Insight Exchange Associates
- Dr Leticia Funston (including Insight Exchange Interviewing)
- Marisa Moliterno (including Insight Exchange Interviewing)
- Dr Ghena Krayem
- Cherie Toivonen
- Corina Backhouse
There are also Associate Guests participating in the program as part of their place of work.
Dr Leticia Funston
Dr Leticia Funston currently lives and works on the stolen and unceded lands of the Bidjigal peoples of Eora Nation and Burramattagal peoples of Darug Nation. Leticia is inspired by First Nations Worldviews, anti-colonial resistance, queer theories, intersectional feminism and Response Based Practice. She aims to “walk the talk” in her work as a qualified social worker (Bachelor of Social Work, Honours 1, Sydney University) and as a social researcher (Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Social Inquiry, University of Technology Sydney).
Leticia completed her PhD degree under the supervision of Dr Lesley Laing and Dr Margot Rawsthorne with the Education and Social Work Faculty at Sydney University. Leticia’s thesis, In the Business of Trauma: An intersectional-materialist feminist analysis of ‘trauma informed’ women’s refuges and crisis accommodation services in Sydney and Vancouver (2019), considers the capacity for human services to provide care and to respond to gendered violence and housing injustice under the constraints imposed by settler-colonialism and neoliberalism.
As one of her current roles, Leticia works as an Insight Exchange Associate. Leticia has worked in the field of gendered violence response and prevention for over ten years. Leticia is passionate about collaborating with others towards our collective liberation, respect and dignity.
Cherie Toivonen is an independent researcher working in the violence, abuse, and neglect space. Cherie has 20 years’ experience in research and evaluation across a range of projects including; domestic violence, child protection and mental health collaborative approaches; domestic violence service evaluation; and community development and social inclusion initiatives. She has managed two complex ARC funded research projects and was the Senior Researcher for the NSW component of three ANROWS funded multi-state research projects, whilst employed at the University of Sydney. At ANROWS, she led the project that developed the National Risk Assessment Principles for Domestic and Family Violence and held the role of Acting Director of the Research Program. She has most recently completed a contracted piece of work for the NSW Ministry of Health, The Adult Survivor Pilot Project: Stage 1 and will lead the second stage of the pilot project.
Cherie is also currently employed as a Senior Policy Officer at NSW Health producing policy documents and developing service responses. Cherie also has extensive experience in teaching and supervision of students in the social work program, across both the Masters and Undergraduate programs at the University of Sydney and has a continued commitment to teaching and learning within the social work profession.
Cherie has a strong commitment to social justice and feminist principles and holds these central to all aspect of her work. She believes in authentic dialogue with survivors and workers to create a space for developing new and innovative approaches to working in the violence space. Key to all of Cherie’s approaches is a commitment to co-design, critical reflection, and learning from our First Nations people about best practice.
Corina has worked in a range of social policy, research, community development, advocacy and communications roles in the domestic, family and sexual violence, refugee advocacy, and women’s health sectors. She currently works for NSW Health in prevention and response to violence, abuse and neglect policy and program areas, and independently as a collaborative consultant providing research, knowledge translation and practice development support.
Her work has included development and implementation of national and state-based policy and practice frameworks; conducting participatory research , evaluation and co-design; building collective advocacy initiatives and campaigns; and development of capacity building resources, such as the National Risk Assessment Principles for domestic and family violence and the Avoiding the 3M’s: myths, mistakes and misinformation in violence, abuse and neglect statistics and research resources.
Corina holds a Master’s of Gender and International Development from the University of Melbourne and Bachelor of Advanced Liberal Studies (First Class Honours, Gender Studies) from the University of Sydney. She is currently studying Narrative Therapy and Community Work with the Dulwich Centre in Adelaide, which is a source of much joy and sustenance.
Corina is motivated by a deep commitment to anti-violence and anti-racism work that is intersectional, critically reflective, capacity-building and that centres people’s lived expertise.
Marisa is a Counsellor and Psychotherapist with almost 20 years’ experience in the community sector in various roles from direct support work, case management, counselling and program management.
Marisa’s focus has been on working with victims of violence in various contexts in youth homelessness, residential Out Of Home Care, disability and adult services. In recent years as Program Manager of CRC’s Miranda Project she has turned her attention to working with women impacted by the Criminal Justice System who themselves have been victims of Domestic and Family Violence, and the ever-rising overrepresentation of First Nations Women.
Every day she sees and works with people who face immeasurable challenges, who have been exposed to unacceptable levels of injustice, then are further victimised due to their resistance to the violence and oppression they have endured and the social responders they encounter.
As one of her current roles, Marisa works as an Insight Exchange Associate.
Marisa is passionate about working with victims to have their voices heard, their resistance known and to advocate not only for every persons basic rights of safety, dignity and equality but also for the cultural, societal and systemic change that needs to occur to reduce the injustice and violence for future generations.
Dr Ghena Krayem
Dr Ghena Krayem is an Associate Professor at Sydney Law School, University of Sydney. She graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in Law and worked as tipstaff to Justice Windeyer at the Supreme Court of NSW. Since 2000, Ghena has been a legal academic researching, teaching and writing in the areas of public law and family law.
Ghena is also a regular commentator on the Muslim community and was the President of the United Muslim Women’s Association from 2011-2013. She is also a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner with Legal Aid NSW and has a keen interest in developing mediation practices that meet the needs of Australia’s culturally and religiously diverse society.
Ghena is also involved with a project doing oral history interviews with the National Library of Australia. She has always had a strong focus on women’s issues, particularly Australian Muslim women.
Ghena has always been a passionate advocate for women’s rights and has explored the experience of family violence in many aspects of her work. Her philosophy is that those with a voice must hold the space for others – understanding each other’s narrative can only happen when we allow everyone to have a chance to be heard.