Our Staff

Jillian Warren

Centre Manager

In July 2008, Jill commenced working at Picabeen in the role of Youth Information and Referral Officer (YIRO) and in 2011 was promoted to the position of Centre Manager. This is a role that is quite diverse and includes grass roots interactions with people who access the centre, managing the volunteer and student programs, applying for grant funds and more.

Jill has a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Community Development and Human Services Studies which she completed with Southern Cross University in 2006. Jill’s work experience prior to Picabeen has been wide and varied and has included working in the disability and mental health sectors. Although many years ago, she did also spent 5 years serving in the Qld Police Service and in 2016 was seconded as a Senior Project Officer with the Department of Education and Training (DETE), Children and Family programs, Early Childhood and Community Engagement.

Jill is committed to providing quality services in the North West Brisbane region and has a particular interest in ensuring that vulnerable people in the community are supported through the organisation in the best possible way.

When not at Picabeen, Jill enjoys spending time with family, teaching Yoga and going to the beach.

Vicki Jacobs

Youth Programs Manager

Vicki has been with Picabeen for over 10 years. commencing as Youth Information and Referral Officer, r and later promoted to the role of Youth Programs Manager, overseeing the provision of Youth Support Service (funded by Department of Communities),and other programs that are secured through grant funding. Vicki was Acting Centre Manager during Jill’s secondment in 2016.

Vicki completed a Master of Social Work at QUT, she also has a PGDip in Careers Guidance and a BA (Hons) in Communications and Criminology. She previously worked as a Team Leader in the UK for a government-funded youth initiative called Connexions. She coordinates our student Social Work placement program, supervising students from QUT and previously from UQ and ACU.

David Cameron

Finance and Administration Officer

David’s involvement with Picabeen commenced in 1995 when he was elected to the role of Treasurer. Since then he has held a number of positions on the Management Committee and in 2006 was awarded Life Membership of the Association. In 2011 David was appointed to the part time position of Finance and Administration Officer, a role that carries the responsibility of managing the Association finances and assisting the Centre Manager with administration tasks.

David has a Bachelor of Business majoring in Accountancy from Queensland University of Technology and prior to his mature aged tertiary study he worked at Westpac Bank for 23 years. He has seen a number of changes in Picabeen over the past 27 years and is committed to its values and ideals.

Jane McDonald

Youth Worker

Jane has been with Picabeen for over six years. She started on a student placement whilst studying for her Diploma in Youth Work. After completing her placement, Jane continued on in a volunteer role and was later offered a Youth Worker role which became available under the St. George Foundation funding. Jane works mainly in the local High schools delivering group work programs for Years 7-11.

Jane’s previous experience includes supporting children in care and working with families who foster children. She has also worked in a primary school, supporting children with additional needs and spent many years working with seniors in residential care and in the community. With her down-to-earth attitude and naturally caring nature, Jane brings with her a passion to help and inspire all people she has contact with.

When Jane is not working she enjoys her time with her daughters, cats and their new fur ball cavoodle puppy who is regular at many group work sessions.

Christine Henderson

Community Engagement & Admin Support Officer

Christine has begun working in a new role at the centre of community engagement and admin support. Her background has been working in community centres and volunteering with Defence families and veterans. Christine has completed her Certificate IV in Community Services with a focus on special needs families.

Christine will be spending her time at Picabeen helping to maintain sustainability of the food pantry and engaging with the local businesses and community members. She will also be helping in the office and front desk reception

In her spare time Christine loves to go out and explore the Brisbane region, especially the beaches. She also likes to read as many books as she can and watch a movie or two.

Lynne Martin

Change Room Coordinator

Lynne has a background in health administration in both the  private and public sectors; and has also been a business owner – having owned cafes and a real estate business. 

As co-ordinator for the Changeroom Op Shop, Lynne enjoys engaging with the local community and being able to help with clothing , having a chat and providing a safe happy place for them. Lynne is assisted by a dedicated  band of volunteers to make this possible                                              

Lynne  also volunteers on the reception desk at Picabeen Community Centre one day a week  – this enables her  to keep her  administration skills current and meet  community members who seek assistance from Picabeen

In her spare time Lynne’s interests include gardening, reading, and helping with the grandchildren.


Youth and Community Worker

Daisy started with Picabeen in early 2022 on a student placement as part of her Bachelor of Social Work studies. Daisy has continued on with Picabeen after her placement to provide groups for local LGBTQIA+ young people and allies. She is passionate about working with young people and the LGBTQIA+ community to promote engagement, connection and inclusiveness in the local area.

Daisy is keen to continue working closely with young people and providing groups for social connection. She also looks forward to exploring her role further when working with young people in a school environment.

In her free time Daisy enjoys baking (and eating), going to the beach and hanging out with her dog, Gus.




Community Resilience Officer

Joanne is one of many new staff members that have joined our Picabeen team. She recently completed her studies for the Bachelor of Social Work and is very excited with her work here at Picabeen.  Joanne is passionate about helping people and strives to give her best. Joanne will be working alongside Kristi in community engagement and will be helping in the office and front desk.

In her spare time. Jo likes to go to the gym and takes her dog for walks. She also enjoys looking out for new places to eat


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