Sue Parkes, Director
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Sue Parkes, Director of the Cabrini Foundation, joined in May 2015. Sue has more than twenty years of experience working in not-for-profit organisations, including some of Australia’s leading non-government organisations.
Sue has held leadership roles at Melbourne City Mission, Sacred Heart Mission, Brotherhood of St Laurence and Eastern Health. She has a strong commitment to social justice and is currently on the Board of the Fitzroy Learning Network.
Cam Smith, Corporate Partnerships & Events Manager
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Cam Smith has expertise as a senior Business Development Manager with a demonstrated track record of success in relationship and strategic management, in events and new business development.
His extensive not-for-profit network and background in the sector give him a unique understanding of the intersection between corporate partnerships, general fundraising and mission delivery objectives.
Cam has delivered creative and fresh fundraising and event initiatives for organisations such as Melbourne City Mission, Variety and HeartKids. Cam was involved in the development ‘Sleep at the ‘G’ for Melbourne City Mission raising money in support of homeless youth in Melbourne.
He is a member of The Committee for Melbourne (Alumni) Steering Committee and is on the board of Fitzroy Learning Network.
Susie Santilli, Fundraising Manager
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A fundraising professional for more than 15 years, before joining Cabrini Foundation in 2012 Susie worked across a range of not-for-profit organisations, raising funds for family and community services and medical research organisations.
Susie manages our annual giving program and says the best part of her role is meeting and hearing the stories of patients and donors.
Having personally experienced exceptional care at Cabrini, Susie is committed to helping make a difference to patients and staff across Cabrini.
Catherine McElhone, Major Donor Manager
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Catherine joined the team as Major Donor Manager in January 2019. Catherine is a philanthropy and events professional with more than fifteen years’ experience in community and arts organisations. Catherine recently worked at Opera Australia as the Patron Manager building strong and authentic relationships with donors. At Cabrini, Catherine is driven to building genuine relationships with donors, and learning about their stories and personal experiences at Cabrini.
Natalie Sikora, Planned Giving Manager
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Natalie‘s role focuses on advancing Cabrini’s Gifts in Wills program. She is a driven fundraising and business professional and has developed and managed fundraising programs for several high-profile organisations, including two AFL football clubs, over the past 9 years.
In her previous career, Natalie was an accomplished journalist of 20 years at the Herald Sun, but decided to make a career change and joined Essendon Football Club to launch its first bequest program, before managing the Hawthorn Football Club Foundation. In her most recent role before joining Cabrini, Natalie was Planned Giving Manager and Acting General Manager Fundraising at Alzheimer’s Australia Vic.
Kate Fitzpatrick, Community Partnerships and Events Manager
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Following seven years in media and marketing, Kate joined the not-for-profit sector in 2013.
Kate has experience across events, sponsorships, communications, campaign management and general fundraising and has delivered a range of campaigns and events for Vinnies Victoria, Lighthouse Foundation and Make-A-Wish.
Kate manages a broad range of community relationships and events to promote the work of Cabrini Foundation and raise much-needed funds. She finds her work highly rewarding as she feels genuinely connected through her work to improving the lives of others.
Priyanka Willis, Trusts and Foundations Manager
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Priyanka Willis joined the Foundation team in August 2019. Priyanka has 9 years working in the not-for-profit organisations, including Variety – the Children’s Charity, YGAP and more recently at the Mercy Health Foundation.
Priyanka was born in Kenya and has always had a passion for helping others in need. Priyanka’s role at Cabrini Foundation involves establishing and maintaining relationships in the philanthropic space and being able to connect them with projects that require funding.
Melissa Galbraith, Fundraising Assistant
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Melissa is new to the fundraising world after completing a Bachelor in Management, majoring in Events at Deakin University in 2018.
Having witnessed family members work within the Cabrini halls for many years, she is keen to make a positive contribution to the Foundation team and continue the fantastic work that it does for the patients, staff and greater Cabrini community.
Peter Mercer, Database Manager
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Peter has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 17 years, starting with volunteering for UNICEF Australia in Sydney in early 2002. He was soon employed as a Donor Services Officer, managing UNICEF Australia’s database. Since then he has worked for Wesley Mission and Sacred Heart Mission.
Apart from Peter’s primary role of managing and maintaining the Cabrini Foundation’s database, he also helps provide analysis and strategic direction in Fundraising so the Foundation can support Cabrini’s goal of the highest levels of care, compassion and commitment to the health and well-being of the community.
Carmen Covalschi, Database Manager
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Carmen has more than 23 years of experience working in not-for-profit organisations and higher education. Before joining the Cabrini Foundation team, Carmen was the Advancement Services Manager at La Trobe University for over eight years.
Carmen is passionate about working with database systems and finding ways to improve business processes. Carmen is keen to contribute to the data analysis and reporting needs of the Cabrini Foundation and to extend the database functionality used within the Cabrini Foundation.
Tanya Gutteridge, Communications Officer / Let’s Beat Bowel Cancer Project Manager
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Tanya comes from a background of small business management and has a Bachelors Degree in Communications with Public Relations as her major. She brings her wealth of knowledge in business and connections to corporate partners to the team.
She enjoys walking her two border collies; Hudson and Cooper on weekends.
Tanya’s proudest moment in her career was winning an international award for communications and flying to Montreal to be part of the award ceremony.
The Cabrini Foundation enjoys strong leadership from a dedicated Foundation Board who are responsible for providing oversight and guidance relating to the Foundation’s activities as well as directly assisting in raising funds to support the work of Cabrini.
Sylvia holds a senior executive career in financial services, spanning more than 30 years. As a non-executive director since 2010, Sylvia has experience across a range of sectors including aged care, financial services, health and retail. During this time, she has been involved in several business transformations, initial public offers, mergers and acquisitions, and divestment activities.
Sue was appointed Chief Executive of Cabrini Australia in December 2019. She has more than 25 years’ experience in the healthcare industry at senior management level in both the public and private sectors. She has held various roles including the Director of Nursing at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Chief Operating Officer of 44 hospitals at Healthscope and Chief Executive Officer at Peninsula Health. Sue originally trained as a nurse and has postgraduate qualifications in business management and a Master of Business Administration from Monash University. She has completed an Advanced Management Program at Harvard University and the Australian Institute of Company Directors course. She joined Cabrini as Chief of Health Operations in October 2017.
Jason Aquilina, who joined Cabrini in 2011 as Director of Finance, was appointed Chief Finance Officer in August 2017. In this role, he has executive responsibility for Cabrini’s patient accounts, payroll, accounts payable, management accounting, private health funds, and finance and treasury functions. Before Cabrini, Jason worked in transport and logistics, where he held multiple finance roles including leading the accounting teams for various large infrastructure and information technology projects. Jason is a certified practising accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business degree majoring in accounting and economics.
Craig joined Cabrini in July 2018. His experience covers a range of sectors across primary and tertiary healthcare, compensable and private health insurance, aged care and the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Having graduated as a physiotherapist, he became a Director of Olympic Park Sport Medicine Centre before working for a number of organisations including TAC, WorkSafe, Medibank Private, Healthways Australia and Healthdirect Australia. He was Chief of Staff to the Federal Minister for Health, Aged Care and Sport from 2015 to 2016. Craig holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School, and has studied at Wharton (finance), Stanford (strategy) and Monash (health economics) universities. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a past Director of Comcare, Multicultural Arts Victoria and the NSW Ministerial Advisory Board for Preventative Health.
Cath has worked at Cabrini for a total of 25 years. She has a background in nursing and education and in 2002, she was appointed as Mission Integration Officer, joining the Executive Committee in 2007. She has worked in Australian healthcare for almost three decades in a wide range of key clinical, staff development and management roles. She holds postgraduate degrees in education, information systems, innovation/service management and theology. She oversees Cabrini Health’s social outreach program.
Dr Peter Lowthian
Dr Peter Lowthian is a rheumatologist and physician. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Australian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, the Royal College of Physicians London and the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators. Dr Lowthian has a long history with Cabrini, having recently retired from the role of Group Director Medical Services and Clinical Governance after 17 years in a variety of executive roles. Dr Lowthian believes management systems, quality staff, education, research and patient involvement are the fundamental underpinnings of safe, high-quality patient care. Philanthropic support has underpinned many of the key initiatives in these areas at Cabrini.