Board

The Board members of BKFA are all volunteers.

Lena Grant

Chairperson & Director

Lena Grant is a sole practitioner with extensive public sector background in the South Australian Attorney General’s Department and commercial legal expertise. Public sector experience includes membership of the inaugural SAFECOM Board and of the SAFECOM Audit and Risk Management Committee, management and leadership roles in the Crown Solicitor’s Office and strategic legal advice on major projects for the South Australian Government. She became a Board member in November 2013, is Vice Chairperson and sits on the Audit and Risk Management and Organisational Development Board Committees.

Pip Coleman

Deputy Chairperson & Director

Pip has a background as a Business IT Consultant and experience in providing management expertise to businesses. Her extensive travel through many of the developing countries serviced by the BKFA inspired her to join the Board. She has skills in marketing, sales, communications and PR as well as business and technological acumen and experience. She has previous Board experience with the Margaret Ives Community Children’s Centre. She became a Board member in November 2013 and she sits on BKFA’s Organisational Development and Marketing Board Committees.

Maggi Gregory

Treasurer & Director

Maggi was the Treasurer of Zonta International District 23 8th Biennial Conference and the Zonta International District 23 social event and the Treasurer of the Zonta Birthing Kit Project. She enjoys the challenge of bushwalking and back-packing, and from these experiences, particularly in developing countries, she has been inspired to embrace the birthing kit project. An inaugural member of the Zonta Club of Gawler, she has held many positions within the club. She is an inaugural Board member and has been Treasurer of BKFA since inception and sits on the Finance and International Programs Board Committees.

Fiona Smith

Executive Director

Fiona’s first involvement with BKFA was as the Project Administrator from April 2010 to September 2011, a role which gave her a thorough understanding of the operational work of the Foundation and its partner organisations. During this time she expanded the supporter base via social media and broad-based promotion, and restructured the kit funding model to provide financial sustainability, independent of government funding. She has been a Director of BKFA from November 2011 to April 2012 and from November 2012 until the present time. She has been the Executive Director of BKFA since June 2014, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Foundation and its staff. Fiona also sits on the Finance Committee. Her background is in business management, finance and marketing.

Dr Joy O'Hazy

Director

Joy is a medical practitioner who has a wide background in administration and strategic planning. She created the birthing kit and started production in 1999, supported by her fellow members of the Zonta Club of Adelaide Hills, and was an original member of the Zonta Birthing Kit Committee and an inaugural Board member of the BKFA. She brings specialist skills in maternal health research. She sits on the International Programs Board Committee.

Dr Julie Monis-Ivett

Director

Julie is an inaugural Board member and brings with her business administration, personnel management skills, and health profession knowledge as a partner in a large private dental practice. She is a Charter Member of Zonta Club of Adelaide Hills, serving at Board level for 15 years, including that of president for two years. She coordinated the Zonta Birthing Kit Project with Joy O'Hazy from 2000, and was Project Administrator from 2004-2007.

She was the inaugural Chair of the Board from 2006 - 2009, the Zonta District Project Co-ordinator for Australia from 2004 to the present and liaison person with Zonta International and clubs overseas.

She is the Program Manager for DR Congo and Afar region of Ethiopia. She also sits on the Marketing Committee and International Programs Committee.

Jenny Weaver

Director

Jenny was a senior adviser in a financial advisory company and retired in 2010. She brings corporate, financial and management skills to the Board. She is an active member of Zonta International, having served in many capacities in her 20 years of membership. Currently she is the President of the Zonta Club of Adelaide Torrens and coordinates a Zonta interclub advocacy committee. She was an inaugural Board member and sits on the Marketing and International Programs Board Committees.

Cathryn Blair

Cathryn has broad marketing and communications experience having worked in senior roles with national and international product and service brands. Her commercial background includes business and market development, channel and portfolio strategy along with corporate communications, PR, sponsorship and stakeholder management. She became a board member in November 2015 and sits on BFKA’s Organistional Development Committee and chairs the Advocacy Committee.

Tamara Tomic

Tamara has expertise in finance, governance and strategy, and brings experience from senior management roles across South Australia’s public sector (including the health and disability sectors). She is the Chief Financial Officer of a statutory authority, part of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation Program, a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). Tamara is drawn to BKFA for its commitment to improving the well-being of women and children, particularly inspired by her young niece (Emily) and nephew (Jacob). She became a Board member in November 2015 and she sits on the Audit and Risk Management and Finance Board Committees.

Staff

The staff members of BKFA are the backbone of our organisation and work above and beyond their paid duties. They all have a passion for BKFA and its cause and we are very appreciative of all they do.

Zeshi Fisher

Program Manager

Zeshi is a wonderful fit for BKFA and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. She holds a Bachelor of Midwifery and a Masters of Health and International Development. In addition, she has technical advisory, design and management experience on health and development projects in Africa and the Asia Pacific Region. More specifically, she has worked directly in the field with BKFA partner organisations in both Timor Leste and Ethiopia, so she has firsthand experience of the conditions and challenges faced by our partners.

Zeshi brings new skills and experience to BKFA, that will be invaluable as we continue the expansion of our work, particularly in community development projects to support long term sustainability of improvements in maternal and infant health.

Catriona Neil-Dwyer

Fundraising and Marketing Manager

Catriona brings a combined 15 plus years of agency and client marketing and fundraising experience.

She has worked in fundraising and corporate partnership management in the international development space and more recently has held a position fundraising for medical research.

In this role, Catriona hopes to use her combined skills to help positively impact BKFA and looks forward to working with the team in doing so.

Erica Osborn

Marketing and Fundraising Coordinator

Erica has been working with BKFA since September 2010, originally in the role of Assembly Day Coordinator then moving into the role of Project Administrator, in 2011. In 2015 she took on the role of managing many of our marketing activities and our social media.
(Erica pictured with BKFA's newest team member, Emilie)

Hilary Carruthers

Assembly Day Coordinator

Hilary has been the AD Coordinator for BKFA since January 2012. She manages the hundreds of Assembly Days held each year by our supporters.

Adrian Harris

Logistics & Supplies Officer

Adrian has managed the warehousing of our supplies for many, many years. He has overseen the purchasing of the components of the birthing kits and the transport and logistics of the supplies and kits both within Australia and overseas since February 2011. His expertise and strong work ethic has been invaluable. He was responsible for securing affordable air freight transport solutions for us which has meant we can get the kits to where they are needed within weeks rather than months.

Kellie Stelzer

Finance Officer

Kellie started with BKFA in February 2012, taking over the day to day bookkeeping from our Treasurer and managing all aspects of our financial transactions. She also manages our membership base.