Greater Shepparton Foundation is led by a diverse and highly-skilled Board of Directors. They offer a wealth of local knowledge and understanding of the complex issues in this region as well as experience in place-based philanthropy and community-led giving.

The Directors and staff are focused on creating partnerships and collaborations to connect the needs of the Greater Shepparton community with the resources and skills needed to tackle disadvantage. The team will drive change through innovative initiatives, and support community organisations that align with our purpose.

2021 Annual Report

Our 2021 Annual Report provides a snapshot of the year that was, along with recognising our generous and loyal stakeholders and supporters Please follow the link to read the 2021 Annual Report.



Rhys Holleran, Chair

Rhys has long been a leader and active Board member in both the corporate sector and within his community. He has held Managing Director positions and led mergers in the radio sector, including the merger of Austereo and Southern Cross in 2011, and remained its CEO until 2015. Rhys is a founding Director of the national appeal, Give Me 5 For Kids. He lives in Kialla, and is a horse breeder.

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Mark De Paola, Deputy Chair

Mark moved to Shepparton in 1997 to begin his optometry career and is currently the director of Graham Hill Eyecare. Mark was a Board member of The Community Fund Goulburn Valley from 2008 until the transition to the Greater Shepparton Foundation. Mark also serves on the regional advisory board of La Trobe University. His aim as a Director of GSF is to make a positive difference in his community

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Kara Shields, Director

Kara is a Chartered Accountant at local business, MB+M. Kara is the current Chair of GSF’s Audit, Risk and Finance Committee. The mother of two is a former Board Member and Treasurer of the Shepparton Festival and has volunteered as a member of the Shepparton Toy Library Committee. She is a keen runner and enjoys the lifestyle of Greater Shepparton, which she has called home for 15 years.

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Julia Thomas, Director

Julia has spent nine years in the local Agri-finance industry and is a 2016 Fairley Leadership Graduate.  Originally hailing from Sydney with a Business Degree, Julia has spent her career working across rural and regional Australia, in agriculture, mining and finance. Now living with her husband and young family on their cropping farm at Youanmite, Julia is passionate about improving youth outcomes across the Goulburn Valley region.

Gracia Musafiri, Director

Gracia is a young leader in our community.  She joined the GSF Board in 2021 and has experience in working with our diverse community having volunteered and been employed at local community organisation, St Paul’s African House.  Gracia also brings valuable marketing skills to our board and is currently employed by Southern Cross Austereo as a Digital Marketing Specialist.

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Cheryl Hammer,
Chief Executive Officer

Cheryl Hammer has worked in the not-for-profit and philanthropy sectors for eight years and is the inaugural CEO of GSF. Cheryl’s background in community development and leadership roles provides her with a wealth of insight and experience to deliver on the goals of the organisation. Cheryl is a capable communicator and advocator for the needs of our community.

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Jeff Huddle,
Finance Manager

Jeff Huddle manages all accounting and financial reporting to the Board and CEO including payments and receipts, regulatory financial reporting and tax management. Jeff had been in senior financial management roles in a range of businesses prior to joining GSF and is a Bachelor of Business (Acc).


Kate Smith,
Grants Manager

Kate joined the GSF team in 2020.  She’s worked in private business and government however the majority of her career has been in the community sector, including many years with local disability and welfare agencies.  It’s here where she relishes the opportunity to use her communication and grant writing skills to make a real difference.

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Elizabeth Kelly-Dalgety,
Data and Evaluation Manager

Elizabeth is a psychologist specialising in program design, research, and evaluation. She has over 20 years’ experience supporting organisations in the health, community, and not-for-profit sectors to improve service delivery and outcomes to people in their care. Youth wellbeing and resilience has been a key focus of her work.