Michelle Sharkey O.A.M – Chief Executive Officer

Michelle has been the Chief Executive Officer for the Stroke Recovery Association since 1997. She has over 30 years’ experience as a Social Worker in NSW. Her main area of experience is in the area of Community Development and Health. Michelle has worked in Commonwealth, State and Local government agencies as well as the Non-Government sector.

In 2011, Michelle was honoured for her work in Stroke with the Order of Australia Medal. Michelle is very passionate about people’s ability to recover and live a good quality of life after Stroke. She is a strong advocate for people’s ability to live in the community and their own home for as long as possible and she has an extensive knowledge of the services available to assist the individual and their families to achieve this.

Rachel FieldOffice and Communications Manager

Rachel began working at the Stroke Recovery Association in early 2018, taking on the role of Office and Communications Manager. Rachel has a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology and one day hopes to be able to work with people who have experienced Stroke and assist in their recovery.

Maria Nguyen – Stroke Project Officer

Maria joined the Association in early 2022 as the Stroke Project Officer. She has a Bachelor of Humanitarian and Community Development, with focus on human rights and peace. Previously, she has worked in the education sector for young people, child protection and human rights.

Lani Cutuli – Community Liaison Officer

Lani joined the Association in 2022 as the Community Liaison Officer. She has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science and is studying for a Masters of Public International Diplomacy at Macquarie University. Prior to joining the Stroke Recovery Association, she worked primarily in the fields of community development and advocacy.

Carolyn Armstrong – Administrative Assistant

Carolyn joined the Stroke Recovery Association in the role of Administrative Assistant in 2021, and has since become a very valued member of the team. She comes from a finance background and is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science which she hopes to use to pursue a career in mental health research.

Cheryl Smith – Financial Manager

Cheryl has been working at the Stroke Recovery Association since 1992 in the role of Financial Manager.