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Our staff

Executive Team

Dr Jim Hungerford

Dr Jim Hungerford

CEO

Dr Aleisha Davis

Dr Aleisha Davis

General Manager of Clinical Programs

David Brady

David Brady

Director of Advocacy and Engagement

Nicola Norris

Nicola Norris

Director of Fundraising & Marketing

Lee Clark

Lee Clark

Director of IT

Alyshia Hansen

Alyshia Hansen

Director of Business Insights and Innovation

Sandra Slade

Sandra Slade

Director of Operations and Company Secretary

Nichole Mayne

Nichole Mayne

Financial Controller

Dr Jim Hungerford

Dr Jim Hungerford

Appointed CEO of The Shepherd Centre in February 2011, Dr Jim Hungerford comes to the role with 30 years’ experience in health sciences. Prior to joining The Shepherd Centre, Jim held CEO positions in Australia and internationally, most recently CEO of Pareto Fundraising. Jim’s prior roles include CEO of Intervet in the United Kingdom, various senior management positions in companies in Germany and in the United States, as well as positions in the biotechnology sector and as a Veterinarian in private practice. In 2018 Dr Hungerford won the NSW Business Chamber’s State Business award for Outstanding Business Leader.

Jim Hungerford won 2018 NSW Vusiness Chamber State Business Award

    Dr Aleisha Davis

    Dr Aleisha Davis

    Aleisha is General Manager of Clinical Programs and a Certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist and practising Speech Pathologist. Aleisha joined The Shepherd Centre in 2003 after completing her Masters in Applied Linguistics at Cambridge University in the UK. Aleisha leads the Senior Clinical team to implement the programs across the centres, through the cross matrix multidisciplinary team of Listening & Spoken Language Specialists, Child & Family Counsellors and Researchers & Assessors. Aleisha is currently undertaking her PhD through Macquarie University and the Hearing CRC on Language Acquisition in Children’s Hearing Loss and is looking forward to this contributing to improved intervention technologies and strategies for progression, and an evidence base for parents to guide their decision making. Aleisha received the 2016 State Finalist Award for leadership in the 2016 NSW Business Chamber Awards. This prestigious award recognizes Aleisha’s leadership in the field of childhood hearing loss, particularly her strong work in research and clinical practice, reflecting her passionate commitment to providing the best outcomes for children and families living with hearing loss.

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      David Brady

      David Brady

      Prior to joining The Shepherd Centre, David was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hear For You from April 2013 to August 2021, David Brady has risen to the challenge of building on the organisation’s strong foundations, and in 2021 oversaw the successful integration of Hear For You into The Shepherd Centre, providing an award winning program for teenagers to complete the childhood development framework. Prior to this, he worked in the Sports and Recreation management industry for 15 years, David has ample experience to share – including his insights into living with hearing loss. Profoundly deaf since birth, David grew up in rural Armidale, NSW, where he overcame many challenges to complete the HSC, and gain degrees from both University of NSW and University of Sheffield in the UK. A keen sportsman, David represented Australia at the 2005 Deaflympic Games in Melbourne, played state level Water Polo, Hockey, and Beach Volleyball, and is currently is Chairperson of Deafness Forum of Australia, a member of the Australian Hearing Health Alliance Executive, one of the architects of the Commonwealth Government Roadmap for Hearing Health for Australia, and a member of the Advisory Board for Macquarie University Centre for the Implementation for Hearing Research.

        Nicola Norris

        Nicola Norris

        Nicola Norris is the Director of Fundraising & Marketing at The Shepherd Centre, a role she commenced in 2018. Nicola has been in fundraising for over 18 years and has a strong track record in delivering revenue growth for a number of not-for-profit organisations in Australia including: Amnesty International, Greenpeace and the Heart Foundation. Nicola is responsible for The Shepherd Centre’s clinical marketing strategy as well as generating income from philanthropic donations. She feels privileged to be able to connect generous and caring donors who want to make a difference to a family in need, as well as helping those families find their way to The Shepherd Centre.

          Lee Clark

          Lee Clark

          Lee is responsible for technology and systems that underpin The Shepherd Centre’s operations as Director of IT. He joined in August 2021 after spending 15 years in the consulting industry, leading strategic IT and digital transformation programs in large and small organisations across Australia. Lee’s approach joins people and information to foster growth and opportunities in sustainable ways, having worked with for-purpose, government, private and public groups.

            Alyshia Hansen

            Alyshia Hansen

            Alyshia began her career in the not-for-profit sector at Royal Blind Society, where she discovered a passion for using data to inform business decisions – this has guided her career ever since. Joining The Shepherd Centre in April 2011, Alyshia was tasked with the implementation of a fundraising and a clinical database to support the business. She acted as project manager for the clinical database, working closely with expert clinical staff to develop and launch the software in August 2012. Today Alyshia is responsible for information, databases and quality assurances, and is an integral part of the clinical and fundraising teams.

              Sandra Slade

              Sandra Slade

              Sandra joined The Shepherd Centre in February 2015 as Director of Operations and Company Secretary. Sandra is responsible for finance, human resources, facilities management, risk management, and the direction of our Preschool Program. Sandra is a Chartered Accountant having completed her undergraduate degree at Macquarie University and commencing her accounting career with Ernst and Young and then Grant Thornton. Sandra’s corporate finance roles have included Gucci (in the UK), Panavision Australia Pty Limited, and more recently Free TV Australia Limited where she was Director of Finance and Company Secretary. Sandra is passionate about The Shepherd Centre’s work having grown up with an uncle who had cerebral palsy and was deaf. 

              “My uncle was smart, funny and worked until he was 60 but his speech and ability to communicate with people was such a frustration for him. He died in his 70’s a couple of years ago having led a fabulously full life and was loved by many but I know his life would have been even more fabulous, and more importantly, he would have had the independence that he craved if The Shepherd Centre has been around for him when he was a child,” says Sandra.

                Nichole Mayne

                Nichole Mayne

                Nichole is no stranger to realising the positive impacts that early intervention strategies provide, with her family advocating for children with disabilities to be included in mainstream schooling for over 30 years. After completing her Degree at Wollongong University and gaining her qualifications as a Chartered Accountant, Nichole has spent over 25 years in both in the commercial and public accounting sectors.  Nichole also suffers from hearing loss. When you combine this with her passion for finance, disability services and community support, The Shepherd Centre is a perfect fit for Nichole to balance all of these within her role as Financial Controller.

                  Clinical Staff

                  Dr Aleisha Davis

                  Dr Aleisha Davis

                  General Manager of Clinical Programs

                  Angelika Dalkeith

                  Angelika Dalkeith

                  Director of Clinical Management and Principal Child & Family Counsellor

                  Karen Bate

                  Karen Bate

                  Principal Manager Audiology/Director of First Sounds

                  Joanna McAdam

                  Joanna McAdam

                  Principal Listening and Spoken Language Manager

                  Ingrid Steyns

                  Ingrid Steyns

                  Principal, Clinical Learning and Development

                  Natasha Shallita

                  Natasha Shallita

                  Regional Manager for Macquarie and North West Sydney

                  Danielle Lam

                  Danielle Lam

                  Principal, Digital and Regional Development

                  Sharon Baldacchino

                  Sharon Baldacchino

                  Director, Clinical and Government Compliance

                  Stephanie Ingram

                  Stephanie Ingram

                  Regional Manager, South West Sydney

                  Pia Watkins

                  Pia Watkins

                  Regional Manager, Canberra and Southern NSW

                  Sara Luscombe

                  Sara Luscombe

                  Regional Manager, South Coast

                  Dr Aleisha Davis

                  Dr Aleisha Davis

                  Aleisha is General Manager of Clinical Programs and a Certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist and practising Speech Pathologist. Aleisha joined The Shepherd Centre in 2003 after completing her Masters in Applied Linguistics at Cambridge University in the UK. Aleisha leads the Senior Clinical team to implement the programs across the centres, through the cross matrix multidisciplinary team of Listening & Spoken Language Specialists, Child & Family Counsellors and Researchers & Assessors. Aleisha is currently undertaking her PhD through Macquarie University and the Hearing CRC on Language Acquisition in Children’s Hearing Loss and is looking forward to this contributing to improved intervention technologies and strategies for progression, and an evidence base for parents to guide their decision making. Aleisha received the 2016 State Finalist Award for leadership in the 2016 NSW Business Chamber Awards. This prestigious award recognizes Aleisha’s leadership in the field of childhood hearing loss, particularly her strong work in research and clinical practice, reflecting her passionate commitment to providing the best outcomes for children and families living with hearing loss.

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                    Angelika Dalkeith

                    Angelika Dalkeith

                    Angelika Dalkeith is the Director of Clinical Management and Principal Child and Family Counsellor at The Shepherd Centre, responsible for regional management at each location and leadership of the Clinical Administration team. 

                      Karen Bate

                      Karen Bate

                      Karen Bate is our Principal Manager of Audiology and also the Director of our First Sounds Implant program. Karen has worked at The Shepherd Centre since 2016.

                       

                        Joanna McAdam

                        Joanna McAdam

                        Joanna is the Principal Listening and Spoken Language Manager at The Shepherd Centre and is a Certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist and practising Speech Pathologist. Joanna joined The Shepherd Centre in 2007 after completing her Masters of Speech and Language Pathology at Macquarie University. Joanna feels very proud to work in an environment that supports each family’s vision for their child while continually breaking new ground in supporting children with hearing loss.

                          Ingrid Steyns

                          Ingrid Steyns

                          Ingrid Steyns is the Principal Clinical Learning & Development at The Shepherd Centre. Ingrid completed a Bachelor of Behavioural Health Sciences majoring in Rehabilitation Counselling and a Masters in Speech and Language Pathology at The University of Sydney, Australia. Ingrid is a Certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS Cert. AVT®) and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence as a Speech Language Pathologist. Ingrid’s clinical experience encompasses working in settings alongside paediatric audiologists and child and family counsellors, providing cochlear implant evaluation, diagnostic assessment and therapeutic intervention services for individuals with hearing loss and their families. Ingrid has a keen interest in working towards the best outcomes for individuals with hearing loss and their families. Ingrid has developed international training programs and mentored professionals in the field throughout the world, and has presented at numerous international conferences and workshops worldwide. Ingrid is currently on maternity leave.

                            Natasha Shallita

                            Natasha Shallita

                            Natasha is the Regional Manager for Macquarie and North West Sydney at The Shepherd Centre. She is a Certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS Cert. AVT ®) and Speech Pathologist. I love being part of a dedicate team that helps children to grow and develop to achieve their goals. Being part of this journey is a wonderful part of working at The Shepherd Centre.

                              Danielle Lam

                              Danielle Lam

                              Danielle is the Principal, Digital and Regional Development at The Shepherd Centre. Danielle joined The Shepherd Centre in 2007 after working as a Speech Pathologist in a variety of community health and hospital settings. Danielle is a Certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist and Speech Pathologist. Danielle manages the LSL team in Wollongong and has a keen interest in equity of access to service for all families for children with hearing loss. This interest led to the management of the Online Telehealth System and Outreach Programs for families across NSW, ACT, and Tasmania. Danielle is now developing digital programs to support families with children living with hearing loss in accessing critical intervention in any location using a digital platform. 

                                Sharon Baldacchino

                                Sharon Baldacchino

                                Sharon is the Director, Clinical and Government Compliance and has been a practising Speech Pathologist with children with disabilities for 20 years. Sharon was previously the Principal Manager Listening and Spoken Language Therapist at The Shepherd Centre. Sharon has a strong interest in public health and policy and completed her Masters of Health & International Development in 2006. She has worked for a number of national and international non-government organisations including Australian Red Cross & UNICEF. Her expertise in policy is being utilised through the lead out of the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme for the organisation. Clinically, Sharon continues to have a special interest in the use of technology for children with communication difficulties.

                                  Stephanie Ingram

                                  Stephanie Ingram

                                  Stephanie is the Regional Manager for the Liverpool and Macarthur regions and is one of the Child and Family Counsellors at The Shepherd Centre. She is an experienced Social Worker and manager, graduating from UNSW in 2006. Since then, she has worked extensively with families and with children who have a disability, across a broad range of diagnoses. She is passionate about supporting families through the diagnosis journey and ensuring children and families get the services they need.

                                    Pia Watkins

                                    Pia Watkins

                                    Pia Watkins is the Regional Manager, Canberra and Southern NSW, at The Shepherd Centre. 

                                      Sara Luscombe

                                      Sara Luscombe

                                      Sara Luscombe is the Regional Manager for The Shepherd Centre in the South Coast. She is based out of the Wollongong centre.

                                        Fundraising Staff

                                        Nicola Norris

                                        Nicola Norris

                                        Director of Fundraising & Marketing

                                        Angela Moffatt

                                        Angela Moffatt

                                        Senior Key Relationships Manager

                                        Joanne Rogers

                                        Joanne Rogers

                                        Senior Individual Giving Manager

                                        Nicola Norris

                                        Nicola Norris

                                        Nicola Norris is the Director of Fundraising & Marketing at The Shepherd Centre, a role she commenced in 2018. Nicola has been in fundraising for over 18 years and has a strong track record in delivering revenue growth for a number of not-for-profit organisations in Australia including: Amnesty International, Greenpeace and the Heart Foundation. Nicola is responsible for The Shepherd Centre’s clinical marketing strategy as well as generating income from philanthropic donations. She feels privileged to be able to connect generous and caring donors who want to make a difference to a family in need, as well as helping those families find their way to The Shepherd Centre.

                                          Angela Moffatt

                                          Angela Moffatt

                                          Angela joined The Shepherd Centre in 2016 and manages the Key Relationships team; building meaningful, long term partnerships with trusts, foundations and individual major donors.

                                          Angela was inspired to pursue a career in the philanthropic sector having experienced firsthand the impact it makes on individual lives.  Whilst teaching English in Japan Angela raised funds for Habitat for Humanity and travelled to Papua New Guinea to help build a house for a family.

                                          Angela has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over a decade; primarily in a consulting role, managing fundraising campaigns for schools and universities across Australasia and the UK, including Oxford University where she obtained her degree.  

                                            Joanne Rogers

                                            Joanne Rogers

                                            Joanne is the Senior Individual Giving Manager working within the Fundraising and Marketing department, she joined The Shepherd Centre in 2013. Joanne and her team work to recruit new donors to support the vital work of The Shepherd Centre and also regularly update our existing donors on how their donations make a difference to children with hearing loss.

                                              Staff

                                              Natalina Cannon

                                              Natalina Cannon

                                              Child and Family Counsellor

                                              Natalina Cannon

                                              Natalina Cannon

                                              Natalina is a Registered Psychologist and Systemic Relationship and Family Therapist. Her experience includes work with clients from infancy to old age and family work in post separation programs, IVF, aged care and disability. Natalina has also trained counsellors and family therapists in training programs at Uniting Unifam, Relationships Australia and ACAP over many years. She has been with the Shepherd Centre since 2017 and enjoys supporting children and young people with hearing loss and their families in a holistic way.

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