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.

Cheryl Smith – Financial Manager

Cheryl has been working at the Stroke Recovery Association since 1992.

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. She is currently studying 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.

Jeani Maia – Stroke Project Officer

Jeani’s career in the Community sector started in 2008 and over the years has served in various roles within the mental health psychosocial rehabilitation sector and charitable organisations such as Wesley Mission, Calvary Mater Emergency Department, for a large regional Aged care services provider and most recently in Disability and IT Software.

On a personal note, Jeani’s understanding of Stroke began when she was about 13 years old, when her “adopted” Grandpa experienced Stroke. He lived with Aphasia and never let it get in his way. His strength and courage through his health and life challenges were always an inspiration way back then.

Carolyn Armstrong – Administrative Assistant

Carolyn has recently joined the Stroke Recovery Association in the role of Administrative Assistant. 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.