Meet the Team

Our Team

Our leadership team assists with implementing MWIA’s strategic plan and gives direction to our organisation’s core work. The team consists of Kim Nass, Elouise Hahn and our Board of Directors.

Kim Nass
Executive Officer

Kim has been the Executive Officer for MWIA since the start of 2014. Having worked at Loreto Kirribilli since 1998, most recently as the Community Relations and Development Manager, Kim has a deep understanding of the charism of Mary Ward and the work of the Loreto sisters.

Kim has extensive experience in corporate business and community relations, and for the past 16 years in education, specifically in development, event management and governance, having studied Public Relations and Business.

For several years Kim has been a Director and is the current Chair of the Board of a Good Samaritan School on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

 (02) 8912 1306
 Kim.Nass@loreto.org.au
Kirsten DelBeato
Programs Manager

Kirstin joined MWIA as the Programs Manager in 2015, having worked in Loreto Education since early 2011. She has 15 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector, undertaking a wide range of roles. Most recently Kirstin was also responsible for both Federal and State Government tender and grant submissions in employment services programs. Her role also included marketing volunteer and training programs across Melbourne.

While studying a business degree at Monash University Kirstin focused on International Development and completed an honours thesis on culture shock experienced by International Development Consultants. The competencies identified in the research could then be used as a basis for future recruitment strategies for Development Agencies.

 (03) 8832 0416
 kirsten.delbeato@loreto.org.au
Elouise Hahn
Communications Manager

Elouise is a past student of Loreto Kirribilli and has been the Communications Manager since the start of 2014. Elouise is a Journalist who has gained many years of experience across mainstream media.

Prior to joining MWIA, Elouise worked as a Producer at the Nine Network and also filmed two full-length documentaries in Kolkata India, about outreach programs associated with MWIA. She has worked at WIN TV in Orange as a reporter, and as an editor and newsreader at 2UE, WSFM and 106.5FM Radio in Sydney.

Elouise was a member of the Loreto Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation Committee for six years and was one of the first to pioneer the MWIA volunteer program in India after graduating from school.

 (02) 8912 1308
 Elouise.Hahn@loreto.org.au
Michelle Gale
Fundraising & Marketing Coordinator

Michelle has been the Fundraising & Marketing Co-ordinator since May 2019.  She has 25 years’ experience specifically in fundraising within the International Development not-for-profit sector.   

Most recently Michelle was the Major Gifts Director at Opportunity International Australia. Michelle directed the fundraising strategy and led the Supporter Relations team, which cultivated emerging partnerships with major donors, corporates and trusts and foundations nationally.  

Michelle previously served at World Vision Australia for 21 years in various fundraising and leadership roles.  The latest role was leading the Major Gifts team as the National Philanthropy Manager within the Major Supporters division.  In her early years, Michelle was awarded a World Vision Youth Ambassador scholarship to represent Australia in Asia. 

Michelle has extensive experience in event management, the supporter partnership and engagement journey, hosted overseas supporter field trips, volunteer management and studied a Business Marketing degree. 

 (03) 8832 0417
 Michelle.Gale@loreto.org.au

Board of Directors

MWIA is guided by a Board of Directors and an Advisory Committee that assist the Executive Officer. MWIA is accountable to the IBVM Loreto Sisters Provincial Council and the Board of Directors of Mary Ward International Australia Ltd. The Chair of this Board is Mrs. Kathryn Greiner, AO.

Sr Libby Rogerson IBVM B.Ed, B.A (Hons) Dip.KTC (Syd.)
Chair - MWIA Board of Directors

Sr, Libby Rogerson joined the MWIA Board in 2017. Libby is coordinator of the Loreto Sisters JPIC and currently serves on a number of not-for-profit Boards including: Jesuit Social Services, St Francis Social Services (which has oversight of the House of Welcome), Jesuit Social Services NSW Committee, is Deputy Chair Loreto Normanhurst School Council and a member of the CLRI NSW Justice Committee.  At present Libby is the Delegate for the Pastoral work of the Jesuits in Australia.

During 2012 she was the Executive Officer of MWIA and has served as a member of the IBVM General Council in Rome. “To keep herself grounded in reality,” Libby runs an after-school homework program for South Sudanese children in Blacktown.

Sr. Wendy Hildebrand ibvm BA, Dip. Ed, BSW, B Theol.
Director - MWIA Board of Directors

Sr. Wendy Hildebrand ibvm joined the MWIA Board in 2015. Wendy was initially a secondary school teacher and taught at Loreto Mandeville and Loreto Normanhurst as well as being the Director of the Boarding School at Normanhurst. For the last seventeen years she has held a number of senior management roles in social service organisations, directing a wide range of programs responding to the needs of people who are marginalised and disadvantaged. Wendy also retains an active interest and involvement in a number of committees working for social justice and the integrity of creation.

Ms. Emma Braun BA, LLB (Hons), LLM, GradDipACG, AGIA, ACIS, MAICD
Director - MWIA Board of Directors

Emma Braun has over 20 years’ experience as a practising solicitor, holding senior in house legal and company secretarial roles for high profile multinational companies. Her experience includes leading the legal function, and working with senior management and Boards to implement and maintain risk management and compliance frameworks. She has deep experience working in both developed and emerging markets across multiple jurisdictions including countries in South East Asia and South America. Emma is an Associate of both the Governance Institute of Australia and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (UK) and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Nicole Gibson BA (Hons), LLB, M.Teach
Director - MWIA Board of Directors

Nicole joined the MWIA Board in 2017 bringing significant experience in legal practice, financial services and education. Nicole maintains an active interest in Loreto social justice initiatives as a parent of three daughters and as a former member and Chair of the Loreto Toorak Development Committee.

Kelly Morrison BEHons(Civil) (Syd), MBA (AGSM, UNSW)
Director - MWIA Board of Directors

Kelly Morrison is an experienced financial and business analyst within the Mining and Banking Industry. Kelly is a founder and Director of Kore Business Solutions, a business consulting practice, providing analytical services and strategic advice to business owners and corporations. Kore Business Solutions undertakes detailed client analysis of market position and financial data; preparation of business and marketing plans; and conducts due diligence and feasibility studies. In addition to her commercial experience Kelly has ten years of governance as an experienced board member at Stella Maris College, Manly, where she also Chaired the Building and Resources Committee.

Mary Cook
Director - MWIA Board of Directors

Mary is Director of Development at Kincoppal-Rose Bay School and a member of the School Leadership Team. She has over 20 years’ experience in fundraising for bursaries and capital works. 

After some years of teaching, Mary first came to Kincoppal-Rose Bay as Careers Advisor in the 1980s, a position she returned to in 1991 until 1994. Mary then embarked on a new direction as Director of Development at Loreto Normanhurst, Development Officer at the University of Sydney and at Kincoppal-Rose Bay in 2007 as Director of Development. She gained further experience in fundraising as a volunteer with the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Fundraising Committee and the Fundraising Committee for Catholic Health Care. She was also a member of the Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Foundation.  

The role of Director of Development at Kincoppal-Rose Bay is multi-faceted, and includes fundraising for building programs and bursary funds, community building and fostering relationships within the school community, public relations, school publications and promotions.  

Mary has sought support for the School’s Bursary Fund, which provides students whose families are in financial need with the opportunity of a Sacred Heart education. She has worked with volunteers to raise funds for a number of capital developments, most recently the Year 12 Learning Hub.  

Dr Leoni Degenhardt PhD MEd BA Dip Ed FACE FACEL GAICD
Director - MWIA Board of Directors

Leoni’s background is in education and leadership.  Now semi-retired, she continues to work with school leaders, particularly through her work as Emeritus Dean of the AIS Leadership Centre within the Association of Independent Schools of NSW. As teacher, school leader and consultant, she has worked in a wide variety of educational, socio-economic and geographic settings.  

Leoni was the first lay principal of Loreto Normanhurst (1994-2008) and led the school through a strategic reinvention process.  The school has since been widely acknowledged for its work of reinventing schooling to meet the needs of its students. Leoni’s PhD in Educational Leadership was based on the documentation and analysis of this reinvention process, and her book Dancing on a Shifting Carpet: reinventing traditional schooling for the 21st century, co-written with Professor Patrick Duignan, includes an extended case study of the reinvention of Loreto Normanhurst.  

After leaving principalship, Leoni established her own consultancy business and worked across and beyond Australia with corporate and not-for-profit organisations, as well as with schools and school systems, in areas related to learning, leadership, strategy and organisational change. She continued and expanded this work as Dean of the AIS Leadership Centre (2011-2016). 

Leoni has worked with several universities teaching Masters programs, and through membership of Advisory Boards; has published in a range of peer-reviewed journals, and presented keynote papers at international conferences. She has been a member of a range of educational boards, commissions and committees, including the National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC); the National Board of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA); and the Loreto National Education Board.  Her commitment to social justice, nurtured through Loreto, was furthered sharpened through her membership of the National Council of Caritas Australia.  

Chris Dureau
Director - MWIA Board of Directors

Chris is an experienced practitioner in international development and humanitarian assistance.  He worked as a Jesuit missionary in rural and social development in Indonesia for 15 years.  He Directed an Institute for Social Justice run by the Jesuits in Melbourne for 5 years and was Manager of International programs for Australian Volunteers for 10 years. He has managed and advised on the design, implementation and evaluation of projects in health, education, water supply and improving democratization during the past 22 years.  He has worked in many countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific.  

In more recent years he has been working with Faith Based Development Agencies to design and monitor programs that help communities benefit from front line government services including health care, water, sanitation and hygiene, basic education and empowering village leaders to engage in their own development.  Chris was on the Board of Jesuit Mission for seven years including as Chairperson. Chris also acted as CEO of Jesuit Mission during its transition to greater lay leadership. 

Chris has been working with the people of Timor-Leste since the early 1980’s and especially during the past 18 years since Timor-Leste chose to become independent. Since retiring from paid employment, Chris has been lecturing, advising, writing and acting as Convener of the Friends of Baucau, a friendship association based in the Cities of Yarra and Darebin.