Executive Officer, IDFA
Carolyn joined the IDFA team in March 2020. She is a dynamic and experienced professional with significant experience working across a range of industry sectors and in the not for profit sector. Carolyn is passionate about working with people to achieve outstanding organisational results and supporting members to ensure optimal quality of life.
“It is an honour to work at IDFA, to understand the needs and concerns of our members and to utilise my significant skills in business. I have an interest in health to ensure the key priorities of raising awareness, providing education and advocacy campaigns are achieved by the organisation.”
Member Engagement Officer
Chamaine joined the IDFA team in July 2021 and brings over 20 years of experience to the team in various retail and healthcare marketing roles, as well as sales and client engagement roles.
At IDFA, Charmaine’s role includes taking care of the development and implementation of various programs that engage and support our members.
Outside of work, Charmaine is a busy mum looking after her 6 boys, and loves to get out onto the tennis court when she can.
Marketing & Communications
Chontelle brings over 13 years of marketing and communications experience to the team. Joining IDFA in August 2021, Chontelle has previously worked across the diverse sectors of the arts, retail, fashion, food, lifestyle and healthcare.
Chontelle is excited to engage with members and the broader community through marketing campaigns and communications to raise awareness of immunodeficiencies and the IDFA.
Finance and Administration
Yensina has worked in customer service and finance for over 20 years and is passionate about working in the not-for-profit sector.
Yensina’s role at IDFA is to support the team in day-to-day operations, acting as the point of call for enquiries and completing finance functions for the organisation.
A fun fact about Yensina is that she runs for fun and mental health and has completed a variety of fun runs and obstacle races, fundraising on behalf of the Cancer Council at the Mothers Day Classic and Mud Run Sydney. She also enjoys doing trails with friends and completed her first Ultratrail in May.
IDFA Board Members
Board Chair (Board member since November 2015)
Lara has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 20 years, in various senior management and executive roles with organisations such as St John Ambulance, Cancer Council, Save the Children, Bethesda Hospital, in the Aged Care sector with Presbyterian Care Tasmania and currently as the CEO of St Vincent de Paul, Tasmania. Lara’s expertise is predominantly in finance and budgeting, management, human resources, payroll and fundraising.
“I have a passion for the charitable sector and feel strongly about supporting charities that advocate for individuals, families and their carers to take control of their health journey.”
Deputy Chair, Medical Advisory Committee (Board member since September 2018)
Geraldine is a Clinical Nurse Consultant in Immunology and Infections disease at Sydney Children’s Hospital. She has a strong background in Paediatric Nursing in both Australia and the UK.
Geraldine manages, supports, educates and assists children and their families living with PID and SID including preparing and supporting children who require transplant (HSCT) for severe PID. Her role has been pivotal in establishing and then expanding the SCIg program the department offers.
Geraldine is an active member of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and participates within its working groups and sub committees on the topic of paediatric immunology nursing. She is also a member of advisory groups and working groups within the National Blood Authority relating to immunoglobulin products.
Company Secretary (Board member since November 2014)
Catherine is a financial professional with extensive corporate and public sector experience in financial management and reporting. Her experience extends beyond accounting to strategy development and planning, commercial analysis and operational management. Catherine also lives with a primary immunodeficiency.
Dr Luke Droney
Medical Advisory Commitee
(Board member since November 2020)
Dr Luke Droney is a Clinical Immunologist, Allergist and Immunopathologist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital as well as the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. This role encompasses clinical experience in primary immunodeficiencies (PID’s), autoimmune diseases, autoinflammatory disorders and allergy. Luke has an invested professional interest in PID’s and hopes to develop further clinical and diagnostic services in the areas of both PID’s and immunogenetics.
Luke is an associate member of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA).
Dr Melanie Wong
Medical Advisory Committee Chair
(Board member since August 2011)
Dr Melanie Wong is a Paediatric Allergist and Immunologist and is a senior staff specialist and head of the Department of Allergy and Immunology at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Melanie is currently chair of the IDFA Medical Advisory Committee, Chair of the Board of Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australia (AIFA), Chief Examiner for the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) Immunopathology training program, Chair of the RACP Paediatric and Child Health Written exam committee and ASCIA’s representative on the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) council. She is also a past President of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA).
Melanie has a strong interest in primary immunodeficiencies with much of her clinical and research interests focused on newborn screening, genetic testing and transplantation.
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Patient Advisory Committee Chair
(Board member since February 2009)
Adam has nearly 30 years’ experience with not-for-profit boards and has been a board member or office bearer with numerous not-for-profit organisations. He is regularly involved as a patient representative on Commonwealth Government health-related committees and working groups. He is also experienced at effectively representing and advocating the views of health consumers. Adam is a patient representative on the National Blood Authority’s National Immunoglobulin Governance Advisory Committee.
Adam works in the Australian Public Service, where his responsibilities focus on governance issues, including strategic and business planning, performance reporting, and financial and HR management.
Adam lives with a primary immunodeficiency (Common Variable Immune Deficiency) and is passionate about supporting people with immunodeficiencies, their carer’s and families.
(Board member since September 2018)
Alex is a barrister at the Victorian Bar and has significant experience in commercial litigation and government law and has a particular interest in corporate governance.
Alex joined the IDFA board based on his own diagnosis with an immunodeficiency and a desire to increase knowledge and awareness of immunodeficiencies. He’s passionate about assisting IDFA to raise the profile in both the medical community and government.
Based on his own experience his areas of interest are secondary immunodeficiencies and relating to malignancies and treatment.
(Board member since January 2015)
Craig has over 40 years’ experience in running small to medium business. The nature of small business means he has hands on experience in sales, administration, human resources, strategic and financial planning and workplace health and safety. Craig is a graduate of the AICD Diploma Course for Directors and has served as a Director on various small businesses as well as not for profits. Craig has two children with a primary immunodeficiency.