Board Members

Our board members have extensive experience in social service, mental health, and service delivery in the nonprofit sector. Many of them have been involved in the development of program models on which our current programs are based, including Children and Mentally Ill Parents (CHAMPS) and PATS. They are deeply committed to the Foundation, and actively involved in program planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.

Rose Cuff

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Statewide Coordinator for Families where a Parent has a Mental Illness (FaPMI) – The Bouverie Centre. Rose is an Occupational Therapist who has worked in the areas of adult, child, and adolescent mental health for 30 years. For the past 21 years, she has focused specifically on providing information and support to children and families living in Victoria where a parent has a mental illness and improving services for vulnerable children and their families.

Rob Hauser

Secretary

CEO, Montsalvat. Rob has held senior positions in local government including nine years as CEO of the Shire of Yarra Ranges. He has tertiary qualifications in civil engineering, municipal engineering and has a Master of Business in Management. He is a member of the Institution of Engineers Australia, the Planning Institute of Australia, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Binda Gokhale

Treasurer

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.

Verena Merry

Co-Founder and Director

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

Director

Family Services Case Worker – City of Yarra. Carmine has over 15 years’ experience working with people with an intellectual disability. He has been working as a Family Services Practitioner for the past ten years, and VIC Children And Mentally ill ParentS (CHAMPS) after school programs and camps in the past. He has a Bachelor of Social Science (with Distinction) and a Graduate Diploma of Social Science in Gestalt Therapy.

 Tara Stark

Director

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.

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.

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.

Kerry Proctor

Kerry has worked in community mental health, and at The Bouverie Centre for many years as a psychologist, family therapist, researcher, lecturer, and program manager. She has focused on supporting young LGBTIQs, their school communities, and their families; developed programs and worked as a counsellor with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and workers in Victoria and interstate in mental health, SEWB, trauma-informed family-sensitive counselling, and supporting partnerships. She is currently working at Parkville College, at both the Parkville and Malmsbury Juvenile Justice Centres, supporting teachers and young people in understanding the impact of trauma on their lives.