Guided by a dedicated Board and strong Leadership Team, Aged Care Operations is managed by exceptional local professionals and volunteers with strong ties back to local community.

The Board and management team has significant experience in providing successful operational leadership in aged and health care.

Underpinned by a commitment to the wellbeing of older people, accountable decision-making, and leadership to drive high quality performance, the governance and performance of our organisations is impeccable.

The senior management team is strongly supported by experienced departmental and clinical managers demonstrating the necessary skills to implement policies, procedures and a caring framework within the evolving model of wellbeing for care recipients.

Our spirit of responsibility extends from those who guide us, to those who work with us.

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Bishop Karol Kulczycki SDS DD

Proprietor / Approved Provider  

Bishop Karol was ordained in Poland on 29 September, 2020

In 1987 he entered the novitiate of the Society of the Divine Saviour in Bagno near Wroclaw, where he undertook philosophical and theological studies.

On the 28th of May 1994, at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima in Trzebinia near Krakow, he was ordained a priest by His Eminence, Cardinal Franciszek Macharski.

In the years 1994 – 1997 he served in the Salvatorian Vocation Centre, and in 1996 he became the director of this Centre.

In 1997, he received the consent of the religious authorities to continue his priestly and religious ministry in the Salvatorian community in Australia.

In the first few months he attended a language school, and later was assigned to pastoral work as an assistant priest in the parish of Our Lady, Star of the Sea in Esperance (WA).

In 1999-2000 he was assigned to the Willetton parish, where he served as an assistant priest.

In 2001 he was appointed parish priest of Merredin parish. During this time, he served as chaplain at Chisholm Catholic College in Bedford (Perth).

In 2005, he was appointed parish priest of St. Anthony’s Parish, Greenmount, where he served until 2009, when he was elected Superior of the Australian Region of the Salvatorians.

During his term as Regional Superior, he also served as chaplain at Prendiville Catholic College in Ocean Reef, as assistant priest at St. Simon Peter’s Parish in Ocean Reef and was a board member of the Archdiocesan Committee “Catholic Outreach” in Perth for 6 years.

In 2018 he was elected vice provincial of the Polish Province of the Society of the Divine Saviour and returned to Poland.

Paul Thomas

Non-Executive Board Member – Chair  

Anthea Pavy AM

B,Soc. Work, Ass. Dip. Social Work, GAICD

Non-Executive Board Member – Deputy Chair

Commenced 2018

Anthea has held a number of senior leadership roles over the last 35 years. Prior to retirement in 2021 she held the position of Chief Executive of Uniting Country SA for 17 years and has had over 35 years of experience working in and managing the delivery of social and community services in rural and remote communities. Anthea has served on several peak bodies and key groups during this time including the South Australian Council of Social Services (SACOSS) of which she is a Life Member, the UnitingCare Australia National Youth and Family Advisory Council and the Child and Family Welfare Association of South Australia.

Over the last 35 years Anthea has also had a range of board experience including chairing the Crystal Brook Hospital Board and the Mid North Regional Health Finance Committee as well as being a member of the Mid North Regional Health Board. Anthea is a current board member of the Uni Hub Spencer Gulf and Deputy Chairperson, as well as Chairperson of the Crystal brook Community Association.

Seeing regional and remote communities in South Australia not only survive but also thrive and flourish into the future is a passion which drives much of Anthea’s work.

Fr. Chris Kowalczyk

Non-Executive Board Member 

Richard Ralston

Non-Executive Board Member

Commenced March 2019

Richard has an extensive background in Catholic Education spanning from 1986 to his retirement in 2013. This included 12 years as Principal at St Francis de Sales, Mount Barker and at St Joseph’s School, Port Lincoln.

Richard’s leadership in schools has provided him with a depth of experience in managing human resources, financial management, policy development, the planning of new buildings, and the maintenance of current building stock.

His long involvement in Catholic Education gives him a deep understanding of the Catholic Ethos and its associated values and how they apply to our Aged Care facilities.

Richard has a Bachelor of Applied Science from the South Australian Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in educational administration from the Australian Catholic University.

Richard is very aware of the evolving needs and responsibilities of aged care governance and thus has a strong commitment to developing strategy and improving policy. Objectively Richard adds to strengthening the consumer experience by enhancing livelihood while maintaining quality standards.

Maggie Penney

Non-Executive Board Member

Donna Preston

Non-Executive Board Member – Clinical Advisor

Commenced April 2024

Donna holds a master’s degree in Nurse Practitioner and specialises in Primary Health Care and Geriatrics. Donna has been caring for Older People for over 20 years. She is also a guest Lecturer at the University of Adelaide in the School of Medicine supporting medical students expand their knowledge and understanding on Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment.

Donna serves the board as a clinical advisor. She is committed to identifying clinical issues within Port Pirie Catholic Diocesan Aged Care facilities. Donna exercises excellent clinical judgement and analytical and critical thinking with her assessment and maintenance of clinical governance arrangements within the organisation.

Kaye Walkington

Non-Executive Board Member – Clinical Advisor

Cosimo De Cianni FIPA, FFA, FGIA, FCG (CS, CGP), MAICD.

Accountant, Chartered Governance Professional, Chartered Secretary

Diocesan Business and Finance Manager

Bishop’s Assistant Aged Care Operations

Executive Board Member

Commenced Sept 2010

Demonstrating strategic management and financial excellence, Cosimo is a Chartered Secretary and Accountant with 48 years of senior experience in management, corporate finance, and accounting. Cosimo displays a profound understanding of the complexities and responsibilities that come with senior financial roles in relation to the Aged Care sector and beyond.

Cosimo is a Fellow – Institute of Public Accountants (FIPA), Fellow – Financial Accountant (FFA), Fellow – Governance Institute of Australia (FGIA), Chartered Secretary (CS), Chartered Governance Professional (CGP), Fellow – Chartered Governance Institute (FCG) and Member – Institute of Company of Directors (MAICD).

Cosimo made an impact on the corporate sector early in his professional journey, when he became the youngest Financial Accountant for Monier Limited.  He refined his knowledge and honed his skillset when serving 12 years in Sydney as the Southeast Asia Financial Controller for Kronos Incorporated where he was instrumental in overseeing the financial operations and ensuring compliance with regional regulations resulting in a significant contribution to the company’s overall growth and stability in the region.

Beyond the corporate lens, Cosimo’s deep commitment and involvement with Aged Care and diocesan finance, governance and compliance, manifests in the highest level of individualised care in accordance with best practice and quality standards.

“My long and distinguished career in business management, financial reporting, administration, and governance underscores my commitment to meticulous financial stewardship and ethical governance, ensuring that financial practices meet regulatory standards and support the well-being and sustainability of Aged Care services and other entities within the Catholic Diocese of Port Pirie.   We continue to review our offering as we strive to be a centre of excellence and innovation in the provision of holistic care and service”.

Sharon Ley

Residential Manager Aged Care Operations

Residential Services Manager, St Joseph’s House

I was born in Adelaide, My family moved to Port Pirie where i completed Secondary schooling at St Marks.

I have worked at the Port Pirie Hospital where i completed my studies as a Registered Nurse in 1993

Also in 1993, I was married in the St Benedict’s Chapel at the St Marks School.

Later that year we moved to Canberra as my husband Trent had been successful in his application to join the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Over the next 17 years we were posted to Bangkok, Athens, Colombo and Noumea.

While overseas I was able to work with the Australian Embassy to support Australia prisoners in Bangkok and provided consular support visits to Australian Citizens who were hospitalised while travelling.

I have worked with Greater Southern Health service until I decided my calling would be to care for the elderly, which I have been doing since 2008, working in Canberra and Sydney in various roles.

My most recent position was with BaptistCare in Canberra and during my tenure assisted commissioning a 160-bed aged care facility.

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Michelle Bown

Residential Service Manager, Star of the Sea

“It is a great privilege to care for those who once cared for others”

This is my 23rd year of nursing, 19 of those years I have been employed at the Lyell McEwin Hospital in Elizabeth Vale, Adelaide. Most of my nursing career has been in the medical field which has exposed me to caring for people with dementia & delirium, chronic health conditions & people who are for palliation.

I have 10 years’ experience as a senior nurse providing leadership & management throughout that time in different roles. 4 months ago, I commenced employment at Star of The Sea as a Registered Nurse & immediately I felt at home with the residents & staff. I knew this was a place I wanted to work more & contribute to the organisation in a supportive way by providing leadership & kindness.

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Mel King

Community Care General Manager

Mel has been working in aged care management for over 25 years previously in residential aged care facilities and is enjoying the change into the community care space as the Community Care General Manager. She is passionate about supporting our clients in the community and ensuring their needs are met with dignity and respect by the team.

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