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Our Team

WomenCAN Australia Peer Support

Our Founder & CEO

WomenCAN Australia CEO, Mikaela Stafrace

Founder and CEO

Mikaela is an MBA-qualified lawyer, who has spent many years in corporate settings providing insurance, risk, governance and regulatory compliance advice.

Our Interim CEO

Ann Smith

Interim CEO

Ann has over 30 years’ experience at professional and leadership levels in the public service and the health sector in hospital management, quality assurance, education and training.

Our Board

The charity is overseen by a Board of Directors, each of whom is committed to achieving WomenCAN Australia’s mission.

Marion Webster


Marion Webster was the founding Executive Director of the Australian Association of Philanthropy (now Philanthropy Australia) prior to becoming National Manager - Charitable Trusts, and, later, Manager, Corporate Relations (Charitable) for ANZ Trustees, as well as advising the ANZ Bank on charitable giving and sponsorship.

Judith Troeth AM

Deputy Chair

The Hon Judith Troeth has been a trailblazer for rural women in politics, social justice and human rights, and has achieved significant gains for women in health reform.

Winsome Bernard


Winsome Bernard is the founder of Quay Appointments. Her experience in recruitment spans over two decades.

Donata Carrazza


Donata has more than 20 years’ experience in the hospitality and tourism industry, notably at the Mildura Grand Hotel working with Stefano de Pieri.



Annie has a PhD in Biochemistry and an Honorary Doctor of Letters from UWA for her community work, especially with women. 



Kerry commenced her career in the advertising industry, holding positions with major agencies Clemenger Harvie and George Patterson.

Sarah Meredith


Sarah is a passionate advocate for gender equality, creating a better world and fighting injustice.  For more than 20 years she has worked on successful advocacy and policy campaigns in both government and not-for-profit roles.   

Tom Palmieri


Tom has been making contributions to the accounting profession for ten years as a trusted advisor. His unwavering focus is to bring to light the invaluable information accountants hold and uncover.

Our Team

Lisa Anderson

Facilities Maintenance Coordinator - Mount Gambier Operations

Donna Baldwin

Project Manager, Early Years Program

Adi Blenariu

Carpenter - Melbourne Operations

Trish Bourke

Peer Support Manager

Adele Cooke

WomenCAN Build Lead

Jane Coveny

Handy Woman - Melbourne Operations

Sandi Fulcher

Executive Assistant

Simone Halls

Peer Support Officer, Bendigo

Tamara Hamence

Peer Support Office, Mildura

Zoe Hill

Social Media & Communications Coordinator

Mark Jowett

Financial Controller

Kim Lowe

Social Media & Creative Manager


Fundraising and Grants Lead

Jo Newton

Fundraising and Grants Lead

Suzanne Pate

WomenCAN Work Transport Project Lead

Mile Soda

Business Advisory Lead

Kathleen Wesley

Community Engagement Officer

Rhys Williams

Training and Employment Lead

Early Years Training Program has launched in Shepparton

Women from diverse communities can now benefit from WomenCAN Australia’s proven peer-led support program and be paid to train on-the-job in childcare or kindergarten.