The Foundation Team

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Support Office, North Melbourne

Jessica Redwood, Chief Executive Officer

Jessica Redwood commenced her role as CEO for Children First Foundation in November 2021. Prior to Children First Foundation, she was the Head of the Foundation for Surgery at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, where she supported global and Indigenous health and grew the organisation to be the second-largest funder of surgical education and research worldwide.

She has also worked in senior roles with International Social Service Australia, Marie Stopes International, Amnesty International, Save the Children Fiji, UNICEF and others. Jessica has an MBA, has studied disruptive strategy at Harvard Business School and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jessica will bring deep-rooted experience in leadership, business development and the international not-for-profit sector to Children First Foundation. She is looking forward to leading the Foundation through our next critical phase of growth.

Marina Te Maro, Program Operations and Development Manager

Tracey Volkmer, Marketing and Communications Manager

Heather Baker, Finance Manager

Larissa Reinboth, Partnerships Development Manager

Jen Pfitzner, Fundraising Manager

Children First Foundation Retreat, Kilmore

Sue LaGalle, Miracle sMiles Program Manager

Miracle sMiles Program Coordinators

The Miracle sMiles Program Manager is supported by an enthusiastic group of coordinators providing 24/7 care for the children at The Retreat.  As well as a passion and commitment for the children, they bring nursing, first aid and cross cultural experience to their roles.

Grace Bucci

Susan Whitehead

Tania Peperkamp