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Every member of the Cafs team is at the heart of our service delivery. We have over 300 team members working together across Ballarat, Moorabool, Hepburn and Ararat to support vulnerable members of our community. We work tirelessly to align our serives delivery to our values – Respect, Integrity, Collaboration, Kindness and Innovation.

Meet some of Cafs team below, and learn more about our services HERE.



Wendy Sturgess

Chief Executive Officer



With close to 20 years of leadership experience, passion and purpose drew Wendy to the not-for-profit sector.

Melissa Violani

Deputy CEO



Melissa brings a wealth of leadership experience in the Private, Corporate, NFP and for-Profit sectors 

Tania Vincent-Wade

Executive Manager Client Outcomes


Tania brings over 25 years’ experience within the Child, Youth and Families sector, including nearly 10 years of leadership experience.

Dylan Billington

Executive Manager
People and Engagement


Dylan brings a wealth of leadership experience in Human Resources, Safety, Risk and Project Management roles all within the Non for Profit Community Services sector.


Tariro Mapfumo

Manager Out of Home Care

Serena Eldridge

Manager Marketing and Engagement

Stacey Lee

Manager Client Engagement and Community

Paul Shelmerdine

Manager ICT Business Transformation

Peter Lamb

Manager Finance

Rebecca Pilven

Acting Manager Family Support

Lisa Oldham

Manager Quality and Child Safeguarding

Ella MacKay

Manager Family Violence and Child Wellbeing

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