Governance & Board
The purpose of the Board of Directors is to advise, govern and oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of CDH Australia so as to support the organisation’s mission and needs. All board positions are filled by volunteers. Scroll down to get to know more about our Board.
Board of Directors
CO-PRESIDENT – Joshua Kirkwood
Josh is Dad to angel CDHer Sean. Josh joined NAB in October 2014 as Executive Manager, Finance and Strategy. In this role he supports the Group Executive, Finance & Strategy. Prior to this he was Australian equity strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he provided advice to institutional investors, domestically and abroad. Josh began his career at the Reserve Bank of Australia where he held management roles in the Financial Markets area of the Bank. He is CFA qualified and has a Masters of Science (Economics) from the London School of Economics (with Distinction) and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Economics, with Class I honours and University Medal) from Macquarie University.
CO-PRESIDENT – Tara Gallo
I came into contact with CDH Australia when I was pregnant with my son, Sean. He was diagnosed with CDH at his 20 week scan, and died from the condition at 8 days old. The support I received during Sean’s pregnancy, short life and after his death was hugely helpful and I will be forever grateful to CDH Australia and the wonderful people associated with the organisation.
I have ~15 years business consulting experience in the financial services and retail industries, with a focus on strategy development, operational design, strategy execution and project and team management. Currently, I am an Associate Director at Macquarie Bank, where I work in the Business Improvement and Strategy team. Previous roles include the Head of the Business and Private Banking Strategy team at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and a Manager in Deloitte’s Strategy Consulting practice. I have my Masters of Economics from Macquarie University and graduated from Ohio Northern University with a BSBA of International Business and Economics, and Spanish (University Medal).
As co-president, I would like to see CDH Australia continue to grow and support more families at all stages of their CDH journey.
VICE PRESIDENT – Lona Sarson
Lona’s career has spanned a number of senior human resources roles across the not for profit sector, including as Director of Human Resources Shared Services in the health care industry and General Manager People and Culture in sporting industry. Lona also provides specialist human resources consultancy services to SMEs and has broad interests in business effectiveness, governance and project management. Lona is currently in the final stages of completing her Master of Business Administration (MBA) and holds a number of qualifications in business and human resources.
As a new Board member, Lona is excited to join the CDH Australia team and is committed to helping realise CDHA’s vision.
SECRETARY – Courtney Vodopic
Courtney has worked in the public service for 10 years in a range of roles – from counselling to executive management in both community and custodial settings, and corporate head office.
She is currently enjoying extended family leave as mum to 4 year old CDH-survivor Lucy, and 1 year old Matilda. Used to keeping busy, Courtney volunteers in the community and also serves as a Director for an expansive kindergarten cluster management service.
In her spare time, Courtney loves reading, is learning to speak Croatian, and will do anything to get out of housework.
Courtney is passionate about raising awareness of congenital diaphragmatic hernia, and enjoys working with CDH Australia’s families and volunteers.
TREASURER – Ray Cohen
Ray is a chartered accountant and has experience working across a broad range of accounting functions within commercial and public practice environments. Ray is currently based in the Australian property finance team at the Goodman Group where he is responsible for managing a portfolio of operating financial statements and supporting a team of property managers.
Ray has actively been engaged in volunteering since his early high school days. Some of the organisations Ray has assisted at include a visually impaired running club, aged care homes, soup kitchens and community centres.
In his free time, Ray enjoys running, going to the gym and spending time outdoors with friends and family.