Our team

Migraine Australia is run by our board. All our board members are volunteers who live with migraine. 


Dr Raphaella Kathryn Crosby | Founder, Campaigns Director

Raphaella Kathryn (RK) is a political consultant and researcher specialising in voter behaviour, with experience in establishing NFP and member-based organisations. 

She lives with hemiplegic migraine, migraine with brainstem aura, and migraine aura without headache. She is a super-responder to the new CGRP medications which has allowed her to recently return to consulting after a decade of being sidelined by migraine. 

RK was the chair of the organising committee and behind the original “No Aimovig, No Vote” petition that led to the creation of Migraine Australia. She has recently stepped back from running the organisation in order to focus on awareness campaigns and Migraine Awareness Month. RK currently lives on the Gold Coast with her beloved German shorthaired pointer Brynnie.


Sarah Moseley | Director of Engagement

Sarah is a graphic designer/marketing specialist. She has a background in advocacy for Autistics and their families that spans more than 15 years. Sarah has studied both graphic design/marketing and speech pathology/psychology at university. 

She lives with multiple complex chronic health issues including chronic migraine, primary immunodeficiency disease, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. Her migraine started during adolescence and became chronic more than 16 years ago during her pregnancy. Migraine remains constant in her life today. Sarah hopes that her contributions to Migraine Australia will help raise awareness, provide support, and make a difference for all Australians living with migraine.

Sarah lives in Sydney with her fiancè and teenage son. She enjoys many creative hobbies when she’s not busy, adoring her three spoiled rescue pets: Luffy, the calmest cat in the world, Spike, the lovable 55kg tank of a dog and Suko, a Wolf Hound cross - the sweetest and snuggliest little whirlwind.


Jacqueline O'Brien | Director of Advocacy and Stakeholder Relations

Jacqueline has a Bachelor of Nursing and Diploma of Health Science and enjoyed a career in healthcare, where she was able to hone her skills in advocacy and people management. Jacqueline began her Migraine Australia journey in the Research Working Group, before becoming the Director of People, and now the Director of Advocacy and Stakeholder Relations.

Jacqueline’s migraine attacks transformed into chronic and intractable migraine in her early 20s. She also lives with migraine with unilateral motor symptoms (MUMS) causing her to complete neuro rehab twice. Unfortunately, Jacqueline has not responded to current preventative treatments available in Australia but hopes one day that a treatment will be found that will enable her to return to work.

Jacqueline lives in Melbourne with her partner and her spoilt, intuitive, rescue beagle Jordie.


Usha Jenkins | Co-Chair and Assistant Treasurer

Usha attained a Bachelor of Business and worked in the banking sector before her migraine attacks made it impossible to continue employment. To date, she has not responded well to available treatment options and continues to live with frequent and debilitating migraine attacks.

Usha is our assistant treasurer, co-chairs the board and is an ambassador for Brisbane Migraine WarriorsUsha lives in Brisbane with her cat Priya.

 


Katrina Szetey | Treasurer

Katrina began volunteering with Migraine Australia in 2020 as part of the Research Working Group but levelled up to the board to become treasurer due to her 15 years of experience in small business and not-for-profit finance.

She has lived with significant migraine since 2008, but this has not stopped her undertaking a fulltime PhD in sustainability science.

In her spare time, Katrina enjoys fibre-crafting, gardening and metal music. She lives in Melbourne with her partner and their two Burmese cats; Chrissy and Salome.


Paul Gifford Davis | Director of IT and Systems

Paul Gifford Davis is a management consultant in the information technology and governance space, yet describes himself as a semi-retired farmer; currently helping to run a strawberry farm while owning a cattle property an hour north of Bundaberg. 

Paul has an undergraduate degree in mathematics and an MBA, but claims this does not mean he can add up! In his spare time, Paul likes to play with data (especially voter and demographic) and research (a shelved PhD awaits). He has two twenty-something stepsons and is custodian of two cats, two dogs, and three chickens.

Paul does not experience migraine, but his wife does. This provides him with an understanding of migraine as a carer. He joined the Migraine Australia Board to use his experience to both help Migraine Australia achieve its goals and to provide the carer perspective in the leadership team.


Kim Richards | Co-Director of Communications

Kim Richards is a content and communications strategy director and has held senior positions in the Australian and UK media for more than two decades, including experience in the health, education and business sectors.

She has a significant family history of migraine, including herself and eight immediate family members; who each experience different types of migraine. No stranger to hospital stays with her migraine-affected teenage son, she hopes her contribution to the Board of Migraine Australia will help bring greater awareness and understanding of this complex neurological disorder.

Kim lives in Sydney with her partner, three children, two stepchildren and a couple of very spoiled British Shorthairs.


Steph Farmelo | Co-Director of Communications

Steph is a communications professional, currently working in public health. Specialising in content creation, stakeholder engagement and editing (she loves getting out the red pen), Steph has experience working in a range of sectors including not-for-profit, arts and government.

Steph joined Migraine Australia to increase awareness and understanding of migraine. She has lived with migraine since 2009.

As an avid movie watcher, you’ll often find Steph at the cinema in her spare time. Or playing with her ginger cat, Scout.


Muriel Altink | Director of People

Muriel has a masters degree in business administration and management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

She is an experienced business owner and leader, and is passionate about sales and marketing, brand development and customer/stakeholder management. Muriel enjoys supporting and leading teams, and building relationships with people - whether they are clients, staff or suppliers. She enjoys driving strategic media and marketing plans to support the sales process.

At every key milestone in Muriel’s life, from studying, travelling the world, emigrating, becoming a mother, and establishing her own company, migraine has been a constant companion. 

Muriel lives in Sydney with her husband, two teenage daughters and two mini-lop bunnies; Stripey and Sizzle.


Dr Michelle Mulcahy | Director of Research 

Michelle is an intensive care doctor, with experience in both the public and private sectors. She has a Masters in Public Health and is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Michelle joined Migraine Australia as the Director of Research, aiming to combine her medical knowledge with a passion for health equality. She will coordinate migraine research in areas of need and interest.

Diagnosed with migraine retrospectively at the age of two, Michelle has recently developed migraine aura without headache. 

Michelle lives in Tasmania with her three beautiful children and very supportive husband. She doesn’t have any pets but often finds her backyard littered with kangaroos and wallabies, along with a resident echidna.


Kelli Allen | Director of Support 

Kelli started volunteering with Migraine Australia in 2020, initially to support the management of our social media channels and later as our Facebook administrator - putting to use her more than five years’ experience of running large Facebook groups. She joined the board as Director of Support in 2021.

She has a Graduate Diploma in Knowledge Management and is very passionate about social media. Her work as Director of Support involves ensuring that the Migraine Australia Facebook groups are a welcoming space, providing accurate and safe advice to members, as well as coordinating our Ambassador program.

Kelli has experienced migraine since she was a teenager. She lives with her husband and energetic seven-year-old daughter.


Want to join the team? Read more and see how to apply here.

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