Louise is an experienced leader in the Not for Profit sector and is currently the Executive Officer of NOFASD Australia. She holds a Master of Sociology degree from Murdoch University awarded for a research project
Anne and is currently a Quality and Human Resources Manager, and a Seasonal Teacher for the University of Tasmania in the Faculty of Education. Anne has a background in community services and has directly worked with, or supported staffs who have worked with FASD clients, so continually seeking to raise awareness of FASD within and beyond her wider network. Anne is former Board member of the Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council (ATDC), and State Council of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI). Anne is also a certified professional member of AHRI, and is in her final stages of a Doctor of Education degree.
Christine is a primary school teacher, with a special interest in Early Childhood education and facilitating parent groups. She has worked in a Northern Territory community and now enjoys short term fostering of a little girl from NT.
With her partner she regularly has students from Worawa Aboriginal College for home stays. She is keen to increase the awareness of FASD within the school setting through the education of school staff.
Dr Janet Woollard was admitted as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in March 2014 and was an elected member of the WA Parliament from 2001 to 2013. She chaired the WA Parliamentary Legislative Assembly "Education and Health Committee" that presented a report to the WA Parliament in 2012 titled “Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: the invisible disability”. Janet is a Justice of the Peace, has a BAppSc (Nursing Education), a Masters in Education and a PhD from University of Western Australia, is a registered nurse and a past president of the Australian Nursing Federation (WA Branch).
Robyn has worked for over 6 years in community based not-for-profit organisations. Her experience includes aged care programs, parenting advice and support programs, offender reintegration, school students and youth at risk transition strategies. She has worked with many clients and families affected by FASD, especially in the prison system.
Ana graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Business specialising in marketing and management. Although a recent graduate, Ana has a number of years experience working in marketing and social media for companies such as Ray White, The Sarina Russo Group and James Cook University. Now working for itro Ana coordinates marketing campaigns, social media and implementation of marketing strategies. She always brings creativity to the table with some 'out of the box ideas' along with a determination to get the job done effectively. In her spare time Ana volunteers for NOFASD as she recognises the importance to raise awareness among young women so that that future generations are protected.
Jessica Hannan is the National Projects Officer at NOFASD as well as a paediatric occupational therapist. Jessica is based on the NSW South Coast where she has gained experience working with children living with FASD. Jessica is passionate about helping children living with FASD achieve independence in all aspects of their lives as well as training and educating other allied health professionals on how to be FASD-informed in their service provisions
Brogan is currently completing her final placement in a Bachelor of Social Work. She has over 6 year’s experience working in the community sector. Her experience includes; disability support programs, carer support programs, parenting support programs, domestic and family violence programs, offender integration and youth development programs. In addition much of Brogan's childhood was spent sharing her home with children living with FASD. Brogan has worked with many families and children living with FASD, especially Indigenous and CALD clients seeking refuge or within correctional facilities
Gabrielle Rasmussen is business management and marketing student with a keen interest in public health, health promotion and FASD. Gabrielle works part-time as a communications and engagement support officer at NOFASD Australia. She hopes to assist those living with FASD to have a better life and promote initiatives which support parents and carers.
Cheryl is a parent and full time carer of a child living with FASD. She has a passion to advocate for all families, carers and people living with FASD and particularly believes that it is essential to highlight the need to nurture the mental health of carers and encourage their self-care. Cheryl believes that education within the community, for professionals and families, is the key to providing the best possible life outcomes for those living with FASD and those caring for them. She sees a strong need to educate the community as a whole regarding the risks of consuming alcohol during pregnancy. Cheryl believes that this is a community issue and pregnant women need to be encouraged and supported by those around her during her pregnancy regarding abstaining from alcohol. Prior to being a full-time carer, Cheryl has a background in the fitness industry, education and childcare.
Nicole Hewlett is an Aboriginal woman with a Bachelor degree in Psychological Sciences (Hons) and a Master’s degree in Public Health. Nicole has broad experience with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia and has worked to support the implementation of effective Close the Gap policy, address issues around racism and promote diabetes management. Nicole recently managed a nation-wide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander project aimed at raising awareness of, and reducing the impact of FASD in Australia. This project provided Nicole with unique experience while developing her interest in, and understanding of, FASD. The extent of the damage caused by alcohol in pregnancy and knowledge gaps amongst health professionals and in communities are issues she hopes to address. Nicole is passionate about raising awareness of the risks of alcohol-exposed pregnancy and advocating on behalf of those living with FASD, in particular those who are incarcerated. She has a keen interest in ensuring that Aboriginal people have a voice at tables where the most difference can be made in addressing FASD.
Serco Director, Wendy Sinclair-Gieben has made a career out of a passion. Wendy’s career has been built on a background in Criminology, Education and Healthcare management, holding both a Bachelor in Education from the University of the West of England and and from Cambridge University a Master’s degree in Criminology and Management. Starting as a teacher working with children with special needs in the North West Territories of Canada, she recognised the complex elements that can lead to social marginalisation or exclusion and the need for them to be recognised and addressed. In 1998 she transferred to working in a prison and won acclaim for a dynamic and innovative department in a women’s prison. Wendy believes it is important to use a holistic approach to reducing reoffending that recognises the influences of trauma, low levels of education, health impairment, employment and community experiences. She believes her role is to help rebuild confidence in offenders to want to turn away from crime and become a responsible member of the wider community. Throughout her career in both the UK and Australia prison services, she has won awards and recognition for her work in rehabilitation and reintegration; in particular the prestigious Lord Justice Woolf award for Resettlement in the UK and the Infrastructure Partnerships Australia award for Operator and Service Provider Excellence in Perth, Australia. Announcing the win, the judges said: ‘Wandoo Reintegration Facility was recognised because they have served as important pathfinder in how governments can drive much better public services, at much better value for money.’ She enjoys working at the extremes of social exclusion and maintains that working in a prison is immensely rewarding and that there is no other job with comparable satisfaction. Currently living in Scotland, she enjoys cycling and walking on the beach or watching films when the weather is impossible.