Mel Knuckey – Manager
Mel joined the Families Tasmania team in , and has over 14 years experience working in the community sector, with the majority of her career working as a Manager of a Southern Tasmanian Neighbourhood House and a community/youth development worker for a Council in North-West Tasmania. Mel is extremely passionate about making a difference to the lives of others, specifically families, and her values strongly align with the ones that underpin Families Tasmania. As a mum of two children, Mel loves spending quality time with her family and going on adventures. She also enjoys playing social netball, spending time at the beach and volunteering with the Rotary Club of Hobart.
Emma Rowell – Family Food Patch Program Manager
Emma Rowell celebrates ten years with Family Food Patch in . She has an eclectic and rich professional background in media and events coordination, horticulture, tourism and community volunteer management. All these roles have brought her to a place where she can share these diverse skills within one organisation. Emma is passionate about creative community outreach and developing resources and tools that are fun and engaging for Tasmanian families. Living with her daughter in the Tasmanian bush, Emma loves sharing her joy of nature play, photography and bushwalking.
Lisa Rushton – Southern Regional Coordinator
Lisa joined the Families Tasmania team in 2019 bringing over 20 years’ experience working in the family and community sector. Lisa is passionate about opportunities for connection, conversation, and partnership for families. Lisa adopts a playful approach to work alongside families and believes that through sharing our stories and experiences we can grow in confidence, connection, and community. A mum to three boys who offer endless inspiration, laughter, and learning, Lisa loves the outdoors, camping, jogging, cold water dips, coffee, and conversation. Lisa studied a Diploma of Community Services as a young adult, followed by a Bachelor of Social Science, and most recently a Graduate Diploma Family Dispute Resolution.
Susannah Koch – Regional Coordinator North and North West
Susannah joined the team in , bringing a background in counselling and education and a passion for parenting as a learned skill to Families Tasmania. Her focus is on supporting parents with information, connection and skills to be the parent they most want to be. Susannah is a trained facilitator in a range of parenting programs, and has years of experience in supporting parents with information and workshops on topics including sleep, family food and toileting using up-to-date, evidence-based information.
Sarah Johns – Project Manager
Sarah has worked in the community/social services sector for over eight years in various roles including: supporting parents and children after separation, creating and coordinating youth programs, life coaching and personal growth workshops, and community engagement. Sarah believes strongly in equity and is passionate about creating opportunities for all community members to be seen and heard, to feel empowered and have access to the support they need. As mum to two boys and a new grandmother, Sarah treasures the value of family and savours her other great loves of being in nature, cooking delicious food and sharing time with her cherished friends.