Monsignor Marcelino Youssef – Vicar General
Monsignor Marcelino Youssef is the Vicar General at the Maronite Eparchy of Australia. He arrived in Australia in September 2006, after serving at the Maronite Archdiocese of Beirut since the year 2000. Monsignor Marcelino attained a Masters of Education (Leadership) from the Australian Catholic University, Sydney, Australia, after completing a Certificate of Aptitude for Scholar Administration through the University of St Joseph, Institute for Teaching & School Administration - Achrafieh, Lebanon. Monsignor was the Primary School Director at La Sagesse High School, Acharafieh, Lebanon, concurrently with being a Parish Priest at the different parishes.
Daryl Melham – Chairperson
Daryl studied law and economics at the University of Sydney, graduating with an LL.B. and a B.Ec. He worked as a solicitor, specialising in criminal law. He then was admitted as a barrister, and was a public defender until his entry into federal politics. He was a Shadow Minister for over 7 years which included more than 4 years as Shadow Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs. Daryl served on many Parliamentary Committees. He is the President and a Life Member of Revesby Workers’ Club.
Barry George Harry Barakat – Vice Chairperson
A widely experienced investment banker, with a B.E and M.B.A from The University of Sydney, Barry has more recently been heavily involved in community service assisting various charitable organisations. Barry was a director of St Charbel’s Care Centre. He has since become a director of the Our Lady Care Centre and is working with the team to create an aged care facility for Our Lady of Lebanon in Harris Park. Barry is also a member of the Maronite Catholic Society.
Sister Elham Geagea
Sister Elham studied nursing and pursued a Masters at the University of Saint Joseph in Beirut before moving to Australia. Sister Elham began working in the Nursing field and was an active member of her congregation, Child Care centre and the Aged Care Facility. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of The Maronite Sisters of the Holy Family Village at both Marrickville and DulwichHill. Sister Elham is highly recognised and awarded in her field for quality aged care, charitable work and humanitarian causes
Peter John El Khouri
Peter has authored, lectured and curated Maronite history for almost two decades. He holds degrees in Economics and Law from the University of Sydney. Peter is a director of Our Lady Aged Care Centre Limited’s nursing home project at Harris Park. As an Advisory Board Member of NSW Government’s department of Multicultural NSW, he also chairs one of its Regional Advisory Councils. Over the last 27 years, Peter has held various committee and board positions for the Maronite Eparchy of Australia and St. Charbel’s Parish and School and nursing home project at Punchbowl.
Jannette Haddad Samawi – Honorary Treasurer
Jannette has been a public Accountant, Tax agent and Finance broker as well as the Principal of DSJ Taxation & Accounting Services and Director of Finance Professionals Mortgage Group for the past 14 years. She has been awarded many prestigious business awards. Jannette has been in involved in organizations and projects such as White Stone, the Our Lady of Lebanon Parish, Heaven on Earth, the St John Paul II Monastery, QMHR, International Mission to poor countries, and the St Mary Queen of Heaven Parish.
Hilda is Chief Information Officer at PwC Australia. A senior business leader with strong transformational, technology and digital experience, Hilda has been engaged in a range of sectors for the last three decades. With core knowledge and experience primarily in the professional services sector, Hilda has focused on business transformation enabled by digital and technology. She is a Member of PwC’s Global Technology Strategy Council. Hilda is also Vice-Chair of the Australian Maronite Professionals Council and a Director of PwC Services Pty Ltd.
Charbel has been a part of St Charbel’s Monastery and Parish since primary school at St Charbel’s College Punchbowl. He graduated with a degree in Commerce (Accounting, Finance and Economics) from the University Sydney and a degree of Law (First Class Honours) from UTS. Charbel was a property and litigation solicitor at top tier firm, Clayton Utz, for about 5 years prior to coestablishing Lionheart Lawyers where he has been director for the last 4 years. He is also a director and co-founder of Maronites on Mission Australia Limited.