Teresa has a personal and professional commitment to helping people experiencing homelessness to live with dignity. This passion is reflected in her accomplished career within human services fields including not-for-profits, housing, and state and federal government employment, disability and community agencies.
Teresa is currently the CEO of Mangrove Housing Limited, a community housing provider with over 775 properties across the south east corner of Queensland. Since joining Mangrove Housing Teresa has founded two subsidiary companies, Mangrove Maintenance & Cleaning and Mangrove Realty, and has launched the charity initiative The Forgotten Women, which raises funds and awareness to help homeless women aged 55+.
Teresa is also a founding director of the Jack Reed Foundation, a recipient of Dignity First funding for the successful project ‘1000 Haircuts for the Homeless’. The Jack Reed Foundation’s latest initiative is ’99 New Beginnings’, offering apprenticeships to disadvantaged and at-risk youth.
Rarely sitting still, Teresa is also a Board member of QShelter and is completing her MBA, to add to her existing educational qualifications of a Masters Human Services and a Bachelor of Health and Behavioural Science (Psychology). In her downtime Teresa spends time with her family and works on her fitness.