Interim Board Chairperson
Megan Hender is a lawyer by training. She worked as a solicitor, a university lecturer and a senior manager in an international law firm before opening her own management consulting business in 2002 – focusing on strategy, risk and communication. She has recently completed an 18 month in-house role with one of her clients, as interim General Manager of Johnston Withers Lawyers (a progressive mid-tier law firm based in Adelaide).
Megan has a strong interest in corporate governance. She has served on the board of a number of organisations and not-for-profits including the award winning Adelaide Convention Centre, the Welfare Right Centre of SA (which she was instrumental in establishing) and the Palliative Care Council of South Australia (where she served as Deputy Chair). She is currently sits as a member of the board of the Festival of Arts and of the Adelaide Central Market Authority, and on the Advisory Board of SA Leaders. She is a member of, and a regular presenter for, the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Megan is also an elected member of the Adelaide City Council where she is currently serving a term as Deputy Lord Mayor.
She is the wife of a busy barrister and the proud mother of two adults sons.
Donna has been a Board Member since 2005 and has also been involved on the International Foster Care Organisation (IFCO) Board since 2011 where she currently holds the position of Vice President. Donna and her husband have been foster parents since 2003 and do all types of care from emergency to long term care. She believes that her passion is to see better outcomes for children in care and leaving care, and a better system for all parties involved.
"My husband and I have been foster carers since 2003. Since then we have had over 100 children share our home – some for only a few days, others will be with us for a lifetime. Currently, I am Vice Chairperson of CFC – SA. Prior to this, I held the position of Treasurer for 4 years. I am also involved in CFC-SA events and enjoy arranging events that enable Carers and Children/Young People to enjoy life-enriching experiences. These have included such varying things as National Conferences through to taking children camping amongst African animals. For the past 5 years, I have been involved in bringing together all parties of the care team to consider ways to benefit children in care. I am passionate about seeing best outcomes for young people and respect given to the people who love, nurture, heal and care for these children."
Kate joined the board in 2015 and is a long term carer based in the southern suburbs. She has been a foster parent since 2011 and is immensely proud to have achieved OPG status with Mr 6.
Kate graduated from York University in 1998 with an honours degree in Economic & Social History. Realising that this wasn’t actually going to get her a job, she went on to study Marketing and has worked in this area ever since. Kate has been involved with many of the online communications for CFC-SA over the past few years.
Kate is passionate about the work that Connecting Foster Carers has done and continues to do. Through her personal experience, she is acutely aware that foster parents need to have ‘a voice’ within the system in order for best interests of the child to always be put first.
Marc joined the CFC-SA board in March 2017 and brings over 15 years of experience in financial management across various industries such as Construction, Logistics, Local Government, Motor Vehicles, Services. Marc is CPA qualified and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course. He holds a CPA accredited IT specialisation and has a passion for automating financial reporting and other company-wide business processes to achieve maximum business efficiency. Marc has volunteered his services to CFC-SA as he has a passion for the wellbeing of children in care.
My name is Jo Jarvis and together with my hubby we have been providing foster care for 25 years. We started on this wonderful adventure in Queensland caring for teenagers and learnt a lot!!!
In 1996 we moved to Adelaide and have been providing long-term care for two wonderful young men (with a little short term and respite along the way!). We are still learning a lot!!!
I was involved with the orientation of new carers with Anglicare for about 7 years and still enjoy the privilege of sharing my experiences with others who are considering joining the adventure! Our learning needs to be relevant, available and real!
As Carers we are a unique bunch of people from a variety of lifestyles united with the aim of making a difference in the lives of the children we share. I have been involved with CFC-SA since 2008 and have held the positions of Chairperson and Secretary. There have been some major opportunities to make a difference in the child protection sector during my time on the board and I am passionate about improving outcomes for families and children across the state.
Kelly Ryan is currently undertaking her PhD in human rights and child protection law at UniSA after being awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award. After years of working in some of the nation's leading law firms, principally in civil and commercial litigation, public health law and policy, Kelly was motivated to critically examine child protection law in South Australia and therefore change the focus of her legal career. Kelly also currently sits on the boards of the Council for the Care of Children and the Dame Roma Mitchell Trust Fund for Children and Young People. Prior to being admitted to legal practice Kelly was a Supreme Court associate to Justice Bruce Lander, and a registered nurse.
Mel is a specific child only carer, with 2 biological children. She is in the middle of studying a para-medicine degree but always finds time to help other carers by running the Woodcroft Heights Children Centre carers group. She was previously involved in kinship and carer workshops. Mel loves being able to help someone who is in need of a coffee and a spare ear.
Amanda joined CFC-SA in August 2016 and is passionate about supporting children and young people to achieve their full potential. Amanda aims to deliver value for foster and kinship carers through effective advocacy, strategic growth and positive improvements across the child protection system.
Amanda has previously worked with NGO’s in the mental health sector and the social welfare sector (including Alternative Care and Family Support Programs) and has held various positions in the legal, banking and finance industries. Amanda has been involved in the health sector as a member of the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network Governing Council and the Transforming Health Peak Community and Consumer Engagement Committee. Amanda holds a Master of Business Administration (Health) and a Bachelor of Psychology.
Amanda has recently been appointed to the Child Safety and Wellbeing Advisory Panel as CFC-SA’s representative, contributing to the implementation of child protection system reforms in South Australia.
Jane joined CFC-SA in July 2017 and is passionate about the importance volunteers play in our Australian society. Previously Jane was CEO/Manager of Cancer Care Centre and prior to that role she was Volunteer Manager at Hutt St Centre; both organisations that rely heavily on volunteers to deliver their services to their clients and members.
Jane has an Advanced Diploma in Community Sector Management (Volunteers) and was responsible for establishing a mentoring support program for the homeless folk living in Adelaide CBD. She is a volunteer herself; volunteering weekly for the Baptist Care Friendship Program which matches Australian families to refugee or asylum seeker families.
Jane’s mantra is “Volunteers are unpaid workers, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless”
Natalie joined CFC-SA in December 2016 and brings over twenty five years’ experience working in administrative roles in the Health sector and University environment. A mother of two, she is an enthusiastic and active member of school and kindy Governing Councils and Parents & Friends group. Natalie enjoys interacting with families and the community and looks forward to applying her skills and knowledge to the Administration Officer role.
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” (Desmond Tutu)