Lisa Burnette

Chairperson

A photo of Lisa looking straight ahead and smilingLisa Burnette has been on the PWDWA committee since 2015, and is the current President.  

Lisa hold a Bachelor of Science (Nursing), post-graduate diploma (clinical nursing), Masters in Public Health and recently completed her Health Informatics (CHIA) Accreditation. Lisa currently works as a hospital based Informatics Nurse. She has served on various health and disability committees and is the Chairperson of her local Scout support committee.

Lisa grew up in Midland, WA and acquired her disability after surviving meningococcal septicaemia at the age of 24, requiring her to use prosthetic legs and a wheelchair. Lisa has two primary school aged children, and her husband lives with Parkinson's disease. Lisa's family is fortunate to be recipients of the NDIS scheme.

Lisa believes it is a privilege and responsibility to be able to contribute to disability advocacy in Western Australia, and is proud to be affiliated with a grass roots organisation.

Janine Neu

Vice Chairperson

Janine NeuJanine become paralysed in 1996. She was C5 Quadriplegic (complete) and 35 weeks pregnant at the time. Janine was diagnosed with acute transverse myelitis and her son was born 3 weeks later. She spent seven months in hospital, including Shenton Park, after which she returned home to her family. Following a brief battle for much needed Disabilities Services Commission funding, Janine was able to get on with life as a first-time mother.

Janine has been fortunate enough to access what she has needed most of the time and has learned a lot about the difficulties people with disabilities face.

She is passionate about health, physical rehabilitation and self-advocacy.

Janine also serves as Vice Chair with Australian Federation of Disabilities Organisations [AFDO] and sits on the ACROD & Companion Card Appeals Committee WA .

 Adam Hewber

Treasurer

A photo of Adam wearing a blue shirt and smilingWith brain damage from birth, Adam lives with a type of Palsy. As a teen, he was diagnosed with epilepsy. After leaving Christchurch in Year 11 he worked in the family rural supplies business for five years. In 2000, his family moved to Perth where he found it difficult to find suitable work. He went back to study and completed a diploma of fine arts at TAFE, followed by a Batchelor Degree in General Arts, and a diploma in counselling.

Adam contributes to advocacy, encouragement and motivation programs that promote ability first. He has been an ambassador and speaker for Rocky Bay on several occasions, outlining what it’s like to be disabled, how disability can affect family and friends and the community, and the need to treat people with a disability with empathy and encouragement rather than sympathy.

Adam has lived in Melville for more than 14 years and has developed a keen interest in community issues and community development. He is currently a member of the City of Melville Access Advisory Committee and is available to speak at community and disability group meetings. Adam actively promotes the benefits of being a member of an advocacy group like us and is planning to stand for election to the local council.

Simon Chong

Secretary

A photo of Simon looking straight ahead and smiling

In 1982 Simon was diagnosed with Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON). This is an inherited form of profound and permanent vision impairment.  Because it is a hereditary genetic disease, Simon was relatively familiar with the world of blindness and vision impairment prior to him becoming legally blind himself. This did not prepare him however for the emotional & practical upheaval he was to face.    

Simon has been involved with and been part of many different forms of voluntary work and committee participation. Including committees such as West Australian Sports Association  for the Blind (WASAB), Brain Injury Matters (BIM) in Melbourne, and Blind Citizens Western Australia.

Simon has studied Politics and Journalism, and has an Associate Diploma in Community Studies, and a Certificate IV Training and Assessment. He has worked as a Disability Support Worker (DSW) since 1984 in numerous roles in a variety of locations. In 2009 he completed LeadershipPlus in Victoria and used the skills he gained in his Committee roles.

Bob Johnson

Committee Member

 

Black and white photo of Bob turning to the right and looking up.  Bob has a beard and is wearing glasses.Bob joined the PWdWA committee in 2018 and is a passionate believer in peer support, self-advocacy, and empowering others to learn how to have greater control and choices in their lives. He is active on social media advocating for Autistic adults and more generally for NDIS Participants.

 

Bob’s main career was as a consultant IT Technical Specialist or Project Manager working in all the major  Australian cities as  well as in North West Europe with extended periods in The UK, The Netherlands, and Belgium although there were other business interests along the way including being a restaurateur, photographer, journalist.

Following a mental health breakdown, Bob was formally diagnosed Autistic when he was 57 and ADHD the following year. He is from a large family where most of the siblings live with an assortment of psychosocial disabilities including Bipolar, Anxiety disorders, C-PTSD, BPD, depression et al.

In addition to the Committee of Management for PWdWA, Bob is a member of the Disability Health Network Executive Advisory group, the WA Electoral Commission Disability Reference Panel; he is on various Autism research oversight committees at Curtin Uni and is a board member of the South West Autism Network.

Tara Le flohic 

Committee Member

A photo of TaraTara is a former financial counsellor, tenant advocate and credit conciliator having worked in NGO and government sectors who holds a Bachelor of Social Science Diploma of Mental Health and Diploma of Counselling.
 
Tara is an ardent campaigner, utilising a human rights framework, for access to safe affordable sustainable secure housing for those experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity.
 
Tara is using her own experience of homelessness to promote the need for social and public housing policy reform to make having a home a human right not a privilege.

Kat Johns

Committee Member

A photo of Kat with her body on a slight angleKat is an autistic activist and advocate. She has a passion for structural equality in employment, education, housing and justice. She is also an LGBT community member and brings an intersectional experience.

By way of professional experience, Kat has worked in government and non government organisations including as a Lead Commissioner, Principal Programme Manager and Logistics Lead.

 

Erin Marshall

Committee Member

Erin MarshallErin has a Bachelor of Criminology and Justice from Edith Cowan University and a Diploma of Community Services from West Coast TAFE. 

Erin works part-time for the Department of Finance and volunteers as a Justice of the Peace.  Until recently, she was Chair of Diverse Leadership Incorporated, and has completed the LeadAbility course through Leadership WA and the One Board with Me Project through PwDWA.

Erin grew up in Perth, WA and developed Cerebral Palsy from being born prematurely. She also has a pacemaker.  Erin is glad to be able to contribute to disability advocacy in WA through her involvement with PwDWA.

Samantha Connor

Committee Member

Sam is a previous board member of PWDWA and knows the organisation well. Ending her term early to take up a work position at the organisation, building peer support groups in WA. It is a source of great joy to Sam that members of some of the peer groups that she helped support have been past and present Board members for PWDA.

Sam currently sits on the Board of PWDA, the peak national body for disabled people, and previously held the role of Vice President in 2015. She is a passionate and dedicated activist for disability rights and always put our rights first. Sam is a disabled woman and carer – having limb girdle muscular dystrophy and use a wheelchair for mobility and is autistic, with ADHD.   Sam is a member of a number of groups and also one of the Convenors of NDIS Grassroots Discussion.


 

Brendan Cullinan

Executive Director

Photo of BrendanBrendan is married to Jane and has two children. He has held a number of senior management positions in his 23 years’ experience in working in and with the not-for-profit sector across WA in roles with the State government and community member-based organisations. Brendan has volunteered in the disability sector since 2012 and has been actively engaged in a range of social inclusion projects.

 

 

Erika Webb

Secretariat

Erika WebbErika provides Secretariat support to the Committee of Management and has lived experience of disability as a person with albinism, resulting in vision impairment.

Erika volunteers on many committees undertaking systemic advocacy for people with disabilities. Erika’s expertise is in social media, systemic and individual advocacy, policy development, administration, event planning, document management, information management, record keeping, archival documentation and libraries.

Erika represents people with disabilities and people with sensory impairments on a range of committees and groups.  These groups include Vulnerable Road User Advisory Group for the Road Safety Commission of WA, Disability Advisory Group and Cycling and Pedestrian Advisory Group for Main Roads WA, Disability Access and inclusion Group for Perth Stadium, and Access and Inclusion working group on the Forrestfield Airport train link project.