Meet the team
Chief Executive Officer
Zoe started her career in the not for profit sector right here at Breast Cancer Care WA in Events, Marketing & Fundraising in 2006 and returned as the CEO in December 2014 to lead the organisation forward.
Zoe has previously worked at Santa Maria College as Director of Community Relations and Development. Here she developed her marketing, communications and fundraising responsibilities working on the planning process for the college’s first capital campaign to raise funds for the College Hall extension.
In January 2010 Zoe joined Starlight Children’s Foundation as the State Partnerships Manager WA where she was responsible for leading a fundraising team who looked after all managed relationships for the state across income streams of Major Donors, Corporate Partners, Community Fundraisers and Events. In 2011 she added the responsibility for SA fundraising to her portfolio and in March 2013 Zoe moved to Sydney to take on the role of Head of Fundraising for Starlight, leading a team of 43 people across five states.
"When a person is diagnosed with cancer, everything in their world shifts and an unimaginable volume of pressures immediately descend on that person and their family. Thanks to the generosity of our wonderful supporters, at Breast Cancer Care WA we have the privilege of providing services designed to ease those pressures and create some breathing space. I am passionate about ensuring that our support services are available free of charge to every woman, man & family member who needs us."
Support Services Manager / Counsellor (M. Couns.)
Cathie joined Breast Cancer Care WA in February 2011 and has a Master of Counselling from The University of Notre Dame.
Cathie has transformed Breast Cancer Care WA's support services by creating a multi-disciplinary environment, ensuring that the team work closely together to achieve the best outcomes for our clients.
Working with women’s issues, empowering women to accept what they can’t change and make the changes that they can in their lives, to help them lead less stressful and more meaningful lives, is central to her practice. Her style of practice is Integrative with an emphasis on Person Centered Counselling, Narrative Therapy, and Family Systems. She also uses Choice Theory and Acceptance Commitment Therapy with most of her clients as this is extremely helpful in dealing with anxiety and uncertainty and ultimately acceptance and change.
She works extensively with clients in one on one intense therapy, couples therapy and group work within our support group system.
Prior to coming to Breast Cancer Care WA between 2008 and 2010 Cathie set about developing and implementing an individual and group counselling program through Notre Dame’s breast and prostate cancer survivor program and she has also been tutoring in counselling and communication skills along with working privately specialising in relationship and women’s issues and cancer support work. Her background in nursing and midwifery has also proved very useful in this type of work.
One of her other passions is wine and after studying a Master of Business she and her husband managed a wine business down in Margaret River for over a decade.
“My desire is to help and empower women to find better ways to deal with some of the issues they face throughout their lives. Breast Cancer Care WA gives me a great opportunity to continue my work and I feel very privileged to do this”
McGrath Breast Care Nurse
Starting her career as a surgical nurse in the UK, Moira gained many years’ experience caring for women undergoing breast surgery on a female general surgical ward and a dedicated breast care ward.
Migrating to Perth in 2008 with her family, Moira spent some time working in critical care areas before she had the opportunity to return to breast care nursing.
Moira has developed a keen interest in the positive effect social support can have on stress, adaptation and coping throughout her twenty year nursing career and gained more valuable experience at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Breast Clinic prior to joining Breast Cancer Care WA in early 2013.
Moira has worked hard to gain her Post Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing.
"I feel truly honoured to be working amongst such an experienced and dedicated team who strive on a daily basis to meet the organisations goal of providing the best individualised support to clients and their families. Seeing the difference our support can make to the lives of the inspiring people we meet every day is so rewarding"
Brady Breast Care Nurse
Maria started her career in the UK in acute medicine and oncology and later specialised in neurosurgery.
She then trained as a District Nurse and spent the next 15 years delivering nursing care in the community. This varied role saw Maria supporting patients with complex health care needs including those with long term chronic conditions and cancer. She also provided palliative care and nursing in the home and later took on a teaching role to educate other nurses and carers in this field.
Maria completed a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies in 2009 and migrated to Perth in 2010, where she joined the acute oncology unit at St John of God Hospital in the role of Breast Care Nurse and Clinical Nurse Consultant in Cancer Services.
Maria finds the breast care nurse role particularly rewarding, utilising all of her previous experience to support people from diagnosis and throughout their cancer journey.
Currently Maria is in the process of completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Oncology Nursing.
“I believe in the best possible care for the individual; physically, mentally and spiritually and to meet these needs requires a cohesive team, who are skilled and can work in collaboration. I am so pleased to be working in such a team. This is a special role and I feel strongly about the importance of delivery of quality client care to meet positive outcomes”
McGrath Breast Care Nurse
After training in England and beginning her nursing career in neurosciences and intensive care, Diane developed an interest in complex pain management, especially in people with advanced cancer and subsequently moved into palliative care nursing in 1995. She worked in a variety of different settings including inpatients units, hospice and community palliative care, utilizing a team approach to provide holistic management of people with advanced malignant and non-malignant conditions.
In Australia, Diane worked as a Breast Care Nurse and Clinical Research Nurse at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and completed a Master of Palliative Care qualification at ECU in 2010. She is now interested in studying for a formal counselling qualification in the near future.
Prior to joining Breast Cancer Care WA, Diane worked with Cancer Council as a Cancer Support Coordinator, looking at holistic assessment and provision of psychosocial support to people following a cancer diagnosis.
"I firmly believe that anyone who is faced with or who may care for someone with a cancer diagnosis, should be able to access information and support freely to assist them in all stages of their cancer journey. Working as part of a dedicated, specialized team such as Breast Cancer Care WA will enable me to provide a personalized, holistic service to clients and their families, as they try to cope with the challenges associated with a breast cancer diagnosis."
McGrath Metastatic Breast Care Nurse
Karen brought a wealth of experience in oncology and palliative care nursing to Breast Cancer Care WA when she joined in September 2015. For the past seven years, she has worked as a breast care nurse at RPH Breast Assessment Clinic, Sir Charlie Gardiner Hospital Breast Centre and as a McGrath Breast Care Nurse in Hobart, Tasmania where she worked closely with women with metastatic breast cancer, including co-facilitating a support program.
Karen has joined the team at Breast Cancer Care WA, as the first dedicated breast care nurse for people affected with metastatic disease thanks to the funding from McGrath Foundation. She feels privileged to have the opportunity to serve women with metastatic disease in this new role, and aims to provide individualised, co-ordinated, and high quality care.
When not at work, Karen enjoys bush or beach walking, swimming, stand up paddle boarding, and the company of good friends.
Breast Care Nurse
Barbara started her nursing career after migrating with her family to Australia from Germany in 1998. Since this time, she has worked in many diverse nursing environments including Aged Care, High Dependency, Critical Care and Nursing Education before finding interest in oncology.
In 2013, after taking on the role of McGrath Breast Care Nurse in the South West Region, Barbara specialised in the area of breast cancer. From here she went on to complete a post-graduate certificate in cancer nursing and breast cancer nursing, as well as a Masters in Clinical Nursing (Oncology). Barbara joined the team at Breast Cancer Care WA in January 2016.
“I feel privileged to work with women and their families affected by breast cancer as they allow us to be part of their breast cancer experience. I cherish the moments when they discover their inner strengths and their courage amazes me every single day”.
Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Aileen spent a number of years working in London and Japan before settling in Perth.
She spent the best part of a decade in rural Japan, teaching English in both secondary schools and University and after arriving in Australia obtained a Masters of Health Counselling from Curtin University. She was able to combine the two passions in 2012 by teaching a counselling skills course for adults at Tuart Hill College.
Aileen has a strong interest in working with women and comes to Breast Cancer Care WA after 4 years working at Relationships Australia where she ran a program for women and children who had experienced trauma and abuse. Working with women both individually as well as in group settings was extremely rewarding work which greatly contributed to Aileen's passion to provide free supportive services to women in need.
Aileen joined Breast Cancer Care WA in June 2012.
"What attracts me to the work at Breast Cancer Care WA is the vision of providing free personalised services to women at a time in their life that can be particularly challenging and being part of a team that provides such a positive social response is both professionally and personally very rewarding for me"
Linda has spent the past seven years practicing initially as an Art Therapist (Dip. TAT – Ikon Institute) and then as a Counsellor (B. Couns. - University of Notre Dame). Her private practice has evolved to a point of incorporating other practitioners to work in her Centre with a focus on counselling and creating balance.
Having spent several years involved in community arts and festivals as a volunteer, running various youth and adult groups in the community, Linda enjoys both individual and couple counselling as well as group facilitation. Linda has experience in helping people with cancer, chronic pain and illness, addictive behaviour and mental health difficulties.
Linda joined Breast Cancer Care WA in August 2013. Taking a holistic perspective while walking alongside each person is most important to her. She believes that gently connecting and being with someone in the face of adversity creates a relationship for collaborative efforts towards finding their inner wisdom and resilience – to be able to move forward, tackling new experiences with confidence. An integrative, humanistic therapeutic approach provides the foundations for Linda’s work.
“I feel most grateful and privileged to be a part of Breast Cancer Care WA, to bear witness to the stories of others and to be able to provide assistance in as many areas of a person’s life experience as possible. I never cease to be inspired by the courage and capacity of the human spirit.”
Having spent several years living overseas in Spain, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Scotland, Shelley joined the team in September 2014 with a Counselling Degree from The University of Notre Dame.
She has an extensive background as a Counsellor having work at CarersWA counselling the support networks of people with chronic health and mental health conditions and also running support groups for carers. She takes a person-centred focus to counselling and uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for helping people to manage anxiety.
Shelley is passionate about quilting, growing veggies and teaching her husband to cook and is excited to start a new chapter at Breast Cancer Care WA.
"It’s an honour to be working as part of a team who provide practical, emotional and financial support to individuals and their families who have a breast cancer diagnosis."
Jacqui first joined Breast Cancer Care WA in April 2015, on a fixed term contract as Counsellor to fill in for staff on long leave. She has had several contract renewals since then and finds her role as a Counsellor both challenging and very rewarding.
Jacqui has a nursing background which adds to her understanding of clients’ journeys and complements her role as Counsellor at BCCWA. She spent almost 20 years overseas (Egypt, Oman, Malaysia and UK) where she had various cultural, lifestyle, motherhood and working experiences.
Jacqui completed a double degree in Behavioural Science and Counselling and did further post graduate studies in Mental Health Counselling at The University of Notre Dame. She is also involved in her private practice where she and her partner facilitate mental health wellness workshops. Resilience and Mindfulness are topics that Jacqui feels passionate about and brings this into her counselling. She feels that if you can learn to increase your resilience skills and practice mindfulness then you have a good basis for dealing with whatever life may throw at you.
Jacqui considers Breast Cancer Care WA is a great organisation as it makes such a difference for its clients and it provides such a positive working environment with a great team of people.
"I love it when I see a client have a 'lightbulb moment' - when they have insights into their inner strengths."
Client Liaison Officer
Meet Natalie. Natalie joined the Breast Cancer Care WA team in March as the Client Liaison Officer, a position sponsored by Steel Blue Boots.
Natalie studied a Bachelor of Social Science, majoring in Youth Work, and spent many years working with homeless young people. She went on to work at Cancer Council WA where she learnt the important of psychosocial support when going through cancer.
Natalie brings with her many years of experience in the not for profit sector, working closely with Breast Cancer Care WA in previous roles.
“I admire Breast Cancer Care WA’s hands on approach to supporting those affected by breast cancer. Helping a person with cancer is such a humbling experience; it is amazing to see how one small act of kindness can make such a huge difference in someone’s life.”
Corporate Engagement Manager
After many years within the corporate sector, Tanya is thrilled to be working at BCCWA. The experience obtained working in advertising, from both media-owner and agency angles, lends itself to the busy nature of fundraising.
Working in an account management environment for print, publishing and cinema and agency roles in account management and media strategy, Tanya left the workplace to have children. A stint in Singapore (with live-in help) enabled Tanya to return to the workforce, where she enjoyed roles in relocation sales, business development/marketing and education.
Recently returning to Australia, now that the children are at school, Tanya is able to utilise her extensive experience in this newly-created role in corporate fundraising.
“Whilst I have loved so many of the roles I have had over the years, there has never before been a role that has such meaning. I love what we do – there is real tangibility on what we do for people, and this feels wonderful.”
Individual Giving Manager
Having recently moved to WA from Melbourne with her husband and two small boys, Jillian started with Breast Cancer Care WA in 2015. As a direct marketing specialist and leader of the Individual Giving Team, her role is to help each and every supporter of Breast Cancer Care WA understand the impact of their support and how they genuinely make a difference for people with breast cancer.
Back in her early twenties Jillian made a conscious decision to follow her heart in life and this included when pursuing her career. After her first commercial marketing role she knew that it was a priority to be a part of a team of people who love and are inspired by what they do. This led to a move into the not for profit industry, working with charities focusing on international aid and conservation. Jillian has led teams to grow and retain member and donor based programs for organisations including The Wilderness Society and Zoo’s Victoria.
Jillian is delighted to be so warmly welcomed by a team who are 100% focussed on looking after families when they need it the most. She is completing a Masters of Marketing and enjoying the challenge of working with a cause so close to her heart.
“I see following your heart and your values in life as vital in all your big and small decisions, but not always an easy thing to do or available to all of us all the time. So to work with such a dedicated team, and for our inspiring clients makes this more than just a job to me”
Kylie joined Breast Cancer Care WA in August 2015. Originally from Sydney, where she studied Biology and Chemistry at University, she has always had an interest in helping others.
Her working background includes time at CSIRO as a Research Assistant working on a treatment for prostate cancer. Kylie then worked for ten years in the pharmaceutical industry where she was involved in the collection and storage of important patient clinical trial data. During this time she had the opportunity to develop skills working with very large databases containing sensitive information.
Kylie lost her Mother to breast cancer in 2014 and after seeing all the help and care her mother received was drawn to working in the area of breast cancer. She is very excited to join the team at Breast Cancer Care WA.
“It is such an amazing feeling to know that the work I do each day helps women affected by breast cancer. It’s great to be part of such a caring team of people.”
Event and Sponsorship Coordinator
Born in Zimbabwe, Brenda completed a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Natal, South Africa.
Returning to Zimbabwe, she joined retail giant Edgars Group of Companies as their Chain Advertising and Promotions Officer and undertook further training to become a Buyer/Merchandiser.
After further studies at the WITS Graduate School of Business Education, Brenda assumed total responsibility for the Groups marketing as Marketing Manager and sat on the Board. Brenda then successfully amalgamated the group’s two major chains of stores into one dominant credit retailing operation. This facilitated the launch of The Edgars Club; the largest social responsibility programme of its kind in Southern Africa with its focus on children’s education and the Group’s financial services programme and its products.
Brenda migrated to Perth in 2009 and has gained a wealth of local knowledge as an Area Sales Manager covering the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia.
“A personal cancer scare forced me to acknowledge my mortality and question if the contribution I was making to my community was meaningful. Breast Cancer Care WA gives me the wonderful opportunity to work with an amazing team to make a difference in the lives of those affected by breast cancer!”
Individual Giving Coordinator
Karyn has recently joined the fundraising team in 2016 as the Individual Giving Coordinator.
After completing a Bachelor of Legal Studies and Diploma of Financial Services, Karyn began her career in the conveyancing field where she assisted clients with their property settlements for 10 years.
Karyn left conveyancing to start a family and has spent the last few years raising her three beautiful children. Upon deciding to return to the workforce, Karyn was looking for a change in career and found herself drawn to the opportunity to join the dedicated and enthusiastic fundraising team at BCCWA.
“I am so grateful to be working with such an amazing organisation that provides a crucial service to families who are going through such a traumatic time in their lives”
Jodie joined the team in February 2014 and brings with her many years of bookkeeping experience. Growing up in rural WA, she is a family orientated, outdoors loving person and lives by the mantra ‘make the most of every minute, enjoy what you do, live your life with love, grace and gratitude’.
After using her bookkeeping skills for small businesses for several years, Jodie moved into the not for profit area in 2013 working for EON Foundation until joining Breast Cancer Care WA.
“I have found working for a not for profit organisation to be extremely satisfying knowing you are part of such a passionate team of people who are really making a difference to families and individuals affected by breast cancer.”
Janine joins Breast Cancer Care WA bringing with her over 25 years experience in Corporate Reception/Administration. Janine has spent the last 2 years assisting her husband to set up their own family business. She is very family orientated and has a passion for making a difference to the lives of those around her. She has been a regular volunteer at the Boobalicious Ball and various other charity events.
“I feel very privileged to be working with such an amazing organisation that I have had the pleasure of actively supporting for over 10 years”
Amy started her career in sports presentation and first moved into fundraising in 2010. She has worked for many high profile sporting companies, a highlight of which was her time spent at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
Amy first joined the Breast Cancer Care WA team in 2010 in the role of Event & Sponsorship Coordinator, before leaving for maternity leave in 2013. After a brief reprise in 2015 between having her two daughters, Amy now returns to the team as Volunteer Coordinator.
She is an avid netball player and applies her team spirit to everything she does. She is inspired by the team of people she works with and the amazing role Breast Cancer Care WA plays in the Western Australian community.
“Every day, working at Breast Cancer Care WA, I am inspired. I am inspired by the team I work with, the generosity of the WA community and, most importantly, the clients, who show such strength, resilience and good grace when their lives are turned upside down.”
Marketing and Events Assistant
Chelsey joined the team in August 2016 as Marketing and Events Assistant.
After completing a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Public Relations, she was keen to start her career in the marketing industry. Her previous experience working for small businesses lead to her to pursue a position that gave back to the community and was beneficial to people all around WA.
Chelsey has a passion for writing, and hopes to use her skills to create an impact within the dynamic team at Breast Cancer Care WA.
“Working for Breast Cancer Care WA gives me such a sense of pride. I love knowing that the work I do will benefit people affected by breast cancer, and make their lives easier in such a difficult time.”
Direct Marketing Coordinator
Akanksha joins Breast Cancer Care WA as Direct Marketing Coordinator. She has previously worked for Indian multinational IT company HCL Technologies as the Brand and Promotions Associate, and brings her passion for marketing to the team.
After getting married in 2015, Akanksha moved to Australia in February 2016. She is an avid animal lover, often using her spare time to volunteer with animal welfare charities. She also loves to cook and take on DIY home décor projects.
“Working with Breast Cancer Care WA is an amazing opportunity to use my skills to make a difference in other people’s lives. The fact that my work benefits those affected by breast cancer is the biggest reward.”
Tessa is currently studying a Bachelor of Communications, majoring in Public Relations. She began as an intern at Breast Cancer Care WA and soon joined the team on a full-time basis as an Event Coordinator.
Tessa enjoys fashion and events, whether it be attending them or – as she is now – organising them. She has been an avid supporter of Breast Cancer Care WA for many years, and jumped at the opportunity to enter into the not-for-profit industry to give back to the community.
“Seeing my beautiful mum go through breast cancer, I knew that I really wanted to get involved and help. It makes my heart so full knowing the work that I am doing here actually makes a difference.”
Fiona joined the team in June this year as Events Coordinator. She has previously been involved in events such as the Avon Descent and Canoeing WA’s 50th Anniversary. She has made the move into the not-for-profit sector after working at Hollywood Private Hospital for the past ten years.
She has previously worked in management roles in the hospitality and tourism industries. Fiona enjoys cooking, being outdoors and art and design. She hopes to bring her love of people to her role by creating amazing events that will help raise funds to support people affected by breast cancer in WA.
“I am so excited to be a part of the team at Breast Cancer Care WA. I am already blown away by the generosity of the people of WA in their gifting of their time and services and I am looking forward to continuing the work of helping and supporting people who have been touched by breast cancer.”