About

Our Team

Sue Parkes, Director
03 9508 1780
sparkes@cabrini.com.au

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.

Susie Santilli CFRE, Fundraising Manager
03 9508 1412
ssantilli@cabrini.com.au 

A fundraising professional for more than 16 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
03 9508 1373
cmcelhone@cabrini.com.au 

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
03 9508 1376
nsikora@cabrini.com.au

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 10 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.

Rebecca Staple, Corporate Partnerships Manager
03 9508 1386
rstaple@cabrini.com.au

Rebecca joined Cabrini in June 2020. Rebecca has over twenty years experience in sales, marketing and business development across the media, sport and hospitality industries building internal and external partnerships. Rebecca is passionate about developing relevant and strategic partnerships that nourish business and the consumer for the long term. Rebecca has held account management leadership roles across Bauer Media, News Corporation and most recently at Tennis Australia. With a passion for health and well-being and having experienced the exceptional care that Cabrini provides Rebecca is committed to growing Cabrini Health into the future.

Kate Fitzpatrick, Marketing and Communications Manager
03 9508 1408
kfitzpatrick@cabrini.com.au

Following seven years in media and marketing, Kate joined the not-for-profit sector in 2013.

Kate has experience across marketing, communications, campaign management, events, sponsorships and general fundraising and has delivered a range of campaigns and events for Vinnies Victoria, Lighthouse Foundation and Make-A-Wish.

Kate manages the promotion of Cabrini Foundation to raise much-needed funds. She finds her work highly rewarding as she feels genuinely connected by helping to support the healthcare of others.

Priyanka Willis, Trusts and Foundations Manager
03 9508 1407
pwillis@cabrini.com.au

Priyanka Willis joined the Foundation team in August 2019. Priyanka has 10 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
melissagalbraith@cabrini.com.au

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
03 9508 1382
pmercer@cabrini.com.au

Peter has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 18 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
03 9508 1405
ccovalschi@cabrini.com.au

Carmen has more than 24 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
tgutteridge@cabrini.com.au

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.

Tanya is currently on parental leave until July 2021.

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

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 Williams

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.

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.

Prof Mark Frydenberg AM

Professor Mark Frydenberg AM is a leading urologist at Cabrini hospital specialising in urological oncology, prostate disease and general urology. Offering surgical and medical therapies to patients for genitourinary conditions, he continues to share a passion for research both locally and internationally ensuring his patients have access to the best medical technology.

Urological cancers account for the most common male malignancies in Australia and the second leading cause of male cancer deaths, numbering approximately 3500 deaths per year amongst Australian men. As Cabrini has the greatest number of prostate cancer diagnoses of any institution both public and private in Victoria, Prof Frydenberg works closely with Cabrini Foundation and our philanthropic supporters so that Cabrini can consistently invest and innovate to ensure it remains at the cutting-edge of medical practice.

Francis Galbally

Francis Galbally has over 35 years’ experience in international business and commercial law. He is a graduate (first class honours) in Law at Melbourne University and worked in a professional legal practice for 15 years, specialising in business law. He was a partner in the leading law firm Galbally & O’Bryan during which time he successfully led a number of landmark commercial litigation cases.

Mr Galbally is an investor and corporate advisor and is the major shareholder and chairman of Southbank Capital Pty Ltd. AFSL 343678.  Southbank specialises in the technology, environment, food, mining and energy sectors.

In his role as a corporate advisor Mr Galbally has been engaged in the restructuring of many Australian small cap publicly listed companies. He has an extensive global business network and has acted as an advisor to local and overseas government agencies and business enterprises.

Di McDonald

Di McDonald has an extensive background, and formal qualifications, in business development and management in the healthcare and occupational health fields, and in alternative dispute resolution specialising in mediation, facilitation and conflict coaching. She has demonstrated leadership skills with over 35 years in senior leadership roles including at Managing Director and CEO level in privately owned and publicly listed organisations, as well as executive and non-executive positions on boards and advisory boards. She is currently Chair of the Melbourne City Mission Board, Chair of LACW (Law and Advocacy Centre for Women), Non-Executive Director of the Hester Hornbrook Academy, and on the Advisory Board of Psychology Melbourne.

Di’s qualifications include M.Mgt. (Organisational Systems); B.App.Sc (Speech Pathology); Grad. Dip. Education; Grad. Dip. Rehabilitation; Grad. Dip. Bus. Mgt.; MAICD.