Philip commenced as CEO in February 2015. Philip has worked predominately in non-government organisations. He has 16 years’ experience as a CEO and Senior Executive in the aged care and community health sectors. Philip started his career as a town planner and worked in the field for 10 years. Additionally, Philip worked as a ministerial advisor for five years.
Philip also has extensive experience in policy development particularly in health but also in housing and education.
Philip has been a board member of Western Health and on the Council of Box Hill TAFE.
Philips areas of expertise include:
- Building and developing teams
- Driving strategic intent
- Developing operational plans
- Developing funding frameworks
- Budget management
- Working with local communities to
achieve agreed outcomes
Philip’s vision for Link Health and Community is to share power and control and become a person-centred service, that has a clear and shared agenda for improving health and wellbeing, to work more collaboratively with other organisations and to build a solid foundation for the future, particularly in these difficult financial times.
Geoff Wakefield (B Econ. CPA) commenced at Link Health and Community in 2001 and is the Chief Financial Officer, Company Secretary and Privacy Officer.
He has a Bachelor of Economics majoring in Financial Management and is also a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA).
He has responsibility for finance and support services at Link Health and Community ranging from financial planning, monitoring and reporting, Information Technology & Information Management services and performance reporting and analysis, as well as general administration, fleet and infrastructure.
Geoff is also responsible for providing leadership and management to the Access
and Coordination Team ensuring integrated client access and coordination services
to all our clients.
Prior to joining Link Health and Community, Geoff was the Corporate Services Director at Kilmore and District Hospital and spent 16
years across a wide range of roles in the Superannuation and Investments
Industry with AXA.
Geoff is past Treasurer with the
New Life Program Inc.
Dr Felicia Valianatos is the General Manager of Oral Wellbeing. Felicia was appointed in 2002.
Felicia is responsible for providing leadership management and direction to ensure that Link Health and Community Oral Health Service delivers an integrated client focused dental program to eligible clients. She is also responsible for clinical dental services, supervision of dentists, dental nurses and associated staff.
Her qualifications include DMD, Bucharest 2005; Advanced General Dentistry Certificate, Bucharest 2007; ADC Certificate –
Felicia is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and a Fellow of the International College of Dentists.
She is a member of the Australian Dental Association and holds a position as a Honorary Clinical Lecturer with the Melbourne University Dental School.
Felicia is appointed as a Professional Standards Panellist with the Dental Board of Australia, an examiner for International Dental Graduates with the Australian Dental Council and an examiner for the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons.
Prior to joining Link Health and Community Felicia worked on a variety of Private and
Public agencies and the Royal Dental
Hospital of Melbourne.
Sheree began at Link Health and Community as a Dietitian in 2007, and is currently the Acting General Manager of Health & Wellbeing.
Sheree is responsible for the strategy and operations of the Health and Wellbeing Department which provides an extensive range of services to clients living in the community.
She is responsible for the allied health services which are delivered under the Commonwealth Home Support, Community Health and Integrated Chronic Disease Programs. She is also responsible for the counselling and community services delivered under a number of Service Agreements including the Department of Health and Human Services.
During her time at Link HC, Sheree has held positions in leadership and management. She has led a number initiatives including the Healthy Kids in Monash Health Promotion Priority, Disordered Eating Program, MBS allied health services and Glasses for Kids project. Sheree also supported the planning for the introduction of Link HC’s General Practice.
Most recently, Sheree was in a Project Management position working on service redesign and innovation.
Sheree’s special interest areas in dietetics include chronic disease, particularly type 2 diabetes and health promotion.
Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics/Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Sciences) Deakin University and is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Member of the Dietitians Association of Australia.
Prior to joining Link Health and Community, Sheree worked as a community dietitian at Swan Hill District Hospital and in
private practice too.
Debra started at Link HC in July 2017 in the role of NDIS Service Delivery Manager and assisted to set up and implement the NDIS Partners in the Community Program. In September 2018, she was appointed to the role of General Manager – NDIS.
Debra has worked extensively for over 20 years within the early childhood sector. Most of this time has been spent working in early childhood early intervention (ECEI) to support families who have a child with a disability/developmental delay. Debra has also worked across the private sector, government and community sectors.
Debra is passionate about best practice in Early Childhood Intervention and building the capacity of others to support inclusion. She supported the development of state wide and local processes for consistent approaches for access to supports for children who have disabilities and developmental delays
and their families.
Debra also has extensive experience in mentoring, coaching, managing and leading transdisciplinary ECEI teams, delivering ECEI services based on evidence based best practice, overseeing operational and strategic accountability and ensuring compliance to programme delivery standards.
Debra began her career as an Early Childhood Teacher in 1994, and later was the Director of a large early childhood education setting, supervising 20 staff. She then moved into the role of Early Intervention Teacher in 1998 at Stride Forward Early Intervention Program and was promoted to ‘second in charge to the manager’ in 2000 and then further promoted to Manager in 2008.
In 2010, Debra moved into the government sector and started working for the Department of Education and Training (DET) as an Intake Worker. She then moved into the role of Intake Team Leader in 2011. In 2012, became the ECIS Intake Manager for the North Eastern Victoria Region. In 2015 also undertook a shared role of ECIS Intake Manager and Acting Manager: Inclusion, Access and Participation for the North Eastern Victoria Region.
- Diploma of Teacher (Early Childhood) University of Melbourne – Graduated 1994
- Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) University of Melbourne – Graduated 1999
- Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies – University of Melbourne – Graduated 2002
- NLP Master Practitioner Certification – Quantum Change – Obtained 2007
- Diploma of Management – Swinburne University – Graduated 2015
Sally-Ann began at Link HC in 2007 as the Neighbourhood Renewal (NR) Community Development Officer for Ashwood and Chadstone. Since NR finished, Sally has held several positions at Link HC – Consumer Engagement & Participation Coordinator, Community Development Coordinator, Communications and Marketing Coordinator and Communications and Engagement Manager.
Sally-Ann has participated in a number of Link HC initiatives and was the driving force behind much of the strategic planning and development of the organisation over the past 10 years. Sally-Ann is well known in the local community and works within a community development framework across
all her portfolios.
As General Manager of Community Wellbeing and Communications, Sally-Ann has responsibility for Communications, Marketing, Research, Strategic Planning, New Business
and Service Development Support and
Sally-Ann has more than 25 years’ experience in the health, disability and community sectors. Her previous positions have included Manager of an Early Childhood Early Intervention Service, Outreach Coordinator at the Starlight Children’s Foundation, Neighbourhood House Coordinator in the Yarra Ranges, Electorate Officer for a State MP, Dietary Supervisor at St Vincent’s and St Andrews Hospitals, as well as private consultancy. In the early part of Sally-Ann’s career she was also a copywriter and journalist with local newspapers.
Pauline has over 20 years’ experience in employee and industrial relations having worked in senior and executive positions for both unions and employers. She has spent the majority of this time within the Health Sector.
Passions – Ensuring that workplace culture meets visons and values, change management.
Previous HESTA Director.
As General Manager of Workforce Wellbeing and Quality, Pauline is responsible for Payroll, Quality, HR, Occupational Health & Safety, Learning & Development and Volunteers.