The Board

Megan Maack (formerly Donnell), Director and CEO

Megan is the visionary CEO and founder of Childhood Dementia Initiative who is leading world-first action and awareness for all children with dementia. She pioneered the collective consideration of over 100 neglected childhood dementia conditions to improve research, healthcare and policy responses. 

Megan draws on her lived and professional experience. She is mother to 2 children with a type of childhood dementia, Sanfilippo syndrome, and the respected founder and former CEO of Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation. She also has an MBA and 15 years’ international experience as a Change Manager, Management Consultant and Project Manager.

In recognition of driving innovation, collaboration and positive change, Megan received a 2021 Pro Bono Australia Impact 25 Award and a 2022 Westpac Social Change Fellowship.

Sean Murray

Sean is the CEO and a founding director of the Mito Foundation, an organisation that supports the Australian mitochondrial disease community while driving research into mitochondrial disease to find preventions, treatments, and cures.

Sean’s background includes software development, business consulting and management, organisational change and project management.

Tiffany Boughtwood

Tiffany is the Managing Director of Australian Genomics, and manages the coordination, delivery and process evaluation of the $60 million program.

She has more than 20 years’ experience in molecular biology and research management. 

Tiffany has led accredited genomic sequencing facilities, operated academic and accredited diagnostic laboratories, collaborated internationally in neurodegenerative diseases and cancer research, and consulted in genomic implementation and project management.

Our team

Shivangi Chaturvedi, Head of Development

Shivangi brings expertise in complex partnership development and fundraising to the Childhood Development Initiative, honed through experience managing philanthropy and development teams both in the not-for-profit and corporate sectors in the UK and Australia over the last 14 years.

Kris Elvidge

Kristina Elvidge PhD, Head of Research

With more than 20 years in the research field - five of those in the childhood dementia sphere - Kristina’s expertise lies in enabling medical research organisations to invest in the best science to develop effective therapies.

Gail Hilton, Head of Programs

With 15 years’ experience in the non-profit sector both in Australia and overseas, Gail brings governance, project and people management excellence to the Childhood Dementia Initiative.

Joanne Kershaw, Care and Quality of Life

Joanne brings expertise in elevating lived experience to initiate positive change and raise awareness. She has extensive experience in community organisations and the not-for-profit sector, building inclusive and equitable networks.

Isobel Lindley, Communications Manager

Isobel is a strategic communications and marketing leader with over 17 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector lifting brand awareness, supporting programs and generating revenue. 

Brad Phillips

Brad Phillips, Fundraising Manager

Brad is a versatile digital marketing professional who brings broad expertise and skills from his 20-year career in health promotion, fundraising, and financial services.