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Our people

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Testimonial: "The great thing about having supports like ACD is that they actually have a lot of knowledge." - Parent

Our people

ACD is run by and for families of children with disability.

Our Board and staff bring both personal experience and diverse skills to the work we do supporting families.

At least 60% of ACD’s Board are people with disability or family members of children with disability.

ACD Board

President – Catherine Devine

Catherine is the mother of three young boys, one of whom has complex medical needs and disability. Catherine has a corporate background in marketing, communications and events.

Vice President – Mikel Dean

Mikel lives in regional Victoria with this family, including his young daughter with disability. Mikel has extensive executive management experience.

Secretary – Dr Ronelle Hutchinson

Ronelle is the parent of children with disability and a corporate director with experience in the health and education sectors.

Treasurer – Vignesh Ravi

Vignesh is a Chartered Accountant and works as a Financial Reporting Manager in public health. He has a family connection to disability.

Craig Anderson

Craig is the father of a young man with complex physical and intellectual disability. Craig has had a career in public and university libraries and served on a number of library industry-related Boards.

Shannon Burnett

Shannon is a person with disability and an NDIS participant, he is also carer for his partner. Shannon is a teacher with a passion for science education for students with disability. 

Eleanore Fritze

Eleanore is the parent of a preschool-aged child with disability. Professionally Eleanore is a lawyer with a focus on disability rights. 

Anita McKenzie

Anita is the parent of two school-aged children with disability. She currently works in community and stakeholder engagement. Anita has experience as a human resource manager in both the public and private sector.

Ajsela Siskovic

Ajsela is a mum to two preschool-aged children. Her passion for supporting children with disability and their families was sparked through her work at Victorian Legal Aid where she worked as a solicitor assisting families with NDIS appeals. Ajsela is currently a lawyer at a family violence service. 

Susan Stork-Finlay

Susan is the mother of two children with disability and has a disability herself. Susan is an occupational therapist and disability advocate.

Leadership team

CEO, Karen Dimmock
Educate Manager, Kylee Brealey
Support Manager, Carlie Lewis
Partnerships and Communications Manager, Heather Wallace