Information for our Partners and other Professionals

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Our vision: To be a centre of excellence for young children with hearing loss.

Our Mission;

  • provide babies and young children, who have hearing loss, with a quality educational service in the Dominican tradition.
     
  • empower families to assist their children to listen and speak in a family-focused and caring environment.

Meet the Team

Michele Cutrupi: Master of Special Education (Deaf/Hard of Hearing)

Position: Director

Michele, has over 30 years of teaching and leadership experience in the area of Deafness/Hearing Loss and diverse learning, spanning early intervention to tertiary settings, across all NSW education systems. In her previous role, Michele was Leader of Learning: Hearing, for Sydney Catholic Schools, in the Inner Western Region. Previously, she managed the Sensory Impairment Program for Sydney Catholic Schools.

Michele holds a Master of Special Education with Distinction (Deaf/Hard of Hearing), Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies: Hearing Impairment and Communication Disorders and a Diploma of Teaching. 

Michele is Vice President of EDSA (Educators of Deaf Students Association) and NSW representative for NAATD (National Australian Association of Teachers of the Deaf). In addition, she was an inaugural Board Director of the Catherine Sullivan Centre and previously, a member of the Advisory Committee.

 

Stephanie Halliday: BAppSc. (SpPath) MSPAA CPSP

Position: Listening and Language Therapist

Stephanie graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Speech Pathology and is a current member of Speech Pathology Australia and a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP). Upon graduating she worked in private practice where she developed a special interest in paediatric early intervention. She has a personal interest in literacy and speech sound disorders and has a strong commitment to providing evidence-based practice. She is the Centre's full time Listening and Language Therapist and is responsible for administering the children's speech and language assessments and conducting any follow up speech sound therapy, as well as seeing children for Individual Therapy Sessions.

 

Sue Anne Randazzo: Grad Cert Ed Studies (Sensory Impairment)

Positions: Listening and Language Therapist

Sue Anne’s qualifications include: Masters in Education (Adult Education), Grad Dip, ABE (Adult Literacy), Associate Diploma in Rehabilitation Counselling, Diploma in Teaching (General Primary). 

Sue Anne has worked extensively in the field of Deaf and Hearing Impairment education, primarily in teaching roles with both children and adults.  Previously she worked as both a classroom teacher and an itinerant teacher of the deaf in school education. Sue Anne is currently working as a Listening and Language Therapist at CSC three days a week.

 

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Catherine Dunn: Post Grad DIp ED (hearing impaired)

Position: Listening and Language Therapist

Catherine has had over 15 years involvement in the field of Deaf education and Hearing Impairment. For the past 10 years Catherine has worked as a Teacher of the Deaf for the Catholic Education Office. Catherine has had a long interest in linguistics and language development and in addition to her qualifications in Deafness education, she is qualified to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). She has also obtained her Certificate II in Auslan. Catherine is delighted to be responsible for the Program for Transition to School at CSC.

 

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Barbara McDiarmid

Position: Administration

I have been at the Centre since Term 4, 2015.  I have worked in a number of different offices with varying roles and am now very happy to be with CSC, working alongside the dedicated and caring staff here. I enjoy the interaction with the mums and dads, and their beautiful children. It is great to be part of such a wonderful team and to feel that you make a difference.

 

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Lyn Eakin

Position: Therapist's Assistant/Parent Support Group Facilitator

I have been associated with the Centre for over thirty years, firstly as a parent of a hearing impaired daughter then as a volunteer, supporting families with newly diagnosed children. Currently I work as a Therapist's Assistant and Parent Support Group Facilitator for our families, during group sessions at RIPPLES, WAVES and Transition to School Group. My experience as a mother of a child that has been through the Centre’s program, enables me to relate to parents.

 

Carol Bobridge

Position: Accounts/Company Secretary

I have over 35 years of experience in the accounts area, having worked in the banking, government, heavy earth-moving, civil engineering, property development, educational institution, fashion industry and insurance sectors. I have held my current position at Catherine Sullivan Centre since April, 2012.

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Fiona Fairlie

Position: Transition to School Group Therapist's Assistant

Fiona’s son has a bilateral sensory neural profound hearing loss and was so inspired by him, that she obtained a Certificate IV in Learning Support at TAFE. Fiona has had 7 years experience working with vision and hearing impaired students in mainstream schools as a Learning Support Officer. She also mentors parents of deaf children, sharing her knowledge and experiences with families who are new to hearing impairment.

 

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Lorella Grieco

Position: Transition to School Group Therapist's Assistant

I have been at the Catherine Sullivan Centre since the beginning of 2018. I have four years’ experience working in mainstream schools as a Learning Support Officer, assisting students with learning difficulties and students with hearing loss. I completed the Certificate III in Educational Support in 2014. I am delighted to be working with the wonderful staff at the centre and the amazing children in Transition to School Group.

Meet the Board

  Elizabeth Pooley   Elizabeth is the current Chair of the CSC Board, taking up this position in May 2017 and was a former member of the Advisory Committee. Elizabeth is an Itinerant Teacher who provides support to students with hearing impairment attending Department of Education schools.

Elizabeth Pooley

Elizabeth is the current Chair of the CSC Board, taking up this position in May 2017 and was a former member of the Advisory Committee. Elizabeth is an Itinerant Teacher who provides support to students with hearing impairment attending Department of Education schools.

  Anne McGrath   Anne is the Leader of Learning K-3 (Hearing), Eastern Region Diverse Learning Team of Sydney Catholic Schools. Anne is hard of hearing and uses hearing instruments and assisstive technology in her daily life.

Anne McGrath

Anne is the Leader of Learning K-3 (Hearing), Eastern Region Diverse Learning Team of Sydney Catholic Schools. Anne is hard of hearing and uses hearing instruments and assisstive technology in her daily life.

  Monica Brewer   Monica is a business strategist, coach and mentor. Her passion is to help businesses reach their full potential. With more than 30 years’ experience in coaching and as a chartered accountant, she has a unique approach that combines the bigger picture of business with the nuts and bolts of the numbers, planning and strategy. Monica joined the CSC Board in May 2017.

Monica Brewer

Monica is a business strategist, coach and mentor. Her passion is to help businesses reach their full potential.
With more than 30 years’ experience in coaching and as a chartered accountant, she has a unique approach that combines the bigger picture of business with the nuts and bolts of the numbers, planning and strategy.
Monica joined the CSC Board in May 2017.

  Denise Shakeshaft   Denise is a representative of the Dominican Education Council (DEC). She has a Bachelor of Special Education.

Denise Shakeshaft

Denise is a representative of the Dominican Education Council (DEC). She has a Bachelor of Special Education.

  Kate Kennedy    Married with three adult children, two of whom have a hearing loss. Until November 2015, Kate was the Coordinator at Parents of Deaf Children, the NSW peak body for parents and carers of children who are deaf or have hearing loss, for nearly 10 years. Prior to that, Kate worked in the IT arena, primarily in HR training and had a small business for six (6) years. Kate’s lived experience of parenting children with a hearing loss and the work she undertook to support families of deaf children, prompted her return to academic study. Kate is passionate about parents and carers having support and information to make informed choices for their children and has joined the board of CSC to advocate for parents and their needs.

Kate Kennedy

Married with three adult children, two of whom have a hearing loss. Until November 2015, Kate was the Coordinator at Parents of Deaf Children, the NSW peak body for parents and carers of children who are deaf or have hearing loss, for nearly 10 years. Prior to that, Kate worked in the IT arena, primarily in HR training and had a small business for six (6) years. Kate’s lived experience of parenting children with a hearing loss and the work she undertook to support families of deaf children, prompted her return to academic study. Kate is passionate about parents and carers having support and information to make informed choices for their children and has joined the board of CSC to advocate for parents and their needs.

  Peter Cipollone   Peter has worked in the Deaf Community since 1977 in several key roles including Senior Welfare Worker, NSW Deaf Society; Liaison Officer for the Deaf, NSW Department of Industrial Relations; Executive Director, Tasmanian Deaf Society; Teacher/Consultant Students with Hearing Loss, TAFE NSW; Principal Education Officer TAFE NSW; Principal, Thomas Pattison School, RIDBC.  He also established the Deaf Education Network and as Chairman of Deafness Resources Australia was an integral member of a team which established the Australian Communication Exchange (National Relay Service).   As part of its centenary celebrations, Peter was included in the Deaf Society's list of 100 people who have made a significant contribution to the community. In 2017 he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for service to people who are deaf or hard of hearing and to education.

Peter Cipollone

Peter has worked in the Deaf Community since 1977 in several key roles including Senior Welfare Worker, NSW Deaf Society; Liaison Officer for the Deaf, NSW Department of Industrial Relations; Executive Director, Tasmanian Deaf Society; Teacher/Consultant Students with Hearing Loss, TAFE NSW; Principal Education Officer TAFE NSW; Principal, Thomas Pattison School, RIDBC.

He also established the Deaf Education Network and as Chairman of Deafness Resources Australia was an integral member of a team which established the Australian Communication Exchange (National Relay Service). 

As part of its centenary celebrations, Peter was included in the Deaf Society's list of 100 people who have made a significant contribution to the community. In 2017 he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for service to people who are deaf or hard of hearing and to education.


Our Professional Partnerships

These are those organisations where we consult or share the early intervention of a child enrolled at CSC to ensure they get the best possible early intervention package possible.


Become a Partner

If you would like to partner with us, fill out the form below and one of our staff members will get back to you.

Supporters

These are those  people or organisations who have given funds, time or effort to benefit our families, grow our programs and support our staff be the best professionals they can be:

  The Commonwealth Bank of Australia

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia

 Bangabandhu Council Australia

Bangabandhu Council Australia

 Community Building Partnership

Community Building Partnership

 
 lululemon athletica

lululemon athletica

 Sydney Motorway Corporation

Sydney Motorway Corporation

 Strathfield Rotary Club

Strathfield Rotary Club