MEET THE TEAM
Katrina Gliddon, Founder
As founder of Mother’s Heart Organization, Katrina lived and worked in Cambodia for 9 years. Now based in Melbourne, she continues with the work of MH as co-chair of the board of directors, fundraiser, advisor, coach, Ambassador and donor relations co-ordinator for Mother's Heart.
Qualifications and awards:
Bachelor's degree in nursing,
Graduate diploma in child adolescent and family health
Masters degree in midwifery
Winner of OAM 2021
Sopheap Chea, Chair
Sopheap is currently is the Head of the Urban Programme of World Vision International – Cambodia, supporting the most vulnerable girls and boys in the country. Since 2010, he has been voluntarily involved in YouVersion bible app for the Khmer language. He was administrator of 4KhmeriPhone team to test and place the Khmer language into Apple iOS. He holds a master’s degree in development management (MDM). He also joined the Haggai Leader Experience at Haggai International in 2012. Sopheap became the National President for Haggai Cambodia in 2019.
Julie Parkinson, Secretary
Julie joined the Board of Mothers Heart in 2012. At the time she was based in Hong Kong and had been involved in Mother's Choice - a sister charity -since its inception in 1986. Julie has lived and worked in the UK, HK and now Sydney, Australia.
She began her career as a nutritionist and health writer, and progressed to build and lead a successful events company in Hong Kong followed by a coaching and leadership business in Australia.
Julie brings her strategic business skills to Mother's Heart and is committed to the mission and vision of this unique organisation.
Sam Ol is a program manager with the "Children in Families" faith-based organization in Cambodia. He has served in several non-profit organizations over 10 years. This includes 6 years with Chab Dai Coalition, leading one of their projects and coordinating members with over 50 organizations as they worked to eradicate human trafficking.
He currently leads a program that provides a digital case management solution to over 45 organizations world-wide, contributing to the future national Child Protection Information System (CPIS). He also serves as a child protection officer for his current organisation.
Sophat is an entrepreneur, business startup and compliance consultant, inspirational speaker, real estate and tech startup investor. He is a passionate lifelong learner who has studied, worked, and traveled widely. Sophat has completed his Masters Degree in Development Management.
Sophat is a young Cambodian entrepreneur with global mentality and cross-cultural working experience. To date, he has helped more than 300 foreign business owners and investors start their businesses in Cambodia. He is the Founder and Chairman of Making It Easy Group.
Kirsten Long is a Social Worker who has over 20 years experience within a variety of fields. She has worked as a Social Work educator in Cambodia, as a Play Therapist Child Counsellor in Australia, and within the Social Services in the UK. More recently, Kirsten has been working in the Foster Care field in Australia.
Kirsten has a passion to see each person supported in their area of need, especially families. She is married to a Cambodian man, and they have three children. They are currently serving in ministry in Cambodia.
Titveasna has almost 16 years’ experience working in development programs in Cambodia. Currently, she serves as a Program Operation Director for Food for the Hungry in Cambodia. She has also served with World Vision International as Regional Manager, engaging with local community partners, contributing to organisational change and building next generation leadership.
Titveasna holds a Degree in Rural Development and is currently undertaking a Masters Degree in Development Studies. She earned a Certificate of Leadership with the Haggai Institute's Program for Christian Leaders and serves as a member of the advisory committee to Haggai Cambodia.
Sarah Chhin has worked in alternative care for children, in Cambodia since 2000. In 2007 Sarah founded, and is now the Strategic and Technical Advisor for the local NGO M’lup Russey which works on family reunification, reintegration, social inclusion, prevention of family separation, and Emergency Foster Care. Sarah is also a Technical Advisor to the Child Welfare Department at the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation. She has an in-depth knowledge of policy and key persons at both national and sub-national levels. Sarah is British and is married to a Cambodian – she is a fluent Khmer speaker, and can also read and write Khmer to a high standard.