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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

Michelle Olofsson

Digital Marketing and Fundraising Manager

Following a desire to work for purpose, Michelle has been engaged in the non-profit sector for over eight years, connecting important causes with active supporters.

Michelle is grateful to have worked with many wonderful charitable organisations, in various marketing and communications roles, having championed for the support of veteran’s families at Legacy, and promoted the saving of lives through first aid, at St John Ambulance Australia NSW.

Her most recent appointment was in the marketing team at the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation in British Columbia, Canada, working across the corporate and community giving portfolio on local and national fundraising campaigns, to increase research and equipment funding.

Michelle is particularly interested in working in the areas of health, wellbeing and medical research and is looking forward to advocating for the NF community for greater recognition of and funding for the condition.

Her qualifications in marketing, experience in brand building and knowledge of fundraising will allow her to enhance the profile of the Children’s Tumour Foundation.

Email: michelle.olofsson@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


Imelda Zubrycki

National Support Co-ordinator

Imelda has recently joined our Support Services Team and comes with 20 years experience in the health care industry and 16 years as a Registered Nurse.

From 2006 to 2016 Imelda worked at @westmeadkids, a job which she absolutely loved as she was able to work alongside not just children, but their parents and extended family as well. She feels she learnt a lot in her time at the Children's Hospital from a clinical and non-clinical perspective.

She has a deep respect for the resilience, determination and carefree way that children live their lives, no matter the circumstance and hopes to be able to bring a little piece of this optimism to her role at the Children's Tumour Foundation. 

She has also worked in a school environment as a nurse, working with children from age of 4-18 years. This role was incredibly varied as she was responsible for supporting students with physical ailments, as well as complex social and mental health issues which often required intervention from school psychologists. Imelda has a Diploma in Counselling and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, which she has applied to teach nursing at Castle Hill Tafe.

She is passionate about promoting holistic care, including psychological, emotional and physical wellbeing and is thrilled to have the opportunity to be working alongside the NF community - to advocate for and learn from them.  

Email: imelda.zubrycki@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