Our Team

Foundation Staff

Sue Parkes, Director
03 9508 1780

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
03 9508 1380

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
03 9508 3550

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.

Foundation Board

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 Falzon, Chair

Sylvia has more than two decades experience in the financial services industry and has held a number of senior executive positions responsible for institutional and retail funds management businesses both domestically and internationally, superannuation, operations and compliance.

Professor Leanne Boyd

Leanne is the Executive Director of Nursing and the Cabrini Institute. She has more than 20 years’ experience in health professional education. Prior to Cabrini, she worked at Monash University as Director of Academic Programs (Middle East) and Head of Department Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice.

Peter Mahon

Peter is the CEO of corporate advisory firm Royce. He has extensive communications experience in the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors. Peter has wide ranging experience in the healthcare sector.

Dr Michael Walsh

Michael is the Chief Executive of Cabrini. He has a distinguished career in hospital and health administration in Victoria, Western Australia, the UK and the Middle East. He is a medical graduate of Monash University and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.