Meet the people

Say hello to everyone at the Childhood Cancer Association!

We’re a small team — but we’re also helped out by some wonderful, skilled volunteers who help to provide additional support where it’s needed.

Chief Executive

Cath O’Loughlin

Chief Executive

Cath was appointed the Chief Executive of the Childhood Cancer Association in 2009 and is also a long term board member of the Association. Cath has extensive senior management experience in both the public and private sector, including 15 years practising as a solicitor. Cath has a Bachelor of Law and an MBA.  She is very passionate about supporting children with cancer, and their families.


Mascot & Deputy CE

Elliot is the Childhood Cancer Association’s mascot. He befriends every child or adolescent diagnosed with cancer in South Australia and provides them with companionship and unconditional support throughout their treatment and beyond. Elliot is also a clinical helper, assisting children to communicate with medical staff as well as helping them understand medical procedures. As an avid writer, Elliot also loves responding to the many letters he receives from children sharing their feelings with him.

Family Service

Anna Boynton

Manager (Clinical Psychologist) – Family Service

B.Hlth Science Hons (Pub Hlth & Psych) and M. Psych (Health), MAPS

As Manager of the Family Service Team, Anna is responsible for delivering the Childhood Cancer Association’s key support services to families including providing psychological support to assist families manage a childhood cancer diagnosis throughout treatment, into survivorship and also bereavement support. She is also responsible for managing the Family Service Team and Volunteers. Anna has a special interest in cancer and has worked in the field for over eight years.
Anna completed her Master’s Degree in Health Psychology at the University of Adelaide. She is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and holds professional membership with the Australian Psychological Society (APS) including the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. Anna is also a board approved supervisor through the Psychology Board of Australia and provides supervision to Masters Psychology students. 

Chris Coelle

Senior Counsellor (Psychologist) – Family Service

BHons (Counselling Psych), MA (Social Anthropology), Dip. (Integrated Therapeutic Counselling), MAPS

Chris, began working at the Childhood Cancer Association in 2013, and is the Senior Counsellor (Psychologist). He is responsible for delivering counselling and support services to children with cancer and their families. Utilising evidence based practice, he assists families to manage the changes and processes they may face when a family member is diagnosed with cancer and also any resulting grief and loss issues. Chris has extensive experience working with individuals with cancer and other physical health conditions and their families having previously worked in oncology and psychosomatic clinics overseas. He has a background in family and grief therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and other evidence based methodologies, as well as training and experience in conflict resolution and effective communication.  Chris has supervised volunteers in crises regions and coordinated humanitarian research in South-East Asia.   Chris is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Kirsty Iovino

Property, Administration and Finance Manager - Family Service

After many roles in office administration and managing a family business, Kirsty joined the team in 2015 providing administration support to the fundraising team and finance support to the association. In January 2018, Kirsty took on a new role in the Family Service team to ensure the smooth delivery of all services and support to families. This includes coordination of our accommodation properties, both at the Michael Rice Units and Bradley’s Place. Kirsty also coordinates special event ticketing, program support and general administration. Having been closely affected by cancer, she knows the value of support for the whole family & believes in the culture of the Childhood Cancer Association.

Fundraising, Events & Marketing

Bianca Borrett

Marketing & Communications Manager

As part of the Fundraising team, Bianca is responsible for managing the Childhood Cancer Association’s marketing and communications activities. She has more than 15 years’ experience in not for profit, membership based and government roles, specialising in tourism, event management, sponsorship, communications and media relations. Bianca also has a Bachelor of Management from the University of South Australia. Bianca is committed to making a difference in the local community and as a mother feels passionately about the health and wellbeing of children.

Kate McKeegan

Community Relationships Manager

After 15 years in the travel industry Kate decided that she needed a change of focus. The rewarding contribution to the community was the reason behind her move to the not for profit sector where she now works at the Childhood Cancer Association as their Community Relationships Manager.   Kate brings with her a wealth of sales and networking experience and the desire to make a difference through her fundraising and coordination activities. On a personal level Kate is mother to three very active boys who love playing sport and the outdoors.

Kerry Hetzel

Fundraising Administrator

Kerry is our Receptionist at the Childhood Cancer Association, taking calls and greeting all visitors attending our office. She also provides administrative support to the fundraising team. With more than 20 years’ experience in customer service and administration in a variety of roles, Kerry is passionate about helping others and ensuring they receive a high level of care when engaging with the Association. Kerry enjoys working in the Not for Profit sector and gains satisfaction in being part of an organisation who provides such wonderful services to families in need. Being an animal lover, Kerry has a soft spot for Elliot and the role that he plays in helping so many children.


Chris Hartley


Chris joined the Board in 2008 and became President in 2010. He is the Regional Director SA for Strategic Specialists Group and has senior management experience with telecommunications, retail and distribution organisations. His son was diagnosed with cancer in 2007. Chris joined the board to help support children and other families going through the journey.

Ben Mead

Vice President

Ben is the Managing Director of Holidays of Australia & the World. He knows the value of the Association, having received ongoing support since his daughter’s diagnosis of cancer in 2014.   

Kimberley Adams

Board Member

Kimberley's career in media, marketing and communications spans over a period of 16 years with positions held in both the United Kingdom and Australia. Her years in the media and communications industry have provided her with an extensive business network particularly in the areas of advertising, communications, marketing and media. Kimberley has a Bachelor of Marketing from the University of South Australia.

Rebecca Clements

Board Member

Bec is currently the Principal of Immanuel Primary School and has more than 20 years of educational experience in a range of roles in schools across the Asia Pacific. She has a Masters in International Education Leadership and Change and an International Baccalaureate certificate in Leadership. She is passionate about instructional coaching and developing leadership capacity. Bec has a special interest in service and action. 

Sean Connors

Board Member

Sean works in sales for Elders Real Estate and has had a varied career in the banking, motor vehicle and real estate industries, as well as holding the position of CEO at the Little Heroes Foundation in 2016-17. He is a sporting enthusiast, a Director at the Woodville West Torrens Football Club and was even a trainee golf professional in the early 80s.

Glenn Hordacre


Glenn Hordacre is the Managing Director of Alexander Symonds and is one of Australia’s most experienced licensed surveyors. His eldest son was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. The Association continues to provide support following his son’s successful treatment. 

Alan Jones

Board Member

Alan is the National Marketing Manager for the Romeo's Retail Group - which includes Foodland. He has a strong background in the marketing and advertising industry.

Brenton Murray

Board Member

Brenton is the Managing & Creative Director at Brighter - one of South Australia’s leading creative communications agencies. The Brighter team, led by Brenton,  has supported the Childhood Cancer Association with its marketing and creative design needs since 2005.

Cath O’Loughlin

Board Member

Cath was appointed the CEO of the Childhood Cancer Association in 2009. She has extensive senior management experience in both the public and private sector, including 15 years practising as a solicitor.  Cath has a Bachelor of Law and an MBA.


His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC

Governor of South Australia

We thank His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia, for accepting the role of Patron of the Childhood Cancer Association.

Patron since December 2014.


Travis Boak

Former Captain, Port Adelaide Football Club

Travis is the former captain of the Port Adelaide Football Club, after stepping aside as captain after six years in the role. He is a dual All-Australian, triple Fos Williams Medallist and a former John Cahill Medallist.

Read why Travis is involved

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Kate Collins

Reporter & Presenter, Nine News

Kate has been part of Adelaide’s Nine News for over ten years. Prior to joining Channel 9 Adelaide in 2006, Kate completed a Bachelor of Media at Adelaide University and a postgraduate Diploma in Journalism at the University of South Australia. 

Michelle den Dekker OAM

Australian Netball World Champion & Commonwealth Games Gold medallist

Michelle made her Australian debut in 1985, and went on to play 84 test matches in the green and gold, captaining Australia from 1988-1995. She is still the current longest reigning captain.
As a Childhood Cancer Ambassador, Michelle promotes the incredible support  provided to children and their families, just like her family received.

Read why Michelle is involved

Kate Ellis

Federal Member for Adelaide

Kate made history as the youngest woman ever elected to the Australian House of Representatives, after winning the seat of Adelaide in 2004.
As the Federal Member for Adelaide, Kate has held various Ministerial positions in Federal Parliament and in the Shadow Cabinet.
Outside Parliament Kate is an avid Adelaide Crows and Adelaide Thunderbirds fan and in 2017 was appointed to the Adelaide Football Club Board.

Henry Nicholson

Schools Ambassador

After losing his mother to pancreatic cancer, former Australian Survivor S2 contestant, Henry Nicholson joins our team as Schools Ambassador. Henry loves working with kids and has an absolute passion to inspire, motivate and help people affected by cancer.

Jodie Oddy

Media personality

Working alongside Soda as part of the breakfast show on Mix 102.3, Jodie is often called on to host or MC many events around town. Jodie also has a Bachelor of Communications and is a reporter for the Ten Network.

Sam Power

Sam Power Racing

After racing around the globe, winning major events and championships, Adelaide-born Sam Power is now a F1 Consultant, currently based in London. 

Dr Michael Rice AM

Paediatric Oncologist (retired)

Dr Michael was instrumental in the establishment of the Childhood Cancer Association in 1982. He has received many prestigious awards over the years including: The Howards Williams Medal at the Australian College of Paediatrics (1998), The Medal of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (2000), The Centenary Medal (2003), The Gold Medal of the Australian Medical Association (2004), and was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (2004).

Mark "Soda" Soderstrom

Media Personality

Soda is a well-known media personality as part of the Mix 102.3 breakfast team alongside Jodie Oddy, and as a sports presenter on Channel Seven reporting the weekend news and sport coverage.

Tara Knight

Junior Ambassador

In 2002, at age six, Tara was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. Conquering cancer was a real struggle for Tara, however she feels it is one of her greatest achievements. During and after chemotherapy Tara and her family were fortunate enough to have the support of the Childhood Cancer Association. 

Ed Sach

Junior Ambassador

In 2011, at age 17, Ed was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma (a rare form of bone cancer). Treatment was extremely aggressive and he has no doubt the support provided by the Childhood Cancer Association is still a fundamental part of his well-being. The support provided to his mum during this time was also a massive relief to him while he underwent treatment.

Helping Hands

Glenn Hordacre


Managing Director
Alexander Symonds

Angelo Benedetti


Managing Director

Andrew Cassetti


Marketing Project Analyst

Sean Connors


Sales and Development Manager
Elders Real Estate on Grange

Sam Faulkner


Chief Executive

Gordon Griff


General Manager National Accounts
Bedford Group

John Hall


Business Development
Halls Cranes

George Koutsoubis


General Manager
Sharp DSA

Rachel Lawrie


Principal & Director
Ray White North Adelaide

Catherine Morony


Senior Consultant
Perks People Solutions

Matthew Smith


Principal & Owner
Burdon & Co

Troy Smith


Managing Director
Electric Results

Sarah Zanker


Account Director
Colmar Brunton

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