Silvana is one of the founders of Autism West (now Spectrum Space), 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 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.
Judi is a qualified speech pathologist and educator who has spent many years managing and implementing educational, health and welfare reforms across a range of large government departments and in non-government organisations, both in Western Australia and internationally.
Judi holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech and Hearing) from Melbourne University, a Diploma in Education from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Business Administration from Curtin University.
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.
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.
Ursula is an Associate Lawyer specialising in family law at Paterson & Dowding. She is especially passionate about advocating for parents of autistic children and joined Spectrum Space as a board member in May 2021. Ursula also volunteers for two of our social groups and has presented at our Symposium in the past. When she is not busy working and volunteering, she loves getting stuck into Stephen King novels – she highly recommends The Stand – and spending time with her beloved cat, Walter.
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.