Our Board of Directors

Mr. Michael Coffey – Chairman, OAM
Michael is the Managing Director of a logistics company with many years experience in that field. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors and a Justice of the Peace. He was elected Chairman of the Karitane organisation in 2008, is a Board Director of Liverpool Catholic Club and Carrington Centennial Care. He was recognised by Rotary for his involvement in community service while a member of that organisation and is Past President of the Rotary Club of Liverpool West Inc.
Mr. Garth Ross – Vice Chairman, Chair Governance Committee
Garth is a Supply Chain Professional with over 30 years experience. Roles held include senior business analyst, group planning manager and consultant. He holds a Bachelor of Business and is a Certified Practitioner in Production and Inventory Management. Garth has been a Director of Karitane since 1999.

Mr. Robert Casamento – Treasurer
Mr Robert Casamento Robert is a Fellow of CPA Australia (Certified Practicing Accountants). Robert retired from an ASX Top 50 Company after many years at a senior level. Since retiring from that Company he has contributed to the community by assisting not-for profit organisations. He is a past Chair of Scalabrini Villlage Limited, retired April 2010, and has been a director of Karitane since 2007. In October 2011 he was appointed a member of the Consumer Advisory Committee of the Prince of Wales /Sydney Eye Hospitals. Robert has been a Board Director of Karitane since 2005.

Prof. Valsa Eapen – Director
Valsamma is Professor & Chair of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Head of the Academic Unit of Child Psychiatry (AUCS), South West Sydney Local Health District, Sydney, Australia. As a Child Psychiatrist with special expertise in neurodevelopmental disorders, her research interests include Tourette Syndrome, Autism and ADHD, focusing on the epidemiological, genetic and clinical aspects. She holds both Australian Research Council (ARC) and National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants.

Ms. Susan Dinkha – Director Chair Audit & Risk Committee
Susan is a lawyer with extensive commercial experience gained in both corporate and private practice. She has worked for public companies as legal Counsel and in legal and compliance management roles. She has provided consultancy services to public companies and to not for profit organisations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma in Law. Susan has been a Board Director of Karitane since 2008.

Mr. John Bonnici – Director
John is a licensed Electrical & Security contractor and Director of Bonn Electrics Pty Ltd which he founded in 1974. Bonn Electrics Pty Ltd is an Electrical, Communications and Security contracting company specialising in commercial and industrial installations and maintenance. John provides expert advice on all Karitane building developments.

Dr Sharyn Wilkins – Director
Sharyn has worked for over 25 years as a General Practitioner. Her particular interest areas are paediatrics, women’s health including antenatal care, and mental health. She has been involved in the Sutherland Division of General Practice as a board member for 17 years and has been Chairman since 2009. Recently Sharyn became a director on the newly formed South-eastern Sydney Medicare Local and is also a member of The Sutherland Hospital Clinical Council. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Sharyn joined the Karitane board in 2012.
Ms Bernadette Keenan – Director

Bernadette has over 33 years acute hospital and nursing experience including almost 15 years extensive operational management experience with proven expert clinical skills, business development skills and highly developed personal and professional integrity. In January 2012, Bernadette established Bernadette Keenan Health Projects Pty Ltd (BKHP). Prior to the establishment of BKHP, Bernadette has held senior positions in an internationally recognised tertiary/quaternary referral hospital in inner Sydney.

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