Jess Denehy

Jess joined the AOY as the Director in 2014 after serving as the Youth Ministry Coordinator in the Sale diocese. Jess has extensive experience in youth ministry and has played major roles in the Australian Catholic Youth Festival as well as leading and coordinating groups on World Youth Day pilgrimages across several World Youth Days. She also has an excellent dog, Hugo! :-)

Leeanne Surjadi
Leeanne joined the AOY in 2012 and is a Ministry Consultant within the Northern region. In 2010, she spent a year on mission with Heart’s Home in the Philippines, where she experienced deep encounters of grace in the slums of Manila. She has also spent many years as part of the leadership team at St Peter Chanel Parish in Deer Park, and loves being part of this vibrant community. Prior to joining AOY, Leeanne filled her working days reading and singing songs to children as a public librarian in Melbourne’s West.
Jake Santitto

Jake joined the AOY in May 2016 as a Ministry Consultant within the Southern region. After volunteering on a year of NET in 2014, he has worked in different parishes around the dioceses running youth and young adults groups. Jake has completed a diploma in Theology and Philosophy and is currently studying secondary education at Australia Catholic University. He is passionate about bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to the youth of today. 

Alexandra Wedd
Alex has joined the team as the Project Coordinator for ACYF in Perth this year! She has also been to ACYF in Sydney 2017 & Adelaide 2015. She was previously involved with Youth Mission Team Australia (YMT) for 10 years, working in a variety of roles both in Victoria and NSW. These included management, ministry coordination, personal assistant for the National Director and coordinating the fundraising program for YMT. During this time she was blessed to meet and work with over 25,000 youth. She is very excited for what this year will hold and all the wonderful people she’ll get to meet along the way! She is also currently studying a Masters of Theology and enjoys ballet and the outdoors in her spare time.
Annaliese Ros

Annaliese began working with the AOY in 2009 and has worked on a variety of projects over the years. Annaliese’s faith highlights have included attending five World Youth Days, studying a Certificate in Youth Ministry (2003), volunteering for WYD Sydney (2008) and attending Mission school in Rome (2008/9). Annaliese also works part time as a Speech Pathologist and is a member of the Emmanuel Community. She is the Assistant Director of the AOY.

Kath Spencer
Kath joined the team in 2012 and is a Ministry Consultant within the Eastern region. Kath also handles the communications for the office, designing promotional materials, managing the website and social media. She spent 2011 travelling the Holy Land with the AOY before heading to WYD2011 Madrid and then WYD2013 Rio. She is also an active member of the St Vincent de Paul Society. After two stints on maternity leave she is blessed with two beautiful kids.
Fr Dishan Candappa
Fr Dishan Candappa was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and migrated to Australia at the age of 15. He qualified as a Civil Engineer yet felt a call to the priesthood from an early age. He entered the seminary, completed his studies in Rome and was ordained in 2009. Fr Dishan has worked at various parishes and as a chaplain to hospitals. He is currently the Parish Priest at Good Shepherd, Gladstone Park and the chaplain to the AOY. He has a devotion to Our Lady which stems back to saying the family rosary. He also loves the Carmelite charism with a strong admiration of St Teresa of Avila.
Llewy Berchy
Llewy joined the office in 2013 and works as a Ministry Consultant within the Western region. Llewy is also part of the Young Men of God West leadership team and has previously been a leader at the St. Peter Chanel Youth group in Deer Park. He is currently finishing off his Graduate Diploma in Theology at the Catholic Theological College. 
Annabelle Bosnjak
Annabelle joined the AOY at the end of 2015, at the same time she finished two years of full-time volunteer youth work with Youth Mission Team Australia. Having worked in youth groups across the county, Annabelle was excited to start in a casual position that involves youth work and her skills in Administration. Annabelle is studying Midwifery at the Australian Catholic University.
Mimi Lee
Mimi joined AOY in 2018 as the World Youth Day Project Officer. In the past, Mimi has spent many years as a leader in youth ministry and she currently helps run a young adults group. In 2017, she spent three weeks on mission in the Philippines where she encountered Christ through the people she served. She finds joy in serving the youth and she has the desire to lead young people to encounter the love of Jesus. Mimi enjoys road tripping around Victoria, admiring God’s creation in natural landscaping.
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