Women’s Health Victoria has a talented and dedicated team of staff with a wide breadth of experience, expertise and knowledge. With a focus on respect, courage, inclusion, innovation and excellence, our team fosters a forward thinking and passionate environment.

WHV staff

Our Management Team:


Claire Vissenga

Claire Vissenga – Acting CEO

Claire is a seasoned CEO with over 20 years’ experience in executive management in health, allied health and the community sector. Claire offers a wealth of experience in reproductive and sexual health, mental health, disability health and wellbeing along with a strong background in influencing health policy and advocating for change. As a results-orientated CEO, she has a proven track record in improving organisational performance through developing staff and leading teams to achieve outstanding outcomes. Her passion for creating a nurturing environment and supporting staff and clients is evident in her work. 

Claire has a Masters degree in Psychology and numerous post graduate certificates in management, governance, clinical governance, financial management and risk management. Claire joined Women’s Health Victoria as Acting CEO in October 2023.

Carolyn Mogharbel

Carolyn Mogharbel – Manager 1800 My Options

Carolyn joined Women’s Health Victoria in 2018 during the establishment of the 1800 My Options service, and brings over 15 years of health promotion and service delivery experience, with a focus on sexual and reproductive health. Carolyn is committed to access and equity in health services and reducing stigma in the health system, and to centering the experiences of all women in health system development, delivery and evaluation.

Charlotte Strong

Charlotte Strong – Manager Brand and Marketing

Charlotte joined Women’s Health Victoria in 2023, and oversees the organisation’s brand, marketing, media and communications areas. Charlotte brings extensive not-for-profit experience leading brand development, public engagement, marketing, communications and partnerships. Charlotte is passionate about creating powerful social impact brands to help drive social change, particularly for gender equality and feminist causes.

Cindy Van Rooy

Cindy Van Rooy – Manager Counterpart

Cindy joined Women’s Health Victoria in 2022, and oversees our Counterpart service. She has over 18 years of experience delivering programs and services in the not-for-profit health sector, including advocacy, psychosocial and financial support, peer support and information services. Cindy is committed to delivering effective services and programs in the health and community services sector to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Kate Johnston-Ataata

Kate Johnston-Ataata – Manager Policy, Health Promotion & Advocacy

Before joining Women’s Health Victoria in 2021, Kate spent 20 years working in research and knowledge translation, health promotion and policymaking in both academia and the Commonwealth public service in the areas of reproductive health, mental health and international development. She is passionate about the role of evidence-based, co-designed health promotion and policy advocacy to make a difference to people’s health experiences and outcomes through addressing systemic inequities and empowering individuals.

Lauren Zappa

Lauren Zappa – Manager Gender Equity and Capacity Building

Lauren joined Women’s Health Victoria in 2022 as the Manager Gender Equity and Capacity Building. Lauren oversees the organisation’s workforce development, training and capacity building programs, including shEqual - the gender equality in ads program.  She brings 15+ years of health promotion and leadership experience, with a focus on individual, workforce and systems capacity building. Lauren is driven by social justice and feminist principles and is passionate about improving outcomes for women, girls and other marginalised groups.