MEET THE TEAM
Our team are second to none and experts in their fields and bring a diversity of backgrounds, professions and knowledge. they are united in their desire and passion to make a difference top the lives of young people, one person at a time.
Geraldine MoranGeraldine Moran is the CEO, founder and driving force behind Centre For Hope, “a space where kids know they are worth something and can follow their dreams”. She has created a series of programs to help empower disadvantaged young people to find their inner spark and tap into their potential, which she believes creates rewards and opportunities for their communities and the world.
Jordana ReadJordana Read has over 20 years experience in facilitating human and organisational change programs in the public and private sector. To Centre For Hope she brings her skills in transformational coaching and executive leadership training. She is central to the programs that Centre For Hope develops and delivers.
Chad SteadChad has been a partner at Lambourne Partners Chartered Accountants since January 2011. He is actively involved and experienced in facilitating regular client board meetings and formulating & discussing the strategic direction of his clients businesses. Being the father of two young girls, Chad recognises the importance of empowering young people and providing guidance to assist them reach their full potential.
Maree EdwardsMaree is the Aboriginal Community Development Officer at Lake Macquarie City Council. She is dedicated to her work, her son Cody of whom she is immensely proud and to her furry friend Fifi. Maree brings passion and dedication and commitment to empowering young people to be the best they can be.
Gai AlderGai has been central to the operations at Centre For Hope for some time. She is a keen runner (we actually think she is a mad runner) and is always competing to beat her personal best! Gai is the brains and muscle behind Christmas Tree Hire, so not only does she bring joy to the children and volunteers at Centre For Hope all year round, at Christmas time she brings joy to much of the state of NSW!
Mandy VealeMandy works in department of Education and a mother of three. She believes that “today is the first day of the rest of your life." Passionate about children and young adults, she'd like them to be given every opportunity to reach their full potential.
Bernadette SmythBernadette Smyth has over 15 years experience in accounting and finance, and has spent the last 3 years actively pursuing more operational-focused roles where she feels she can add more value. With her “can do” attitude, previous not-for-profit experience and passion for making a difference in the lives of others, she is a valuable addition as a consultant to the team.
Dr. Sandra ReevesDr. Sandra Reeves has a PhD in social and political science from the University of Newcastle (2012) and a published author on her research in welfare and a chapter in ‘Not so Strange Bedfellows: The Nexus of Politics and Religion in the 21st Century’ by Cambridge University Press. As a researcher and grant writer for the Centre for Hope, she believes the organization has the ability to make an impact to those who are overlooked and undervalued in society.