Executive Management Team
Philip commenced as CEO in February 2015. Philip has worked predominately in non government organisations. He has 16 years experience as a CEO and Senior Executive in the Aged Care and Community Health sectors. Philip started his career as a town planner and worked in the field for 10 years. Additionally Philip worked as a ministerial advisor for 5 years.
Philip also has extensive experience in policy development particularly in health but also in housing and education.
Philip has been a board member of Western Health and on the Council of Box Hill TAFE.
Philips areas of expertise include:
Building and developing teams
Driving strategic intent
Developing operational plans
Developing funding frameworks
Working with local communities to achieve agreed outcomes.
Philip’s vision for Link Health and Community is to share power and control and become a person centred service, that has a clear and shared agenda for improving health and well being, to work more collaboratively with other organisations and to build a solid foundation for the future, particularly in these difficult financial times.
Dr Felicia Valianatos
Dr Felicia Valianatos is the General Manager of Oral Wellbeing. Felicia was appointed in 2002.
Felicia is responsible for providing leadership management and direction to ensure that Link Health and Community Oral Health Service delivers an integrated client focused dental program to eligible clients. She is also responsible for clinical dental services, supervision of dentists, dental nurses and associated staff.
Her qualifications include DMD, Bucharest 2005; Advanced General Dentistry Certificate, Bucharest 2007; ADC Certificate - Melbourne 2000.
Felicia is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and a Fellow of the International College of Dentists.
She is a member of the Australian Dental Association and holds a position as a Honorary Clinical Lecturer with the Melbourne University Dental School.
Felicia is appointed as a Professional Standards Panellist with the Dental Board of Australia, an examiner for International Dental Graduates with the Australian Dental Council and an examiner for the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons.
Prior to joining Link Health and Community Felicia worked on a variety of Private and Public agencies and the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne.
Carmel Fox is the General Manager of Mental Wellbeing and Volunteers at Link Health and Community. Carmel has specialist post-graduate qualifications in education, alcohol and other drugs as well as family therapy.
Carmel is responsible for managing the suite of counselling services at Link Health and Community, which includes addiction recovery, family services, family violence services, gambling prevention, specialist Chinese language counselling responses, community counselling responses and specialist targeted programs to assist with mental health outcomes.
The vibrant volunteer services also come under this portfolio. Link Health and Community has over 135 active volunteers who assist in a wide range of support services for the organisation. Our volunteers provide program and driving support, administration assistance, visiting and companionship to aged and disabled people, companion animal support as well as specialist knowledge and skills to assist the organisation obtain great outcomes for the community.
Carmel has been at Link Health and Community since 2000 and been a part of many and varied organisational and program developments.
Geoff Wakefield (B Econ. CPA) commenced at Link Health and Community in 2001 and is currently the General Manager of Organisational Wellbeing.
Geoff has responsibility for finance and support services at Link Health and Community through a ranging from financial planning, monitoring and reporting, Information Technology & Information Management services and performance reporting and analysis, as well as general administration, fleet and infrastructure.
Geoff is also responsible for providing leadership and management to the Access and Coordination Team ensuring integrated client access and coordination services to all our clients. As part of the strategic brief Geoff oversees the newly created roles in marketing and social media communication.
Geoff is the Chief Financial Officer, Company Secretary and Privacy Officer. He has a Bachelor of Economics majoring in Financial Management and is also a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA).
Prior to joining Link Health and Community Geoff was the Corporate Services Director at Kilmore and District Hospital and spent sixteen years across a wide range of roles in the Superannuation and Investments Industry with AXA.
Geoff is past Treasurer with the New Life Program Inc.
Van Ta Placidi
Van is the General Manager of Physical Wellbeing & Health Promotion and joined Link Health and Community in February 2015. Van spent the past 20 years working across the health and aged care sectors in Australia and overseas.
Prior to joining Link Health and Community, Van held a number of senior positions in not-for profit organisations.
As General Manager of Primary Care at Link Health and Community, Van brings significant experience building an integrated approach to service delivery, and is particularly interested in the areas of customer experience and innovative programs. She has executive responsibility for leadership, management and strategic development of Primary Care services including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, podiatry, dietetics, and nursing.
In addition to holding a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Van has also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management.