Education and Advocacy Staff Profiles



Brandon Jones - Manager of Workforce Development and Diversion Programs

B Ed, AdvDip in Management, Dip AOD, Graduate Course in Dual Diagnosis, Dip VET, Dip Training Design and Development, RABQSA in Auditing, Cert IV TAE

Brandon has more than 20 years’ experience working in the community, health and education sectors. He has worked for, the Victorian AIDS Council, Salvation Army Crisis Centre, the Department of Education, CAE,The Youth Substance Abuse Service and for the last eight years has worked with ReGen. For more than 15 years Brandon has managed Education and Training Units for alcohol and other drug and community services’ sectors. His expertise and interests lie in the following areas: Workforce Development, Community Programs, Learning Organisations, Consumer Participation, Harm Minimisation, Dual Diagnosis and Educational Leadership.


Paul Aiken - Evaluation and Communications Team Leader

BA (Hons), MA (Research), BSW (Hons), MAssess & Eval, Core AOD Comps

Paul has been with UnitingCare ReGen since 2004. He served in a clinical role for 3 years with the agency’s service at Port Phillip Prison before changing to Evaluation and Communications. He is a keen advocate for evidence based AOD policy and informed public debate of AOD issues.  He is also ReGen's most persistent Tweeter.


Regina Brindle - Consumer Participation Facilitator

B.A., Grad Dip Adult Literacy, Grad Dip in Social Science

Regina Brindle has come to Uniting Care Regen to commence the newly created role of Consumer Participation Facilitator. Her expertise in this area was established whilst managing the Association of Participating Service Users (APSU), a service facet of the Self Help Addiction Resource Centre for 6 years as well as her continuing involvement with Harm Reduction Victoria as a member of their board for the past two years.

Additionally, Regina has worked in various education and community development roles in a number of facets of the community sector since the mid 1980’s.


Jane Jervis-Read - Project Lead and Key Contact, Wesley/ReGen Suicide Prevention Training Program

BCA, Grad Dip Ed, Cert IV Prof Writing

Jane coordinates the Suicide Prevention Training Program for frontline healthcare workers across Victoria and Tasmania. She has delivered educational programs in a variety of settings and administered AOD and mental health training for healthcare professionals. Jane has worked with ReGen for over six years.


Bernard Hanson - Senior Education and Training Officer

BA/Comm Dev, Ass Dip Comm Dev/Soc Science, Cert IV TAE, Dip Mgt, Cert IV Mental health work, Dip AOD work

Bernard has a 20 year employment history working in the Community sector with a specific focus working in the Alcohol and Other Drugs field. He is currently working as a Senior Education and Training Officer at UnitingCare Regen and has professional and educational experience in alcohol and other drug, youth, family mediation and community development. For 11 years, Bernard worked as a manager in the forensic alcohol and other drug field. Bernard has worked in various capacities including educational, clinical, consultancy and managerial roles and has developed and delivered numerous training packages to both the community sector and private organisations.


Sam Mastro - Education and Training Officer

Masters of Public Health, BA of Social Science, Dip AOD, Dip Welfare Studies, Cert IV TAA

Sam has an eight year employment history in the community welfare sector with a specific focus working in the Alcohol and Other Drugs sector. Sam is currently employed as an Education and Training Officer at Uniting Care ReGen delivering client specific courses and competency based training since 2012 but has worked in various roles and programs. Previous roles include working in youth and adult withdrawal units, needle exchange programs and pharmacotherapy specialist roles, counselling and support worker type roles.


Ginny McKinnon – Evaluation and Communications Officer

BA(Hons), Dip. Alcohol and Other Drugs Work, Grad Dip. Addiction & Mental Health

Ginny has worked in the community sector since 2000. During this time, Ginny has worked in the community legal sector, the homelessness sector and the youth sector. Ginny became a youth drug and alcohol worker in 2008, before becoming team leader of a youth services program. Ginny commenced work with ReGen in 2012.


Rita Piscitello - Project and Administration Officer

B Ec, Grad Dip Ec, Cert IV Sml Bus Mgt, Dip Bus Mgt, Cert III Inv Services, Food Handling Supervisor

Rita joined Education & Training in 2010. She has a background in insurance and WorkCover and has completed qualifications in Economics, Business Management and Information Systems. She is currently completing Certificate IV Training & Assessment and Certificate IV Occupational Health & Safety.


Ann Tattersall – Senior Education and Training Officer

Grad Dip Counselling Human Services, Grad Dip Ed. Dip T, Dip AOD, Cert IV TAA.

Ann has been working in the Health and Community sector for 30 years, and in the AOD sector since 1991. Ann has worked as an AOD counsellor with young people and adults and her work as a trainer has involved project management of state-wide projects including the development and delivery of vocational training to AOD and community services workers.


Jane Thomson - Graphic Designer

BA/BBus, CertIV TAA, Dip Vis Arts (Public Art), Core AOD Comps, GradDip GraphDes

Jane joined ReGen in 2005. Prior to this Jane worked in both the corporate & community sectors utilising her marketing and training skills. As an Education & Training Officer, Jane coordinated Client Programs, facilitated AOD training in schools and project managed publication design and events. She completed a Graduate Diploma in Graphic Design at RMIT in 2011 and utilising these skills produces publications and promotional material for print and web including annual reports, brochures, conference posters, RTO and client program materials.