Meet some of our team

The Hemispherectomy Foundation Australia operates under the guidance of a committee of management.  All our committee members are parents, family or friends of hemispherectomy children.  All our work is done on a volunteer basis.

Natalie Hood-Bourke
President
Natalie was as serving police officer in NSW for many years. She now runs carer support groups in Newcastle, New South Wales and is the mother of Alicia, who underwent a right hemispherectomy to treat intractable epilepsy caused by peri-natal stroke.
Carolyn Pinto
Secretary
Carolyn works at the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, and has worked across health policy and social program areas for many years. Carolyn is the mother of Freya, who underwent a right hemispherectomy to treat Rasmussen's Encephalitis.
Kylie Hockley
Treasurer
Kylie is a medical secretary in Sydney and the mother of Gemma. Gemma underwent a left hemispherectomy to treat Rasmussen's Encephalitis.
Kathy Payne
Ozziehemihugs Coordinator
Kathy is a social worker, living and working in Warwick, Queensland. Kathy is the mother of Aaron who underwent a left hemispherectomy to treat Rasmussen's Encephalitis.
Karen White
Karen is a secondary school teacher, working and living in Sydney. Karen was instrumental in the establishment of the Hemispherectomy Foundation Australia. She is mother to Rory, who underwent a left hemispherectomy for Rasmussen's Encephalitis
Jo Symons
Stakeholder Liaison Manager
Jo is a Physiotherapist and is the Service Delivery Manager for Health Workforce Queensland, where she has the opportunity to oversee the development of sustainable service delivery models and health workforce solutions for a broad range of stakeholders in the rural and remote Primary Health Care sector. Jo also has a little boy called Max who has undergone a left hemispherectomy for Hemimegalencephaly.