Guided by a dedicated Board and senior management, the spirit of caring is delivered by an organisation of exceptional local professionals and volunteers.

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 Greg O’Kelly SJ

Extensive governance experience leading community service organisations; Chair of federal Caritas; School Principal; financial management of schools, including accountability to both the Federal and State Governments for capital grants and recurrent funding.

“Under the guidance of our Diocese, we are able to provide these services for the aged with the love and mercy of Christ.”
Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ
Catholic Diocese of Port Pirie

Our Board Members have been carefully chosen for their individual and shared expertise to provide organisational stewardship, balancing strategic direction with the operational capacity for quality and viability.

Their experience is both significant and complementary, with a deepened understanding of the aged care needs for this region.

Brian Fogarty

Board member since 2011 

Additional Board experience with Centacare and state-wide training group; Port Pirie ‘Boys Town’ General Manager; commercial acumen operating newsagency business.

Stephen Pisani

Board member since 2016

Qualified accountant and experienced business owner; extensive links with the regional Italian community.

Sue Ganley

Board member since 2009

Registered Nurse; Port Pirie TAFE lecturer for Enrolled Nurse training, fostering successful workforce planning relationships and placements for both nurses and care workers.

Kaye Walkington

Board member since 2006

Senior registered nurse and midwife at Wallaroo Hospital, proving clinical expertise and oversight.

Michael Turner

Board member since 2016

Provides a strong community voice with his links to regional groups such as faith-based congregations and the St Vincent De Paul Society, and his long history of diverse employment in the region.

Father Paul Crotty

Board member since 2006

An accountant with extensive experience managing the diverse needs and expectations of large communities on behalf of the Diocese.

Father Adrian Noonan

Board member since 2014

Significant relationships with community stakeholders; pastoral care leadership.

Mr Greg Adey

Board member since January 2017

Extensive aged care experience including executive positions at SCC and ACH, Board member CCH, Ministerial Accreditation Taskforce, Department Administrator’s Panel, national aged care consultant/advisor.

Cosimo De Cianni

Business and Finance Manager, including HR and IT since 2010

Cosimo’s key responsibility as a qualified chartered accountant is the oversight of financial operations, under the authority of the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese. He also holds a Bachelor of Management, Fellow Governance Institute of Australia. Cosimo has over 30 years’ experience as Financial Controller and Commercial Manager in aged care, education and business enterprises.

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Sharon Ley

Residential Services Manager

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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Therese Johnson

Clinical Nurse Consultant

Therese commenced her nursing career in 1979 working as an assistant in nursing. She then completed her 3 year psychiatric Nursing Training at Kenmore Hospital in Goulburn, NSW. Following this she completed her transition training to general nursing. Therese has worked across a number of areas during her career including Mental Health Nursing, Medical Surgical Nursing and Aged Care. Therese moved to Port Pirie in 2011 to commence a role with the Mid North Community Mental Health Team working with all age groups but primarily with people over the age of 65. Therese’s role as Clinical Nurse Consultant at St Joseph’s House is to ensure that the care our resident’s receive is exceptional and she is dedicated to improving the lives of the residents.

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Marra Pearn

Lifestyle Manager/Resident Liaison Officer

Commencing her role at St Joseph’s House as a personal care worker in 2007, Marra has taken on further responsibilities during her tenure and is currently the Lifestyle Manager and Resident Liaison Officer, along with Volunteer and WFD Co-ordinator.

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Karren Bourke

Resident Admissions

Karren was originally employed at St. Joseph’s House in 2006 as a personal care worker. Since that time, further study has earnt Karren her Diploma as an Enrolled Nurse. Karren is currently responsible for resident admissions and continues to work as an Enrolled Nurse.

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Lyndal Stanley

Residential Service Manager

As the newly appointed Residential Service Manager, Lyndal has 20+ years experience as a registered nurse in both hospital, aged care and community sectors.  Previously known as the nurse unit manager at Snowtown Hospital and Aged Care facility, prior to this spent 2.5 years as the Care Director at Estia Health in Kadina.  Lyndal proudly lives locally, actively participating within the community outside of working hours.

“l believe in kindness and respect, everyone has a voice and it’s important to be heard”.  While excited at the opportunity ahead, inviting you to visit and introduce yourself.  My door is always open.

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Tania Venning

Clinical Nurse Consultant (CNC)

I have been nursing for over 20 years in the acute, GP and aged care sectors. I am a conscientious advocate for all consumers at the Star of the Sea. My passion is working with the elderly and palliative care, providing a continuous high standard of care to consumers.

We can’t alter the destination but we can have a huge impact on the journey.

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Maggie Penney

Administration Officer

For almost 20 years, Maggie has held an administration role at Star the Sea. Her current position includes financial responsibilities including the preparation of Resident Agreements, accounts, payroll. Supported by her admin team, Maggie manages the day-to-day operational requirements and first point of contact duties, including acting as a tour guide for visitors and new residents.

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Jenny Carey

Community Care Manager

With over 30 years of caring for others in the community, Jenny has a passion for ensuring the independence, dignity and resilience of the elderly can be supported in the community. Trained as a Registered Nurse in Adelaide, she also has wide home care experience as a Carer support worker, and case management of community care packages.

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Natasha Cockshell

Community Liaison

Natasha started employment as a Pharmacy/Dispensary Assistant in Adelaide, however a return to regional life saw her build a career in the Banking/Finance sector over 24 years.  She then entered a Community Service role, Case Managing within the Disability Employment Service, and recognising her caring skills made a transition to aged care with Star of the Sea.

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