Our People

Mary MacKillop Today is an organisation that is about people; the achievement of our mission is dependent on the dedication, engagement and contribution of many people, including our partners, supporters, volunteers, Board of Directors and of course — our staff.

All these people are part of a dedicated movement to continue the legacy of Mary MacKillop and to “Find happiness in making others happy” (Mary MacKillop 1889).

Our key staff are:

Kirsty Robertson

Kirsty and children Jan 2018Kirsty Robertson was the CEO of Mary MacKillop International for four years before taking up the role of CEO of Mary MacKillop Today. Prior to joining Mary MacKillop Kirsty lived, worked and travelled in over 40 countries including Ethiopia, Nepal and Brazil and has spent the past two decades working in the field of International Aid and Development for various NGOs.  Kirsty is an anthropologist with an avid interest in maintaining indigenous cultures while empowering communities through education.


Alipio Baltazar

Alipio Baltazar is Mary MacKillop Today’s Timor-Leste Country Director, and currently manages a team of over 32 national staff at our office in Dili. Alipio has a Bachelor degree in education from the National University of Timor Lorosae (UNTL), a Diploma of Transitional Justice in Cape Town University of South Africa and a Masters of Business Administration from the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok. Prior to joining MMI, Alipio worked across numerous organisations in Timor-Leste including at the Asian Development Bank, the Indonesia/Timor-Leste government of Commission Truth and Friendship and the Asia Foundation. Alipio is a passionate advocate for social justice and is committed to achieving sustainable development outcomes through accountable business operations.

Emma Dawson

Emma Dawson is the Programs Group Leader for Mary MacKillop Today managing our team in Timor-Leste, our microfinance team and our Indigenous Scholarships program. Before taking on this role Emma was for four years the International Programs Coordinator at Mary MacKillop International.  Prior to starting work at Mary MacKillop, Emma spent over two years living in Timor-Leste, where she worked at a local peace-building NGO implementing community development projects.  Emma is passionate about the use of creative arts, such as music and drama, as a tool for both education and trauma-healing.

Sophie Jenkins

Sophie Jenkins is the Partnerships and Programs Group Leader for Mary MacKillop Today managing our partnerships in PNG, Peru, Fiji and throughout Australia. Sophie also oversee our compliance with the ACFID Code of Conduct and our organisations committment to ongoing learning and innovation. Prior to taking on this role Sophie was Mary MacKillop International’s Project Officer. Having attended a Josephite high school, Sophie has always admired and respected the work of the Sisters of Saint Joseph in providing education and support to those most in need. These years shaped Sophie’s passion for social justice, and contributed to her desire to pursue studies and a career in international development.

Emily PicEmily Hickman

Emily has worked in the not for profit sector for over 10 years helping people to connect to the causes they are passionate about. As Supporter Relations Group Leader, Emily is responsible for growing and sustaining strong partnerships to ensure the inspiring work of Mary MacKillop Today both in Australia and beyond is able to continue to transform lives.

Gina Bradley

Gina Bradley EthicaGina Bradley has been working with ethica for Mary MacKillop International, now Mary MacKillop Today, for nearly a decade. ethica specialises in quality fair trade products ethically made in Peru and Gina is the National Sales Manager. She is passionate about helping women by giving them the opportunity to earn a fair income and strongly believes in empowering them through education and skills. Gina was born in Mexico, and lived overseas for many years before settling in Australia. While managing her own import business before taking up the role with ethica, she was also president of the Mexican Cultural Fund. Gina is committed to the preservation of cultural richness and its promotion through music, dance and crafts and this has always been core to her work.

Anita van Dartel

Anita van Dartel is the Microfinance Team Leader based remotely in our Bathurst office. She is responsible for leading our Financial Inclusions team across Bathurst, Young, Orange, Lithgow, and Cowra, supporting low income earners to move away from financial hardship towards stability and more meaningful economic participation. She is passionate about helping others to break out of the cycle of poverty and enhance their self-worth. Anita has worked for the Catholic Development Fund and as a Branch Manager of the Local Credit Union. She also has a Certificate IV in Accounting – Bas Agent.