Dr Di Winkler
CEO, Founder and Executive Board Member
PhD, GAICD, BAppSc (Occ Ther), Grad Dip Neuroscience, Grad Dip AppSc (Comp Sci), Master of Applied Science
Di Winkler is an occupational therapist who has worked with people with severe brain injury for more than 20 years. Di was the Chief Occupational Therapist at Ivanhoe Manor Private Rehabilitation Hospital prior to developing a private practice working with people with brain injury in the community.
Di established the Summer Foundation in January 2006 after becoming frustrated by the lack of appropriate housing and support for young people with disability who were being admitted to nursing homes for the aged.
In 2018 Di was conferred with a Doctor of Laws honoris causa from Monash University for her distinguished service to the community through her leadership as a practicing occupational therapist and researcher. In 2019 Di was appointed as a member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) for significant service to people with disability.
Di is the Chief Executive Officer at the Summer Foundation and leads the Research Unit. Di also sits on the Board of Summer Housing Ltd. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Living with Disability Research Centre at La Trobe University.
Chief Operating Officer
Bachelor of Arts Hons (Psych)
Carolyn Finis is the Summer Foundation’s Chief Operating Officer, providing internal leadership in operational matters, culture and strategy.
Carolyn’s role includes engaging the key voices that inform our strategy and coordinating the implementation of that strategy. She is passionate about including the lived experience of the organisation’s stakeholders, especially people with disability, into the work of the Summer Foundation.
She also oversees the day-to-day operations of the organisation and guides its culture and ethos. Carolyn has worked at the Summer Foundation since 2007.
General Manager, Housing Hub
Bachelor of Commerce, Grad Certificate in Management of Not for Profit Organisations, Fellow of CPA Australia
Alecia Rathbone is the General Manager of Summer Foundation’s social enterprise the Housing Hub, that connects people with disability to appropriate housing.
She is responsible for the development and growth of products and services of the social enterprise including the Housing Hub website, where people with disability can search for suitable housing by housing type or location, and the Tenancy Matching Service, which supports people with disability to apply for new property developments across Australia.
Alecia, who joined the Summer Foundation in 2018, has worked for 12 years in the ‘for-purpose’ and social enterprise space, and also has a strong commercial background.
She is currently a non-executive director of the Board of Directors of InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence, Deputy Chair of the CPA Australia Public Sector and Not for Profit Committee and Finance Committee member for Philanthropy Australia and Parkinson’s Victoria.
Head of Government Relations & Policy
Masters in Business Administration, Post Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management and Chartered Manager
As the Summer Foundation’s Head of Government Relations and Policy, Amelia Condi’s focus is to influence and work alongside government to enable better outcomes for young people with disability.
In leading the Policy Team, Amelia’s work has an emphasis on shaping policy reform and influencing future opportunities for young people with disability.
Amelia is an experienced leader in social policy, strategy, policy implementation and analysis. She joined the Summer Foundation at the beginning of 2020 from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, where she had oversight of the performance and quality of the child protection system in north Victoria.
She has previously worked with the NDIA Markets and Providers division, and with the Department of Social Services across a range of social policy initiatives including disability, Aboriginal affairs, welfare reform and housing.
Amelia has a passion for social policy issues and is driven to make an impact.
Chief Financial Officer
Bachelor of Arts (Accounting), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
Chief Financial Officer Eugene McCrory is a finance specialist with a strong commercial focus and 20 years’ experience, predominately in the financial services industry before he transitioned to the not-for-profit sector.
He has extensive financial management, business planning and finance partnering experience and a track record of developing these skills in others through leadership and coaching.
Eugene previously held senior finance roles with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Save the Children Australia and National Australia Bank.
Executive Assistant to CEO, Dr Di Winkler
BA (Hons) European Business Studies
Lou provides a broad range of support to the CEO and the executive team. She is not new to the Summer Foundation having previously worked with the organisation via the Disability Research Centre at La Trobe University.
Since 2011 Lou has worked in senior administrative roles within other not-for-profit organisations and the state government. Before that she worked in the Australian agribusiness industry. Lou came to Australia from Ireland where she worked in marketing roles to promote Irish food and drink both there and in Germany.
Executive Assistant and Ops Coordinator
Cert IV in Business Administration
Jessica Simms provides EA support to the General Manager and Business Manager and manages systems to ensure the efficient development and ongoing performance of the Housing Matching Social Enterprise.
She has been at the Summer Foundation since April 2018 and has more than 22 years’ experience in administration, including as an office manager and in accounts, HR and payroll functions.
2019 – Level 2 First Aid and CPR
2016 – Level 2 First Aid and CPR
2015 – Certificate IV in Employment Services
2015 – Certificate IV in Mental Health
2014 – Mental Health Awareness
2014 – Suicide Intervention Awareness
2013 – Certificate in Reverse Marketing
2011 – Certificate in working with clients that have Alcohol and Drug issues 2011 – Certificate in Motivational Interviewing
2011 – Certificate IV in Career Development
2010 – Certificate in Planning pathways to employment
2008 – Certificate in post-placement support
2008 – Short course in Negotiation and Crisis Intervention
2003 – Bachelor Degree of Social Welfare
Natasha Hendricks is responsible for enhancing the effectiveness of the Chief Operating Officer and the Head of Government Relations and Policy through high level administrative and organisational support.
Before joining the Summer Foundation, Natasha worked in employment services as an EA and employment consultant, for both Job Active and Disability.