Our People

Catalyst is a not for profit organisation governed by a Board of Directors.

Laurel Downey – CEO

Laurel is a Family Therapist with many years of experience in child and adolescent mental health, child trauma and related areas. She has developed practice frameworks for therapeutic care, assessment frameworks and worked as a consultant to Child Protection and out-of-home care services across Australia. Laurel also has many years of management experience in Victoria and Queensland.

Shanelle Poppi – Executive Clinical Leader

Shanelle is a Psychologist with over ten years experience in child and adolescent mental health who has specialised in therapeutic residential care interventions. Shanelle’s capacity to assist teams to develop therapeutic practice is outstanding, and her clinical work is of the highest standard. Shanelle has worked to develop a team of Clinical Care Managers for our residential programs.