Our People

Ingrid Maack

Why the Sanfilippo cause? 

“I’d love to tell my children and one day my grandchildren that I helped change the course of childhood dementia. I want to look back knowing I did everything within my power to help improve the lives of not only my niece and nephew but also future generations of children. I truly believe with help, we can do exactly this!  

 

How are you inspired by the work of the Foundation?

“Working at the Foundation and seeing its growth from the kitchen table as a start up to where it is today has been the most professionally fulfilling experience. Amazing people continue to come into our orbit as a result of the work we do, and I have seen many acts of compassion, generosity and philanthropy.

I’m inspired by the people who work in medical research and I’m heartened by the special needs families who I have had the privilege of meeting. I often say these children make us all better people – and they really do!

 

Which value do you bring to our team and how?

“Resilience: Sanfilippo has been a game-changer for my family and career. Yes, it continues to knock us down, and at times can be soul-destroying, but we keep picking ourselves back up and dusting ourselves off!

Collaboration: I have learnt to reach out and ask for help, having quickly realised this is a fight we cannot fight alone. Everyone can do something. We all have the capacity to give (whether it be time, cash or kindness). I love watching people tap into their reservoirs of compassion and realise exactly this. “

 

What's your favourite motivational quote?

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me: ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping. –Mr Rogers

“This quote from the US TV icon circulates every few years, usually in the wake of natural disasters, (we heard it recently during the Australian bushfires) but it really resonates with me and the work that we are doing at the Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation.”