Our Board

Karen R Levin

Founder & Director

As the Founder, it wasn’t my international or domestic knowledge of  business that led me to developing The Equanimity Project. After living in the US for 17 years, my journey back to Australia was an escape not a choice.

This ‘lived experience’ provided the insight and empathetic understanding of the journey women experience.

Supporting other women inspired and motivated me to recognise the short falls and develop a solution that was responsive and beneficial for the welfare of women and the betterment of Australian society as a whole.

Cultivating a sustainable model of charitable and social enterprise, where communities become the solution, and the impact is seen in all levels of society and government is my desired mission for the organisation.


Carisa Wells



Carisa will play an integral role and brings a wealth of knowledge of business development and strategy, community engagement, relationship building, government relations and marketing.

What attracted Carisa to The Equanimity Project was the organisation’s goal to make violent relationship abuse and homelessness among women everyone’s business and bringing together two major issues for women to form an innovative resolution.

I am also lived experience and so I understand the anguish and trauma many women go through particularly if a child or children or animals are involved as I see what my daughter has had to deal with through this process.


Emily Macgregor


Emily joined The Equanimity Project to support the immense impact that it will make in the lives of so many women over the years to come.

“I resonate deeply with the vision Karen has for this extraordinary project and am honoured to be involved in whatever way I can.”

Emily’s career has been underpinned by a deep passion for personal growth and making a positive impact, which has led her to become a volunteer at The Equanimity Project and a volunteer telephone Crisis worker for Lifeline. She is also the founder of innovative health solution, WonderHub, to improve physical and mental wellbeing.

With over 20 years’ experience in the health sector, working in marketing, training, new product development, project management and health education, Emily brings considerable knowledge and passion to The Equanimity Project. She extends her vast skills to the organisation as a gifted mentor and experienced professional.


Michelle Culnane


A lived experience woman herself, Michelle joined The Equanimity Project to assist the management and operations of the organisation, whilst benefitting women who have also suffered through domestic and family violence.

She is a strong advocate for women’s safety and justice, encouraging public discussion about domestic abuse and supporting women and children in their journey to independence and success.

With over 25 years’ experience in general management, negotiation, and human resources, Michelle is currently a valued executive for MedicoLegal Assessments Group Pty Ltd. She brings drive, support, and passion to her roles both professionally and as a volunteer.

Described as the ‘Power Behind the Throne’, Michelle works within the community to develop impactful connections, and leads with authenticity and purpose towards this positive solution for the cause.


Elena C Merayo


Elena has always been passionate about ending gender-based violence and supports The Equanimity Project in its innovative solution.

“I like the approach, I like how it’s different from the reliance on government-funded housing and promotes women supporting other women in this issue.”

Hailing from Spain, Elena is a qualitative researcher with a drive for investigating cultural practices, intersectional gender studies and feminism.

She has extensive experience in working with non-governmental organisations and activism, focused on promoting and protecting the rights of women and diversity in professional, domestic, and public spaces. She has previously been involved in the homelessness sector as a social worker and personal advisor, empowering youth and families in crisis.

Elena is a valuable member of the organisation, bringing her accomplished research and writing to the team, in advocating for the values and mission of The Equanimity Project. 

The Advisory

The wonderful individuals who provide their expertise, their guidance and their knowledge to assure that The Equanimity Project rewards those we serve.

Bob Bell - PKF

Business Advisor – PKF


Michael P Levin

Economist, Finance & Relationship Building


Luke Athens

Private Investigator


Ann Jewitt

Mental Health Consulting


Joanne Clarke

Mind Health Transformation


Arsho Kalloghlian

Counselling & Psychotherapy


Nerida Pearse

Retail & Product Development


Anne Ferguson

Media Consultant

The Engine Room

Fueled by passion, drive and purpose, these individuals held the glue together, filled the gaps and made the process so much easier.  they bring their ideas and creativity to help us build strong communities throughout Australia. To these individuals and others who have passed through our doors, we are forever grateful.



Why Become A Community Advocate or Sponsor?

Be a part of an Australian first initiative to increase awareness and action in communities towards the reduction of domestic abuse and homelessness for women. 

  • Improve the welfare state of women
  • Reduce social isolation & loneliness
  • Break inter-generational trauma & violence
  • Improve feelings of security and safety in communities.
  • Raise awareness and education
  • A reduction in risk of homelessness
  • Provisions of housing pathways
  • Reducing recidivism and recurrence of violence
  • Increased reporting habits
  • Development of a “pay it forward” movement where it “becomes everybody’s business”.

Help us to set a benchmark through innovation and change the social landscape for women in Australia.

Contact Us About Getting Involved


Level 8, 1 O’Connell Street

Sydney NSW Australia 2000

Phone   0490 338 100