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.


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.

Vice President

Sarah Etter

Sarah is a qualified social worker who has extensive history managing another women’s specific rehabilitation program. She is an advocate for gender equality and has a passion for improving service provision for women and children.


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

Jo Wodak

Jo has worked in a range of educational contexts, including secondary, tertiary establishments and in prisons. Until her recent retirement she worked in the strategic policy and planning division of Corrective Services NSW. She is currently an official visitor for mental health and for custodial services and a volunteer at the Wayside Chapel.

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.

Sue Kirby

Sue’s career included health service management in the ACT and Illawarra in community health and hospital services. She completed a PhD on vulnerable patients who frequently present at emergency departments. Subsequent research focused on rural health in chronic disease and the disadvantaged.

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