EXECUTIVE TEAM

Chief Executive Officer

Michal has been the CEO of inTouch since November 2017.

She is on the Board of Domestic Violence Victoria and is a Council Member of the Harmony Alliance. Michal is also on the Advisory Group of The Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA), and the governance group of the Western Integrated Family Violence Committee.

Michal has worked for over 20 years advocating for and supporting diverse communities across government and the third sector. She has developed innovation and service responses for multicultural communities since the late 1990s.

Prior to her role at inTouch, Michal was General Manager of Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health for nine years.

She has worked in community health, peak advocacy bodies, state government and at the national level at Primary Health Networks.

Michal has worked on issues as diverse as community capacity building, person-centred care, drug and alcohol, mental health, suicide prevention, language services, cultural competency and health literacy.

Michal holds a Master of Communication and a Bachelor of Arts.

Chief Operating Officer

Rochna commenced as Chief Operating officer at inTouch in February 2020. She is an experienced, commercially astute finance executive with over 20 years of experience leading teams in non-profit and for-profit organisations in Australia, India, Pacific and South East Asia.

In the span of her professional career, Rochna has led teams to deliver a broad range of strategic, financial and operational effectiveness programs, whilst effectively managing financial and operational risk, governance and compliance. Since 2015, Rochna has also been the Honorary Treasurer, a Board Member, and Chair of the Finance Committee of the Australian Nurses Memorial Centre.

Being a migrant woman from a culturally diverse background, Rochna identifies with inTouch’s vision and is passionate about making a difference through her professional approach and example. Her work within the non-profit sector as well as her Board experience, has fostered a belief in endless possibilities for positive social impact, and she is inspired to give back to the community that has given her so much.

Rochna has a degree in Commerce, a Fellow Chartered Accountant and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She also successfully completed the Board Leadership Program for Culturally Diverse Women after being awarded the inaugural scholarship by the Victorian Government in 2018.

Executive Manager Client Services

Ruth Fox commenced at inTouch in August 2017, after moving to Melbourne from Mildura. She has extensive experience in the community health sector. She started as a speech pathologist, before moving to a management role in 2007.

Ruth managed the primary health team at Robinvale District Health Services for 6 years before moving to Sunraysia Community Health Services, as the Executive Manager of Service Delivery.

In this role she was responsible for a diverse range of programs including dental, allied health, nursing, alcohol and other drugs, counselling, men’s behaviour change program and others.

The role included participation on the Mallee Integrated Family Violence Network and the Mallee Risk Assessment and Management Panel (RAMP), for high risk victims of family violence.

While relatively new to the specialist family violence sector, Ruth has considerable experience in senior management across a wide range of programs. She also has experience in working closely with government and key stakeholders to manage and implement sector change, while delivering accessible, client-centred services.

Lee Kennedy, Executive Manager Sector and Community

Executive Manager, Sector and Community

Lee Kennedy commenced her role at inTouch in January 2020. She has extensive experience in health and community services, and has also participated in international development efforts in Peru. Lee’s broad range of skills and experience has community development at the heart, and she enjoys using her background in the arts to help develop creative responses to issues.

Prior to this role, Lee was the Senior Manager of Community Partnerships and Diversity at cohealth, where community input was held in the highest regard. Responsible for the oversight of a range of community engagement mechanisms, Lee also managed the diversity portfolio of the organisation. She also led projects such as Co Designing Better Solutions with South Sudanese Australians.

Lee’s previous professional experience also includes managing a statewide information and support program for women with cancer, consulting with a range of state and local organisations and coordinating HealthWest and the Statewide Primary Care Partnerships group. To date, some of her proudest achievements include organising the first Regional Family Violence Conference and establishing the first Family Violence Outreach Service in the early 90’s as part of her role with Women’s Health West.

Lee studied Animateuring at Victoria College of the Arts and went on to complete a Graduate Diploma in Organisation Dynamics at Swinburne.