Who We Are

Mater Dei, as an organisation, works with babies, children, young people and adults with an intellectual disability, in conjunction with their families and carers, to provide innovative and contemporary education and therapy services.

Mater Dei School is the oldest and original educational offering of Mater Dei, which began as an orphanage by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan Order in 1910.

More recently, Mater Dei’s offerings have expanded to include: Mater Dei Early Childhood EducationNextPath Continuous Learning and NextPath Assessment & Therapy.

You can explore the Mater Dei community by clicking on each logo below.

Mater Dei is a registered charity and tax deductible gift recipient. Donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Your generosity ensures we can continue to provide groundbreaking, Research and Evidence-based education and support to our school students, as well as high-quality, innovative services and resources across all programs.

Message From Our CEO

I began my time as CEO of Mater Dei/ Principal of Mater Dei School in January 2020.

I chose to be part of this wonderful organisation for many reasons. The reputation of Mater Dei as a place of excellence in delivering educational and support services to children and young adults with intellectual disability was second to none.

People in this region and beyond know of Mater Dei and what an impressive organisation it is. It is much loved and respected, and the chance to lead such a community was too good an opportunity to ignore. So, here I am,  and I feel very privileged to be entrusted with this leadership role. 

Mater Dei was founded by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, initially as an orphanage, in 1910. We have inherited their Benedictine spirituality and commitment to serving others with compassion and inclusion. It is a beautiful tradition which lives out every day in the way we do things around here.

As you explore Mater Dei through this website, or in person through engagement in one of our many programs, I am confident that you will quickly get a taste of the Benedictine spirit of Welcome and Hospitality that Mater Dei is renowned for.

We endeavour to make a difference in the world by helping to release the potential in every person in a safe and supportive community. 

Welcome to Mater Dei.

Mark Raue

Our Impact


Young Adults enrolled in NextPath Continuous Learning, and counting. Up from just 6 Young Adults when it launched in 2018.


in educational innovation and Universal Design for Learning.


years experience providing services to children and young people with intellectual disability.

Organisational Leadership Team

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Mark Raue


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Eryn Lonergan

Assistant Principal of Mater Dei School

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Pamela Templeton

Director of Mater Dei Early Childhood Education

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Karen Young

Acting Director of Continuous Learning

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Anne Lauder

Business Manager

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Catherine Jeffcoate

Director of Development

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Karen Williams

HR Manager

Mater Dei Board

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Michael Lavorato

Chair of Board

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Richard Drinnan

Deputy Chair of Board and Company Secretary

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Sherie Avalos


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Mark Kofahl


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Daniel Kuchta


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David Taylor


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Samantha Giles


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Mark Turner


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Krystle Wolthers