Open Doors Staff

General Manager ODYS


Pam Barker is the Acting Coordinator of Open Doors and is also the General Manager of Open Doors Youth Service.

Pam is a trained Executive Coach with over ten years experience in managing small to medium teams. She comes with a diverse background working in the fashion industry, finance, personal development and coaching fields.

Pam loves animals and is a huge advocate for ethical and fair treatment of animals. She is an active member of the LGBTIQ community and also the vice president of the GLBN.

She brings with her a wealth of experience within people and operational management. Pam is passionate about changing the community, bettering the lives of young people.


Contact (07) 3257 7660 or


Paula Nixon is our finance and admin superhero Paula looks after all things finance related. Paula has many years experience working with Not for profit organisations and on Not for profit boards.

Youth and Family Support Workers


Evie Ryder is the Part Time Reconnect and Jelly Beans Social Worker.

About Evie: I choose to work with youth because they can be so vibrant, full of life, young at heart, and share the same interests as me. I decided to work with youth at Open Doors because I see so much hope and potential in the young people that attend. I feel honoured and excited to play some small role in enabling young people to feel great about themselves, hopefully empowering them to thrive and grow a strong supportive community for each other.What I am most passionate about is Skateboarding, the celebration and acceptances of the Trans and gender diverse community, Human Rights and Social Justice . The most important elements of my work with young people at Open Doors are:

  • Being non-Judgmental
  • Respecting and empowering young people to be the experts of their own health.
  • Being open minded
  • Unconditional compassion for all young people
  • Believing in young people
  • Being a real genuine person that actually cares

Contact (07) 3256 7660 or


Chris Pickard – Part Time Youth and Family Support Worker

About Chris: I chose to work with Open Doors as I had witnessed first-hand the empowering work the organisation does during my time as a volunteer.  From the first time I walked through the doors for my volunteer interview, I was overwhelmed with how welcoming and accepting the space is.  Growing up in rural north Queensland without access to such a service really reinforced how valuable it was to have in the community.  I identified and could acknowledge how much a space like Open Doors would have helped me during my adolescence and really wanted to be a part of something that could have such a positive impact on young people’s lives.

My lived experience as a member of the LGBTI community allows me to provide insight into many of the issues the young people that enter our space are experiencing or feeling.  I am currently studying psychology with the end goal to be working with young LGBTI people in order to assist them along their journey.  My professional history is in HR and Training.

Contact (07) 3256 7660 or

Jellybeans Facilitator


Dee is the facilitator of the Jellybeans group at Open Doors.


Dee has been working with Open Doors for the past 4 years as the facilitator of the Jelly Beans program. Dee currently sits on the board of Respect and is passionate about creating safe spaces for young people to express who they are free of prejudice, bullying and judgment. Dee believes by supporting young people to have a voice and agency for the outcomes they want in their own lives is the key to healthy community. Providing an empowering space for young people to express their authentic self and building community connections is vital to a young person’s success. 

In Dee’s role as a committee member with Respect Inc , Dee is the youth expert and has attended forums and events such as Aids 2014, World STI & HIV Congress and Australasian HIV & AIDS, peer development for young people doing Sex Work and/or trading in sex for favours and research with Queensland Health . 

Dee has a wealth of knowledge and is a valuable part of the open doors team.


Jake Davies – Part-time Youth and Family Support Worker

Jake is a proud queer/trans youth worker from Brisbane. He is passionate about building resiliency, creativity and relationships in his community and has worked in various roles, paid and volunteer, in the LGBTIQ+ community. Jake has worked in the community services industry, but his great love is working with young people.
Jake brings with him a masters in social work and a dorky and enthusiastic love for narrative practice. He loves animals and is self confessed bird person. Jake is excited to be welcomed onto the Open Doors team and is looking forward to working with the Open Doors young people.