Lisa Harnum Foundation Board Members

Founders and Board Members


Aileen Mountifield, Founder & CEO:

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Aileen Mountifield

Aileen is the founder and Executive Director of the Lisa Harnum Foundation. She brings years of senior management experience along with extensive community work and establishment of programmes for abused women.

Aileen’s career began in the UK in psychiatric nursing, achieving a Charge Sister’s position at a very early age while living in the UK. After moving to Australia, she continued in nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and later as a Nursing Unit Manager.

On leaving nursing, Aileen moved into the aged care industry and pioneered a community based programme which would assist many older people to remain in their own homes rather than enter a residential care facility. Now known as Community Aged Care Packages (CACP’S) there are literally thousands of people being assisted by this type of service. Over time, Aileen was able to establish a significant portfolio in community care services before she took up an appointment as Director of Residential Services with another organisation.

At a crossroad, Aileen was approached to consider a chaplaincy role. After much training, Aileen worked as a community based chaplain for ten years, facilitating programmes for women who had experienced some form of abuse.

Her passion for supporting women and families in domestic violence situations has led Aileen to establish a foundation that will support and educate women and families in the Hills Shire of NSW where support services are not readily available.


Frank Sedmak

Frank Sedmak

Frank Sedmak, Chairperson:

Frank is the General Manager, People and Culture at Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Over the past 13 years he has lead the P&C team in providing strategic and operational advice and services to the CPA Board, managers and staff in the areas of employee relations, recruitment, workplace health, safety and injury management, volunteers and corporate engagement and payroll.

Prior to CPA, Frank had over 20 years of experience in senior and executive management roles, where he had developed and implemented effective operating, financial, accounting and human resources systems and key strategies in the transport, manufacturing, IT and aged care sectors.


Melissa Monteiro

Melissa Monteiro

Melissa Monteiro, Board Secretary

Melissa Monteiro is the Executive Director of the Community Migrant Resource Centre. Melissa joined the CMRC in 2000.

Prior to that, she has been employed in a number of not for profits include the Blacktown City Community Services Network, Missionaries of Charity and the College of Social Work winning the University of Western Sydney Community Services Award (2013). During this time, she worked closely with community leaders in Western Sydney with an interest in creating greater social impact through a stronger social sector and cross-sectoral collaboration.

Melissa holds a Masters and Bachelors in Social Work. She has extensive experience in the community sector providing a vast understanding of settlement and strategic advice.

Melissa has worked within the Community Sector for the last 25 years.

Melissa has served on various local and national committees. She is currently an executive board member of the Settlement Council of Australia and also on the national Settlement Services Advisory Council that provides advice to the government on migrant settlement and social cohesion, including humanitarian settlement.

Melissa has worked in a variety of social work fields empowering marginalized women’s groups and has undertaken a number of social researches.

Melissa is engaged in running the CMRC and is now empowering refugee and migrant communities in settling in Australia. Melissa has mentored many non-profit organizations.

She is passionate about migrant and refugee women, humanitarian resettlement and social justice issues.


Michael Hallen

Michael Hallen

Michael Hallen, Director

Mike began his working career by spending 23 years in the Royal Australian Navy followed by eight years in senior Business Development roles in two major international companies. He followed this by forming his own Business Management Consultancy and for ten years contracted his services to many local and international concerns.

Mike is a member of the Rotary Club of Castle Hill that for many years supported the St Michael’s Women’s Refuge in Baulkham Hills where many projects were undertaken to assist the Refuge, its management and their clients.

Following the announcement of the closure of St Michael’s, Mike decided as the 2015-2016 President of his Rotary Club, that “Domestic Violence” would be his highest priority and he is currently investigating how to bring an Online Men’s Behaviour Change Program (OMBCP) to NSW and the Hills area in particular.

The Rotary Club has also provided funds to modify a safety application for at risk women’s mobile phones and will participate in the refurbishment of two cottages at the St Michael’s site for use as transitional accommodation for domestic violence suffers


Julianna Creswell, Board Member

Julianna Creswell

Julianna Creswell

Julianna is a solicitor with Papantoniou Blake Lawyers in Toongabbie and has been a criminal law solicitor since her admission to the Supreme Court in 2002.

She is a former regional Law Society President and a former Rotary President.

Julianna has dedicated her life to improving access to the justice system and bettering society. Throughout her career she has helped countless victims of crime through the Court process and to obtain compensation, also leading offenders down the path of rehabilitation and restitution.

In addition to helping adults Julianna has also represented many children and as part of that process has been involved in many programs to help disadvantaged adults and children, such as Breakfast Club which provides transport to school and free breakfast to children in regional New South Wales.

In addition to her criminal practice she also has experience in a range of other legal areas including care and protection, litigation, family law and wills and estates.


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Dr Nicole Brooke

Dr Nicole Brooke, Board Member 

Nicole is a passionate clinician and academic, whilst holding titles of Associate Professor and Dr by way of PhD, Nicole is a Registered Nurse who specialises in aged care.

She has proven herself across areas of corporate and clinical governance, quality management, research and grant management.

Dr Brooke now runs a company trading as Aged Care Consultancy Australia.

Nicole is committed to the cause and support services for domestic violence and honoured to be able to work with such amazing groups like The Lisa Harnum Foundation.


Sharmila Jayasinghe Niriella, Media Manager 

Sharmila Niriella

Sharmila Niriella

Sharmila is a freelance journalist, author and a social media manager who is passionate about serving the community.

While working as the Project Coordinator of the HIV/AIDS project of The Salvation Army during the height of the HIV epidemic she successfully implemented home based care for HIV/AIDS patients and families in Sri Lanka.

Sharmila’s dedication to creating awareness of HIV and AIDS saw the message being taken all over Sri Lanka, resulting in a clear decrease in the spread of the disease.

Her passion for serving the community continued while serving as the project officer of Harvester’s Assist Inc, a Sydney based not for profit organization, where she was successful in organizing events to raise funds to support cancer sufferers.

Sharmila is also involved in supporting indigenous children in the Northern Territory through her volunteer work with Kids Of Oz.

Actively involved with the Sri Lankan community, Sharmila serves as the Editor of the Sri Lanka Association of NSW.

She is a strong advocate of creating awareness and rallying support to inspire change through social media.

Sharmila is also a multicultural fiction writer who has published  two novels; Butterfly Kisses & The Untold Story of My Lover.