Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

Sharon Caris

Executive Director, Sharon Caris (Full-time)
Sharon was appointed in March 2001. She has a background in social work, health administration and advocacy over 29 years. Sharon leads the staff team and works with Council and other stakeholders to implement the HFA objectives.

Carol Joy

Administration Officer, Carol Joy (Part-time)
Carol commenced with HFA in April 2013 and has several years’ experience in working closely with not for profit organisations through her prior employment with a business consultancy company. Her duties with HFA include managing the office, providing assistance to HFA support staff, distributing community education and information material and liaising with special interest health professionals groups.

Suzanne OCallaghan

Policy Research and Education Manager, Suzanne O’Callaghan (Full-time)
Suzanne was appointed in October 2006. Her role is to help HFA develop policy and education resources for the bleeding disorders community. Suzanne has a background in consumer health information and education, and previously worked for many years in the blood borne virus sector.

Natashia Coco

Director of Development , Natashia Coco (Part-time)
Natashia joined the HFA team in August 2003 and looks after fundraising, relationship building, community awareness and special events. She has been in the not for profit organisations for over 16 years.

Fundraising & Projects Manager, Janine Staunton (Part-time)
Janine has returned to the team in June 2015 to manage HFA’s fundraising program. She has worked in the not-for-profit sector in both the UK and Australia for over 12 years and is passionate about increasing HFA's funding to help improve the lives of people with bleeding disorders.

Administration Officer - Development, Jane Turney (Part-time)

Jane has returned to the team in early 2016 after working for us briefly in 2005. Jane’s primary role is to manage HFA’s Donor Database. She has been actively involved in various charitable groups for the last 10 years, sitting on several committees and driving many successful fundraisers. Jane continues to raise awareness for her chosen charities alongside her commitment to HFA.

Hannah Opeskin

Health Promotion Officer, Hannah Opeskin (Part-time)
Hannah Opeskin joined the HFA team in early 2014. Her role is to develop best practice health promotion resources, both online and in print, and communication strategies.
She has a background in health promotion, previously working in rural health in New South Wales.

Accountant, Kevin Lai (Part-time, 1 day per week)
Kevin has worked with HFA as a part-time accountant since 1995. His role is to prepare financial accounts and assist with financial management processes.

Last Updated: 1st Apr 16