The Foundation Team

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Administration North Melbourne

Elizabeth Lodge, Chief Executive Officer

Elizabeth’s first association with Children First Foundation was when her children’s school conducted a fundraiser to help build the Miracle sMiles Retreat.  Fast forward sixteen years, and she is now the Foundation’s CEO. After 20 years in education, Elizabeth joined the non-profit sector as state manager of another children’s charity.  Her passion has always been to work with children, many of whom are having a rough trot.  Elizabeth brings a strong background in governance, leadership, relationship management, strategic and operational development, fundraising and financial management to Children First.

Michelle Mulligan, Finance Manager

Michelle has 26 years’ experience working in the accounting and taxation industry. She was financial controller for the Telstra Business Centre before starting an accounting practice with a friend running a large bookkeeping business. She has also lectured students of all ages at Swinburne TAFE in areas of accounting, taxation and software.

Treaisa Rowe, Development Manager

Treaisa has over 15 years’ experience working in the not-for-project sector. Originally from the UK, she has worked in London, Malaysia and Indonesia as well as Melbourne. Prior to joining us her roles have included designing and implementing programs as well as focusing on strategic growth, planning and organisational development.

Marina Te Maro, Miracle sMiles Case Manager

Marina has worked in the corporate sector as a Business Development Manager and brings skills in project management, relationship management and sales to her role with Children First. She manages the medical evacuation of Miracle sMiles children to Australia.

Julie Webber, Manager Communication and Media

Before joining Children First in 2010, Julie worked at The Royal Children’s Hospital / The Royal Women’s Hospital for 17 years, managing the RCH Public Affairs Department for nine years.  Julie’s expertise lies in strategic media and issues management and government and stakeholder relations in the health sector.


Miracle sMiles Retreat

Debbie Pickering, Miracle sMiles Program Manager

Debbie Pickering is a Registered Division 1 nurse experienced in a variety of specialties including child and adolescent mental health and orthopaedics.  She has worked with children and families from Iraq and Vietnam, in a medical care capacity and as a volunteer, and most recently she managed residential aged care facilities.  Debbie is also a trained hypnotherapist. Deb has two daughters and volunteers at her younger daughter’s school. She has a passion for being the best she can be and is eager to contribute towards the best outcomes for the children.

Judy Goss, Miracle sMiles Assistant Program Manager

Retreat Coordinators

The Miracle sMiles Program Manager is supported by an enthusiastic group of retreat 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.

Tracey Burge

Grace Bucci

Karli Hanley

Susan Whitehead