Key staff

Contact details

Telephone: (03) 9877 1300
Fax: (03) 9877 1922
Email: click here
Address: 137 Blackburn Road Blackburn Victoria 3130

Taralye’s staff are dedicated to providing the very best services to hearing impaired children and their families

Taralye has a transdisciplinary staff team, including audiologists, early childhood educators, inclusion aides, librarians, psychologists, social workers, speech pathologists, teachers of the deaf and medical consultants – Ear, Nose and Throat.

Our management team is dedicated to driving innovation and achievement by working with their teams to deliver the very best services to families.

Chief Executive Officer: Therese Kelly
Chief Financial Officer: Noel Cousins
Director, Kindergarten and Early Learning Program: Deborah Exton
Director, Audiology and Otology Services: Judy Rogers
Development Manager: Kevin Gray

Therese Kelly - Chief Executive Officer

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) DipAud, MAud SA (CCP), AAICD

I have worked within the deafness field since graduating from university.  My family moved throughout Australia during my early career days and this gave me a variety of opportunities to learn from others working within a variety of rural, regional and metropolitan based organisations including hospitals, universities, Northern Territory Health, the National Acoustic Laboratories and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.  

I commenced employment as an audiologist in Taralye’s Audiology and Otology Clinic in April 1999.  At that time Taralye was starting to promote “out of regular hours’ appointments and I was employed specifically to work on Saturdays. I was appointed as CEO in July 2004.

My goal is to work closely with Board and staff in our commitment to facilitate Taralye’s vision and mission. 
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Noel Cousins - Chief Financial Officer

Qualifications: BBus MBus

I commenced my role at Taralye in 1996 following a managerial business role in the Specialist Surgery Clinical Business Unit at The Royal Melbourne Hospital.  I saw the prospect of joining Taralye as an opportunity for me to be part of a highly experienced and committed team of professionals who are making an enormous difference in the lives of children with a hearing loss and their families.

My working life has covered a number of rewarding and diverse roles spanning government, music and entertainment, professional private practice, public health and more recently disability.  In 1999 I was fortunate to be involved in developing an important partnership between Taralye and The Royal Victorian Eye and Eye Hospital through the establishment of a spoke service of the hospital at Blackburn.  This initiative provides significant benefits for children with a hearing loss. I have also been fortunate to be part of a team at Taralye involved in the ongoing development of a range of high calibre services for children with a hearing loss and their families.

I strive to keep Taralye financially viable, relevant  and a continuing centre of excellence and support for all deaf children.
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Deborah Exton – Director, Kindergarten and Early Learning Program

Qualifications: Diploma in Teaching Early Childhood Development (IECD)

Spending a day at Taralye as a prerequisite to going to university set a goal for me to work with hearing impaired children. I was thrilled to be asked years later to apply for a position as a kindergarten teacher at Taralye and delighted when I was offered the position. I have now been here for eight years and have worked as the Director for the past four years.

I have now worked in the early childhood field for 30 years. Before starting at Taralye, I worked at Tarralla Kindergarten in East Ringwood, Terrara Preschool in Vermont South and Templeton Orchards Pre School in Wantirna South.

My main aim at Taralye is to have all children and families develop a sense of belonging to our community and develop all children to feel confident and empowered ready for their next stage in life. In order for this to be achieved I feel that it is invaluable for the kindergarten team and the early intervention team to work closely with one another.
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Judy Rogers – Director, Audiology and Otology Services

Qualifications: BA, DipAud, MAudSA, CCP

I qualified from University of Melbourne as an audiologist in 1976 and worked in the audiology clinic at RCH as a paediatric audiologist full-time until 1981 and then part time until 1983. I was then employed by the Victorian Health Department, which ran the audiology clinic at Taralye until 1997 when funding was withdrawn and the clinic closed. I was then employed by Taralye to work in the clinic later that year and have been here ever since.

In 1998, I introduced and coordinated Taralye’s Outreach Hearing Program which provided hearing tests in kindergartens and child care centres. This well regarded program is ongoing with philanthropic funding. I have provided clinical supervision for Melbourne University’s audiology students and community education on the need for early diagnosis of hearing loss.

In 2005, I was appointed Director, Audiology and Otology Services and I hope to continue contributing to Taralye’s mission by promoting and achieving early diagnosis of hearing loss and thus contributing to our reputation as a leading early intervention service.
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Kevin Gray - Development Manager

Qualifications: CA, FCIS, B.Ec (Hons)

I have been working at Taralye since 2009 and was attracted to work here by the type of work Taralye does, its people and genuine commitment to families.

After career formation at Coopers & Lybrand (antecedent firm of PwC), I spent 30 years at World Vision, mostly as CFO, where the annual income grew from $4million to $400 million in that time. Since coming to Taralye, I have revived Race Day, helped take Loud Shirt Day onto the national stage, developed major donors and built Taralye's brand recognition.

My goal is to double our annual fundraising in the next five years.

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