giving back to the community and hopes that by supporting Hunter Homeless Connect Inc., she is able to make a difference in the lives of local people experiencing homelessness. 

Alyson Segrott - Secretary

Professional Officer - Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle

Alyson works with the Catholic Diocese in Pastoral Ministries which oversees outreach areas such as Chaplaincy (hospital, university, prison and port), Refugee Support Service, Social Justice Council and developing relationships with other faiths communities.

Alyson has a supported the Homeless Connect Day over the past two years, from attending these days has a greater understanding of the many people who are homeless or live in poor housing conditions. Alyson feels as a Christian there is a need to offer support to our brother and sisters, to help them in the struggles of everyday life and provide everyone with suitable housing. 

Alyson looks forward to working with Hunter Homeless Connect and that her strong administration and event management skills will further enhance how Hunter Homeless Connect can reach out and improve the lives of those experiencing issue in housing. 

Rudi Vitasz

Rudi is a Warrant Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force and joined the Board of Hunter Homeless Connect in February 2017. Rudi’s military career brings a unique blend of skills to the Board including strong leadership and management across many operational domains. Rudi became interested in supporting Hunter Homeless Connect after witnessing the many homeless living on the streets in and around Newcastle. Rudi’s Air Force career has armed him with many skills and afforded him many wonderful experiences and opportunities. He hopes that in his role with Hunter Homeless Connect he may become a role model to those who have fallen on hard times; help those who are homeless to regain their self-esteem and sense of purpose, and also increasing awareness and education within the broader community. Rudi says that it is imperative that the community highlight that homelessness is a major social issue for Australia and we must do all we can to help those in need. Rudi is also a staunch supporter and Ambassador of the White Ribbon campaign.

Peta Winney-Baartz

Peta is currently a Councillor at City of Newcastle (Ward 3), a Child & Youth Worker with over 20 years experience and a Mother to four children. She is passionate about giving back to her Community. After witnessing the great achievements of Hunter Homeless Connect Day she felt honoured to join the committee and hopes to raise awareness of homelessness and to address the needs our community has resulting from disadvantage; to advocate to ensure that HHC Inc. is at the forefront of discussion in relation to policy development around housing & homelessness; to assist in furthering the valuable work of HHC Inc. within Newcastle and across across region and ensure the ongoing success of all projects undertaken by HHC Inc.

Jo Dixon

Jo has been a member of the Pegasus Management team for more than 11 years and is an integral part of the executive leadership team. She has been instrumental in the organisation’s growth seeing the business expand and diversify year on year. Today Pegasus is connecting more than 60,000 companies with over 2 million people in real time, with many of Australia's largest Mining Giants, Rail and Construction Groups, Energy suppliers, Manufacturers, and Retailers. Jo's specialist skills within the Business Development leadership role include Market Growth and Strategy, Contract Negotiating, Account Management and Effective Internal & External communication. She leads a team of Account Managers and Marketing professionals to identify opportunities and provide tailored SaaS solutions to their clients. Her proactive approach and business intelligence skills allow her to build strong and lasting client relationships and this is what she brings to the Hunter Homeless Connect Inc. committee.

Philip Moy

Philip has provided systems and practice-oriented learning, org development and coaching solutions in the Not-For-Profit and Government sector for a number of years. This experience began in the social work sector, in regional NSW/ ACT, supporting children, young people, their families and carers in crisis, short term and long term foster care, as well as in policy development and implementation. Further experience in change management, stakeholder engagement, and end to end product delivery, both for face to face and digital products have resulted from diverse client services roles.

In supporting the HHC Inc., Philip’s motivation is to learn from the experiences of people at risk of, and experiencing homelessness. Philip wants to support the inclusive values of the HHC Inc., and fight to break the stigma of homelessness that persists in our community. To provide a platform for our most in need and connect with their community is a driving motivation that Philip shares with the rest of the HHC Inc. team.