Our People - Brave Foundation

Our People


Prof. Maria Harries AM


Professor Maria Harries AM is Adjunct Professor at Curtin University and a Senior Honorary Research Fellow in Social Work and Social Policy in the School of Population Health at The University of Western Australia.

Bernadette Black AM

SEE Ambassador and Founding Director

Bernadette founded Brave in 2009 and is an accomplished businesswoman, director and keynote speaker with many accolades to her name. She is now advocating for systemic change through the newly launched SEE Division of Brave.


Ebony Curtis


Ebony was a teen mother and recently joined the Board after years of advocating alongside Brave.


Rolfe Brimfield


Rolfe brings extensive HR and operational management to the Brave board, with 15 years experience in this area at a senior level.


Sabina Curatolo


Sabina is highly experienced in public policy and social innovation with more than 19 years’ experience in international institutions, Australian government, politics, civil society and with the private sector.

Angie Mastrippolito


Angie has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry both as an Executive and as an adviser. Her executive experience includes 5 years as a superannuation fund CEO and two years as a COO.


Irene Quah


Irene is a Certified Practicing Accountant and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Cath Cooper

Team Leader, South

Luisa Caruana

Head of Operations


Sophie Falkenhagen

Virtual Mentor


Chantelle Hunt

Mentor - Darwin, NT


Jill Roche

Chief Executive Officer

Jess Toohey

Mentor - Geelong ,VIC


Kate Derrick

Executive Assistant

Karina Hilliard

Mentor - Ipswich, QLD


Louise Madden

Mentor - Launceston, Tasmania


Danielle McLaughlin

Mentor - Newcastle, NSW


Georgina Materne

Mentor - Darwin, NT

Steph Paramenter

Mentor - Greater Melbourne, VIC


Sarnia Ralston

Mentor - Cairns, QLD

Chloe Rudkin

Mentor - Hobart, Tasmania


Katie Ryan

Virtual Mentor


Vidya Surajbali

Team Leader, North


Zen Tebeje

Mentor - Western Melbourne/Geelong VIC

Samantha Young

Mentor - Perth, WA