Marie-Louise is a degree qualified Social Worker and has been the Director at Karinya House since it opened in 1997, as the first employee of the Service. Since that time, Marie-Louise has developed and expanded the service, its staff and service delivery. In addition, through the development of effective partnerships with Government, Corporates and members of the regional community, Marie-Louise has negotiated an expanding funding base, to ensure continuity of the service and continuing enhancement of service delivery, from a premise of best practice within the Sector. Prior to her work at Karinya House, Marie-Louise worked within the community sector in Western Sydney for almost 20 years and has extensive professional experience. Marie-Louise has an extensive family, from a regional farming background, and her commitment to family is easily measured by an assessment of her tireless commitment to the clients, staff and volunteers of Karinya House.