She has a special interest in policy development in Aged Care and Palliative Care and has served on numerous national committees and advisory boards.
As a Director on a number of Boards including Foodbank Queensland, she has a keen interest in implementing best-practice corporate governance in the not-for-profit sector.
Catherine is also the Director and Founder of Mickel Consulting, a government and community relations consultancy specialising in the health and welfare sectors and KelKel Global Education and Training, a training company specialising in Leadership Development in emerging Asian economies.
(BBus., FLGMA, FAICD)
Ian achieved an accomplished career in Local Government in Queensland serving rural and regional communities over forty years. He has gained broad experience in CEO/Executive and Board related roles and in voluntary positions on community organisations. He has developed skills in administration and communication through change management and government reform, interpersonal relations and political interfaces, significant natural disaster events and community development initiatives, and customer and community interactions. His passion for local government and for the local community continues in retirement as he pursues part-time consultancy projects and volunteer community service interests.
Ian has been an avid supporter of Karuna and its services since he became a client for the in-home palliative care of his wife Megan who was a terminally ill cancer patient. He has volunteered as a Board member to be of service to Karuna and to give back to the community it serves in memory of Megan.
Ian hopes that his diverse background together with his client perspective offers a useful contribution to the Board and looks forward to working with the Karuna team to enable its full potential to be reached into the future.
With qualifications in Interactive and Visual Design, Information Technology and Marketing, Tracey has overseen the media and communications, brand management and public presence activities of a number of innovative organisations including personalised healthcare, information technology, sports and industrial technologies.
Whilst running Bespoke Interactive, her digital communications company for over 13 years, Tracey is also a published author and has and has written courses, lectured and managed undergraduate and post-graduate courses at QUT in Brisbane for a number of years. Tracey is also actively involved with a number of startup organisations and companies and supports mentoring early career programs for students.
Ven Lozang Rigsal
Venerable Lozang Rigsal studied the Buddhist Studies Program at Chenrezig Institute for five years and was involved in the Cittamani Hospice since its inception in the role of counsellor.
Rigsal spent a further two years at Dorje Chang Centre in New Zealand, was Spiritual Program Coordinator at Tara Institute in Melbourne and most recently provided spiritual care at Karuna until 2015.
LLB (Hons), MBA, B.Comm, B.Sc
Along with Venerable Rigsal, Tom volunteers as a member of our Board Subcommittee that oversees the spiritual care program at Karuna – a key element of our holistic palliative care service. Tom was introduced to the Buddhist teachings of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the spiritual head of FPMT, on a visit to Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu. A journey which brought him eventually to us at Karuna.
Phil specializes in strategic and business planning, business transformation, program & project management, procurement & supply chain. He has worked for many of Australia’s largest companies in mining & resources, manufacturing, utilities, finance, professional services and at all levels of government across Australia and the Pacific. Phil is a Buddhist dedicated to serving Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
Dr Michael Bolton
(AM, MBBS, FAChPM, FAChAM)
Michael is a medical practitioner with over 50 years’ experience. He has worked clinically in rural general practice, in alcohol and drug dependence services, and in palliative care since 1995. He has also held a number of administrative positions with Queensland Health, such as the Director of Alcohol and Drug Dependence Services, Director of the Rural Health Policy Unit, and Assistant Regional Director (Community and Clinical Services), Brisbane North Regional Health Authority. In this last role, he was involved in the discussions which resulted in the provision of the initial funding support to Karuna by Queensland Health, and its housing at its present location on the “Rosemount Campus”.
In 1991, Michael was awarded Membership of the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to public health, particularly in the field of alcohol and drug Dependence.
Michael has worked extensively in a wide range of clinical services in palliative medicine in Australia and New Zealand for more than 22 years. He has had a long-term association with Karuna and, in particular, has been assisting with teaching and clinical supervision since mid-2015.