KEL WILLIS– Chairperson

Kel Willis is the founder of Christian Growth Ministries, an organization that is passionate about resourcing Christians to know their full potential in Christ. Kel has over 55 years in Christian ministry. After graduating from WEC Bible College in 1962 Kel served as director of Youth Crusade for WEC until 1976 when he began an itinerant work to churches. He is the author of 6 books including his most recent ‘Living with You Living with Me’. Kel is the Chairman of Morling Bible College in Sydney and is passionate about resourcing and mentoring young pastors to influence the next generations. He is a skilled in church mediation and has a full ministry to churches Australia Wide. Kel brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and maturity to the board of Destiny Haven.

Janine Profile

JANINE EPERE – Public Officer

Janine is the CEO and Clinical Services Manager of Destiny Haven. After experiencing her own recovery journey in a residential rehabilitation program with husband Lewis in 1994, she entered into fulltime study and gained considerable experience in rehabilitation services. In 2003 she graduated from Worldview Centre with honours – Bachelor of Intercultural Studies. She has an advanced Diploma in Counselling and Family Therapy, a Diploma in community services – Alcohol and other drugs and a Diploma in Comorbidity, and completed a Master of Counselling in 2017. Janine and Lewis founded Destiny Haven in 2007 and have served in the organisation ever since.


Elizabeth was a client in the program before joining the full-time Team at Destiny Haven, 2015 – 2017, and joined the Board in 2018, bringing valuable insight as both a former client and staff member. As a team member, she was educated to become the Marketing and Fundraising Manager, holds a Diploma of Business and a Diploma of Counselling and is completing a Bachelor of Business (Marketing). Elizabeth is passionate about women finding healing and wholeness, and values the unique perspective and skills she can bring to the organisation that played such an important role in her own life.

JULIA SMITH – Director       

Julia holds significant experience in management and administration across a range of industries, including a role as Private and Confidential Secretary to the most senior Directors at NBN Television, Newcastle. A local to the Brookfield area, Julia has faithfully served Destiny Haven in the role of Office Manager and Personal Assistant to the CEO on a volunteer basis since the organisation’s opening in 2007. Julia has been instrumental in the development and facilitation of many of Destiny Haven’s income generation and public relations activities.  

ALISON GILBERT – Director                                      

Alison’s heart is to see peoples’ lives transformed physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, financially, and socially. When she was a teenager she experienced Janine’s intervention, prompted by Christ, which enabled her life to be set in a different direction. She has joined the Board of Destiny Haven to be part of a team, and community, that enables the loving, nurturing, supportive environment that is Destiny Haven to go from strength to strength and provide many more women the opportunity for their lives to be transformed. Alison has also held a long-term vision to see centres like Destiny Haven come into existence to support men, and families as a whole. She is a proud descendent of the Anaiwan/Nganyaywana people group of the New England Tablelands. She is an avid supporter of regenerative agriculture; cottage industry & SME; and social enterprise. Among Alison’s academic achievements are her Diploma of Business; Diploma of Leadership & Management; and Diploma of Christian Counselling. She is director of a real estate company, a mortgage broking company and is a partner in an accounting firm. Alison and her husband, Adam, have 4 children.

TRENT HADDOW – Director                                      

Bio coming soon.