Our staff

Executive Team

Dr Jim Hungerford

Dr Jim Hungerford

Chief Executive Officer

Aleisha Davis

Aleisha Davis

General Manager of Clinical Programs

Sandra Slade

Sandra Slade

Director of Operations and Company Secretary

Maureen Kludass

Maureen Kludass

Senior Finance Manager

Alyshia Hansen

Alyshia Hansen

Senior Manager - Information & Analysis

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.

    Aleisha Davis

    Aleisha Davis

    Aleisha is General Manager of Clinical Programs and a Certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist and practicing 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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      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, information technology and systems management, 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 in 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.

        Maureen Kludass

        Maureen Kludass

        Responsible for finance, human resources, information technology and systems management, facilities management and the direction of our Pre-Schools Program.

          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.

            Clinical Staff

            Aleisha Davis

            Aleisha Davis

            General Manager of Clinical Programs

            Ingrid Steyns

            Ingrid Steyns

            Principal LSL Manager

            Dr Anne Fulcher

            Dr Anne Fulcher

            Principal Listening and Spoken Language Specialist

            Joanna McAdam

            Joanna McAdam

            Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Manager (Macquarie and Newtown Centre Manager)

            Danielle Lam

            Danielle Lam

            Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Manager (Wollongong Centre Manager) and Teleintervention Manager

            Aleisha Davis

            Aleisha Davis

            Aleisha is General Manager of Clinical Programs and a Certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist and practicing 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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              Ingrid Steyns

              Ingrid Steyns

              Ingrid Steyns is the Principal Manager Listening and Spoken Language Specialist 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. 

                Dr Anne Fulcher

                Dr Anne Fulcher

                2018 marks 44 years of Anne working with children with hearing loss. She was Introduced into the field as a tutor to Dr Bruce Shepherd’s two children with profound hearing loss while completing BADipEd in Maths, Education and Psychology at Macquarie University. She was awarded a Rotary Postgraduate scholarship to complete a Masters Degree in Speech and Hearing Loss at Smith College/Clarke School, Massachusetts. Anne subsequently joined TSC in 1976 and has assisted in rolling out many exciting innovative programs, including our First Sounds Cochlear Implant Program, rigorous assessment protocols, our Talk Together program for families of newly diagnosed infants and social skills programs. In 2012 she completed her PhD: “Speaking for Themselves: Speech Outcomes of Auditory-Verbal Children with Early-Identified Severe/Profound Hearing Loss”. She is currently the Principal Listening and Spoken Language Specialist at The Shepherd Centre and is passionate about supporting research-based best practices for children, families and professionals in our field.

                  Joanna McAdam

                  Joanna McAdam

                  Joanna McAdam is the Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Manager at The Shepherd Centre at the Australian Hearing Hub and is a Certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist and practicing 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.

                    Danielle Lam

                    Danielle Lam

                    Danielle Lam is the Manager of Program Development and Senior Listening and Spoken Language Manager at The Shepherd Centre based in Wollongong. 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 a hearing loss. This interest led to management of the Teleintervention Program 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. 

                      Fundraising Staff

                      Berthe Youakim

                      Berthe Youakim

                      Grants Manager

                      Joanne Rogers

                      Joanne Rogers

                      Direct Marketing and Donor Services Manager

                      Berthe Youakim

                      Berthe Youakim

                      In 2011, Berthe joined the organisation to secure support from various institutions such as trusts, foundations, philanthropic organisations and corporate sponsorships.

                      Berthe also manages The Shepherd Centre’s interests in relation to government funding cycles and coordinates submissions and acquittals.

                        Joanne Rogers

                        Joanne Rogers

                        Joanne is Direct Marketing and Donor Services Manager working within the Fundraising and Communications 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.

                          Information and Analysis

                          Alyshia Hansen

                          Alyshia Hansen

                          Senior Manager - Information & Analysis

                          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.