Our staff

Our staff team work with our volunteer team across all programs of Counterpart. With a range of skills, we are all dedicated to supporting women with cancer to get the support and information they are looking for.

Get to know some of our volunteers.

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Fiona McRae

Manager

As the Counterpart Manager, Fiona is responsible for the volunteers, staff and activities of Counterpart. 

She is passionate about women having access to the support and information they need when facing any life challenge. 

Friends and getting out of the house keep her sane.  

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Kellie Holland

Team Leader Operations/Volunteer Coordinator

Kellie is responsible for ensuring the smooth delivery of many of Counterpart’s programs and coordinating and supporting our team of dedicated volunteers.

Her professional background in nursing and women’s health, and drive to see people connected and supported when and how they need, complement her role.

She enjoys travel, spending time with friends and collecting frequent flyer points – especially if all three happen at once.

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Katherine Bradstreet

Communications Coordinator

The central part of Katherine's role is to help spread the word about Counterpart’s service.

As well as communications work, Katherine also gets to satisfy her inner nerd maintaining Counterpart's website and doing data reporting. Most of her non-working hours are taking up running around after her young daughter.

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Rebecca Harraghy

Administration Coordinator

Rebecca provides organisational support to staff and maintains office systems. She also manages the social media accounts, sends our e-updates, contributes to the website and designs marketing materials.

Hiking, Pilates and volunteering at a kangaroo sanctuary are Rebecca’s go-to wellbeing activities.

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Mary Macheras-Magias

Bridge of Support Coordinator

Mary liaises with hospital staff to bring volunteers and women undergoing treatment for cancer together for supportive care.

As a former teacher, Mary took a detour from teaching when she was diagnosed with her own cancer to pursue a different career pathway. She is an advocate for women’s cancer health and wellbeing and she has landed the perfect job.

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Wendy Pullan

Programs Coordinator

Wendy works alongside our volunteers in the Resource Centre, and organises the What’s On and Making Connections programs.

She has a particular interest in supporting women living with life threatening illness, and with working to diminish the stigmatising and isolating aspects of illness.

Wendy loves working for an organisation that has the time to listen to women’s stories.

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Linda Rehill

Program and Resources Coordinator

Linda works alongside our volunteers in peer support and information provision.

With a background in nursing and information services, Linda has a special interest in consumer health information. She gets a buzz out of providing usable and reliable health information, so that women feel confident about making decisions and managing their health.

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Jan Savage

Project Co-ordinator, Counterpart provision of services to Victorian women with cancer.

Jan's background is in health and throughout her working life she has focused on improving women’s health, wellbeing – their lives.

She's based in central Victoria and brings an appreciation of rural and regional life and community to her work.

The serenity keeps her sane.

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Ada Castle

Casual Programs Officer

Supporting our fantastic peer volunteers in the Resource Centre to connect with women with cancer

When she’s not working for Counterpart, Ada is a Health Promotion Officer at a community health organisation in regional Victoria. Prior to joining Counterpart, she managed a volunteer-run friendship and connection service for isolated older people at Switchboard Victoria. Outside of work, Ada is a volunteer herself, mentoring and on a few health-related committees.

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Lieve De Clercq

Casual Programs Officer

Lieve works at the Resource Centre, teaming up with our peer support volunteers, to connect with women with cancer. The generosity and commitment of Counterpart’s peer support volunteers never ceases to amaze her.

When she’s not working for Counterpart, Lieve is working freelance as an educational project manager, and as a casual lecturer across 3 universities (Occupational Therapy programs). Lieve is interested in how the interaction between person, environment and occupation shape the experiences of women with cancer (or any health or life changing adversity). When not working, she is often lost in the bush.