Our People

Stand Like Stone is governed by a Board of Directors

Our directors are made up of unpaid representatives from the Limestone Coast who meet the Australian Tax Office’s (ATO) definition of having ‘community responsibility’. The directors are assisted by a Chief Executive Officer, Roger Babolka and a small part time management team. The Stand Like Stone Foundation has an office in Mount Gambier.

Our Directors

Robert Mock (Chair)

Robert joined the Stand Like Stone Foundation Board in 2012 and comes from a farm in the Bordertown area.

Robert was elected as Chair of Stand Like Stone in December 2020 and has served on the Finance and Investment Committee since coming on the Board.

Robert served on the Catchment Water Management Board for 5 years, followed by 5 years on the South East Natural Resources Management Board and chaired the Audit and Finance Committee during his term.  He was a director of a public unlisted company for 10 years. He holds a certificate in Rural Business Management and served on the Seed Services Advisory Council. Robert is currently an elected member of the Tatiara District Council and on the executive committee, and represents the council on the Water Advisory Group. He is a past Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors FAICD.

His interest in Stand Like Stone is centred on building a strong financial base for the funds, and prudent management to optimise distributions, enabling enhanced opportunities for the whole Limestone Coast. Robert and his wife Glenda have travelled widely and enjoy absorbing the culture of regions including polar regions and comparatively undeveloped countries.

Kate Facy (Deputy Chair)

Kate Facy has a Bachelor of Business majoring in accounting from Deakin University and an Advanced Diploma in Agribusiness from the University of Sydney.  A Graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course. Kate has lived and worked in Regional South Australia and Western Victoria for over 40 years.

During that time Kate has been on various boards and committees including Community Radio Station 5 TCB, Beachport Primary School, Tenison Woods College, Gladys Smith Early Learning Centre and  PEAK.  Kate is a specialised Agribusiness Banker with the Commonwealth Bank for the last 10 years. Kate is passionate about the growth and sustainability of regional communities.

Donna Jaeschke (Public Officer and Company Secretary)

Raised in Mount Gambier, Donna moved to Adelaide to undertake her Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice before returning to Mount Gambier to take up a position at DeGaris Lawyers in 2010. Donna is now a Partner in the Firm, managing the day-day running of the Firm and practising in the areas of Wills and Estates, Commercial, Property and Business Law.

Donna is a mother to two young girls and is actively involved in sport throughout the region, particularly at the Glencoe Football and Netball Clubs and in the Mid South East Football and Netball Leagues. Donna became involved in Stand Like Stone as an Alternate Director for Bill DeGaris, was a dancer in the 2012 Swinging with the Stars and became a Director in her own right in 2014. Donna is the current Chair of the Swinging with the Stars Sub-Committee.

Rhett McDonald

Rhett McDonald is a Counsellor/Advocate working with Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrant Communities across the Limestone Coast.  Rhett has fulfilled a number of therapeutic roles within different organisations working with Families and Young People in the Limestone Coast.  Rhett has extensive experience working in the international and humanitarian sector with a number of years spent on assignments in Africa, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe in the field of children’s health, training & development and safety & security.

Rhett returned home to the Limestone Coast in 2007.  Through his strong community involvement Rhett was awarded the Penola Riddoch Ward Australia Day Citizen of the year award in 2012 for his contribution to the local community. As an advocate for youth, community wellbeing & social justice Rhett continues to hold a number of roles in local community committees and organisations.

Sally Klose

A belief in the ability of communities to solve their own community problems is why Sally Klose is a passionate advocate for the Stand Like Stone Foundation.

Sally has a long association with the community philanthropy sector previously working as the Executive Officer of the Stand Like Stone Foundation, receiving an Award for Excellence from Australian Community Philanthropy for “outstanding achievements and contributions to philanthropy through the Community Foundation movement”.

Sally has extensive experience developing organisations, events and projects for local government, community organisations and business and has recently established Sally Klose Strategic Solutions.  This experience is backed by a Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Management, Company Directors Course Diploma and the IAP2 Certificate in Engagement.

Sally has also served as a Board member of the South East Regional Health Service and Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast Board and was integral to the establishment and success of the local Community Economic Development Board.  Sally was also an active member of the local school governing council.

Sally and her husband Chris operate a farming business in Lucindale focusing on prime lamb production.

Steve Duldig

Steve is a co-director of Millicent accounting firm TDH Partners and his areas of expertise include personal and small business taxation, and financial planning. Steve is a passionate Limestone Coast local and is actively involved in a range of sporting organisations across the region.

Steve has been associated with Stand Like Stone since 2018, competing and raising funds as a dancer for the annual fundraising event, Swinging with the Stars. He joined the Board in 2019.

Di Ind

With over three decades of influencing and inspiring people to be their authentic self, Di has worked alongside teams from global corporations to SME’s & Micro businesses. Leading, motivating, supporting and mentoring individuals to achieve personal and business growth.

Since returning to live in Mount Gambier, Di has dedicated countless hours of volunteer time to host, plan events and fund-raise for numerous local organisations. A Board member for six years, including three as Chair for Women in Business Regional Development. Di is the current Chair of Four Reasons Why and Board Member of Spare Ya Change 4 Kids, three local NFP organisations who help members of our community.  One of her many career highlights was to be voted in as the first non-indigenous Board member for Pangula Mannamurna Aboriginal Corporation in 2018.

Di established Di-Monty Training Solutions in 2008. As Managing Director, developed the business to provide training and support services across the region. A key driver for Di is to work with disengaged members of our community. To teach people to believe in themselves again and to help each person to achieve personal life goals and a suitable career pathway. “Get your Dose of Di” is a key strategy for changing peoples lives.

Sam Densely

Sam is from a farming family in Keith and has always been involved in his local community. Sam has held positions such as Keith football club secretary, President of the Keith Apex club, CFS brigade captain and Chair of the St James committee. He currently runs the family farm as well as overseeing SeedGro, a seed wholesaling business.

After leaving school Sam travelled extensively before completing an Economics degree at UniSA. From there Sam trained in agronomy with an interest in seed production, export and crop management.  Sam is married to Rebekah who runs the local veterinary clinic and they have two children, Bethany and Laura.

Sam’s motivation for joining Stand Like Stone is to further enhance the good work done by his predecessors in supporting the Keith Hospital, Keith Area School and other worthy local recipients.

Jeanette Emery

Jeanette joined the Stand Like Stone Board in 2020 and is currently employed as part time casual academic with Flinders University, SA.

She has worked in public education in the southeast for many years, mostly as Deputy Principal at Kingston Community School, and has particular interests in leadership, site improvement, literacy, intervention and students with additional needs.

As well as volunteering in education settings in Cambodia, Jeannette  is a board member of the Australian Foundation for Fostering Learning in the Philippines, (AFFLIP).

Jeanette and her husband Bob have agricultural business interests and enjoy outdoor activities.  She is Secretary/Treasurer of the Mt Benson Hall Committee Inc. and a National Parks Friends Committee member.

Peta Crewe

Peta has lived in the Limestone Coast for twenty years, and during that time been employed as a public servant, initially working in the forestry sector, and for the past eight years in a regional development role. Both positions have provided Peta with the chance to meet and work with a wide variety of people, businesses, communities, and organisations, and develop a passion for assisting this region be the very best it can be.

Penola is home to Peta and her family, and she has enjoyed a close working relationship with the McKay Children’s Centre and Penola Primary School as a member of their respective Governing Councils. Peta has also been involved in the Penola & District Little Athletics Club, and more recently the South East Women’s Football Association to support her family’s involvement with this sport in the region.

Peta’s desire to join the Stand Like Stone Foundation Board is to further her interest in community development and the role of philanthropic organisations to partner with communities to drive outcomes. The opportunity to assist them to understand their asset base, identify the opportunities they would like to realise, challenges they want to address, and how they can invest in boosting their local capacity and capabilities.

Ann Aldersey

Ann lives in Naracoorte with her family and is an experienced board member, currently siting on the Board of two private companies as well as Stand Like Stone. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and previously served on the Board of Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast.

Ann brings a range of professional experience through varied roles in small business, government, and the international NGO sectors. Grounded by qualifications in water and environmental science from Adelaide University and Oxford University, she has furthered her skills in strategy development, financial management, grant program oversight and board governance. Ann has strong connections across the entire Limestone Coast within government, industry, the arts and the Naracoorte community.

Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone,
Kindness in another's trouble,
Courage in our own.
Adam Lindsay Gordon


Roger Babolka


I am thrilled to have been given the honour of leading Stand Like Stone and to continue building on the foundation's success.
Roger Babolka , CEO

Accounts & Grants Coordinator

Sally Bailey

Sally Bailey is employed on a permanent/part-time basis in the Accounts and Grants areas of Stand Like Stone Foundation. Sally contributes to the effective administration of the Stand Like Stone Foundation and provides invaluable assistance in the areas of accounting based activities, donor and grant seeker management, data entry, records management, program management, and other clerical support.

Our Patrons

Sue Charlton AM

Sue Charlton AM was the inaugural Chair of the Stand Like Stone Foundation and held this position for 10 years, retiring in December 2014. Under her leadership, the foundation celebrated its 10th Anniversary achieving several significant milestones including, surpassing $1 million held in trust for the Limestone Coast community and distributing over $600,000 to the Limestone Coast community.   Sue is a member of the Swinging with the Stars committee and has seen this event grow into significant and sustainable community-based fundraising events for the foundation.  Sue is a founding member, former Director and Chairman of Australian Community Philanthropy, a group established to represent, support and grow Community Foundations across Australia.  Sue has pursued a career in paediatric physiotherapist, working with children and families in the Limestone Coast community for the past 45 years.

Sue is an Adjunct lecturer with the University of South Australia and Flinders University supporting clinical practice training to physiotherapy students.  She was formerly a member of the Greater Green Triangle University Department of Rural Health Clinicians Advisory Group and was the Limestone Coast Representative on the Rural Medical Family Network State committee in South Australia.  At a national level Sue served as the National Paediatric Group representative on the National Advisory Council of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.  Sue has been actively involved in school and local community groups including the Red Cross Service Group, Women’s and Children’s Hospital Group and the Moorak Hall committee and is a Friend of the Adelaide Festival of Arts, the Sir Robert Helpmann theatre and the Riddoch Art Gallery.

Sue undertook post-graduate studies, graduating in 2019 with a PhD were her major research study addressed the early identification of neonatal instability of the hip in infants born in regional South Australia.

Sue’s family has established the LM Woodruff Memorial Scholarship sub-fund to support students undertaking nursing studies. In 2014 Sue was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community of South Australia through a range of philanthropic and charitable organisations, and to physiotherapy. Sue’s commitment, contribution and achievements as the inaugural Chairman of the Stand Like Stone Foundation were formally recognised in February 2015, by appointing her as Patron of the foundation alongside Ray Scott.

Mr Brian Page

Brian Page was a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors since its inception in 2004 until 2017. Brian was the inaugural Chair on the interim steering committee for the Community Foundation project.

Brian was also the Foundation’s Founding Donor and has established scholarships for students at Mount Gambier High School, Kingston Community School and Keith Area School and through Wepar Nominees Brian and his wife Sue sponsored the Foundation’s operations for many years.

Brian was a member of the Limestone Coast Area Consultative Committee since its inception in 1995 and has a Bachelor of Engineering (chemical) from Adelaide University and is a member of the Australian Institute of Wood Science and won a national award for Technical Literature in 1987.  Brian has extensive experience in business and industry, and has a strong community involvement, especially in social, cultural and environmental issues.

Mr Doug Balnaves

Doug Balnaves was greatly honoured to be named as a Patron of the Stand Like Stone Foundation in 2020.

Doug and his wife Annette have always had a very keen interest and commitment to the local and extended community.

Annette was a member of the inaugural Board of Directors of the Stand Like Stone Foundation and maintained her very keen interest and commitment until her passing in 2018. Annette & Doug’s family have also been very enthusiastic supporters of the Foundation and this strong support continues. The family see Stand Like Stone as a vital part of the community of the Limestone Coast, and are keenly aware of the needs of so many people who have a difficult or challenging life to work through.

The Balnaves family will continue welcome any opportunity to become involved at any time.

Doug is also a Patron of the Coonawarra Wine Industry Association, a Life Member of the Penola Caledonian Pipe Band and Deputy Chairman of the Penola Town Square Committee. His interest in environmental matters has led to him being a member of the Nature Foundation of South Australia and the Nature Glenelg Trust which is responsible for the restoration of the Mt Burr Swamp at Glencoe.

Previous Patrons of the Foundation are the late Mr Ray Scott AM and the late Mr Allan Scott AO.

Founding Donors

Brian & Sue Page

Brian Page was a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors since its inception in 2004 until 2017. Brian was the inaugural Chair on the interim steering committee for the Community Foundation project.

Brian was also the Foundation’s Founding Donor and has established scholarships for students at Mount Gambier High School, Kingston Community School and Keith Area School. Through Wepar Nominees Brian and his wife Sue sponsor the Foundation’s operations.

Brian was a member of the Limestone Coast Area Consultative Committee since its inception in 1995 and has a Bachelor of Engineering (chemical) from Adelaide University and is a member of the Australian Institute of Wood Science and won a national award for Technical Literature in 1987.  Brian has extensive experience in business and industry, and has a strong community involvement, especially in social, cultural and environmental issues.