The Reily Foundation

Practical support, education and advocacy for parents navigating the Child Protection System 

The Reily Foundation Team

Meet the extraordinary individuals behind The Reily Foundation, who bring diverse talents and passion that drive our collective mission to deliver exceptional solutions for parents navigating the child protection system.

Nadia Bergineti, CEO

Nadia has a Bachelor of Psychological Science and Masters of Social Work, University of South Australia and is a dedicated advocate and compassionate leader in the field of child protection. With over 9 years of experience in advocacy and therapeutic support, Nadia has emerged as a trusted and influential voice in the industry and as the CEO and Co-Founder of the Reily Foundation, she has played a pivotal role in transforming the lives of countless individuals and families.

Nadia’s journey has a profound passion for helping others navigate the often complex and challenging child protection system. Motivated by a deep sense of empathy and a drive for positive change, she is on a mission to create a lasting impact and empower individuals and families to overcome adversity.

The Reily Foundation has become a place of hope and support for those involved in the child protection system. Through unwavering dedication and commitment to advocacy, Nadia has successfully developed innovative programs and initiatives that address the unique needs of individuals and families, ensuring their voices are heard and their rights are protected.

Nadia’s expertise extends beyond advocacy and support, as she is also a co-contributor of the “Showing Up for your Kids” workshop series which is exclusively delivered by The Reily Foundation. Through this workshop, parents are provided with practical support enabling them to build parenting capacity and stronger connections with their children as well as work one on one with parents to identify and overcome barriers that hinder their ability to care for their children.

With her remarkable ability to inspire and lead by example, Nadia has cultivated a strong network of professionals, volunteers, and community members who share her vision and are dedicated to the mission of the Reily Foundation. Her inclusive and collaborative approach has fostered partnerships with various stakeholders, including government agencies, not-for-profits, and educational institutions, driving collective efforts towards positive systemic change.

As Nadia continues to champion the rights and well-being of those navigating the child protection system and her tireless advocacy and unwavering commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable individuals and families have become cornerstones in the ongoing pursuit of creating a safer future for vulnerable children and their families.

Connect with Nadia here.

Breony Carbines, Executive Officer & Workshop Facilitator 

Breony has a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Australian Studies, through The University of Melbourne. Breony has been involved in diverse projects, both professionally and in a volunteer capacity working in metro and regional South Australia to help capture and raise the voices of people impacted by government social policy.

Breony has extensive experience facilitating and being part of advisory groups and governance committees, bringing creativity, accountability and commitment to all members sharing their own stories and expertise, as well as people working collaboratively to reach common goals and outcomes.   

Breony has successfully led service teams working across early childhood, family support, youth justice, early intervention, child protection and homelessness. In her part-time role with the Reily Foundation, Breony will bring her passion for people with lived experience of the child protection system having their voices heard, by supporting the Lived Experience Network in its function to advise the Minister and Department for Child Protection.   

Connect with Breony here.

Naomi Schwarz, Social Worker

Naomi Schwarz is a dedicated social worker with a strong passion for supporting families and promoting optimal functioning within them and holds a Bachelor of Social Work from The University of South Australia.

Throughout her spanning over 30 years, Naomi has worked in various positions, each contributing to her broad understanding of family dynamics and child development. She served in child protection where she actively advocated for the safety and well-being of vulnerable children. Naomi has also engaged in parent education initiatives, providing valuable guidance and resources to parents to enhance their parenting skills and create a nurturing environment for their children. 

Naomi has participated in overseas missions, gaining a global perspective on social issues and enriching her cultural competence and has extensive experience addressing the critical issue of domestic violence. She has dedicated her efforts to supporting survivors and raising awareness about this pervasive problem within society. Her empathetic nature, coupled with her expertise, allows her to provide compassionate counselling to those affected by domestic violence, helping them navigate the healing process.  

In her part-time position at the Reily Foundation, Naomi serves as a therapeutic counsellor, empowering parents with practical tools, information and strategies. Naomi provides a safe and supportive space for clients to explore their emotions, start to heal from the trauma and develop resilience. 

Naomi Schwarz is a dedicated and compassionate social worker who has made it her mission to promote the well-being of families, empower parents, and ensure that children grow up feeling loved and secure. Her diverse experiences, extensive knowledge, and commitment to making a positive difference make her an invaluable asset to the field of social work. 

 

Tabatha Broxholme, Creator of Showing up for your Kids workshop

Tabatha Broxholme is a dedicated Project Coordinator with a deep passion for improving the lives of children and families. She holds a Masters in Disability from Flinders University and will soon complete Honours in Psychology at Adelaide University, which has equipped her with a solid foundation in understanding the complexities of human behaviour and the challenges faced by individuals with a variety of challenges. 

As a registered TBRI consultant (Trust Based Relational Intervention), Tabatha has dedicated a significant portion of her career to making a positive impact in East Asia. Here, she successfully led a diverse team of local and expatriate workers in a collaborative effort to tackle child abandonment in their province. With her team, Tabatha established and managed innovative programs in partnership with hospitals, early education centres, and their own community centres. These programs focused on empowering parents raising children with disabilities and providing support to children who had been abandoned. 

Tabatha firmly believes in child-focused, parent-empowered, evidence-based approaches that foster healthy attachment and yield practical and effective outcomes. Her work reflects her commitment to utilizing research and evidence to inform best practices in the field. 

 Currently, Tabatha works part-time with Reily.  In her role, she collaborates with the team to design and facilitate workshops based on the real-life experiences of clients, identifying gaps in knowledge, understanding, and capacity. Additionally, Tabatha contributes to research efforts aimed at guiding Reily’s advocacy work at a systems level, as the Foundation seeks to effect broader change and address systemic issues. 

Rebecca St Clair, Communications & Marketing Manager

Rebecca is an accomplished professional with a diverse background in the not-for-profit sector, bringing extensive experience and expertise to her role as Communications and Marketing Manager at our organisation. In addition, she takes on the crucial responsibility of Executive Assistant, providing valuable support to the CEO.

With her strong background in corporate administration, Rebecca is adept at streamlining and refining processes within the foundation. Her keen organisational skills and attention to detail allow the team to optimise their efficiency and focus on more impactful tasks that contribute to the foundation’s mission.

Rebecca’s passion for the not-for-profit sector shines through in her work. She has a proven track record of successfully supporting strategic marketing initiatives. As the Communications and Marketing Manager, she plays a vital role in shaping the organisation’s marketing strategy and strengthening its position within the industry.

Furthermore, Rebecca’s extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector has honed her abilities in increasing brand awareness and generating sponsor donations. She brings a wealth of knowledge and creativity to the table, leveraging innovative marketing techniques to promote the foundation’s services and drive engagement.

With her comprehensive skill set, Rebecca is committed to further developing the foundation’s service offerings. She understands the importance of cultivating meaningful relationships with stakeholders and creating opportunities for the foundation to make a greater impact in the community it serves.

Connect with Rebecca here.

Members of the Board 

Mark Day
CHAIRPERSON

Sarah McGregor 
VICE CHAIRPERSON

Kate Sharrad
SECRETARY & MEDIA/PR ADVISOR

Liz O’Connell  
STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT AND POLICY

Head Office

The Reily Foundation Incorporated
183 Port Rd
Hindmarsh SA 5007

ABN: 13 783 916 782

South Australian Fundraising Licence: CCP3952

OFFICE HOURS

Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Call Us

7092 4428

The Reily Foundation

The Reily Foundation acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the country on which we work, the peoples of the Kaurna Nation, and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

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