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

Emina Cholich is a Senior Registered Psychologist and is currently completing her Clinical Psychology endorsement program with AHPRA. She has completed research in the area of Autism Diagnostic assessment gold standard processes, and received a National Prize from the APS for her research and clinical work throughout her Clinical Psychology Training at University.

She has worked with Autistic children, adolescents and adults for 11 years in both an assessment and therapeutic capacity. Emina has a particular interest in diagnostic assessment and long-term systemic intervention with adolescents and adults presenting with neurodiversity and complex mental health comorbidity.

Emina has travelled abroad and done outreach work in Indonesia and Lithuania. In Lithuania part of her role was to work with the education department and provide training to their teaching staff in practical ways to support autistic and other neurodiverse children integrate in mainstream classrooms.

Emina is committed to providing an evidence-based, supportive, and collaborative assessment process which focuses on the individual learning more about themselves, and integrating their diagnosis as a unique and positive aspect of their identity. As well as learning to manage the challenges that come along with it.

Scott Sadler
(Web Manager) email

Scott has worked on the WAADF website since late 2012 and currently works at Spectrum Space (formerly Autism West) since July 2013, managing all IT related matters such as the website, social media, newsletters and membership. He also assists with event management and administration duties.

Scott grew up with autism and previously worked almost 10 years in a library. He has studied his Certificate 3 and 4 in IT, and enjoys snooker, reading, movies and supports the West Coast Eagles.

In 2017 Scott was a semi-finalist for the Western Australian Young Achiever Awards in the Community Service and Volunteering Award category.

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)

John Schad is a teacher with over 18 years’ experience in working with individuals with autism. Before coming to Perth, John worked for 12 years at the Princeton Child Development Institute (PCDI) – a private, centre-based educational program for individuals with autism. During his employment there he attended Holy Family University and received a Masters of Education, with duel certifications in Primary Education and Special Education. While at PCDI he worked in a variety of roles including teacher and trainer in the institute’s Adult Life-Skills Program. This included a five-year appointment at Mountainview, one of the Institute’s group homes, where he resided with his family and 5 adults with autism, under the Teaching Family model of intervention.

Since moving to Australia John has worked at the School of Special Educational Needs: Disability as a Consulting Teacher with the Autism Education Service, providing support to schools and students with ASD. While working at SSEND, he completed a graduate certification program at the University of West Florida and is now a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.

He currently is the Program Coordinator for the Specialised Learning Program for Students with Autism at Samson Primary School. The program provides evidence based interventions for students with ASD.