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Children's Tumour Foundation of Australia

Our People

While the Children's Tumour Foundation (CTF) has significant community reach and remains the only national charity in Australia supporting those living with NF, we are staffed by a small team of six, who all work part-time.  By having a small, agile and cross-skilled team, we ensure funds are invested where they are needed most.




Chief Executive Officer

Leanne has over 20 years of leadership and fundraising experience in the for-purpose sector and is also a mentor and tutor with the Fundraising Institute Australia. She is driven to deliver on the Children’s Tumour Foundation’s objectives to increase awareness, education, support and research for Neurofibromatosis.

In 2022, Leanne was named a Fellow of the Fundraising Institute of Australia in recognition of distinguished service and contribution to the fundraising profession.

Email: leanne.dib@ctf.org.au

OUR marketing & fundraising TEAM


Renee Anschau 

Head of Marketing and Fundraising 

Renee is an experienced marketer and confident campaigner with over 15 years of experience in media, marketing, fundraising, event management and digital communications. She has a passion for purpose-driven projects, people and brands that challenge you to think about the world differently. 

She has spent the past 5 years using those skills to protect and support some of the most vulnerable and is now completely focussed on improving the lives of those living with NF in Australia. 

Renee is responsible for the brand health of the organisation, growing corporate and community revenue, as well as overseeing the marketing and communications portfolio. As a mother herself, she empathises deeply with the families wrestling with the implications of such a devastating condition.

She believes that when we know better, we do better and wants to use her time and expertise to elevate the Children’s Tumour Foundation from a little-known charity to a highly recognised and respected national brand. A brand the NF community can be proud of. 

Email: renee.anschau@ctf.org.au

Donna-Jayne Samofal

Marketing and Communications Manager

Hailing from Adelaide, Donna has a long history working with not for profits across Australia particularly in the areas of marketing and communications, but certainly understands that when you work for a charity you wear many hats.

Before commencing with the CTF Donna ran her own Public Relations Consultancy for over 10 years working specifically with charitable and community focused organisations across Australia. She has sat on various committees including the Mother's Day Classic event committee and was chair for the Royal Society for the Blind's 125th Anniversary Celebration.

Before her own consultancy, Donna can also boast working for The Animal Welfare League and Guide Dogs Australia.

Some of the proudest moments in her career include helping launch a world first pink fire truck for breast cancer awareness and managing media relations for a royal visit in QLD in conjunction with Buckingham Palace.

Donna is most excited about sharing people's stories and loves a good chat.

Email: donna.samofal@ctf.org.au

OUR support TEAM

Sara Buchanan

Head of Support Services

Sara has over 16 years clinical experience working as an Occupational Therapist in not-for-profit organisations, hospitals and community out-patient clinics.

Sara has worked primarily with children, young people and families experiencing both chronic health conditions as well as moderate to severe mental illness.

Sara is passionate about supporting people to reach their full potential and achieve the goals that are most important to them.

Sara is thrilled to be a part of the Children’s Tumour Foundation and the opportunity to offer her strong skill set to the NF community.

Email: sara.buchanan@ctf.org.au


Natalie McCloughan

National Support Co-ordinator

Natalie joined the Children’s Tumour Foundation after completing her Master of Genetic Counselling and is currently the longest serving member of the team. She has spent the past five years working towards establishing better support and services for the NF community and empathises deeply with the families she meets.  

As a mum to a toddler, that empathy has only intensified, making her an invaluable and incredibly knowledgeable member of the support team.

Nat previously worked in a dual role working as VIC/TAS Support Coordinator for the CTF and the Clinic Co-ordinator at Royal Children’s Hospital clinic. In 2021 Nat was made a full time member of the CTF support team. 

Email: natalie.mccloughan@ctf.org.au


Ruth Lindsay

National Support Co-ordinator

Ruth is an experienced case management and community development professional. She has lived in London and Amsterdam and was previously the editor of a leading airline magazine. After having her son in Amsterdam she moved back to Sydney and continued her freelance magazine career; however, when her youngest child started school she knew it was time to make a change and follow her dream of studying social work.  

Before starting as the CTF’s Support Coordinator, Ruth worked at an organisation that supported homeless women and children and as community development coordinator. She’s a trained parenting group facilitator and is passionate about connecting people, creating communities and encouraging people to tell their stories. Her hope is that every person with NF feels empowered and able to have their voice heard. 

Email: ruth.lindsay@ctf.org.au


Meredith Fannelli

National Support Co-ordinator

Meredith graduated from Sydney University as a Speech Pathologist in 1994 and commenced working in acute adult services at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, specialising in Head and Neck Cancer and Brain Injury. After her return to Sydney, she worked at several large teaching hospitals while simultaneously completing a Masters of Health Administration at UNSW. 

She then transferred to the Community Health sector and managed Frail Aged and Dementia Specific Day Care Centers, Carer Respite Services and Complex Community Case Management Services.  

After the birth of her two children, she transitioned to private enterprise, partnering with her husband in their own engineering business. Following the sale of the company in 2019, Meredith was able to reassess her options and decided to return to a focus of helping others in the community. She became one of our Support Service Coordinators, while also leaving room for her passion projects - volunteering for animal charities (Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and Cat Protection Society). 

The Support Services Coordinator role enables her to utilise her skills and experience in patient/client advocacy, service development and health professional education and training.  She readily admits that she had not previously heard of Neurofibromatosis, but has made it a mission to learn and research the condition and to raise awareness, particularly amongst medical and health professionals. 

Email: Meredith.fannelli@ctf.org.au