Our Management Committee

Christine Overstone
Founder/Chair

Christine Richardson is a Social Scientist, Wellness Consultant and Education Management Professional, researching and working in behavior, thought and emotional management, developing and presenting seminars, courses, workshops and training programs for over three decades. Christine’s practice uses her skills and experience in the self management and emotional literacy arena to empower individuals, families and communities from all walks of life. Since 2010 that work has been mostly focused on those in mourning and grief. Not to minimize or distract them from the despair and brokenness this emotion can bring. But to invite, to encourage people to lean into their heartbreak, to ignore societal expectations around how they should or shouldn’t be responding, to grieve well. So that they are more ready and able to find pathways and purpose in life after loss. Her work within the communities systemic dysfunction and societal ills, led to Christine being a founding board member of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Consumer Community Coalition (AODCCC), for a number of years. As Founder of The Grief Centre of Western Australia, she is using her corporate training work in private practice and the public sector, Christine continues to use her strong position to advocate for change in the way grief and loss is viewed within the community. Her belief that grief has a profound impact on lives, with often intergenerational consequences, drives her work to educate and better inform individuals, families, workplaces, departments and communities on the issues of unresolved grief.

Hayley Solich
Interim Secretary | Business & Engagement Lead

Hayley Solich is a mother of five, wife, sister, aunt and survivor of grief and trauma, having lost her mother in a tragic car accident at 23 years of age, as well as both of her grandmothers in the same year. In her professional life, Hayley is a recognised national leader in the mental health space and was the Carer Co-Chair of the National Mental Health Consumer & Carer Forum. She is a passionate and awarded community developer and systemic advocate, whose family has been touched by road trauma, cancer and suicide. Hayley has a strong passion for uplifting the voice of others and has been a past Editor of several Australian magazines, a writer for magazines such as Honeybee Lifestyle Magazine, Finally at 40 Life Begins to name a few and is a past radio announcer for 89.7fm. Hayley brings a broad range of skills and experience to the Centre and was a professional performing artist in her young adult years, as well as, a youth worker, working for the Anglican Dept of Education and the WA Police. Hayley has also been an employment consultant, a TAFE lecturer and University Tutor. Hayley is a seasoned facilitator, with a strong background in governance and experience in the public sector, community managed organisations and private enterprise. She brings to the Centre her depth of knowledge of administration, curriculum development, marketing and business development, as well as, understanding of the structures and processes required for good governance. Hayley's awards include: 2019 - WA Mental Health Award for Consumer Impact Inspiration 2019 - Community Citizen of the Year Award for City of Stirling 2023 - ANZSWWER Achievement Award for Research about Community Education, Community Development and/or Social Action by individuals or teams. Hayley is soon to be a published author, with an article she co-authored set to be published in the International Journal of Care and Caring (IJCC).

Regan Cleland
Committee Member

Regan is a Chartered Accountant with over 3 years’ experience as a Management Accountant and Company Secretary in both the private and public listed sectors, providing accounting, financial modelling, business improvement and governance expertise. Regan also has over 6 years’ experience in public practice providing tax, accounting and business advisory services to a wide range of businesses and other entities from SME’s and large private businesses to high net worth individuals. More recently, his ethical values and passion for people and equality, have seen him seek out more purposeful work and apply his skillset and add value to the Management Committee on matters of finance, corporate governance, risk management and strategy.

Kathryn Budzinska
Management Committee Member

Kath has been involved at the Grief Centre of WA since December 2015, initially as a specialist grief counsellor and support group facilitator, then as a team leader and member of the Management Committee since 2017. Kath has four decades of experience as a Registered Nurse/Midwife following her training New Zealand as a Comprehensive Nurse and Midwife. Kath has worked across the birth, life, and death spectrum in both regional and metro areas, with a special interest in antenatal education and as an International Board Certificate Lactation Consultant. In 2015, Kath completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology, motivated by her conversations with families following birth trauma and loss. From 2017-2024, Kath delivered counselling sessions for MSWA in the disability and end of life arena. Kath has a special interest in facilitating professional development seminars for health professionals, so they have opportunities to acknowledge and attend to their personal and professional grief outside of the workplace. She also is engaged in crisis response in the mining sector, providing support to families experiencing sudden loss. Kath is also engaged in other community organisations involved in supporting families, participating in committees, events, fundraising activities and management. Kath chaired the committee for the World Health Organisation Baby-Friendly Health Initiative, a global initiative in support of breastfeeding.

Tony Mullen
Management Committee Member

Tony retired from paid employment after serving 25 years in the Union movement, over a decade as a high school teacher and finally advocating for injured workers. Retirement was spurred after the loss of his eldest daughter who had succumbed to severe and profound depression. Attending counselling, group sessions and engaging in creative research projects at the Grief Centre of WA was central to helping navigate the ongoing grief journey. It is widely accepted that there is systemic ignorance of the impacts of grief on people. This leaves many vulnerable to exploitation in the short term and deterioration of health, physical and/or mental, in the longer term. Having spent most of a lifetime promoting justice in various ways, contributing to the Management Committee was a logical and consistent move.

Jordan Overstone
Committee Member

Jordan is an entrepreneur, with experience setting up and managing a business. He has a lived experience of suicide, having lost friends to suicide and is passionate about the Grief Centre reaching this generation and being part of the solution for people experiencing grief. He brings to the team passion and a youthful perspective, with strong networking and business building expertise.