Our Executive team

With a combined 78 years of 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 the operation of Sacred Heart Mission. 
 
Our 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 that 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

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 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 homeless 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

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 and 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

Cathy Branigan joined Sacred Heart Mission in March 2015 and has a wide industry experience of not only not for profit, but wholesale, retail and construction industries. Prior to Sacred Heart Mission, Cathy has worked for 5 years with Bayley House in Brighton, 2 years with Australian Red Cross in the Tsunami unit where they built 2200 houses and then 19 years with Caltex.  Cathy was also 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 not only passionate about addressing homelessness and disadvantage but also passionate about efficient and effective back office systems.
 

Stephen Schmidtke

Executive Director, Client Services

Qualifications: 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 Home CareHe has been working in the health and welfare sector for the past twenty-six 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 & Strategy

Leanne Lewis managed SHM's  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.