Anam Cara Geelong is a community service committed to providing care for people affected by life limiting illness. Anam Cara Geelong offers support to people of all ages and denominations who are seeking hospice care within the Geelong and district communities, by providing access to day respite, short term Palliative respite accommodation, Community Outreach and end of life palliative care.


Our People

Our People

Anam Cara Geelong is governed by the Board of Directors, drawn from the ranks of Geelong’s professional associations. The Board provide legal, financial and marketing expertise to lead Anam Cara in the fulfilment of its mission.

Our professional staff provide excellence in administrative support and customer service.

The large trained volunteer base of Anam Cara Geelong complement the Directors and professional staff by undertaking a wide range of duties – from general administration and housekeeping to fundraising and companionship for guests.

Board of Directors


Diana Taylor


Born and raised in Geelong, educated at Deakin University, Diana has blue and white running through her veins. She is a lawyer and business consultant who is company director and part owner of the Geelong-based CT Management Group. Diana became the first woman appointed president of the WRFL and the first woman to join the VFL tribunal. She was then chosen to become a director of the Geelong Football Club, a position she still holds today. Diana is also chair of the Anam Cara Geelong Foundation.



Robert Threlfall

Deputy Chair

Rob is a highly skilled executive with over 20 years senior experience in finance management, business strategy & planning, HR, governance and infrastructure funding and delivery. Rob is a CPA and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Rob recently left the Geelong Cats after 15 years and now runs his own consulting business – AQtive Business Consulting.


Colin Edmondstone

Finance Director

Colin is Finance Director of Sapphire Holdings Group Pty Ltd & Sapphire Care Pty Ltd. Colin has a Graduate Diploma of Business Studies (Accounting) & a Masters Degree in Business Administration. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accounts & Chartered member of the Taxation Institute of Australia.


Jennifer Cromarty


Jennifer is the director of strategic communication consultancy tandemVox. She has worked in public relations since 1994 and has expertise in communication planning, project management, government relations, reputation management, policy development and digital strategy.

Jennifer graduated with distinction from RMIT with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and was made a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia in 2013. She sits on the boards of Barwon Health and the Barwon Sports Academy and is also a member of the Pivot Summit Inc Committee, IPAA Vic Geelong Advisory Committee and President of Creative Geelong Inc. Jennifer is the newly appointed CEO of the Committee for Geelong (March 2019) previous to this a director of strategic communication consultancy tandemVox.


Dr Frank Scheelings


Dr Frank Scheelings is a Geelong based medical practitioner in private practice. He is a member of the Medicare Local GP Alliance- Palliative Care BSW.


Aaron Shrimpton


Aaron is a lawyer working in the areas of planning, environment and local government at Harwood Andrews. His role involves advising statutory and private clients in statutory and strategic planning matters, as well as appearing as an advocate before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. His particular areas of interest include planning agreements, heritage planning and administrative law.

Dr Sarah Leach


Dr Sarah Leach is a highly-respected and experienced leader in the health services industry. Her experience in management and consultancy in healthcare, community and welfare services has spanned over 30 years across Victoria, and particularly in the Barwon South-Western region in Victoria.

She has held senior roles in nursing, health and community sector service management and service development, health and business consultancy, and health sector education. She has also held extensive board and committee membership positions in both the health and community sectors. Currently, Sarah is a Board Director of Western Alliance, the Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre, and Active Geelong Limited

Executive Team

Kerry Dmytrenko

Kerry Dmytrenko

General Manager

Prior to being appointed General Manager Kerry was our Health Operations Manager. Kerry has been a Nurse for over 3 decades, a vast majority of these years have been spent caring for people with a life limiting illness.

Kerry trained at Geelong Hospital and has a number of Post Graduate Degrees including a Masters of Nursing – Palliative Care and Masters in Health Management. Kerry is also an endorsed Nurse Practitioner.

Barry Fagg

Campaign Chair – New Anam Cara House Geelong, Project.

Our Staff

General Manager – Kerry Dmytrenko

Community Outreach Nurses – Leonie Cairns & Marian Barley

Day Hospice Program Manager – Tessa Davis

Business Administration Manager – Vacant 

OH&S Coordinator – Sue Reyment

Volunteer Coordinators – Sue Reyment

Training Coordinator- Karen Binks

Activities Coordinator – Vacant

Financial Administration officer – Jenny Reeves

House Fundraising Coordinator  & Community Engagement – Alana Whitten

Administration – Vacant 

Housekeeping –  Brett Morris


Current December 2020

Our Volunteers

Anam Cara Geelong is reliant on a team of volunteers from all walks of life. The volunteers at Anam Cara Geelong are our GOLD.
Volunteers fulfill many roles, including assistance with guest care, general housekeeping such as laundry and cleaning, and administrative support. Full volunteer training is provided. Our next training session will be held in the Northern Suburbs of Geelong; in early 2020. Please contact us for more details.
We provide all volunteers with a 12 module training course provided over 5 weeks; it is a Palliative Care Victoria endorsed training package to equip volunteers with the necessary skills and information required for their volunteer role at Anam Cara Geelong. A Certificate of Completion is awarded to each participant. If you have skills you would be willing to share to help the Guests and Carers of Anam Cara Geelong, we would love to hear from you.

Training is funded by RACV Community Foundation & Percy Baxter Trust.

Please call us Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm on (03) 5222 5831 or email