Our Team

Our Board

Ray Cummings is a qualified lawyer and was partner and owner at Pitcher Partners accounting firm from 1996 – 2011. He is a qualified lawyer and Founder of Greenoak Advisory.

Sue Gherdovich was Older Adults Program Leader for beyondblue. Prior to this she was Manager of Community Programs at the Sydney-based Black Dog Institute and has held senior policy roles in several federal government agencies, including the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission in Sydney.  Sue gained her Master of Counselling degree in 2014 and is currently working and consulting privately.

Mark Morris is the principal of Morris & Associates – Taxation Consultants and Business Advisors.

Our Patron

Jenny Kearney, OAM is the creator of the original biography service under Eastern Palliative Care. For 20 years she was previously Executive Director of Open Doors, a community-based counselling and education program.

Our Founder

Francis Icasiano  is the founder and former CEO and Coordinator of Volunteers.  In 2011 he completed The School for Social Entrepreneurs and was awarded Project Achievement of the Year for setting up The Biography Program.

Operations Manager

Carol Walker manages all areas in relation to the administration of the program. She trained as a volunteer biographer for Beyond Words and has extensive experience in accounting and volunteer roles in the community.

Program Director

Wendy Shiels  is also the coordinator of volunteers.  She is a Churchill Fellow and a writer.  She has volunteered for many years with Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria and worked in the aged care sector as a Dementia Consultant.  Wendy is a trained biographer for Beyond Words.

Probono Operations

We have been honoured to work with the following individuals and organisations who have provided probono assistance respectively in bookkeeping, rebranding/design, communication strategy, short film and legal trademarking, meeting rooms and training faciilities: Sven Joschke, Emma Hutton, Lachlan Conboy, Tine Pia Jensen, Chianh Zeijing, Lisa Egan (K & L Gates)  Bendigo Bank and COTA Victoria.