Meet our Team

Our team at Noah’s Ark includes parents of children with a disability, early childhood and allied health professionals and business representatives.

Fintan Magee

President

Fintan is a qualified practising insurance broker, company director and is a co-founder of Gallivan, Magee & Associates Pty Ltd. He is married with three teenage children.

Robyn Briggs

Vice President

Robyn has two children, her youngest receives services from Noah’s Ark. She joins Noah’s Ark with more than 9 years’ experience in marketing and product management roles in Australia and in the UK across a range of industries. Robyn has a Bachelor of Business (Communications) with QUT.

Vikki Morris

Vice President

Vikki is a regional manager with Cisco Systems Australia’s Partner Organisation and is responsible for its core development and strategic initiatives. She has over 30 years’ experience in account, project, sales and change management for corporations in both Australia and the U.S. Vikki has two young children, her youngest receives services at Noah’s Ark. She…

James Garde

Treasurer

James is the Executive Director of Spotlight Group Holdings, a major, privately owned retail, property and investment group. Previously he was a Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Finance partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers. James is married with three children.

Geoff Webster

Secretary

Geoff is a chartered accountant and a partner of mid-tier chartered accounting firm, HLB Mann Judd, he is a former Board President.

Giuliana Antolovich

Board Member

Giuliana is a paediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Her clinical practice is focussed on the management and care of children and young adults with developmental disability.

Campbell Thomson

Board member

Campbell is a barrister practising in the areas of native title, crime and environmental law for more than 19 years.

Tim Moore

Board member

Tim has been an educational and developmental psychologist for more 30 years and has had a long involvement in the provision of early childhood intervention services. Currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Community Child Health, Royal Children’s Hospital, he is a former Board President.

John Dowling

Board member

John is an estate agent, auctioneer and valuer. He is also a Board Member of the Burnett Institute. He has held previous community board positions with the Royal Children’s Hospital, Roy Children’s Research Institute, The Citizens’ Welfare Service of Victoria, Drummond Street Relationship Centre and Nidkids Support Group.

Nancy Black

Board member

Nancy first joined Noah’s Ark with her daughter in the 1970s and has served on the Board over many years. She works in theatre, film and television as a writer, director and teacher. She was a founding member of West Residential Association for the Intellectually Disabled (RAID).

John Forster

Chief Executive Officer, B.A. (Hons).

Prior to joining Noah’s Ark in 2000, John spent the previous 25 years working to reduce enduring disadvantage, focusing on poverty issues. He is a keen advocate for better services and educational outcomes for children with disabilities and their families. He is a fellow of the Williamson Community Leadership Program and has completed the Strategic…

Dr Kerry Bull

Senior Manager, Services, Dip. Teaching (Early Childhood), Grad Dip. Spec. Ed (Special Ed), Masters Spec. Ed, PhD.

Kerry has worked extensively in the field of ECEC and ECI as a teacher and manager of programs in Melbourne and rural Victoria. Kerry was the Project Manager of the Monash University Autism Secondary Consultation and Training Strategy (ACT-NOW) and Statewide Coordinator of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Autism Assessment Teams at Mindful, The…

Gayle Twomey

Manager, Finance and HR, BBus, CPA.

Gayle manages Noah’s Ark’s Finance and HR departments and has more than 15 years’ experience in financial management. Gayle has worked within her role at Noah’s Ark for more than six years and has previously worked in the corporate sector in a financial management role.

Kate Parsisson

Manager, Marketing and Communications, Customer Service, BBM, PGCertArts.

Kate brings more than 15 years’ experience in marketing, digital, communications, brand and customer service and has worked in sectors including education, arts and culture and utilities.

Robert Petherick

Corporate Services Manager, MBA, BSocSc.

Robert is responsible for all IT, property, OH&S, infrastructure and operational matters within Noah’s Ark. He has an extensive background within corporate business and has worked for Noah’s Ark for more than 10 years.

Stacey Alexander

ECI Operations Manager

Stacey is a psychologist who has worked at Noah’s Ark since 2007. From 2010 to 2012 Stacey worked as Manager of Service Development co-authoring The Key Worker: Resources for Early Intervention Professionals, managing the Inclusion Elements project and managing the Leadership for Inclusion project.

Jenny Howell

ECI Operations Manager

Jenny has managed Noah’s Ark’s programs in the Gippsland region for more than 15 years. Jenny trained as an early childhood teacher and worked as the director of pre-schools in North Queensland and country Victoria, including a 3-year-old reverse integration kindergarten. Jenny has two children, one of whom has a disability.

Donna Margrie

ECI Operations Manager

Donna has worked for Noah’s Ark for more than 12 years, first as a Team Leader and a Key Worker in Werribee for seven years, then a regional manager in 2010. Donna has worked in the ECI field for 18 years, as a preschool and primary school teacher, Special Education teacher and a Preschool Field Officer.

Michele Totterdell

ECI Operations Manager

Michele began her career as an early childhood educator with the aim of working in the disability sector. She has a Graduate Diploma in Special Education and extensive experience in ECEC and ECI both as an educator and a manager. Michele has worked for Noah’s Ark since 2006.

Lou Ambrosy

Training Manager

Lou is an occupational therapist with more than 30 years’ experience working with children with disabilities. She has worked alongside researchers and other professionals in the field to create the Best Practice in Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) course and coordinates the Key Worker Online Course™. Lou regularly presents at sector conferences in Australia and is…

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