Meet Cara’s Chief Executive and Executive Team

Cara’s Executive team are focused on Cara’s strategic objectives and transformation, to provide the very best service of to our most important stakeholders – our customers.

Sonya Furey

Chief Executive

“As Cara’s interim Chief Executive, I am focused on ensuring that Cara continues to improve and grow, so that we can remain a provider of choice to hundreds of people with a disability across South Australia for many years to come.”

Sonya is an experienced and well-respected executive with a diverse skillset, having held senior level roles in finance and legal risk management, governance, stakeholder engagement and strategy.

Sonya currently sits on the Board of Governors of St Andrew’s Hospital and is a non-executive director of Tarac Australia. She has qualifications in law and accounting and wide-ranging experience in finance, commercial law, risk management, strategy and mergers and acquisitions

Sonya has been appointed to the interim role by the Cara Board while a recruitment process takes place to secure a future Chief Executive to lead Cara. Sonya is focused on driving the implementation of Cara’s new Strategic Plan 2022-2024 which will play a key role in Cara’s future success.

Todd is looking at Anton and smiling, and Anton is laughing. Anton uses a wheelchair.

Todd Williams

Executive Manager – Operations

“I’m passionate about creating new and better ways of supporting people with disability, seeing our customers thriving, trying new things and developing in ways they never thought possible.” 

Todd has an extensive background in delivering human services, having worked in government and not-for-profit agencies in Australia and the United Kingdom. As an Occupational Therapist, Todd has worked in a range of areas including acute public health, community aged care, rural and remote therapy services and specialist home modification. He specialises in business systems analysis and tailoring services and programs to suit customer needs.

Todd also has a long-term passion for improving the options for Specialist Disability Accommodation, and has a thorough understanding of the connection between disability supports and disability housing. Todd has an undergraduate Bachelor Degree in Occupational Therapy, and is working towards completing his Masters in Business Administration.

Todd is pictured with Anton, who lives with support from Cara in Supported Independent Living.

Marcus Gehrig

Executive Manager – Customer Experience, Marketing & Communications

“At Cara, our customers are at the heart of everything we do. Our number one priority is ensuring our customers are given the best experience possible and I’m thrilled to lead Cara in that endeavour. Our rapid growth as an organisation is a true testament to our programs and supports.”

Marcus is passionate about the experience of Cara’s people, from the newest customer to the most experienced Support Worker.

Marcus has an extensive background in marketing and customer experience across a number of high-profile disability organisations and media companies. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Australia, he is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and he has undertaken a range of contemporary studies in business management and planning.

His focus is on ensuring Cara has the right staff available at the right time to work alongside our customers and that customers and their families have an exceptional experience throughout every step of their journey.

Marcus is pictured with Karyn, who lives with support from Cara in Supported Independent Living.

Chief Financial Officer Alison Gallo with SIL customer Jen

Alison Gallo

Chief Financial Officer

“I am excited to work with Cara, and utilise my skills and experience to work with Cara towards its vision to support South Australians with disability to lead rich and fulfilling lives.”

Alison is a Chartered Accountant Fellow who joined Cara in June 2022 with over 20 years’ experience across both public practice and the not-for-profit sector.

With an extensive background in the disability sector and a deep understanding of the NDIS, together with a values-driven approach to her work, Alison is focussed on sustainability and driving Cara’s growth and future success.

Prior to joining Cara, Alison held Executive General Manager and Chief Financial Officer roles with other South Australian disability service providers and spent a decade working for professional services firm PwC.

Alison is pictured with Jenn, who lives with support from Cara in Supported Independent Living.