Staff Profiles

Nick Mersiades 2014Nick Mersiades    Director of Aged Care

Nick has extensive experience in aged and health care, including 16 years in the Department of Health and Ageing. As well as roles as manager of the Department's Queensland and New South Wales state offices, Nick's most recent role in the Department was head of the Ageing and Aged Care Division, where he was responsible for the development of aged care policy and for the overall management of the Australian Government's residential and community aged care programs.

Prior to joining Catholic Health Australia in November 2008, Nick had been General Manager of Strategic Policy and Communications in Catholic Healthcare Ltd.

In 2012, Nick was appointed to the board of the Aged Care Financing Authority (ACFA).

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Deborah 2014Deborah Reynolds   Office & Membership Manager

As Office & Membership Manager, Deborah is the friendly, welcoming face of CHA for all members and guests and she maintains the smooth running of the CHA office. She manages client and provider relationships, office technology and administration and provides day-to-day support to CHA staff.

Deborah is also Program Support Officer for CHA’s Ministry Leadership Program. In this role she provides hospitality and administrative support to participants and their organisations so that they have a positive experience of the program from registration, session attendance and interaction with the program’s learning management system.

She also provides a support role to CHA events, oversees national awards and registrations, and liaises with external conference organisers.

If you need to know who to contact at CHA on a particular matter, kindly contact Deborah who will happily re-direct you to the appropriate person.

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Susan Sullivan 2014Susan Sullivan    Director of Mission Strategy

Susan joined Catholic Health Australia in October 2010 as Director of Mission Strategy.

She commenced her professional life in Perth as a high school teacher in the Catholic system. Following the completion of a Masters in Religious Education at Loyola University, Chicago, Susan worked as a Senior Education Consultant at the Catholic Education Office, Perth. She held responsibilities in the area of Staff Development and Faith Formation.

Arriving in Canberra in 1993, she became involved in community education as Senior Education Officer with the Sudden Infant Death Association and later with the Arthritis Foundation of the ACT. Most recently she was Director of Mission at Calvary Health Care ACT for five years. Susan is married with three adult children.

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Anthony GooleyDr Anthony Gooley   Manager Mission Services

Anthony joined CHA as Manager Mission Services in July 2018.

Anthony has had a keen interest over many years in ministry leadership and mission identity formation within Catholic organisations, both from a research perspective and through practical experience. Formerly Head of Theological Studies at Broken Bay Institute – The Australian Institute for Theological Education, he has held leadership positions in Catholic schools, diocesan administration and tertiary education. He has also worked as a consultant on mission integration and identity formation with a number of Catholic organisations in the education and welfare sectors.

Anthony’s theological education had a primary focus on ecclesiology and ministry. His studies also include some units in Christian ethics and moral theology. In addition to qualifications in theology he also has qualifications in education and psychology.

He looks forward to supporting the work of Catholic health care in the areas of mission leadership formation, pastoral care and ethics.

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Siobhan Tanzer 2014Siobhan Tanzer Accounts Manager

Siobhan has been a member of the CHA team since 2006, as of March 2016 she has moved from the wider responsibilities of Office/Accounts Management and Personal Assistant to CEO to concentrate on the Accounts Management.  She has earned qualifications in Bookkeeping and Business Studies.

Siobhan has worked, at various levels, in not for profit, community based organisations since returning to work after raising her family.  Siobhan is married with five children and four grandchildren.

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female placeholderStephanie Panchision    Senior Health Policy Advisor

Originally from the USA, Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology concentrating in Immunology, a Bachelor of Art in International Studies focusing on World Politics and Policy, and a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Promotion.

After working in biotechnology and completing her MPH, Stephanie relocated to Alice Springs to work in health promotion for an Aboriginal community controlled organisation in renal health, and most recently worked for the Batchelor Institute training Indigenous students in health and science. 

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female placeholderShona McQueen    Senior Advisor Aged Care

Shona McQueen joined CHA as our Senior Advisor Aged Care in 2018. Before retiring from the Public Service, Shona was the Assistant Secretary of Home Care Reform Branch in the Ageing and Aged Care Stream.  She has had over a decade of working in aged care policy at senior levels in the Department of Health and Ageing and previously the Department of Social Services.


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