ECLC has a highly professional, multi talented and passionate team of staff. Each team member plays an important role in helping our community. The employed staff work with a dedicated team of over 100 volunteers.

Leadership Team

Chief Executive Officer – Michael Smith

Manager (Inner East) & Deputy EO – Leonie Burnham

Manager (Outer East) – Denise Budge

Manager – Legal Services (Principal Lawyer) – Belinda Lo

Manager (People & Operations) – Katiana Velcek

Manager (Finance) – Michael Woollard


Claire Hall

Helen Gay

Holly Phillips-Kliska (Senior Administration Officer)

Kelsey Smith

Kyle Maestri

Lynne Pearson

Miranda Farago

Community Lawyers

Amanda Vasiliou (Senior Community Lawyer)

Anita Di Santo

Anita Koochew

Beth King

Connie Chen

Marissa Johnpillai

Tanzeel Jabbar-Khadir

Co-ordinators / Projects

Community Development (Inner East) – Vacant

Community Development (Outer East) – Jacqui D’Sylva

Communications – Anna Barnes

Sort It! Deakin Legal Service for Students – Jacinta Maloney

Executive Assistant / Communications – Naomi Milnes

Maternal Child Health Project - Christina Burke

Seniors Rights – Kaz Mackay

Tenant Advice and Advocacy Program – Chrissy Andrews and Connie Chen

Yarra Ranges Co-ordinator – Belinda Gillam Derry

YRIPP (CMY) – Susan Hillman-Stolz