Zonta House Refuge Association is a small charity that works closely with other service agencies, volunteers and partners to provide the full service our clients require.

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Here is a bit more information about our team:


Kelda Oppermann
Chief Executive Officer

Kelda has worked in the community services sector for 15 years. For the past 8 years, Kelda has worked at Zonta House Refuge Association, developing programs; driving change from output to outcome based funding models, implementing client focused models of service delivery and leading through organisational growth.

Kelda is committed and motivated to working collaboratively with government, community sector peers and corporate supporters to achieve positive outcomes for individuals and the greater West Australian community. Kelda is passionate about how we can each contribute to a safer and equal world.

Kelda is currently a Member of the Supporting Communities Forum and Board Member of the Centre for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing and Community Employers WA. Kelda was a WA Business News 40 Under 40 winner and 2019 Telstra Business Women’s Awards Finalist.



Anna Scott
Accommodation Services Manager

Anna has worked at Zonta House since December 2018 and is Accommodation Services Manager overseeing two 24/7 refuges and short to mid-term transitional accommodation.

Anna has worked in the community service industry for over 20 years in  Government and Non-Government agencies internationally.  Anna has held leadership positions in the FDV sector in WA over the past 5 years and has managed a Lead Agency Family Refuge and a Refuge for Aboriginal women.  Anna has qualifications in Leadership and Management.


Sharyn Frawley
Outreach Services Manager

Sharyn is a qualified social worker with postgraduate expertise in community development. Sharyn has extensive experience across the practice contexts of family and domestic violence (FDV), child protection, exiting prison and reintegration services, homelessness, and mental health – in the NGO and government sectors. Sharyn’s clinical work is heavily influenced by the theoretical and practice-based frameworks of Narrative Practices and Response-Based practice. Sharyn has worked as a sessional academic and her research interests lie in FDV policy and legislation, human rights, humanitarian aid and sustainable development.



Gail Curtis, B Comm

Gail is a Partner at Grant Thornton, chartered accountants and their National Head of Quality and Excellence – Private Business Tax and Advisory. She has extensive expertise and practical experience as a business advisor to private businesses and high net worth families in a range of industries including property development, aged care, retirement villages, manufacturing and professional services.

Gail provides advice to management and private company boards on management and planning issues. Gail is a former Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee of Landgate. She has also held positions in local community organisations.

Gail is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australian and New Zealand, a Chartered Tax Advisor, a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Chartered Accountants Advisory Group.


Rod West, BA of Social Work
(Vice Chairperson)

Rod is a qualified Social Worker who joined Centrecare Inc. in 2006 after previously practising at the Department of Child Protection, Department of Health and Department of Corrective Services. He has worked extensively with men, women and children to address issues of family and domestic violence, at risk youth, family separation and homelessness. Rod currently holds the position of Executive Manager with Centrecare and manages a number of the agency’s branches in the northern suburbs that include counseling, accommodation and housing support, parenting, youth outreach and family dispute resolution services.


Sarah Josey

Sarah is a Director at KPMG, an international accounting and advisory firm. She has a broad range of expertise as an advisor to private businesses, family groups, not for profit organisations and foreign subsidiaries with experience in a range of industries including Australian government, logistics, mining services, health, aged care, superannuation administration, banking and corporate finance and mining services.  Sarah also provides advice and performance monitoring services to Boards with a strong focus on finance management, business improvement, risk minimisation and corporate governance. Sarah is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand.


Chantelle Thom

Chantelle is the Principal Advisor – Inclusion & Diversity for Rio Tinto. She is responsible for design and delivery of programs that help to drive an inclusive workplace across the company.  Chantelle was integral in ensuring Rio Tinto (Australia) achieved White Ribbon Accreditation.  She sits on the company’s White Ribbon Working Group and plays a key role in implementing initiatives across their global operations that aim to eradicate family and domestic violence. With a career in Human Resources spanning nearly 20 years, Chantelle has operational human resource experience as well as specialist expertise in inclusion and diversity, talent, recruitment, and employee relations.

She joined Rio Tinto in 2005 and has since held senior corporate and operational human resource (HR) positions, across a number of commodities including salt, uranium, talc, diamonds, and iron ore.

Chantelle is the Western Australian State Committee Chair for the National Association of Women in Operations (NAWO), a not-for-profit organization who promotes diversity in the resources sector and works towards the vision where women and men can be equally represented at every level.



Glenda Scott, EMBA FAHRI
(Committee Member)

Glenda has extensive experience as a manager, leader and learning facilitator.   Her career has included the role of WA state manager of a federal government agency with responsibility for 400 staff servicing 73,000 clients. In this position she was intimately involved in providing strategic direction locally and nationally, business planning and the achievement of business outcomes against national standards.  Her particular national contribution was in the role of Human Resource Management strategy formulation and outreach services for clients.
Glenda was the Associate Head of School, Teaching and Learning for the School of Management at Edith Cowan University.  Glenda taught in the fields of Human Resource Management, Management, Strategic Management, Leadership and Change Management and was responsible for managing several courses at undergraduate and post graduate levels in the Faculty of Business and Law. Her social contributions have included several years on the WA Advisory Board of The Big Issue.


Linley Buchanan
(Committee Member)

Linley is a former Director of Impact Communications a strategic communications, event management and public relations consultancy.  Linley’s professional career commenced in Western Australian state Government before she co-founded Impact Communications with her husband Les in 1987.  She has extensive experience in developing and implementing integrated communications strategies and media management programs.  Linley is a former member of the Zonta Club of Perth.



Melanie Hay
(Committee Member)

Melanie is a Partner with Perth based investment manager Viburnum Funds.  She has worked in private equity for Viburnum for 11 years, where her experience spans investment, mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings and strategic development across a range of industries.  Prior to Viburnum Melanie worked at ANZ Bank, initially as a Senior Economist and then at ANZ Capital in its private equity business. 

She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Charmaine Tsang
(Committee Member)

Charmaine is a partner at global law firm HFW, and an experienced adviser in employment, industrial relations, and occupational health and safety matters.  She represents clients in the mining and resources, engineering and construction, asset maintenance, retail and manufacturing sectors as well as in commercial and professional services. Charmaine runs a strong  client-centric practice; her team’s focus is ensuring the best commercial outcome for each individual client. Charmaine has a pragmatic and commercial approach to managing workplace, industrial relations and safety matters and is a Trained Mediator under the National Mediator Accreditation System as well as a Board Member of Australian Women Lawyers.