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 Advocacy Team Leader

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

Paul has been with 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.

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Jackie Cameron - Consumer Pathways Projects Co-ordinator

MSW, Grad Dip Counselling Human Services, Dip VET, Cert IV TAE, Dip Teach

Jackie co-ordinates the Pathways Project here at ReGen. She has delivered educational programs in a variety of settings, as well as working in different community service roles

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Chantel Churchus - Evaluation and Advocacy Officer

BA (Hons), Master of Social Work, Core AOD competencies

Chantel took up the role of Evaluation and Advocacy Officer in September 2017, having previously worked at ReGen as the Post Withdrawal Linkage & Support Worker and as a Triage Clinician. She has worked in the community AOD sector for over a decade in a range of clinical, policy, research and advocacy roles.


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.

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Rosa Harrison - Co-ordinator, Wesley LifeForce Suicide Prevention Program

Cert IV TAE, Cert IV Community Services, Dip Project Mgmt, BSc (Chem)

Rosa is active in her community and has volunteered in the community sector for over 3 years.  Prior to this she worked in business as a Project Manager for  over 18 years. Rosa commenced working with ReGen in 2017 as the Project Coordinator  for Wesley LifeForce Suicide Prevention Program in Education and Training team.



Sam Mastro - Education and Training Officer

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

Sam has worked in the community welfare sector since 2007, 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 – Senior Education, Training and Overdose Response Project Officer

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

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 as and Evaluation and Communications Officer, and since 2016 has worked as the Overdose Response Project Officer, and with the Education & Training team.


Rita Piscitello - Project and Administration Officer

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

Rita joined Education & Training in 2010. She has a background in information systems and insurance and has completed qualifications in Economics, Business Management, Information Systems, OHS and project management.


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.