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Meet Our Team

Meet the Lifeline Canberra Team


Carrie-Ann Leeson

CEO Lifeline Narrm

CEO of Lifeline Narrm, Carrie is an experienced Chief Executive Officer and GAICD with a demonstrated history of working in the health care industry. Strong business development professional with a Marketing focus in Public and Government Relations, Psychology, and Applied Communication from University of Natal, South Africa.

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• B. Science –Psychology and Management

• Masters in Business Administration (complete 2019)

• Cert IV in Telephone Counselling

• Cert IV in Public Relations

• Statement of Attainment in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training


• Lifeline Canberra Chief Executive Officer 2014 - Current

• Lifeline Canberra Board Director 2013 - 2014

• Director Canberra Community Clubs 2017 - Current

• President early Morning Centre 2015 - Current

• President Workplace Health Association of Australia 2014 - Current

• Telephone Crisis Supporter

Adam Miller

General Manager

Adam is the caretaker of Lifeline Narrm as General Manager after a dedicated career supporting some of Australia’s largest Corporations in operational business management systems, processes and governance. Adam is passionate about his community and has volunteered, mainly supporting Public Education, serving on many boards over the past two decades. Adam is proud to assist the Lifeline Narrm team to provide the vital support to the wider community that Lifeline is loved and respected for.

Chanelle Reid

EA to the CEO

Chanelle joined the Lifeline Narrm Family in 2023, having 15 years of experience as an Executive Assistant and in Administration in various Federal Government Departments. Chanelle has also worked in the LGBTIQ community, the disability sector, and as a Case Manager in a trauma space.

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Their passion lies in disability awareness, mental health, and well-being.

Jenine Woodman

Director of Strategic Engagements & Communications

Jenine has a strong background in Events Management, Client Relationship Management, Communications and, Operational Management. Jenine has a passion for making a difference to those in need in our Canberra community, by raising vital funds to support Lifeline Narrm.

Sara Boje

Events and Volunteer Coordinator

Sara is Lifeline Narrm's Event and Volunteer Coordinator. She brings with her an extensive background in events, a passion in creating memorable events and an appreciation of the vital role of our volunteers. She is extremely proud to work for Lifeline Narrm.

Alanah MacMahon

Communications Coordinator

Alanah joined the Lifeline Narrm team in 2023 with the hope that her marketing and communications background can be used to create a positive impact. Alanah’s passions include amazing experiences, connection, and community building. Every day she uses this passion to spread the message of Lifeline Narrm.

Margi Taylor

Administration Officer

Margi brings with her over 30 years of customer service experience. She is truly humbled and honoured to provide support to the Lifeline team and to all the wonderful volunteers.

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She loves her family, friends, early morning walking, animals, reading, music (listening and live) and watching sport (TV and live).

Alisha Tarrant

Lifeline Programs Manager

Alisha is passionate about people with a focus on supporting people to find and feel their own value. In her role as Lifeline Programs Manager Alisha empowers people so they can support any person in crisis.

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With a background in Training & Facilitation mixed with administration and support services Alisha brings excellent communication skills through her passion and an eye for detail in processing the administration.


• Cert IV in Training and Assessment

• Cert IV in Mental Health

• Cert IV in Telephone Counselling

• Cert IV in Business Administration

• Cert III in Early Childhood Education

• Statement of Attainment in Psychological First Aid

• Statement of Attainment in Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence

• Master Trainer with LivingWorks Education Australia

• Accredited Crisis Supporter Workplace Training (CSWT) facilitator

• Accredited DV Alert Trainer for General, Disability, Multicultural, Settlement and Indigenous Streams


• Lifeline Programs Manager - Current

• Learning and Development Coordinator 2017-2018

• Training Coordinator - 2015-2016

• Supervision Officer - 2011-2015

• Office Manager Perpetual Private Wealth – 2009-2011

• Sales Support Officer Swann Insurance – 2005- 2009

Rowena Mytton

Centre Supervisor

Rowena joined Lifeline Narrm in 2023 after spending many years working within the wider Lifeline network as a volunteer, mentor, In Shift Supporter and Team Leader. Rowena considers her role a privilege and is energised by supporting the volunteers to grow a warm, inclusive and collegiate centre.

Joy Marshall

Centre Supervisor

Brendan Dean

Centre Supervisor

As a Centre Supervisor in the Crisis Support Team, Brendan’s drive is to support Lifeline’s committed volunteers working on our Crisis Support Line. He believes our volunteers provide a true gift to the community; their time and their willingness to listen to those in need.

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His own experience working on the Crisis Support Line has taught Brendan how resilient humanity can be and he feels honoured to be able to help those in our community who are struggling.

Experience and Qualifications:

• Telephone Crisis Supporter 2015 - Current

• In-shift Support Supervisor 2018 - Current

• Successful 13+ year career in the Australian Public Service

• Fun therapist – Camp Quality

• Bachelor of Communications

Dion Tsarpalias

Centre Supervisor

Dion joined Lifeline Narrm at the start of 2024 as a Centre Supervisor after spending two and a half years in the same role at Lifeline Canberra. Dion is passionate about supporting the volunteers who help make crisis support more accessible in Australia through their compassion and patience.