Lawyer, NGO Executive and Community Advocate for change, Michael works to break down the stereotypes surrounding homelessness in Western Australia; engaging all sectors of our community including business and government, and advocating the importance of collaboration and engagement in working towards the goal of ending homelessness.
As Chief Executive Officer at St Patrick’s, Michael leads the organisation, under the governance of the Board, working to support the amazing team of staff and volunteers in delivering our mission, to support the most vulnerable in our community to live independent lives and reach their potential.
A graduate of Monash University, Melbourne, Michael completed a Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences), 1993 and Bachelor of Laws in 1996 and has been qualified as a legal practitioner for over 20 years, during this time having established and managed his own law firm based in Fremantle, prior to his move into the community services sector.
Voluntary service has very much been a part of Michael’s history; serving on a myriad of Boards and Committees throughout his professional career, currently including:
- Chair, Imagined Futures https://imaginedfutures.org.au/
- Board Member, WA Council of Social Service (including WACOSS Governance Committee and CEO’s strategic advisory committee)
- Board Member & Treasurer, Shelter WA (including Chair of the Governance & Finance Committee)
- Member, and Chair, of various Statutory and related Boards and Committees in the health sector at both the State and National level including the fields of regulation and accreditation.
Michael previously served, amongst others, as the Chair of 55 Central Inc (inner-Perth based homelessness service), on the Board of the Community Housing Coalition of WA, and was a member of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy Working Group. He was also a board member of St Patrick’s Community Support Centre prior to joining the management team, with a continuous service to the organisation in both capacities of close to 20 years.
Victor Crevatin – Director – Homelessness & Support Services
With a Bachelor of Social Work from Curtin University and extensive experience in the community sector, Victor oversees all of St Patrick’s Homeless and Housing programs. Understanding client’s needs and challenges and translating them into strategic and practical outcomes is paramount to Victor’s role and reflects a long-term commitment and proactive approach to making a difference in the community.
His interest in the area commenced through a volunteering position in a Perth Crisis Youth Centre and rapidly expanded to include a range of roles predominately focusing on youth. Commencing his career with St Patrick’s in 2004, Victor has worked at a ‘hands-on’ level across all areas of the organisation from the running of the emergency response and crisis management unit, through to human resources and senior management positions.
Today, he is responsible for St Patrick’s specialised Housing programs including: Youth Place and Youth Housing, Street to Home, Housing Services Facilities and Mental Health Housing Support.
With a personal vision to realise a goal of affordable housing for all Australians, Victor’s knowledge and insight, adds significant value to local and state-wide forums and has included guest lecturing at TAFE, Curtin University and a number of schools across Western Australia.
Traci Cascioli – Day Centre Manager
Traci Cascioli is the Day Centre Manager at St Patrick’s Community Support Centre and has been with the organisation since 2009. She manages the meals, emergency relief, health and dental clinics, visiting services coordination and general Day Centre activities, and is currently a member of a number of inter-agency working groups including the SERC (State Emergency Relief Committee) and the Perth Zero Project By-Name List working group. Traci holds a Master’s Degree in Technology: Homeopathy, a Diploma in Community Services Management and previous to her work at St Patrick’s was a lecturer in the field of Behavioural Science at University of Notre Dame, Perth and The University of Glamorgan, Wales, U.K.
Karyn Lochore – Manager Business Development
Karyn Lochore has been at St Pat’s since 2018. As Manager Business Development, she is responsible for identifying and pursuing new business opportunities, tenders and other strategic projects. Karyn spent more than 10 years with the WA State Government working in project and policy roles across housing procurement, land development, community housing, affordable housing, remote Indigenous housing, and intergovernmental relations. More recently, she has consulted with various not-for-profit agencies on affordable housing and sector strategy. Karyn has a Bachelor of Environmental Design (Hons) and a Bachelor or Laws from UWA.
Lyn Levy – Manager Corporate Services
Lyn Levy joined St Pat’s in 2016, after returning from a 12 month secondment in Cambodia working with an NGO on social enterprises. Her previous role was as Director Sector Development with the WA Council of Social Service ( WACOSS). Lyn is experienced in working with key stakeholders in driving initiatives that lead to positive social change, leading to improving social and economic outcomes across communities. Lyn is skilled in strategy, planning, budgeting, stakeholder engagement and project management while holding a Bachelor of Social Science and Diploma in Front line Management.
Chris Stent – Housing Services Manager
Chris Stent has been at St Pat’s since 2011. As the Housing Services Manager, he is responsible for the managing of our housing team and all of St Patrick’s housing stock including maintenance, compliance, and resident placement, along with other landlord related responsibilities. Chris also manages the Hannick House Crisis accommodation program. Chris has extensive experience in community services, starting work as a residential youth worker in 2004. This lead to various roles in Youth engagement as a Youth Worker, Program Development Officer, Program Coordinator and Local Community Partnership Coordinator. His academic background includes a Bachelor of Sociology and Community Development, a Diploma of Community Services Management, a Cert IV in Property Management, Certificate IV in Employment Services and a qualification in Training and Assessing.