Our executive team

With more than 80 years of combined experience in not-for-profit organisations, disability, community housing and homelessness, retail, charity, community services, health and welfare sectors - our executive team brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Sacred Heart Mission.

The executive team manages a committed and competent team of skilled professionals dedicated to working above and beyond expectations. Every day throughout Sacred Heart Mission our front-line staff provide compassionate, professional care to the people who use our services. Our frontline staff are supported behind the scenes by a committed team of professionals in both administration and management.

Cathy Humphrey - Chief Executive Officer 

Meet Sacred Heart Mission CEO Cathy Humphrey

Cathy Humphrey has been with the Mission for more than 18 years. During this time, she has overseen the operations of a number of different service areas at the Mission including Aged Care, Sacred Heart Central, Women’s Services and the Rooming House Plus Program, in addition to taking on the CEO role in November 2011. Cathy has been working in the disability, community housing and homelessness sector for more than 28 years, and has been working in areas more specifically focused on people experiencing homelessness, in government and in various not-for-profit organisations, since 1996. Currently, Cathy sits as a director on the board of Council to Homeless Persons -the peak body for not-for-profit organisations working with people who are experiencing homelessness in Victoria. Cathy has a Certificate IV Training and Assessment, Certificate IV Life Coaching, Associate Diploma Social Science (Welfare), Advanced Certificate in Residential and Community Services. 

Wade Piva - General Manager, Business Development

Meet General Manager of Business Development, Wade Piva

Wade Piva has been with Sacred Heart Mission for more than 17 years. Since 2010, he has been directly responsible for managing and quadrupling the growth of the op shops, which raises about 30 per cent of Sacred Heart Mission's funds and raise awareness of our work. He is now responsible for fundraising, social enterprise and op shops, as well as communication and advocacy.

Wade holds a Bachelor of Business from Griffith University, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland, a postgraduate qualification in Creative Writing from Queensland University of Technology and is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. He has a special interest in social enterprise development.



Cathy Branigan - General Manager, Business Services 

Meet our General Manager of Business Services, Cathy Branigan

Cathy Branigan joined Sacred Heart Mission in March 2015 and has experience in not-for-profit, as well as wholesale, retail and construction industries. Prior to working at Sacred Heart Mission, Cathy has worked for five years with Bayley House in Brighton, two years with Australian Red Cross in the Tsunami unit where they built 2200 houses and then 19 years with Caltex.

Cathy has also been a volunteer Treasurer of the Benalla Hospital for 12 years and has a lot of experience in management and financial accounting, IT software development, as well as system and process improvements. Cathy is passionate about addressing homelessness and disadvantage, but also interested in efficient and effective back-of-office systems.


Stephen Schmidtke - Executive Director, Client Services 

Meet our Executive Director of Client Services, Stephen Schmidtke

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Human Services from Monash University and a Master of Clinical Family Therapy from La Trobe University, The Bouverie Centre. Stephen has been working as the General Manager for Aged Care Services at Sacred Heart Mission since the beginning of 2012, responsible for the hostels and in-home support services.

He has been working in the health and welfare sector for the past 27 years, of which his previous position was General Manager Primary Health at a Community Health Service. As well as holding paid positions, Stephen has held a number of voluntary board positions and participated in national and regional networks.



Leanne Lewis - General Manager, People and Strategy 

Meet our General Manager of People and Strategy, Leanne Lewis

Leanne Lewis managed Sacred Heart Mission Women's Services programs for three years prior to being appointed as General Manager of the People and Strategy Division when it was introduced in 2015.  Leanne is responsible for people and culture, strategic projects, quality, risk and compliance, policy and research, and the training and development of our paid and volunteer workforce.

Leanne practiced as a Social Worker for over 20 years in a range of direct service and managerial roles before obtaining a Master of Business Administration. She has a special interest in the development and evaluation of innovative program responses to address disadvantage.



Learn more about Sacred Heart Mission

Since opening our doors in 1982 to share a meal with the most vulnerable members of the community, we have evolved into an independent non-profit organisation renowned for effectively helping thousands of people experiencing homelessness to rebuild their lives.

Find out what difference we make in our community, and why it all starts with a welcome, a meal and a relationship…

More about Sacred Heart Mission

0136,596Meals served through our meals program over the last year
069,269Hours contributed by our volunteers over the last year
05,740Responses at our Women’s House over the last year
Sacred Heart Mission acknowledges the traditional Aboriginal owners of country throughout Victoria and pays respects to them, their culture and their elders past, present and emerging.


Sacred Heart Mission believes that the diversity of abilities, genders, sexualities, relationship identities, bodies and cultures in our community enriches us all and should be celebrated. Everyone is welcome at our table.