and Helpers

Every year thousands of volunteer hours go into making DRE happen.

Managing Director - Sara Franklyn (LLB, B.Juris)

Sara has worked as a volunteer helping HFCOE for 18 years, and DRE since it was founded in 2013. Sara has visited Ethiopia on over 25 occasions.

Formerly a litigation lawyer specialising in medical negligence and personal injuries, Sara first became aware of HFCOE as a sponsor of four Ethiopian children in 2001. Sara has developed a deep respect for her Ethiopian counterparts and has been a stable and long term supporter of HFCOE, carrying through with the establishment of DRE in Australia. Sara is also an elected Councillor for the Town of Claremont and sits on a Harry Perkins Institute Ethics Committee.

Company Secretary - Sharon Goddard (MBA)

Ms Goddard joined the Board of DRE in 2015 as Company Secretary. Sharon has been the General Manager-Corporate for Gold Road Resources since 2011 and has more than 20 years of experience in mining, agribusiness and legal. At Gold Road, Ms Goddard's primary responsibilities are managing aspects of the organisation including external affairs, management, IT and day-to-day operations including integrating and management of all services and systems. .

Previously Ms Goddard held senior position as Practice Manager for a newly merged Perth law firm Middletons and was instrumental in the fit-out and set-up of the new merged office including implementation of an IT solution, financial and human resources functions and risk and compliance. Sharon has also worked for Wesfarmers as an Executive Assistant to the Finance Director and assisted with all investor relations briefings including Annual and Half Yearly Results and presentation, as well as preparation of national roadshows to analysts, fund managers and shareholders.

Ms Goddard holds a Masters of Business Administration, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Diploma in Financial Markets at Financial Services Institute of Australia.

Finance Director - Roger Harvey (BCom, CA, FTIA)

Roger Harvey was formerly a Senior Manager with Grant Thornton Australia, a member of Grant Thornton International, one of the largest accounting and consulting firms providing assurance, tax and specialist advice through firms in over 100 countries. Mr Harvey specialises in assisting Privately Held Businesses and has experience in assisting in company secretarial procedures for private companies. He has over 25 years experience in the accounting profession including 4 years with PriceWaterhouse Coopers, has been a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia for 16 years and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants for 18 years. Roger has also volunteered his expertise to multiple school and sporting associations around Perth.

Rural Ambassador and Director Des Pauley (Dip Ag)

After graduating from the Muresk Institute Of Agriculture with an Associate Diploma In Agriculture he owns and operates his own broad acre  farm in WA's wheat belt, which enables him to continue his other passion, travel. 

With teenage nieces in mind, Des decided to sponsor a DRE student and after visiting Ethiopia  on many occasions,  has now developed a deep empathy and affection to the DRE/HFCOE community and his broad farming skill set has enabled him to spend many productive weeks helping them.

Des provides a helpful, caring and handy role model for the DRE/HFCOE boys who mostly lack a father. His business, and private enterprise skills have also come to the fore in identifying business opportunities for some of the HFCOE unemployed mothers and assisting them with those ventures.

Director - Monique Rampono 

Monique Rampono brings an interesting, varied, and much appreciated skill set to DRE. Monique has a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature Major) from the University of Western Australia (UWA). She also has a Cambridge Certifcate in EnglishTeaching to Adults, from Stanton School of English, London. Monique has partially completed an Environmental Design bachelor degree course at UWA. 

Monique was recently employed as a Contract Manager, for non-government group home and foster care services, with the Child Protection and Family Support Division of the recently amalgamated Department for Communities. Previous positions with what was formerly the Department for Child Protection, include: Ministerial Project Officer; Executive Assistant, Metropolitan and Country Services; Case Support Officer and Secretariat, Case Review Panel.

Monique has also worked as a Policy and Project Officer for the Research Development Unit of the Western Australia Health Department and as a Human Resources Coordinator and Project Officer for Relationships Australia (WA). Monique has been to Ethiopia twice.  

Director - Philip Eaton LLB, BJuris

Philip Eaton recently retired as a judge from the District Court of Western Australia. He joined DRE in search of adventure and as an opportunity to "give back". Formerly a barrister and partner of Godfrey Virtue and Co, Philip had many years of broad legal practice in both the country and the city. He brings with him a long standing legal career and experience in many areas. Philip has travelled throughout Ethiopia, and with his equally adventurous wife Elizabeth, together they have seen first hand, the changes DRE brings to the sponsored children.

Director - Penny Grant

Penny joined us in 2021 in the middle of the pandemic. She brings youth, enthusiasm and a great deal of marketing and tech knowledge to our board. We are very grateful to have Penny join our ranks. In her other life, Penny has 4 years experience working with Dexus and Hesperia in property development

Ethiopian Representative - Yewoinshet Masresha

Yewoinshet Masresha was the founder of partner Hope for Children Organization of Ethiopia in the year 2001. Yewoisnhet has a long history helping others as a social worker and psychologist. After working in a number of orphanages, it was Yewoinshet's plan to nurture children supported in the community or group homes, rather than be institutionalised in loveless dormitories. Yewoisnhet has presented papers on this model of care for UNICEF and at the White House. over the past 20 years, Yewoinshet has been the guardian and protector of hundreds of children.

And Very Important Helpers

The DRE Board and members, drawn from a variety of complementary backgrounds, all work on a voluntary basis. Donations of time and passion from accountants, farmers, dentists, doctors, geologists, lawyers, nurses, swimming teachers, psychologists, teachers, administrators, students, retirees and the Perth medical community between the people behind DRE and HFCOE over many years have led to a mutually trusting and respectful relationship.