Board Member Profiles

Sarah MacDermott
(Chair) email

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 specialised 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.

Christine Bosch
(Co-Vice Chair) email

Christine Bosch qualified as a Speech Pathologist and Audiologist in South Africa in 1996 and has 23 years clinical experience. She worked in schools and private practice in Johannesburg and was involved in training pre-primary teachers of the private schools in Johannesburg in speech, language and auditory perceptual development. She was the Chairperson of the Speech-Language Hearing Association Private Practitioners’ Group from 2004 until 2010 when she immigrated to Australia with her husband. Christine then completed her training as an ASD diagnostic assessor and joined WAADF.

Christine currently works at Therapy Focus as an Advanced Clinician Speech Pathologist. She is a Certified Practising member of Speech Pathology Australia. Christine is also the Co-ordinator of Autism Diagnostic Portfolio at Therapy Focus and is loves working with and advocating for people living with autism and their families. She is also passionate about upskilling clinicians in providing intervention to people with ASD.

Nikki Campbell
(Co-Vice Chair) email

Nikki currently works at Therapy Focus in her capacity as a speech and language pathologist and as part of their Autism Diagnostic Team. She is a practicing member of Speech Pathology Australia with 20 years of clinical experience, mainly in the provision of services to paediatric clients.

After qualifying as a Speech and Language Pathologist and Audiologist in 1999 and completing her Master of Science in Speech Pathology in 2003, Nikki went on to work in New York City (USA), London (UK), and Cape Town (South Africa). In 2015 she moved with her family to Perth. Nikki has a special interest in ASD diagnostics and is passionate about working with clients with ASD.

Robyn Weinstein
(Treasurer) email

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.

Emina Cholich
(Secretary) email

Coming Soon.

Scott Sadler
(Web Manager) email

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.

Carolyn Lynch
(Membership Officer) email

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.

Diane Kounis
(Ordinary Member)

Diane has been involved in education over 30 plus years in early childhood, primary and high school contexts and joined WAADF in 2019.

She holds degrees from W.A.I.T (Curtin) and ECU.

As a Consultant her role is to support schools in managing inclusion and assuring the adjustments for students with disabilities are made so that curriculum access is equitable.

Working with students with disabilities and their families has allowed her to experience and advise on pathways for families to consider in their child’s education and transition into adult life.

John Schad
(Ordinary Member)

Coming Soon.