Executive Management

Sonya Smart - Chief Executive Officer

Prior to joining VMCH in February 2017, Sonya was Chief Executive of Catholic Homes Incorporated in WA, a position she held for over six years.  She has also held leadership roles in residential and community care at Southern Cross Care WA. 

A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2016), Sonya holds a Master of Business Administration from Curtin University of Technology (2010) and a post graduate qualification in Clinical Psychology from Edith Cowan University (2002).  Sonya’s entrepreneurship and business acumen was recognized in 2008 when she received a ‘40under40’ award: an honour which recognizes excellence and innovation amongst WA’s young leaders.

With a passion for residential aged care, disability and community services, Sonya has been a long-time advocate for delivering exceptional care to marginalised people in the community.

John McKenna - Chief Financial Officer

John is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance. He has over 30 years’ experience in health and aged care, financial services and related sectors.  He has held various senior finance roles, his last role being CFO of the Japara Healthcare Group, one of the largest for-profit aged care operators in Australia. Prior to that he held various finance roles in the NAB Group.

Natalina Velardi - Company Secretary and General Counsel/General Manager Governance

Natalina is a governance and legal professional with over 20 years’ experience.  She has held a number of senior executive roles in the education and not-for-profit sector.  She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Graduate Diploma in Commercial Law, MBA and Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance.  She is a member of the AICD and the RMIA.  She is a practising legal practitioner and a member of the Law Institute of Victoria.

Michele Gellatly - General Manager, People Services

Michele is a Human Resources professional with over 20 years’ experience in leading Human Resources teams in the telecommunications, finance, medical research and not-for-profi t sectors. Her experience coupled with her academic qualifications in psychology, organisational development and training, along with her LEAN/Six Sigma accreditations, provides Michele with a unique commercial and financial skillset in the Human Resources profession.

David Williamson - General Manager, Community and Disability Services

David is a highly-experienced Senior Leader with 25 years of experience across the health, disability services and personal injury insurance sectors. David holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy and a Master’s in Business (Personal Injury). David is committed to safeguarding the rights of people with a disability by promoting and facilitating choice and control and has particular expertise in developing service models which promote capacity building and the delivery of person-centred care.

Angela Roennfeldt - General Manager, Property and Development

Angela is a registered architect and Disability Access consultant.  She was awarded a Churchill fellowship in 1998 to travel overseas to look at small scale accommodation for older people and received the 2010 National Disability Award for Accessible Housing.   She has worked in both the private and not for profit sectors for over 30 years specialising in the delivery buildings and environments with a focus on enabling older people and people of all ages with disabilities to live independent lives.  Angela’s role encompasses ensuring that all VMCH buildings are designed, delivered and maintained to meet the resident, client, operational and volunteer needs across all areas of the organisation including Retirement Living, Residential Aged care, Independent Living, Community Services and Specialist Education and Evolving Disability Services.

Voula Yankoulas - General Manager, Residential and Retirement Services

Voula has over 20 years’ experience within the residential aged care services, retirement living and finance sector, including senior and executive leadership and management roles.  Voula holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Certified Practising Accountant and currently completing a Master of Business Administration.  She has worked in both private and not for profit organisations including senior and executive leadership and management roles. She has a strong passion and commitment to improving the outcomes to our residents and the importance of continual training and development of staff to assist in the valuable work they do.

Bridget O'Shannassy - General Manager, Mission

Bridget is assigned with the important task to lead and shape the Catholic mission of Villa Maria Catholic Homes and to ensure that the organisation’s mission aligns with that of the Catholic Church of Melbourne.

Bridget’s breadth of skills includes an awareness of the need for supportive and empathetic relationships and the ability to articulate VMCH’s mission in a manner that is enriching and energizing.

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