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.
Jacinta joined the board at the end of 2018. She is currently the ambassador for the Curtin Specialist Mentoring Program and works as a Data Scientist and Technical Writer for Optika Solutions. She graduated in 2016 from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science Majoring in Physics in the Astrophysics Stream. Jacinta is an autistic woman who is passionate about educating others about autism and has presented at a number of events at Curtin and for Telethon Kids to raise awareness and educate others around the strengths of people with autism.
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.
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.
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.
Rikki joined the Board in February 2019 and has over seven years fundraising, marketing and volunteer management experience. She holds both a Commerce and an Arts degree from Curtin University as well as a Master of Management from the University of Sydney. Rikki currently sits on the WA State Committee for the Fundraising Institute of Australia and the Autism West Marketing Committee. As well as being nominated for a WA Excellence in Volunteer Management Award in 2017, Rikki is the 2019 WA Young Fundraiser of the Year.
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.
Victoria is a qualified Occupational Therapist and has held a number of senior management positions in the health care industry. For the past 10 years she has worked on the Curtin University Medical School Project. Prior to joining Curtin, Victoria held various managerial/leadership positions in the health care industry both in Australia and England over a 20 year period. Victoria holds a B.Sc. degree from Curtin University, a graduate teaching diploma from Murdoch University and a Masters in Management and Leadership in Education from the University of Newcastle.
Autism West Staff