Barry Guidera, Chief Executive Officer
Barry has been the Chief Executive Officer of DIDs since October 2009, and is based at head office in Coffs Harbour on the Mid North Coast of NSW. Barry moved to the area from South Australia with his wife and 3 children after 15 years in the oyster industry operating his own farm, and then managing the merging of eight farms around the state.
Barry has overseen many positive outcomes from numerous internal and external challenges in the past 6 years. The professionalism and implementation of effective structure provided by Barry has seen DIDs consolidate it's position as Australia's leading provider of services to separated parents.
Every year sees greater numbers of people engage with DIDs and MIDs - given the limited resources available, this has been a significant achievement. Comfortable working with staff, volunteers, and clients at the grass roots level or meeting with MP's in Parliament House, Barry has provided the stability DIDs has needed to advance the organisation.
Dr Des Perry, NSW Services Coordinator
Dr. Perry has worked for over 15 years with the Veterans and Families Counselling services as both a clinical supervisor and as the officer responsible for outcome measure, research and Quality Improvement. Dr. Perry has taught at 4 Sydney Universities, and conducted numerous research projects in a range of areas, including cancer care services, treatment for PTSD, service improvement strategies. Dr. Perry's work experience includes a focus on people with disabilities, AIDS/HIV, children at risk/child abuse, cancer care services, sexual health, and tertiary education. Dr. Perry's most recent work has involved working with parents, and men in particular, who have limited contact with their children. This includes group support facilitator training and supervision.
Alan Valja, Helpline Operator
Alan Valja is one of the co-founders of Dads in Distress. His focus has been to establish and further develop the support group structure. Alan has also helped to keep in touch with current volunteers and mentoring new volunteers Australia wide.