Phoebe House is governed by seven female, voluntary Board Members who share similar values relating to improving equity and access for women and children within the alcohol and other drug field. Each Board Member brings her own expertise, style and innovation to their role and each is motivated to ensure Phoebe House is well-resourced, well-governed and continuously improving our service delivery.


Sue Jefferies

Sue has an extensive history as a Registered Nurse in Corrections; working in the field since 1977. From 1990 to 2000, Sue worked as the Clinical Nurse Consultant (CNC) responsible for co-ordinating the Prison Methadone Program, and she has worked as CNC responsible for co-ordinating the treatment for those participants entering the Drug Court Program since 2000. Currently, Sue is a valuable member of the Drug Court Team located at Parramatta Court Complex. In her spare time, Sue shows ongoing passion about Cricket & the Sydney Swans and spiritually she engages in Tibetan Buddhism.

Vice President

Karen Becker

Karen has over 20 years of experience in executive management with a degree in Social Work and an MBA in Health Management. She has been General Manager of Public Hospitals as well as Area, District and Drug Health Services. She has extensive experience in assessing public, private and not for profit organisations against national accreditation standards, while striving for quality, embracing diversity, and bridging the gap in Aboriginal health. Karen is currently working as a consultant in governance and quality.


Sarah Lalor

Sarah is a Chartered Accountant who holds a Degree in Biomedical Engineering, and has spent her career working in Professional Services and Banking in both London and Sydney. She is passionate about supporting organisations that create environments for children to reach their potential in life, as well as helping people with a disability. She has three young children and enjoys the simple things in life!

Secretary/ Public Officer

Miriam Sorensen

Miriam is a recently retired registered nurse with qualifications in Midwifery, Nursing & Education. She is an active volunteer in many organisations.

Our members

Claire McMahon

Claire is a qualified social worker with many years of experience assisting women to transition from prison back into the community. Currently the Senior Transition Worker at the Community Restorative Centre.

Nicole Quince

Nicole Quince is the founder and Managing Director of a Human Resources consulting business, Everything HR. Prior to starting her own company, Nicole held several leadership roles in companies including Stockland, Investec Bank and Aevum (a previously listed retirement living and aged care company). She supports and partners with her not-for-profit, listed corporate and private and family owned company clients with all aspects of their Human Resources. She sits on the Remuneration and Nomination Board Sub-Committee for Odyssey House NSW and has completed the Company Directors course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Nicole has several qualifications including a Bachelor of Arts (psychology), Bachelor of Law and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance and Investment. When not working, she loves spending time with her young family and tries to fit in the odd run or swim with friends.

Leanne Howard

Leanne is an IT professional, holding an MBA specialising in Technology. She is also an early career academic within the public health environment, having recently completed a Master of Public Health specialising in Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing, and currently undertaking assistant research and teaching roles. Leanne is a proud Biripi woman and passionate advocate of improving health outcomes amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Want to learn more about Phoebe House?

Read more and request your interest via phone or online.