Autism West Board
|Silvana Gaglia, Chairperson & Founder|
Silvana is one of the founders of Autism West, which was developed out of the parent run group FOCAS (Focus on Children on the Autism Spectrum), established in 2001. A parent of a child with autism, she is a passionate autism advocate, working tirelessly to improve services for families affected by autism. Silvana was one of the winners in the Impact 25 awards 2016.
|Mark Di Silvio, Treasurer|
Mark is a CPA qualified finance professional with over 25 years’ resources industry experience, having operated in an executive CFO capacity for mining organisations both locally and overseas for a number of years. Mark holds a Bachelor of Business degree and an MBA from the University of Western Australia. Mark is a parent of a child with autism.
Steve joined the Board in February 2016, and has worked extensively within the non-government sector, holding policy positions in mental health and primary health care sectors early in his career. Steve is now working as a management consultant across the health, ageing and disability sectors. He holds Science and Arts degrees from the Australian National University.
Nicole Kerr was appointed to the Board in December 2015 and has over 9 years’ experience as a director of numerous not-for-profit organisations. She has a thorough understanding of corporate governance and extensive experience working with membership organisations. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has a Master of Business Administration, an Advanced Diploma in Management and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.
Andrea Jones joined the Board in January 2015, and is currently the Director of Marketing Services at Curtin University. With more than 15 years experience in marketing and communications, Andrea has worked with some of the world’s top brands throughout the UK, South Africa and Australia. She has special interest in creating brand awareness for not-for-profits and has helped a number of small charities grow their brands in Western Australia. She has a Masters degree in Marketing accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing and is an alumni of Leadership WA. Click here for Andrea’s ‘About Autism West‘ page.
Lois Keay-Smith joined the Board in 2018 and is Director of Career Wisdom, a career transition consultancy. Lois has been involved in career counselling and coaching for the past 13 years and has held a State Manager role with a national not-for-profit youth mentoring organisation. She has worked with young people with cancer, professional athletes and those experiencing various challenges in navigating and transitioning their careers. Lois holds a Masters degree in Career Development and is a Fellow of Leadership WA.
Rachael is a CPA qualified accountant with experience in the WA medical device distribution and government utility sectors, with a focus on helping businesses improve decision making, financial stability and performance. She holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Accounting from Curtin University. Rachael is a parent of a teenager with autism, and is passionate about helping young people engage with and contribute to the wider community.
Autism West Staff