Marriage and Relationship Educators Association of Australia


Denise Lacey (VIC)

Victorian State Branch Representative

383 Albert St
East Melbourne, Vic, 3002

p: (03) 9287 5511
m: 0419 121 354

Manager Marriage and Relationship Education for CatholicCare Melbourne for past 18 years. Denise has been involved in MAREAA for over 20 years. She has been on the MAREAA Victoria committee for 18 years.Denise have represented both MAREAA and CatholicCare on Federal Government Reference groups and Committees in matters related to Marriage and Relationship Education.Denise is a strong advocate of early intervention programs and passionate about relationship education programs that meet the needs of couples, families and individuals at all stages of life. Healthy relationships = healthy, happy families and communities.

Rebecca Lowe (NT)

Secretary and Northern Territory State Branch Representative

P.O. Box 4193
Darwin, NT, 8001

p: (08) 8923 4999

Rebecca Lowe, Social Work trained, the Relationships Education Coordinator, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Project Worker and a Family Counsellor at Relationships Australia NT.Rebecca works with many diverse groups of people including long programs for men who use violence in relationships, with newly arrived parents of refugee background and migrants on parenting in a new culture as well as couple and children’s counselling.

Shane Smith (NSW)


PO Box 448
Sutherland, NSW 1499

p: 0414 993 347

Director of PREPARE/ENRICH Australia, facilitator, mediator and marriage and relationship educator, with more than 10 years works alongside many like-minded advocates and organisations that focus on providing individuals, couples and families the opportunity to develop relationship skills, and to recognise that they have the potential to shape and maintain quality and meaningful relationships. With deep knowledge of digital technology and the impact of the internet, mobile technology and social media on couple relationships, Shane is a regular writer on this topic. Shane has an Master of Dispute Resolution, MBA (Law), certificate in Adult Education in Training and a bachelor’s degree of Applied Science in Information Studies.

Robyn Donnelly (NSW)

New South Wales State Branch Representative

CatholicCare Social Services
50 Crebert Street
Mayfield, NSW, 2304

p: (02) 4979 1370
m: 0400 347 104

Robyn has been involved in the field of Marriage & Relationship Education for over 18 years; approximately 12 of these with Catholic Care (formerly known as Centacare). Robyn’s passion for supporting couples at all stages of their commitment - pre, post marriage and parenting is contagious, she is a strong believer that prevention is better than cure. Robyn is a FOCCUS facilitator, Co-ordinator & Facilitator of Before We Say I Do Group Programs and Bringing Baby Home Workshops as well as a program called ENHANCE, enrichment sessions she created for post marriage couples in Newcastle, NSW.Robyn was awarded the Inaugural 2014 MAREAA Award for Innovation and Excellence in the marriage & relationship field.

Jennifer Mason (QLD)

Queensland State Branch Representative

Centacare FRS
P.O. Box 289
Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006

p: (07) 3252 4371
m: 0488 558 955

Jennifer Mason has been the Coordinator of Pre-Marriage Education Services at Centacare Family and Relationship Services, Brisbane since 2005. She has worked in the field of Relationship Education for the past twenty years in Brisbane and Rockhampton. During this period Jennifer has served five years on the executive for CSME, has worked on the Editorial Advisory Board for the relationship education journal Threshold and served as Queensland Teacher Trainer for Natural Fertility Services.She has been a FOCCUS trainer in Queensland for the past nine years and has been responsible for training, providing supervision and professional and programme development for relationship education for Centacare Brisbane. For the past fourteen years Jennifer has facilitated personal and social development education (Sexuality Education) seminars for parents, primary and secondary students and teachers in school communities across Brisbane, Sunshine and Gold Coast.

Michael Hawke (SA)

South Australia State Branch Representative

159 Port Road,
Hindmarsh SA 5007

p: (08) 8301 4200
m: 0478 320 749

Michael lives in South Australia with his wife and two boys. He spent his childhood with aid-worker parents in the rain-soaked forests of the Pakistani Himalayas, and now works for Anglicare SA supporting families through loss, trauma and abuse. As Anglicare SA’s manager for Family Relationships, Michael is committed to strengthening relationships and families, improving the wellbeing of children, and supporting his staff to excel in this important work.When he isn’t working Michael spends his time dancing in the living room with his two boys and collecting vast and unnecessary amounts of stationery.

Amanda Lambros (WA)

Vice President and Western Australia State Branch Representative

935 Albany Hwy,
East Victoria Park WA 6101

m: 0423 151 743

Happily married with two boys, Amanda was born and raised in Canada but has been living in Australia since 2002. With more than 15 years of experience working in the counselling, education and training fields - both private and public sectors, nationally and internationally. Amanda stays as current as possible in the field of Counselling and Sexology to provide the best possible outcomes for her clients.Amanda is currently a Clinical Fellow at Curtin University. She holds undergraduate degrees in Health Sciences, Ethics and Counselling with a Masters degree in Forensic Sexology and Counselling as well as postgraduate qualifications in Counselling and Supervision. Amanda was the first person in the world with the designation of Masters in Forensic Sexology - she has a passion for couples and relationships and all things 'sex and intimacy' - to help couples along their journey together.

Michael O’Keeffe (Victoria)

Treasurer & Media Manager

383 Albert St
East Melbourne, Vic, 3002


Michael has worked as a Pre-Marriage & Relationships education facilitator at CatholicCare Melbourne for over 10 years. A qualified secondary teacher, Michael splits his time between teaching, consultancy work with his company MRG Pro, the Senior Coach of an Umpiring group and as a stay at home father.Michael is also a facilitator for the CatholicCare Schools and African Dad’s and Kids programs which both promote the building of strong and healthy relationships.


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