Directors for 2017-18 elected 16 September 2017

John Salter (President)

John has been living on the Sunshine Coast since 1995. He received his PhD from the University of New South Wales. Before this he was teaching with the School of English at UNSW, and later became the inaugural Literature Lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast (1996). He was later appointed Language Lecturer for the Postgraduate Qualifying Program (for international students) at Griffith University, a position which he held until his retirement in 2001. During that time, and since, John has developed an ever-deepening interest in community living, biodynamics, and the study (and life practice) of the writings of Rudolf Steiner (Anthroposophy). John joined the Management Committee of SCILS in 2011, and was appointed to president in 2013.

Helen Wilkinson

Helen has been living in the hinterland for eight years and moved to Nambour early in 2016. She is a community development worker and project facilitator; a place-maker and story gatherer, and a teacher of language and literacy. Helen first worked in the not for profit sector in 2004 with asylum seekers in Brisbane. She has since coordinated diverse community projects with people from all walks of life across the country. Helen currently teaches at the Queensland University of Technology, runs a small business with her husband, and is the president of the Glasshouse Mountains Neighbourhood Centre. She lives in Burnside with her husband and their old dog, Rusty.

Jess Doak

Jess was appointed to the Management Committee by the other members in February to fill the position vacated by Bron Crowther

Personally, I have a keen interest in ensuring people with a disability are treated respectfully by the community, and given adequate supports needed to live a fulfilled life. From a professional perspective, I have gained interest in disability support services from the work I have conducted in my research role (predominately working with people who have an intellectual disability), and my volunteer work with the RDA.

Jess is Currently studying Master of Psychology (Clinical) postgraduate student at University of the Sunshine Coast. A current Research Assistant at University of the Sunshine Coast, working in Psychology under supervision of Dr Jonathan Mason (experienced Clinical Psychologist with vast experience in forensic disability services); Jess was involved in the project based around communication accuracy for the NDIS’s new technology developments.

Leah King

Leah was appointed to the Management Committee by the other members in April to fill the position vacated by Richard Fisher

Leah attended QUT, where she completed a dual degree in Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Justice, and then a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Leah graduated in 2015, and was admitted as a lawyer in the Queensland Supreme Court. She currently works for Schultz Toomey O’Brien (Slater and Gordon Lawyers) in litigation; with her main practice area in personal injury including motor vehicle accidents, workers’ compensation and public liability.

She volunteers at a number of organisations.

Jennie James (Secretary)

Jennie has been living in Australia since 1994 and in the Sunshine Coast since 1999. Jennie has a long history of working in financial institutions, mostly within accounting and finance and project and systems development. Jennie firstly became an active member of a management committee (and association secretary) while working at the Steiner School in Noosa, and has attended courses with respect to the Secretary Role.

Jennie has been employed in the position of Finance and Business Manager here at SCILS since July 2008, and took on the role of the Association Secretary in 2011.

 I have gained so much personally in working here at SCILS – in an organisation that supports and advocates for people with a disability, and I have a keen interest in assisting SCILS in its preparations towards NDIS readiness.

New Directors

One of our strategic objectives is to “increase membership of the Management Committee”, in so doing engage individual community members and the broader community in the association.

New Directors 2017-18

Jed McCormack

  • Jed has been a successful businessman, and is now in semi-retirement,
  • Jed is currently studying at University of the Sunshine Coast for a PhD in Psychology,
  • Jed is also currently organising the support of 3 people with disabilities with high and complex support needs,
  • Jed organises and trains the staff and has direct contact with the clients, Parent to parent administers the funding, and hence Jed has a close working relationship with Parent to Parent.

Joe Humphries (Treasurer)

Father to one of our clients: Joe is keen to support SCILS in its preparations for readiness for the new NDIS landscape.

Joe has a history of experience in finance across a diverse set of industries, and an active involvement in community and political roles

Donna Reilly

My name is Donna Reilly and I currently own and operate “Nationwide Mobility Vehicles” with my husband. We have owned 2 other businesses here on the Sunshine Coast since 1991 and employed staff with both businesses.

Our current business we started in late 2016 and are currently working on marketing and promotion for this business, which along with Sales is a Hire business, through this we met Paul and some of the team from SCILS and we are currently helping on their monthly BBQ’s at Bunnings when we are available.

My skill set is managerial, administration, book-keeping, record keeping, liasing with Accounts and Financial Advisors, organisational skills, organising staff within previous and current businesses.

I have also been very involved with Sunshine Coast Netball here on the Coast up until two (2) years ago, in both a Coaching and Management position having been on several Management Committees during my time with them.

I look forward to being part of this team that will only see the future of SCILS develop further and with the incoming of the NDIS of which our company is a Registered Provider the dynamics of a non-profit organisation are going to be so different and if I can help with this journey then I will have achieved a great thing.

Michelle Knights

 Michelle Knights has been working in the disability sector for 27 years.  Beginning her career as a parent advocate she worked with various parent groups, community based organisations and government departments to improve outcomes for students with a disability.  She then moved to managing programs for the Cerebral Palsy League, Inclusion Plus, Family Planning Queensland.  She then moved to the training sector working for TAFE Qld and the Department of Education and Training in a variety of roles including teaching and the Senior Project Officer for the Disability and Community Services Skilling Plans.  She also began a company– Respite Directions – which offered direct support, case management and consultancy services.

Michelle currently has her own Training and Assessment Company – IXL in Training Pty Ltd – and works part-time for Parent to Parent as part of the Community Partnerships team.  She is passionate about improving the lives of people with a disability and also raising the standards of workers in the sector through training.