Family Spirit is a partnership between Marist180 andCatholicCare Sydney. We believe that in working together, we can foster better outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and families.
The partnership brings together deep and complementary knowledge, expertise and networks from both agencies.
Our people are committed to the vision and mission of Family Spirit.
From client facing to operational management, we invest in training and support to ensure that all of our staff have the best skills for the important work that they do supporting you and your family.
Download our 2018-2019 Annual Report here
Family Spirit's Board and Leadership Team provide overarching governance to enable us to deliver on our mission.
The Family Spirit Board comprises:
Jonathan Raja is the Director of Services at Marist 180. He has over 25 years of experience across health and community services sectors in both the United States and Australia. Jonathan holds a Masters in Clinical Social Work and has experience working with young people in both acute psychiatric and foster care settings, managing emergency service response teams, and developing and managing mental health practitioner and hospital service delivery networks. He has contributed to the successful implementation of several innovative health improvement services targeting the appropriate use of medication, and provided leadership to strategic projects evaluating the efficiency of Commonwealth Government programs and to support NSW Government reform.
Sharron Matayalo joined CatholicCare in 1989 has extensive experience across a range of areas of social work including Child Protection, Out of Home Care, Domestic Violence, Working With Perpetrators of Domestic Violence, Mental Health, Working with Trauma and Addictions. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Work. Sharron is the Executive Manager of Family Services with CatholicCare. She has a Certificate IV in Frontline Management and a Certificate IV in Assessment and training. Sharron brings her wealth of social work skills, knowledge and expertise and passion for social enterprise to the Family Spirit management team and Board.
Peter Hanson is the Head of Finance and Company Secretary for Marist180. He has held senior financial and governance positions in a government owned enterprise in New Zealand an ASX listed entity, private companies and not for profits in Australia. Peter is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (FCA) and a member of the Governance Institute (ACIS). He served on the Council of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants for 6 years representing Australian resident members until the merger of the New Zealand and Australian bodies. He has served on the Board of a not for profit and is active in the lay leadership of his church.
Michael has held senior operational and leadership roles in injury, health and wellbeing industries in both the UK and Australia for over 10 years, specialising in using technology to deliver clinical therapies and services. Michael’s passion is focusing on where service users, technology and skilled practitioners intersect and looking at innovative ways to improve the client experience, and ultimately their outcomes.
Aimee is the Senior Manager Human Resources at Marist180. She is a passionate senior leader and change agent who has a strong eye for organisational needs and workforce competency, ensuring HR and business strategy translate to achieving business objectives, service excellence and assisting people to reach their full potential. Aimee holds a Master of Business Administration, Master of Human Resource Management (specialising in Industrial Relations), a Bachelor of Science and has extensive experience in not for profit, community controlled, and community services.
The Leadership Team consists of:
Chief Executive Officer (Interim)
Luke Stevens is serving as interim Chief Executive Offer. He has broad experience in organisational management, with a proven track record of converting ideas into outcomes, with a strategic understanding of key drivers and relationships, collaborating with stakeholders, and the imperative to remove obstacles to ensure effective and sustainable business operations. Prior to joining Family Spirit Luke was serving as Deputy CEO of CatholicCare Sydney. He was, prior to that role, the CEO of the Sydney law firm Bartier Perry. He holds qualifications in Law, Behavioural Science, and Early Childhood Education. He is a member of the Sydney University Sancta Sophia College Council, and a director of Sydney Archdiocesan Catholic Early Childhood Service Limited.
Executive Operations Manager
Paul has over 25 years of experience within the humanities sector; from frontline service delivery through to senior management, predominantly in the UK. He has been involved in disability, housing, mental health, homelessness, youth and aged care, day programs, lifetime offenders, addictions and generic support. Project management experience, organisational restructures, budget management, policy writing, marketing, fundraising, tender & grant applications, restrictive practices panels, NDIS knowledge and ICT involvement are all skills gained from my employment since returning to Australia from Europe in November 2012.
Prior to joining Family Spirit Tracie worked for FACS in Sydney and the Illawarra for 25 years in Child Protection, Out of Home Care, Carer Recruitment and Training, and in the Child and Family District Unit in both caseworker and management positions. Most recently she worked for a non-government agency to manage their Carer Recruitment, Training and Assessment team and in 2017 took up the Regional Manager position.
Senior Manager – Youth Services
Brooke’s team works across the Bankstown and Lewisham sites. Brooke’s team primarily works with older children in foster care and/or young people leaving care (or previously in care).
Prior to moving in to her current role, Brooke worked with CatholicCare for eight years within the youth team. Brook started out as an Adolescent Preservation and After Care Case Worker and then moving to a Senior Practitioner position within this team.
Data and Project Officer
Benjamin has a Bachelor in Environmental Science. He has worked for CatholicCare Sydney for the last 5 years in a variety of data management and child protection related positions.
Previous to starting with CahtolicCare Sydney he has worked in the childcare industry as well as provided equestrian therapy for children.
In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, cycling, dancing and hiking.