SASI is a not-for-profit, non-government organisation governed by a board of eight community members. Our board is made up of parents, as well as public and private sector advocates. SASI’s Board meets each month and is committed to SASI’s best practice methodology. Terms of governance and service provision are key considerations for the future of SASI.
Angelia is a highly experienced health sector executive and joined the Board this year. Her skills include governance, risk management, strategic planning and patient safety. A Peninsula resident, Angelia is CEO of the Pancare Foundation and previously held Executive General Manager roles at Ambulance Victoria and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute. Joining SASI in 2016, Angelia has held previous Board positions with Impact and Melba Support Services.
B App Sc, MBA, MACHSE
Special Responsibilities: Member of Quality & Risk Committee
Rob has extensive experience in the health and human services sector at both practitioner and executive management levels. He is actively involved in policy development including peak body representation and has a strong focus on stakeholder engagement and governance particularly in the not-for-profit sector.
Rob is the current Independent Chair of Headspace Frankston and Executive Director of SEHCP Inc. He has held many Non -Executive Director roles in Health, Education and Community organisations.
Rob has demonstrated capacity in strategic business planning and direction, financial and capital management, project evaluation and oversight of human resource management.
GAICD, Master of Applied Science (Organisation Dynamics), Grad Dip Business Leadership, Grad Dip Recreation (Planning & Management)
Special Responsibilities: Chair of Quality & Risk Committee
Rosy is a corporate tax specialist focused on advising organisations and their owners in navigating tax risk and opportunities through the life cycle of their business. She has broad industry experience across corporate transactions/exit events and restructuring to optimise business growth/strategic objectives.
Rosie also supports ongoing tax compliance and promotes advisory relationships with organisations through their growth journeys – from both the company and shareholder perspective.
Special Responsibilities: Member of Finance & Audit Committee
David originally joined SASI as an Independent Adviser on the Finance Committee. He has broad expertise in the finance and audit area, and works in the local community working with a number of Not for Profit clients.
David has experience working with many Boards in his role as auditor and has an in-depth knowledge of the fiduciary duties of a Director. David has a passion for music and exercise and is involved in community sport.
BSc (Business), MBA, CPA , Tax agent, Dip Financial Planning
Special Responsibilities: Member Finance & Audit Committee
Catherine is a GP with over 30 years of experience in community medicine. She has been on several boards including two Aged care facilities and Amaze. She has an adult son on the autism spectrum.
Special responsibilities: Parent & Carer Committee, Quality & Risk Committee.
Special Responsibilities: Member of Parent, Carer & Client Committee
Tony has over 30 years’ experience in senior management roles in the healthcare sector both in Australia and the United States and is the founder and CEO of Christmas Corporate Advisory, a consulting firm advising healthcare companies on strategy.
Tony remains active in his local community and is a current volunteer with the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Victoria. Tony joined the SASI Board in 2011 and was Deputy Chair from 2014-2018
Special Responsibilities: Independent Chair of Finance & Audit Committee
Chair of Finance
David is a professional Non-Executive Director (NED), following a career in Investment Management. He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and Bachelor of Economics from the Australian National University, is a Chartered Financial Analyst, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
He holds several Directorships across a spectrum of areas including children’s charities (Morialta Trust), sustainability (SolarShare Community Energy), and health (Perinatal Wellbeing Centre). David is passionate about: health, families, infrastructure, and renewable energy
Member of Q&R Committee
Barry has a professional background in Risk Management, Governance, Strategy development, Process Improvement and Compliance. He has worked in education, health and aged care, and has qualifications in risk mgt, auditing and OHS. Barry has held a number of Director roles in a range of NFP’s, is currently a Board member of a Disability Provider in regional Victoria and is a Certificated member of the Governance Institute of Australia.
Member of Marketing & Events Committee
Carol has combined a successful international academic research career in financial, social, climate change and environmental accounting, reporting and assurance with senior leadership, governance and global standard setting roles.
Carol is a Chartered Accountant, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD)and has
served on a number of NFP Boards. Carol is a member of the Policy Leadership Board, Institute of
Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), Chair, Sustainability Panel, ICAS and Part-time Professor of
Accounting, at both Swinburne Business School, Melbourne and Durham
University Business School, UK. She is autistic.
At SASI we pride ourselves on our values based recruitment and retention of skilled and experienced staff. Our philosophy ensures that our staff share and display our core values of Integrity, Empowerment, Innovation and Expertise.
Chief Executive Officer
Kath is an Occupational Therapist and Ergonomist by background, who has worked in a range of primary, secondary and tertiary health settings in the UK and Australia over the past 30 years.
She is also an active Board Director, with roles as Deputy Chair of a local NFP, member of Headspace Quality & Risk Committee and Nominations Committee of a local Primary Health Network.
BAppSc(OT), Dip OH&S & Ergonomics, MAICD
Chief Operating Officer
With a background in Economics and more than 20 years’ experience in the Private, Corporate and Not for Profit sectors, at SASI, Melissa is leading an entirely new approach to service delivery under the NDIS whilst maintaining business-as-usual operations across a diverse portfolio of services.
Melissa was selected into the 20/21 Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) and holds a number of voluntary board and committee positions with charitable and benevolent organisations and she is a passionate advocate for grass root sports.
Chief Financial Officer
Nikki is a qualified CA with over 20 years’ experience working across many industries and organisational structures including FMCG, manufacturing, education, aged care, retail and not for profit organisations.
With strong understanding of tax law, human resources, accounting compliance and statutory obligations, Nikki has the knowledge, systems and practices to assist SASI in meeting their compliance and accounting requirements whilst also providing strategic advice that drives business growth.
Our focus and specialty with clients with ASD ensures that our staff are across the latest development in this area and ensure that our focus is on Positive Behaviour Support, which enables us to provide high quality, evidence based supports for clients with high and complex needs who frequently present with behaviours of concern.
Our qualified specialized multidisciplinary teams use a person centered framework to provide holistic and meaningful supports to clients with ASD. Our staff are able to take an evidence-based approach through Positive Behaviour Support and our Goal Mastery to increase our client’s quality of life and decrease the frequency and severity of their behaviours of concern.
Agency staff are only used in emergencies and make up less than 1% of our staffing support, we achieve this through being an employer of choice within the Disability Sector.
Past Board Members
Dr Yi-Lee Phang
Yi-Lee Phang is the Principal GP at Essendon Fields Medical Centre. He has interests in occupational health, clinical governance and medical education. He plays an active role with the Australian Army Reserves. Yi-Lee also supervises GP Registrars and Medical Students from Monash University.
MBBS, LLB, GradCertMedAcup, MOccEnvHlth, FRACGP, GAICD
Vivienne is a qualified company director, strategist and marketer with more than 20 years’ experience. Using her skills in strategy, corporate and clinical governance, marketing and development, she has worked in the health sector for organisations such as Paraquad, Scope, Alfred Health and Red Cross. She is a Director of strategic consultancy Marketing Logic and is also on the boards of Scouts Victoria and the Victorian Opera. Vivienne joined the Board in 2015 and is a former Chair of the Frankston Arts Centre.
BA, Grad.Dip Mktg FAICD FAMI
Gerard has over 25 years’ experience in Commonwealth investigations and professional standards. As a parent of three adult children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, he advocates strongly for the rights of those with disabilities. Gerard’s children have been associated with SASI services since 2015.
Special Responsibilities: Member of Parent, Carer & Client Committee
Louise has had over 30 years professional experience and leadership roles in Australia, Asia and the USA, across a range of sectors including Retail, Marketing, The Arts and Fundraising. She has had a number of years of Director experience across a range of private organisations. She remains a director on the board of EKKO world after 9 years
Special Responsibilities: Chair of Strategy, Chair of Marketing & Events