Board Of Directors

Sue Race

Sue is a senior executive with more than 25 years of experience working in management, policy and leadership roles in the public and private health care sectors. She has a Master of Public Policy and Management degree and is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer at The Kilmore & District Hospital.

Sue brings to Carinya experience in governance, strategic planning of services, program and policy development, project and operational management, redesigning and implementing new models of care and building capacity through collaboration and partnerships.

Sue has received national recognition for excellence in improving health and wellbeing outcomes for young people with disabilities.She is committed to improving livability for our community and striving for service integration across the health, disability and aged care sectors.

Amanda Burgess

Amanda Burgess
Deputy Chairperson

Amanda is a CPA qualified Accountant with more than 15 years of experience in the private and public service sectors for a range of organisations across multiple disciplines. She brings to Carinya experience and qualifications in Governance, Company Administration, Probity, and Quality Management.

Amanda is married with two daughters and has lived in the Moreland area for more than 17 years. She has always been active in the community and has enjoyed planning and co-ordinating fundraising events for our individuals in need, local kindergarten, parish and schools.

Amanda is passionate about making a difference within the community that she lives and enjoys assisting organisations to navigate reporting requirements, governance requirements and book keeping practices.

Andrew Fortelny

Andrew has extensive experience in the Financial Services Industry with a professional background at the Australian Taxation Office. His formal achievements include a Fellow of CPA (FCPA), as well as qualifications in property valuation, town planning, financial planning and wealth management. He is currently Wealth Manager and Branch Principal at Yellow Brick Road Coburg.

The diversity and strong sense of community in the Coburg area are a natural fit for Andrew – the ideal home for his welcoming office. He joined the Board of Carinya because he wanted to give back to the local community.

When he is not helping his valued clients build their own successful future, Andrew enjoys time away from the office cycling, playing tennis, indoor soccer and spending time with his wife and two children.


Carmelina Quatela

Carmelina is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria with more than 30 years experience in the private and public sectors.

She is passionate about making sure everyone is treated with respect and dignity and she sees her work at Carinya as a way to support the excellent work Carinya Society does.  Not only as a disability service provider, but also to foster opportunities for improving the self worth of our participants.


Ivon Lofts

Ivon has had a long association with the Coburg community. He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Coburg since 1978 and was appointed President in 1995/96. He served as Secretary from 1987 to 1992 and again from 2012 to 2017. Recognising Ivon’s contribution to the Rotary Club of Coburg he has been awarded a Paul Harris Fellow with Sapphire.

Ivon also worked in the family footwear business Lofts Shoe Store at 428 Sydney Road Coburg for 39 years.

Michael Keehan

Michael Keehan

Michael is currently a Branch Manager with Peoples Choice Credit Union in Melbourne CBD. He has spent most of his working life in the Banking and Finance Industry.

Michael is interested in inclusive communities and social justice and has spent several years working with a Community Services organisation as a Financial Counsellor.

He sees involvement with the Carinya Board as a way of supporting the local community .

His  daughter Sarah is a participant and loves Carinya which makes the organization a really important organization to the whole family.


Tracey has a broad skillset across Finance, Risk Management, People Management, Business Process Transformation and Client, Stakeholder & Relationship Management.

After almost 30 years providing audit & consulting services and in National Finance and Quality & Risk roles within Deloitte, Tracey left her professional services career in 2017 to apply her commercial skills and experience to benefit people in the not-for-profit sector.

She is a mother and longstanding volunteer, contributing her time and talents to schools and sporting clubs, parish and community. Tracey joined the Board because she was impressed with the great work of Carinya Society – outstanding service really is a way of life!


Lucas Galgano

Lucas is an experienced digital product leader, with a reputation of building high-performing teams which deliver significant commercial and customer centric outcomes for organisations.

Working with large organisations such as Telstra and New Corp Australia, Lucas creates and develops digital product plans to support large digital investment.

Lucas’s wealth of experience is helping Carinya navigate the digital world and the best ways to reach new participants and donors using digital platforms.


Rosemary Freeman

Rosemary is a physiotherapist with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Melbourne) and a Credential Certificate in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment (McKenzie Institute, Australia).

She began working for the Spastic Society of Victoria (now SCOPE) in the late 1970’s and has since worked in private practice in Pascoe Vale.

As a result of her work as a physiotherapist she has a particular interest in the health and wellbeing of people with disabilities and their capacity to achieve their full potential within the community.