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Our people

Meet our board of directors and PARF team working hard behind the scenes to help fund life-saving research, patient support initiatives, specialist equipment and staff education at the PA Hospital Campus.

Our Board Our Team 

Our Board

The PA Research Foundation board are responsible for the Foundation's policy-making and strategic decisions.


Robert Bowen AO

Board Chair, PA Research Foundation

Helen Darch

Director, PA Research Foundation

Dylys Bertelsen

Director, PA Research Foundation

Derrick Vickers

Director, PA Research Foundation

Sarah Black

Director, PA Research Foundation


Prof Ruth McPhail

Deputy Chair, PA Research Foundation

Dr Michael Cleary PSM

Director, PA Research Foundation

Theresa Moltoni OAM

Director, PA Research Foundation

Professor Stephen Lynch AC

Director, PA Research Foundation

Janelle Manders

Director, PA Research Foundation



Board committees

Finance and risk committee

Derrick Vickers - Chair

Robert Bowen AO

Theresa Moltoni OAM

Staff Representatives:  Damian Topp and Kerstin Petrick

Strategy and Engagement Committee

Prof Ruth McPhail - Chair

Dylys Bertelsen

Staff Representatives: Damian Topp, Simone Owens, Kate Ryan, Sarina Di Sano

Salary and Remuneration Committee

Robert Bowen AO

Dylys Bertelsen

Prof Ruth McPhail

Our Team

PA Research Foundation’s staff are responsible for the administration, marketing and raising of funds to help the Foundation achieve its goals. 


Damian Topp

Chief Executive Officer

Sarina Di Sano

Operations Manager

Carolyn Schuwalow 

Senior Philanthropy Manager

Luke Cridland

Foundation Liaison

Lauren Tot

Community Fundraising Manager

Melissa Harmanis  

Individual Giving Coordinator

Kathy Hill

Accounts Officer

Melissa McMahon

Fundraising and Stewardship Coordinator




Simone Owens

Executive Manager – Individual Giving

Kate Ryan

Corporate Partnerships Manager

Kerstin Petrick

Accounts Manager

Sandra McGinnis

Tied Funds Coordinator

Michelle McNicholl

Fundraising Administrator

Ellen Dann

Individual Giving Coordinator

Meredith Barker  

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Joshua Paterson

Media and Communications Manager



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