Our People

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.

Executive Team


Kath Ferry

Cheif Executive Officer

Background & Experience

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


Melissa Violani

Chief Operating Officer

Background & Experience

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.


Nikki Fraser

Chief Financial Officer

Background & Experience

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 Staff

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.