Our BoardVision and Support

Our voluntary Board of Directors have diverse experience in the fields of corporate and community governance, social service, mental health, and the non-profit sector. As a group actively committed to the work of Satellite, they work hard alongside our group of Young Leaders, staff, volunteers and our supporters and partners to strengthen and build the work we do, now and into the future.

Rose Cuff

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Rose is the Executive Director and co-founder of Satellite. She does this in her spare time as she is also the Statewide coordinator of the FaPMI Program (Families where a Parent has a Mental Illness). Rose qualified as an occupational therapist many moons ago and was clear from Day 1 that she wanted to work in the field of mental health, and hasn’t veered from that moment of clarity back in 1977. Her journey with Satellite began in 2008 after working with this specific focus since 1995 here in Melbourne. Conversation with trusty colleagues: ‘We can’t let the programs we’ve developed and love just disappear. Let’s start a Foundation, it can’t be that hard!’ Rose remains in denial about this and still passionate about giving voices of hope and strength to children, young people and families. She has three amazing adult children and dreams of walking the mountains of Ethiopia.

Rob Hauser


Rob Hauser has been a Board member of Satellite Foundation for 10 years. During this time he has learnt about the challenges facing families where a parent has a mental illness, and has admired the courage and resilience of those families. Rob’s connection to Satellite began with his attendance at a ‘Paying Attention to Self’ celebration at the Shire of Yarra Ranges, where he was Chief Executive Officer from 1999 –2008. Inspired by the positive impact this program had on both children and parents involved in the program, Rob joined the Satellite Board. Rob has been deeply moved by the impact Satellite programs have had on the life trajectory of the young people involved. Rob enjoys wilderness trekking, cycling and visiting the Ceres Environment Park in Brunswick.

Binda Gokhale


Binda is an experienced senior director in finance, strategic planning, and governance. She was the General Manager of Planning, Forecasting and Performance Management at Telstra Corporation, and also held senior executive roles within Telstra’s Corporate Finance and Treasury operations.

Kerry Proctor


Psychologist and family therapist with many years in community mental health, The Bouverie Centre, Juvenile Justice and most recently, the out of home care sector: working with families and Communities across Victoria. I am involved with Satellite as a Board member and also assisting with fund raising for the 2017 Young Leaders program. I am committed to empowering young people and their families who are often silenced in our system and know there is strength and hope in 'sharing our experiences in life’.

Henry von Doussa


Henry works for The Bouverie Centre and Monash University in a research capacity. LGBTI parented families, families where a parent has a mental illness, and trauma are the main foci of his work. Henry grew up in a family affected by parental mental illness, and brings both a professional and a lived-experience lens to the work he does with The Satellite Foundation.

Tara Stark


Tara's mum has suffered from mental illness throughout Tara's life. Tara was a participant in the PATS program and a peer leader for both the CHAMPS and PATS programs. She has also worked in a carer support role with Eastern Health. Tara now works as a lawyer with Slater & Gordon and volunteers for Sane, Road Trauma Support Services Victoria, and the Mental Health Legal Centre.

Angie Karabatsas


Angie is a graduate of Australian and Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne. She is a leader with over nine years ‘experience in the not-for-profit sector. Angie’s career has included spending time in the Pacific and remote Aboriginal communities, working for vulnerable people affected by migration those with caring responsibilities. Angie has a demonstrated ability to build and maintain successful relationships, manage projects, and develop staff and volunteers. Her key strengths include social strategy and policy development, conceptual and analytical skills, facilitation and engagement, cross-cultural competency, leadership and mentoring, and advocacy. Angie is passionate about making a positive impact on people and the community through capacity-building.

Ian Hardisty


Ian is a Social Worker by qualification. He has 39 years experience in the provision and management of recovery based services in mental health and family support, in government, church and community managed organisations. Ian is constantly inspired and motivated by the resilience, creativity and capacity to recover shown by people experiencing significant diversity. He is interested in contributing to the Satellite Foundation to support the organisation’s focus on innovative programs that make a difference to the lives of children, young people and families, and are strongly integrated into local communities. Ian enjoys bush camping whenever he can.

Verena Merry


Clinical Psychologist: Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Specialist; Raphael Centre, St John of God Hospital, WA. Verena is a clinical psychologist who has 20 years’ experience in working with children, adults, and families affected by mental illness. She completed her doctorate in 2009, and has worked in both the private and public sectors.

Carmine Aly


After graduating, Carmine commenced working as a Family Services Practitioner in the Yarra Ranges area, where he first co-facilitated CHAMPS (CHildren And Mentally ill ParentS) after-school programs with Rose Cuff. Fifteen years later he is still involved with children and families where a parent/s have a mental illness. Carmine has been with Satellite since its inception and assisted in many of the programs and camps. Carmine's drive to continue being involved is the witnessing of the significant changes in the children and their families who have participated in these programs. Though recently retired, Carmine continues to work with children and families in a voluntary capacity. Carmine has started his retirement by living in Thailand 4 months a year, volunteering at a school for disenfranchised children and their families from Myanmar.

More of Our Family

Our Ambassadors

The community, networks and passion to connect our work to many other excellent organisations. Get to know our ambassadors.

Our Young Leaders

The peer understanding and lived experience to guide our programs and the help to bring them to life. Learn more about young leaders.

Our Staff

The knowledge, skill and determination to help create work that builds hope and changes lives. Get in touch with our staff.