Media contacts

Our staff are available for interviews and commentary on topics ranging from homelessness, rough sleeping and our Journey to Social Inclusion project, to social investment, trauma-informed practice and op shops.

All media enquiries must be directed to our Communication and Advocacy Manager Brittany Dupree via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0424 137 763.

Meet Sacred Heart Mission CEO, Cathy HumphreyCathy Humphrey - Chief Executive Officer

Cathy Humphrey has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sacred Heart Mission since 2011. She first joined the Mission in 2002 working across various areas of the Mission including in Aged Care, Sacred Heart Central, Women’s Services and the Rooming House Plus Program. Prior to joining Sacred Heart Mission Cathy worked in the disability, community housing, homelessness sector for over 23 years. Cathy currently sits as a director on the board of Council to Homeless Persons.

As CEO of Sacred Heart Mission, Cathy is available to speak on issues associated with long-term homelessness, housing, ageing and homelessness, trauma and homelessness, rough sleeping, and our Journey to Social Inclusion project.



Stephen Schmidtke - Executive Director, Client Services

Meet Stephen Schmidtke, Executive Director of Client Services

Stephen has worked in the health and welfare sector for the past 26 years. He joined the Mission in 2012 where he worked as the General Manager for Aged Care Services. He currently is the Executive Director for Client Services. Stephen is available for interviews on various issues including homelessness, housing, trauma, our meals program and our Journey to Social Inclusion project.






Leanne Lewis Meet manager of people and strategy, Leanne Lewis

General Manager, People & Strategy

Prior to joining Sacred Heart Mission in 2012, Leanne worked as as a Social Worker for more than 20 years in a range of direct service and managerial roles. Leanne currently leads the People and Strategy team which includes strategic projects; quality, risk and compliance; policy and research, and the training and development of our paid and volunteer workforce. Leanne holds a Master of Business Administration and has a special interest in the development and evaluation of innovative program responses to address social disadvantage. She is available for interview on the following issues: trauma and homelessness, trauma-informed practice, measuring client outcomes, volunteering and evidence-based research.


Anna Paris anna paris

Operations Manager, Service Hubs and Individual Planned Support

Anna has extensive not-for-profit experience working in the homelessness and housing sector for 23 years. She has significant knowledge and skills in establishing and managing initiatives to end homelessness. Anna has contributed to regional, state and national reforms in the specialist homelessness services and housing sectors in both Victoria and Western Australia, to progress a more socially just system for people experiencing disadvantage. She is available to speak about a range of issues including our Journey to Social Inclusion project, housing, homelessness, service delivery models, and family violence.


Paul McPherson paul mcpherson

Operations Manager, Ongoing Support

Paul McPherson has more than 30 years of business management experience with more than 15 years experience in community services. He has extensive technical knowledge and an understanding of the disability services industry and National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) reforms, strong human relations skills and effective leadership to drive positive outcomes for service users. Paul has developed and implemented practices that led to improved quality of life and wellbeing for service users. He holds a Master of Business Administration and Advanced Diploma in Disabilities Studies qualifications, in Victoria. Paul is available to speak about NDIS, aged care and outcome measurement.


Wade Piva Meet op shop co-ordinator, Wade Piva

General Manager Business Development

Wade Piva has been with Sacred Heart Mission for more than 15 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.


0125,929Meals served through our meals program over the last year
096,000Hours contributed by our volunteers over the last year
07,012Responses at our Women’s House over the last year
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