Board member profiles

Sarah MacDermott (Chair)

Sarah qualified as a Speech Language Pathologist at W.A.I.T. (now Curtin University) and then worked in a range of roles within Disability Services Commission. She then lived and worked in Los Angeles California and completed an MA in Education. Over the course of her career Sarah has worked in a variety of roles in home, clinic, centre based and school settings and increasingly specialized in working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Sarah is Hanan Certified, is an SAS (Secret Agent Society) social skills program facilitator, and a Certified Special Needs Quality Life Coach.

Sarah is also the proud mother of twin daughters who are now young adults and who are both on the Autism Spectrum (this was included with their permission).

Sarah has been a longtime WAADF Board member and was the founding Chairperson of WAADF when it became incorporated in 2004.

Ritu Campbell (Vice Chair)

Ritu Campbell is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice, with a wide range of clinical experience and a specific interest in ASD. She has previously worked as a Senior Psychologist with Disability Services Commission. Ritu is a recognized specialist ASD assessor. She has been a long term member of WAADF, was the group´s initial Meeting Coordinator, and has been a board member and Vice Chair since its incorporation.

Robyn Weinstein (Treasurer)

Robyn Weinstein qualified as a Speech Pathologist and Audiologist at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and in addition has a Diploma in Remedial Education.

Robyn has worked for over 30 years in the areas of the diagnosis and management of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Social Skill Difficulties, Speech (including Dyspraxia), Language & Literacy Development & Difficulties, Auditory Processing Disorders, Neuro-rehabilitation (including Traumatic Brain Injuries), and Rehabilitation of children with Hearing Losses.

Ongoing education and attendance of various conferences, lectures, workshops and courses on current research and treatment methods is a priority for Robyn.

Robyn is committed and passionate about working as part of a team, with families and most importantly the individual.

Regina Ledo (Secretary)

Regina Ledo is a Psychologist with over 25 years experience in working with individuals with autism and their families. Regina studied at Murdoch University; while undertaking post-graduate studies she joined the landmark Murdoch University Young Autism Project and began her career in supporting individuals with autism. She spent 12 years at the Princeton Child Development Institute (PCDI) - a private, center-based educational program for individuals with autism, the majority of these as a trainer in the institute´s early intervention, education, and adult programs. This included a five-year appointment at Mountainview, one of in the institute´s group homes, where she resided with her family under the Teaching Family model. Regina is currently in private practice, consulting to families and agencies supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

Scott Sadler (Web Manager)

Scott has worked on the WAADF website since late 2012 and currently works at Autism West since July 2013, managing the organisations IT, website, social media and more. Scott is also on the autism spectrum, has studied his Certificate 3 and 4 in IT, and also worked in a library for almost 10 years.

Tania Dawson (Web Forum Moderator)

Tania Dawson is a Clinical Psychologist with experience in the Autism field locally and internationally in Indonesia and New Zealand. She has worked as an ABA programmer and therapist, specialist Autism assessor and private clinician providing counselling to children, adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, other developmental disabilities and comorbid mental health conditions and their families. She has also worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and in Women's Health in W.A.

Carolyn Lynch (Membership Officer)

Carolyn is a Certified Practicing speech pathologist with 15 years' experience working in the paediatric disability sector as well as the private sector.

Since 2008 Carolyn has worked predominantly with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder, and she has a keen interest in the Australian based research for people with ASD. For several years Carolyn has specialised in ASD assessment and diagnosis and has been a participating member of the WAADF for several years.

Lynda Chadwick (Ordinary Member)

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Johana Stefan (Ordinary Member)

Dr Johana Stefan is a dual fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Paediatrics) and the Royal Australian and NZ College of Psychiatrists, with certification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is a Clinical Senior Lecturer with the University of Western Australia and is also involved in postgraduate teaching and examination of psychiatrists and paediatricians in training. She has worked as a child psychiatrist in a variety of hospital and community settings in WA, in both public and private practice.

Alpana Kulkarni (Ordinary Member)

Dr Alpana Kulkarni has extensive experience in the management of a wide range of medical, developmental and behavioural problems in children and young people from 0-18 years of age. She is a Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Physicians since 2005. She was awarded Telethon Fellowship in 2004 for research in autism phenotype genotype study.

She has been working as General and Behavioural /Developmental Pediatrician at Child Development Centre (West Perth and Armadale) and in the private sector (Wexford Kids, Suite 49 ,Wexford Medical Centre -SJOG ) since 2005. She is also appointed as Senior Clinical Lecturer at School of Paediatrics and Child Health (UWA). She is a member of the Neurobehavioural and Paediatric Society of Australasia (NBPSA).

Carole Caccetta (Ordinary Member)

Carole is a private developmental paediatrician, trained and based in Perth, with background in multidisciplinary assessment and management of children with developmental difficulties, in the Child Development Service WA.

Jenny Hogan (Ordinary Member)

Jenny Hogan trained in medicine and in paediatrics in WA, with over 20 years of both rural (Port Hedland and environs) and metropolitan experience, and has been practising developmental paediatrics from the Fremantle Child Development Service since 2004.

She is an accredited ASD assessor with Child Development Services, and enjoys helping children and their families through the process from diagnosis of Autism to functional and fulfilled adulthood.

Jenny is a longstanding WAADF member and is also a member of the NeuroBehavioural and Paediatric Society of Australasia (NBPSA).

Nikki Panotidis (Ordinary Member)

Dr Nikki Panotidis is a Perth trained and based Developmental Paediatrician currently working in private practice. She has extensive experience in General and Developmental Paediatrics, in the public and private sectors, having worked in remote, rural and metropolitan services. Nikki also spent years completing multidisciplinary assessments and management of children with developmental difficulties, in the Child Development Service. She is a longstanding WAADF member and a Founding Board member of the Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australasia (NBPSA).