PeopleWho We Are
Satellite Foundation is about people. As a conduit built for connecting young people, everyone on our team is committed to building creative avenues for people to connect to peers, mentors, opportunities and each other. Our board, patron, staff and ambassadors come from diverse backgrounds; each individual contributes to create a dynamic environment.
Our continual focus is to provide opportunities for young people with lived experience to take the lead. Both Satellite Squad and our Youth Ambassadors are the heart of our organisation. And we couldn't be more proud.
Our Young LeadersSatellite Squad
The growing group of young leaders who inform the work we do (and many other organisations that seek the voices and wisdoms of young people with lived experiences). We offer places and practice for peer support and leadership opportunities throughout our programs.
Support & AwarenessOur Ambassadors
Our Youth Ambassadors
Addy Dunkley Smith
Jodie is a youth worker for children in out of home care and has been volunteering since she was 14 years old with families who have a parent with a mental illness. It was through this volunteering that Jodie found herself part of the Satellite family! Since joining Satellite as a Youth Ambassador Jodie has had a huge role in leading our camps, co-facilitating workshops and will now lead our Satellite Squids. With an unbeatable passion for helping people, Jodie’s dream for the future is to run recreational camps for at risk young people.
Eliza Henry Jones
Eliza Henry-Jones is the author of Ache and In the Quiet, which was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction and longlisted for the ABIA and Indie Book Awards. Her latest book, P is for Pearl, is her first novel for young adults. She herself has also been impacted by parental substance abuse and mental illness. She lives on a small farm in the Yarra Valley.
Both a Satellite Foundation ambassador and a beyondblue ambassador, Brad is passionate about continuing the vital communication surrounding mental health. A sports journalist and tv and radio presenter for more than 25 years, Brad loves meeting people, hearing their stories and telling their stories. As he often says, “everyone has a story to tell, you just have to find out what it is”. His three greatest loves are family, the Carlton Football Club, and cooking.
Making it happenOur Staff
Henry von Doussa
Family Liason Coordinator
Henry von Doussa is a social researcher for La Trobe University at both The Bouverie Centre and The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS). Much of this work is in supporting families to build and maintain relationships that work well for everyone in the family. Henry grew up in a family where there was mental illness and has a good understanding of what kids need and what some of the constraints and difficulties are for parents and caregivers. Henry is kind and approachable and knows that all families are doing their best and wish the best for their kids.
Vision & guidanceOur Board
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Gill has a background in working with small and medium size businesses in the public and private sectors, designing and administering financial solutions. Gill is passionate about supporting the development of a sustainable organisation that is pivotal in empowering young people to transform their lives. In her spare time, Gill volunteers as a cook at the Darebin Community Kitchen.
Dom de Stefani
David is a career banker and strategic thinker with experience in the Banking & Finance, IT & Telco sectors. He brings to the not for profit community extensive experience in roles including Chair, Treasurer, Non-Executive Director and General Board Member with his focus on Sustainability and Good Governance.
Beth Wilson AM
On 1 May 1997 until December 2012 Beth Wilson was Victoria’s Health Services Commissioner. She is a lawyer by training and has worked mainly in administrative law. Beth has had a long-standing interest in medico/legal and ethical issues. Prior to becoming Health Services Commissioner, Beth was the President of the Mental Health Review Board, a Senior Legal Member of the Social Security Appeals Board and WorkCare Appeals Board and a past President of the Victorian Branch of ANZAPPL (Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law). From 2007 until 2012 Beth was a member of the Disability Services Board. A member of Breacan Advisory Group (now called Counterpart) from 2013 until 2018, Beth has a longstanding interest in women’s health issues, particularly reproductive health and cancer.
Beth is currently a Legal Member, Mental Health Tribunal, Victoria and Patron for the Continence Foundation of Australia, The Satellite Foundation and Acting Chairperson of WildatHeart.. Beth is Ambassador for Kindred Clubhouse , Chair of the Safer Families CRE Advisory Group (Melbourne University Centre of Research Excellence) and Independent Chair of the Travancore Royal Children’s Hospital Community Reference Group . She is a partner in a health consultancy business Wilson and Webster and sole owner of Lawfully Funny.
Beth has received several important awards in recognition of her achievements. These include:
- 2002 – Monash University’s Distinguished Alumni Award for outstanding professional achievements and inspirational leadership
- 2003 – Centenary Medal for services to health
- 2004 – An Honorary Doctorate from RMIT for contributions to health education
- 2008 – Induction onto the Victorian Honour Roll of Women for services to women’s health in Victoria
- 2013-Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community of Victoria through the provision of dispute resolution in the area of health services.
Beth is a public speaker providing seminars, lectures and classes for consumers, carers, health service providers, business and others. She loves humour, story telling, art and music and her favourite topics are inspirational leadership, promoting positive culture change in organisations, the importance of team work. Beth is a keen, active supporter of community based arts programmes.