Open Doors Youth Service Inc officially began operation as an independent Organisation 1st July 2003.
Matthew (he/him) is an experienced Human Resources Manager. Partnering executive leadership he specialises in delivering transformational change, people strategies and process improvement. He has a Bachelor of Business in Human Resource Management, a Post Graduate Certificate in Legal Studies and is completing a Master of Business, in Applied Finance.
Matthew is passionate the changing nature of work and the role inclusion and diversity play in enabling high performing teams and organisations. He is the co-chair of Aurizon’s LGBTIQ+ employee network and has been on the Board of Open Doors Youth Service for two terms, currently serving as Vice Chair.
Identifying as gay, Matthew is proud to see the positive and life changing impact the ODYS team have on the lives of young people within the rainbow community and is excited to be able to support and enable the team in fostering empowerment and social inclusion.
Melissa (she/her) is a Social Worker with over 25 years’ experience. During this time, she has worked in the areas of child protection, youth justice, sexual abuse counselling and crime prevention. Over the last 12 years she has worked in specialist teams within child and youth mental health in Queensland, including in the forensic, complex trauma/attachment-based treatment and eating disorders. She currently works as a clinical educator within Queensland Health (mental health). She holds a Masters in Counselling and is currently undertaking a Masters in Suicidology.
She has her own lived experience of being ‘the only gay in the village’ having come out to friends and family holding conservative Christian beliefs. She is happily partnered, has a totally cool stepson, a beautiful golden retriever and two cats! She enjoys cycling, mountain biking and sleeping. Melissa is delighted to have joined in board of ODYS in late 2019.
I’m a consultant with a broad range of experience working across different sectors, countries, and specialty financial areas. I have my CA and CFA and qualified with a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland. Throughout my career I’ve been passionate about understanding new things, trying to solve complex problems using numbers and using evidence-based techniques to prioritise opportunities and increase productivity. More recently I’ve become a mum which has been an incredible experience and taught me so much in a short space of time. In between juggling work and life commitments, my wife and I enjoy spending time with our daughter and overindulging in coffee.
I was drawn to Open Doors as I was looking for an opportunity to support the LGBTIQ+ community more directly. Open Doors is an organisation with amazing people and a strong sense of purpose. It’s been an exciting experience getting to know everyone so far and hear what the team and clients are continuing to achieve together. I’m looking forward to being involved in the next stage of the Open Doors journey as it continues to grow and evolve to support the changing needs of our young community now and into the future.
Caragh (she/her) is a Family and Child Protection Lawyer and holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Psychology. Caragh’s previous work experience has included roles in the fields of social work, youth work, education, child development, child protection and children’s entertainment. She now enjoys her work as a legal advocate representing parents who are experiencing family break down or child protection concerns. She has previously worked with children and young people with diverse backgrounds in Perth, Alice Springs and Brisbane.
Caragh grew up in Perth, Western Australia and has lived in Brisbane since 2014. Caragh has a number of family members and friends who are members of the LGBTIQ+ community and is an ally for our community.
Rhys (he/him) is an experienced business development specialist with a track record building successful relationships and partnerships as well as developing and implementing organisational strategic plans. He has worked across government and the private sector in a variety of roles across social infrastructure, urban development, energy and resources.