Board of Directors

Claire Coxon – Chair

Claire has been the Chair of This Life Cambodia’s board for six years. She has passionately fought for social justice and equality for over 14 years, both in Australia and internationally. Claire spent five years working in Cambodia improving access to education, human rights and women’s reproductive health.

Claire now lives in Melbourne and works in the area of Research, Service Development and Advocacy for Launch Housing, Victoria’s largest provider of housing and homeless support services.  In her role she provides Service Development expertise and promotes innovative, evidence-based approaches to the goal of ending homelessness.

Claire has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Policy and is currently completing her Masters in International and Community Development.


Sarah Gumpinger

Sarah develops and teaches accounting programs for students and professional accountants.  She also devotes a lot of time and energy to volunteering primarily on advocating for animal rights.  Sarah is an elected member of her local SPCA council, which promotes animal welfare and is a volunteer coordinator for an organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and adopts feral cats. In 2015, she came to Cambodia to volunteer with This Life Cambodia providing accounting advice and services. Inspired by TLC’s committed staff and the work  they do, Sarah remained connected to the organization and joined the Board of Directors in 2016.

Sarah has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and is a Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA).


Mihajlo Starcevic – Treasurer

Mihajlo is a senior management consultant and executive with a strong record in delivering results, strategy, P&L and operations management. Experienced in coaching, motivating and coordinating complex teams when the times are tough, he enjoys applying a wide range of experiences in order to achieve outstanding results. He has extensive non-profit board experience.

Mihajlo graduated from the Australian Graduate School of Management with an MBA in 2010 and works with the global management consulting firm, Partners in Performance.

Karla Cooper

Karla has over 20 years of experience working with child focused organisations in the community development and disability sectors. Her positions have involved working directly with children and youth, as well as in program development, policy and strategy. Her passion for human rights and social justice took her to Cambodia in 2010, where she spent a year working as This Life Cambodia’s Policy and Procedure Officer. She joined TLC’s board of directors after returning to Australia, and is proud to be able to continue her contribution to TLC’s mission.

Karla has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Governance & Society, and Law & Justice.