Our People

Our greatest asset is our people.

ASeTTS staff, contractors and volunteers represent a broad range of professions, cultural and language groups, and life experiences; many have lived experiences as migrants and refugees. They are compassionate and thoughtful in their work, and are powerful advocates for our clients at individual, service, and systems levels. We strive to maintain a vibrant, diverse, safe, and welcoming workplace, and place importance in investing in the ongoing professional development of our people.

Leadership team

Merissa Van Der Linden – Chief Executive Officer

Merissa joined ASeTTS in 2020. She has over 20-years of experience in human services including hands-on, leadership and governance roles within for-purpose community and disability service organisations, state government, and with the national peak for the disability services sector. She is passionate about working with people, families, and communities, and is energised by supporting people to access quality supports to improve their wellbeing, safety, agency, and their enjoyment of human rights.

Merissa represents ASeTTS as a Director of the Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (FASSTT) Network, is a Council Member of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) representing the Pacific Region and is Chairperson of Midlas community legal centre. Merissa has tertiary qualifications in Fine Art, Psychology, Quality, Safety and Environmental Lead Auditing, a Masters of Human Rights, and a Master of Business Administration.

Vanja Tandaric – Executive Manager Corporate Services

Fiona Reid – Executive Manager Client Services


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