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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 15 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 23 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. 


Catherine Harris - General Manager, Business Development 

Meet General Manager of Business Development, Catherine Harris

Catherine Harris has been with Sacred Heart Mission since 2011 and has been responsible for the leadership of finance, IT, administration, property, fundraising, social enterprise development and the op shops. She now leads fundraising, op shops, social enterprise and communication and advocacy. Prior to coming to Sacred Heart Mission Catherine spent most of her 20-year career in senior management roles within the corporate sector, mainly at the Coles Group. Catherine holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia and post-graduate qualifications in management from Deakin University. 

 

 


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 26 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.

 

 

 

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0132,414Meals served through our meals program in 2017
01,7000Volunteers contributed more than 66,000 hours in 2017
05,700Responses to requests for support at our Women’s House in 2017
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