Board of Trustees

Current Board Members

Tracey Lane

Tracey Lane

Chairperson


Tracey Lane has 30 years of business experience including leadership roles spanning many areas.
She was diagnosed with IBC in 2017 and is currently NED (no evidence of disease) which gives her firsthand experience of this aggressive disease and fuels her passion to make a difference.
With Julie Fishlock’s dedication establishing the foundation, I intend honouring her work and focusing on what is needed to further build awareness, to support critical research for IBC and to continue to raise much needed funds”
Cassandra French

Cassandra French

Secretary

Cassy has held the role of secretary since the foundation launched in 2019 and took on the role of interim chairperson for a short time after the passing of Julie Fishlock, the foundations founder. 

“I’m currently the secretary of The IBC Network Foundation Australia and I ensure everything is filed appropriately even though this is a personal weakness of mine! But…this only drives me more to make sure everything is in order. 

I am passionate about our foundation because in 2017 I was diagnosed with stage 3C IBC and had never felt so alone.  My hope is that the foundation will ensure that all Australians have access to relevant information and support when going through diagnosis, treatment and survivorship” 

Stephen Ryan

Stephen Ryan

Treasurer

Stephen Ryan is a retired Bank Manager and has been treasurer of The IBC Network Foundation Australia since its inception in mid 2019.

He was approached by his good friend of many years, Julie Fishlock, to take on the position knowing that Stephen’s skills would be an asset to the charity she was in the process of setting up.  He was more than happy to be involved.

Stephen is an integral member of our team and despite his self-confessed “limited technical skills” he is excelling in the position he holds as treasurer while enjoying his retirement in rural Victoria

Bedrich Eckhardt

Bedrich Eckhardt

Scientific Researcher

 

Dr. Eckhardt is postdoctoral scientist with 20 years’ experience in translational breast cancer research.

His studies aim to investigate the reasons why certain breast cancers are more aggressive than others, why they spread (metastasize) to other organs and to identify new markers and targeted therapies for this disease. He has a specific interest in inflammatory breast cancer and has trained for the past 6 years with International leaders at The Morgan Welch Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Program and Clinic at MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, TX, USA).

Dr. Eckhardt has recently returned to Australia to continue his research into IBC at The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute.

Kim LaPenta

Kim LaPenta

Fundraising Trustee

Kim has been the Fundraising Trustee of The IBC Network Foundation Australia since it was launched in 2019. The position holds significant important to Kim as she took on the role after being approached by her best friend of 40 years, the late Julie Fishlock, founder of the charity. 

After Julie lost her battle with IBC, it was her strength and determination for raising funds for research that inspired Kim to “work vigorously to advance the fundraising of the charity and to act in its best interest” and as Julie would say, “so families can be together for longer”. 

Past Board Members

Julie Fishlock

Julie Fishlock

Chairperson

Founding member, Julie Fishlock passed away in the early morning hours of February 15, 2020. Julie worked tirelessly to set up the foundation and made fantastic progress raising funds and awareness for IBC in Australia. Julie will be remembered fondly as a strong and driven woman. We will continue to build on the work she did in her honour.