Board

Laura Overdyk (BTeach & BAppSc)

In 2010, Laura became the President of the auxiliary and attended the 1st International OA conference in Lille, France (2010) and the 2nd International OA conference in Montreal (2012). This gave Laura an opportunity to learn more about the condition and network with other support groups around the world, looking at best practices and outcomes. As a secondary teacher, Laura uses her teaching qualification and experience to continually improve how patients, parents and the wider community can be educated about OA/TOF. Laura’s daughter, Kaytie, was born with OA/TOF in 2006 and later that year commenced volunteering with the OARA auxiliary at RCH Melbourne. 

 

Greg Overdyk (BBusCom (Acc) CA)

Greg’s niece, Kaytie, was born with OA/TOF.  Shortly after Kaytie was born, Greg joined OARA in the role of Treasurer.  Greg is a Chartered Accountant and has worked forCrowe Horwath since 2002 as a Business and Tax Advisor for Small to Medium sized business.  Greg is also the Treasurer at the Pakenham Country Fire Authority. Given his business advisory background, Greg brings the financial disciplines required to operate a successful organisation.

 

 

Matt Quinn (BBus (Acc), CPA)

 Matt has worked with Coles for 15 years across numerous finance roles supporting many different area’s within the business such as Store Development, Operations & Merchandise. He’s looking to bring his 15 years of corporate experience to OARA to help the organisation grow and develop, and continue providing valued support to OA/TOF patients and families throughout their OA/TOF journey from neo-natal through to adulthood across Australia.

 

 

Vito Giudice (BSci (Hon) MBus)

Vito is currently the Chief Risk Officer at Ansvar Insurance Limited. Prior to this appointment, Vito was an Executive Director in Ernst & Young’s Financial Services practice where he specialised in the provision of advisory services. Vito holds a Master of Business and a Bachelor of Science (Honours). He is currently undertaking a PhD at Monash University examining the effectiveness of Australianexecutive remuneration laws and regulations. Vito's daughter, Madeleine, was born with OA/TOF in 2008. Vito is driven to expand the capability of OARA to deliver support to OA/TOF patients and their families across Australia.

 

Management

Olivia Giudice (BComm BA CA CIA)

Olivia’s daughter Madeleine was born with OA/TOF in 2008 and in 2009 Olivia started volunteering with the OARA auxiliary. Olivia is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor and has over 12 years’ experience in internal audit, risk management and governance at global accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers and Telstra. Currently, Olivia leads the internal audit function at Bega Cheese and volunteers with OARA, bringing a governance and process discipline to the organisation.

 

Ambassador

Dani Venn

Dani Venn is a Melbourne based celebrity cook most widely known for her time as a finalist on MasterChef Australia in 2011 and as an All Star in 2012. Since then Dani has hosted her own cooking show Weekend Feast on Channel Ten as well as co-hosted summer breakfast radio with Tommy Little on Nova FM.

Danihas also enjoyed cooking her way around the country at live food events, creating delicious recipes for major food brands, catering intimate dinners parties and large scale events has this year launched her new food blog, The Wholehearted Cook (http://thewholeheartedcook.com) where Dani shares her healthy wholefoods recipes.

Dani has been a proud ambassador of Ovarian Cancer Australia since 2012 and more recently has become an ambassador for OARA.

Stay in touch with Dani across social media, you can find her regular updates on Instagram @thewholeheartedcook, Twitter @danivenn and Facebook.

 

Medical Ambassadors

Joe Crameri (FRACS)

Joe Crameri is currently a Paediatric Surgeon who trained in Adelaide and Melbourne to obtain his RACS in Paediatric Surgery. Following completion of his training he spent a further year at the Royal Children’s Hospital working as a Fellow to gain experience with both thoracic and neonatal surgery. He then undertook a post in Manchester, England, where he worked closes with Mr Adrian Bianchi to further widen his experience with complex abdominal, neonatal and thoracic surgery. he returned to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne in 1998 to take up a role as a Paediatric Surgeon working with the thoracic group who had developed considerable expertise with oesophageal atresia dating back to the work byMr Nate Myers and subsequently Mr Alex Auldist and Mr Keith Stokes.

He is currently the Head of Department at the Royal Children’s Hospital and has taken on a leadership role with the management of complex thoracic cases, which includes the care of oesophageal atresia. The Royal Children’s Hospital has always prided itself on its care of oesophageal atresia patients, especially those who were born with complex anatomy. It has always been his passion to continue the great work that was undertaken by previous generations of surgeons at the Royal Children’s Hospital who worked diligently to provide the best care for this group of patients.

 

Michael Nightingale (FRACS)

Michael Nightingale is a Paediatric Surgeon based at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. He completed his surgical training in New Zealand and Australia and worked as a consultant surgeon in Starship Hospital in Auckland prior to returning to Melbourne in 2009. In addition to RCH, he works at Sunshine Hospital in Melbourne and in the private sector. He is a clinical senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne and a research fellow with the Murdoch Children’s Research institute. His interests are in minimally invasive surgery, surgical innovation and surgical oncology. At RCH he is responsible for the Nate Myer’s Oesophageal Database and is the clinical lead for the OARA funded Oesophageal Atresia research nurses Alisa Hawley and Jo Brooks.


 

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