Governance Committee Members

About Us

CRCC Board Members

Canberra Rape Crisis Centre

Lessli Strong – Chair

Lessli has been a practicing Solicitor since 1984. She specialises in family law, domestic violence and child welfare. She has been a researcher, instructor, lecturer, mentor and examiner in family law. Lessli established and manages a sole practice legal firm, specialising in family law, domestic violence and child welfare matters. She represents children in the Family Court, the Federal Circuit Court and in the ACT Children’s Court. Lessli has been the Vice President and founding member of the Canberra and Region Family Law Professionals Association. She was a member of the advisory panel for the introduction of Working with vulnerable people legislation in ACT and also a member of the advisory panel for introduction of Sexual and Violent Offences Legislation Amendment legislation in ACT.

Kate Ord – Deputy Chair

Kate is an Assistant Director in the Commonwealth Public Service with 23 years of experience in a variety of service roles mainly in HR. In her early 20s, she taught self-defence for women and girls including working with survivors. In 2018, Kate managed the Australian National University‘s Respectful Relationships Project responding to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s report into Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment in Australian Universities. Over her career, she has developed many policies and procedures and coordinated/provided training on Sexual Violence Prevention and Response, Domestic and Family Violence and Work Health and Safety. Kate brings a thorough knowledge of government processes and an excellent understanding of policy frameworks to the Board. As a former Union Secretary and Chair of a departmental Disability and Carers Network, Kate also has a background in advocacy. She has a Bachelor of Science from the Australian National University and a Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety.

Valerie Papin – Treasurer

Valerie is a Director at ACT NoWaste, part of the Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate, where she works on major projects, data intelligence and internal business processes. She is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and has completed most of the training required by CPA Australia as she spent most of her career acting as a Business Analyst and a Management Accountant in her home country of Canada. Valerie holds a dual MBA from Cornell University and Queens University and has previous experience volunteering with non-for-profit organisations.

Catherine Elrick – Secretary

Catherine is a Human Resources Manager who has worked in various Government agencies for over
30 years. She has worked on major projects the most recent being the development of a recruitment
strategy and action plan for the recruitment to 130 positions located in the Australian Pesticides and
Veterinary Medicines new office in Armidale NSW. Previously she has worked in injury
management, provided support and advice to senior managers on performance management and
Workforce Planning and is currently working in the Department of Agriculture in HR strategy.
Catherine is in the process of obtaining a Certified Practitioner in Human Resources through the
Australian Human Resources Institute.

Juliet Moody

Juliet Moody is a comedian, musician and writer, best known for her role as the short-half of musical comedy duo Sparrow-Folk. In 2016, she founded the Fearless Initiative – a charity organisation using comedy as a platform to raise funds and awareness for victims of Family Violence. The organisation has raised over $100,000 for charities supporting survivors in the ACT community. The initiative was created to mark 10 years free from her own experience of Family Violence and to provide hope for other victims. Juliet was recently recognised for her work in violence prevention in the community as a finalist in the 2018 ACT Australian of the Year Awards.

Rosemary Dupont

Joined the CRCC Board in January 2019. She has prior experience on two other Boards; Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia and Pedal Power ACT. She has a good understanding of Board procedures, governance and HR and comes with a keen interest in feminist issues. Rosemary originally trained in Social Worker but since 1995 has run her own company specialising in dispute resolution and HR consulting.