Our staff

Executive Team

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

Aleisha Davis

Aleisha Davis

General Manager of Clinical Programs

Dr Jim Hungerford

Dr Jim Hungerford

Chief Executive Officer

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.

        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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          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.