Our Board Members

Chairman

Mr Tharren Kingston-Lee GAICD

Rise Above Secretary

Tharren Kingston-Lee is an Air Force Officer with over 23 years of service. He spent some time out of uniform, working as a management consultant and delivering the Digital Enterprise Program for the Canberra Business Council. He also ran a small company in the construction sector before accepting a role in uniform to lead the Air Force Public Affairs squadron. Tharren holds a Masters of Management in HR and a Masters of Arts in Strategy, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Tharren joined Rise Above shortly after losing his Mother to lung cancer in September 2017 – his first close relative he lost to cancer. Being an organisation focused on directly supporting patients and their families suffering the ravages of cancer, joining Rise Above provides an avenue for Tharren to help mitigate some of the stresses experienced when suffering this disease. Tharren lives in Karabar with his wife and daughter.


President 

Ms Susan McCann

Sue McCann

Sue McCann has been a volunteer and a patient administrator with Rise Above for a year. During her working life, she spent 37 years working in the Department of Defence in Canberra. Her time in the public service was as a program/project director in the delivery of IT capability for Defence in Australia and other countries.

Personally, Sue has spent a number of years caring for her parents, and providing support to her late father during his battle with cancer, along with the ongoing care of her mother dealing with dementia. As President, Sue will assist the president in leading the members and volunteers and hopes to apply her experience in working to maximise the number of volunteers at Rise Above fundraising events.


Vice-President

Ms Di Hodge

Di Hodge

Di has been a member of Rise Above (ACT Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group) since 2016. She is now semi-retired and has more time to contribute to the important work done by this organisation. Di currently works part-time for Care Financial Counselling Service, a not-for-profit organisation, where she helps people in financial crisis and work towards the vision of financial fairness for all.

Di held several leadership roles in the Australian Public Service with the most challenging being as a Government Business Manager living and working in communities on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in the far north-west of South Australia. As a survivor of breast cancer, Di is very aware of the financial strain experienced by cancer patients and is committed to working with and supporting Rise Above to raise funds to continue financially assist cancer patients.


Secretary

Ms Kim Stonham

Kim Stonham has been a volunteer with Rise Above since 2015. After a short period of leave to live in WA, she returned in 2019 even more committed to helping the organisation. After researching various cancer support groups in the region she felt the assistance Rise Above provides people with cancer and their families was practical and life changing. Having had cancer at 21 and losing both parents to cancer within the following ten years, she is personally aware of how difficult the journey is for patients and their families.

Kim has always had a passion for community service work. During her working career she was part of two community service programs which received Order of Australia awards. Joining the Board gives Kim the opportunity to make a difference and encourage others to volunteer.


Treasurer

Ms Lisa Rosetta GAICD

Lisa is an experienced Manager, Executive and business professional who grew up in the snowy mountains area. Lisa is a certified company director through Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders.

Lisa has worked within various industries including medical, architectural, construction, engineering, IT and manufacturing environments. Lisa has gained significant experience working for various small to medium sized enterprises and corporate entities, that can be adapted and used within any organisation.


Director

Mr Thomas Scicluna

Rise Above Director - Tom

Tom Scicluna is a true local, born and raised in Canberra. In his role as Director of Datacom Systems, he oversees IT management for several Federal Government Departments with a team of 300 staff in the capital region. He was introduced to Rise Above in 2011 when his wife successfully navigated the horrors of breast cancer.

Tom has been a close supporter of Rise Above since and was appointed to the board in 2017. He has studied at the University of New England, Macquarie Graduate School of Management and Stanford Graduate School of Business. Tom’s a keen golfer and ice hockey player. He takes every other opportunity to holiday with his Wife, Daughter and Son.


Director

Damita Phillips

Damita is a Change and Communications Manager contracted to a Government agency on an ICT Program. She also has an extensive background as a senior Human Resources Professional, a Workplace and Executive Coach and she also holds an MBA from QUT Graduate School of Business.

She was first introduced to Rise Above in 2018 and was appointed to the board in 2020. Having had a first-hand experience to the horrors of a traumatic health journey, Damita wanted to give back in a direct way to those that need help in our community – with her professional skills and experience.


Director

Mr Darren Menachemson GAICD

Darren Rise Above

An experienced senior executive and non-executive director, Darren works with Governments, inter-governmental organisations, NGOs and responsible industries to co-create policy, programs, and shared value initiatives. Darren’s focus is on health, environmental management, biosecurity, education, international development and digital government.

Darren is a Global Partner in the leading public design company ThinkPlace, and serves as its Head of Digital Societies and its Chief Ethicist. He is also a non-executive director for ThinkAction, a Johns Hopkins University partner delivering innovative programmatic and human-centered design in developing countries around the world, under USAID’s Breakthrough Action program, and is co-founder and Chief Impact Officer of The Ed Institute, which delivers breakthrough, multi-award-winning education curricula around the world. Darren spent a decade in a range of leadership roles in the Australian public service. He holds a Masters of Design Futures with RMIT.


Director

Mrs Allannah McKay FANZCA

Allannah McKay is a qualified Anaesthetist with over 15 years’ experience in clinical medicine. She is the founder and director of Magpie Administration Pty Ltd, a company that manages a private surgical practice in Canberra.

Originally from New Zealand, Allannah and her family underwent their own cancer battle when her father died from prostate cancer in 2017. Allannah’s motivation to join Rise Above stemmed from realizing what a difference care and practical support can make to families during a most difficult time. Allannah has an interest in medical law and she is currently working towards a law degree at the Australian National University.


Director

Mr Josh Williams


Director

Ms Leeona McCann

Leeona McCann joined Rise Above as a volunteer in 2020. She has lived in Canberra for the past 48 years and during her working life, spent 35 years working for both the Dept of Defence where she managed ADF conditions of service and the ACT Education Directorate, where she held teaching and executive educator leadership roles specialising in school system-wide change management.

Leeona has been personally affected and understands the impact of cancer having lost her father to cancer in 2015 as well as close friends in recent years. 

Leeona looks forward to using her skillset and knowledge to help raise community awareness around the important role and support services Rise Above offer cancer patients and their families.

Personally, Leeona has recently retired and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys walks around the lake, tries to get to the beach as often as possible and loves a good coffee.