Changes to the Carinya Society Board of Directors

After many years of outstanding service we recently farewelled two longstanding members of our Carinya Society Board of Directors, Nino Galgano and John Hoffman.

John Hoffmann

Our Deputy Chairperson, John has been an asset to Carinya Society.   As a Chartered Accountant with an impressive resume of long term employment with some of Australia’s most respected firms — Pricewaterhouse Cooper and ANZ Bank — we have been lucky to have John as part of our Board.  His expertise has been a valued asset to Carinya Society and in turn, an asset to the participants at Carinya Society.

Initially a country boy from Western Victoria, John has the fighting spirit that we hold in such high regard at Carinya. A regular attendee and contributor to his local church and a husband and father to a family of five, John’s generous spirit cannot be denied. He has been a positive addition and has certainly made a difference to the lives of many through his professional actions during his time at Carinya.


Nino Galgano LL.B

While Nino has retired as a Director on the Carinya Society Board, he has been instrumental in numerous changes and provided much guidance to Carinya Society during his time on the Board.  A graduate of the University of Melbourne Law School and legal practitioner with over 30 years’ experience in private practice, Nino has provided very sound and wise legal advice to the organisation across a number of years.

An Honorary Solicitor for a number of Charitable, Educational and Cultural organisations, Nino’s work with us has been greatly appreciated by the Board, the staff, volunteers, the particionats of Carinya Society and their families. It is with great appreciation that we say thank you.

We know that both John and Nino will continue to be a part of Carinya Society and thank them both for their service.


Whilst the loss of both Board members will be profound but we have been fortunate to appoint new Board Members as replacements:


Carmelina Quatela

As a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria Carmelina has more than 30 years’ experience in the private and public law sectors. Her passion lies in the equal, respectful and dignified treatment of every individual and she has identified her alignment with Carinya Society as a way to support that cause and effect change within the community.


Sue Race

Sue’s background is in administration and risk management in the health and human services sector. With more than 25 years of experience working in management, policy and leadership roles in the public and private health care sectors, Sue is currently the Chief Executive Officer at The Kilmore & District Hospital.


Tracey Bannan

Tracey is an experienced Senior Executive has extensive knowledge in quality assurance and risk management. With a particular interest in coaching and mentoring leaders, managers and team members, Tracey is a team player who is positive and adaptable, who places her focus on integrity and relationships.


We warmly welcome our new Board Members and wish them all the best as they settle into their new roles.



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