Chief Executive Officer
Leah Kateiva is CEO of the Rights Information and Advocacy Centre and has many years of experience working in community services and has served on the Board of RIAC previously for 3 years. Leah has a ‘lived experience’ and understanding of the need for advocacy for people with disabilities.
Previously, in the last 10 years Leah has worked at Villa Maria and Red Cross in Community Development and Management Roles and helped set up many new programs for Carers in the Hume region.
Leah has spent many years providing volunteer advocacy for people with disabilities in the Campaspe region. Leah was Chairman of the Kyabram Carer Support Group and represented Carers at many State Government forums.
Karryn Goode is currently employed with Goulburn Ovens TAFE managing the Client Service Centre for Victoria. Karryn has a keen interest in the Social Justice for people with disabilities after working in the Employments Services sector for the past 10 years. Karryn has now been a RIAC Board member for the past 3 years, and in the role as Chairperson since October 2015.
Karryn believes in the rights of all people to have a choice and direct their own lives whenever possible.
Vice Chair Person
Adriano Pati. has been a member of the RIAC Board since 2010. Adriano is extremely passionate about equal rights for all and treating people with respect. Adriano completed a course of study in community services which has given him great insight into the community services sector. Adriano is looking forward to being part of RIAC’s future and continuing to provide a service to those in need.
Kathryn Harris – currently on leave
Kathryn is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a Chartered Tax Advisor. She has a Bachelor of Commerce, a Graduate Diploma in Advanced Taxation and a Graduate Certificate in Business and Technology. For the last 14 years she has been a partner in a successful accounting firm. Kathryn’s interest in RIAC comes from needing to be an an advocate for her son who has a severe vision impairment. Kathryn brings many years of board experience with her to RIAC as well as substantial financial management skills.
Thomas Kilmartin grew up in the Goulburn Valley and is currently working as a solicitor at Dawes & Vary Riordan in Shepparton. He works primarily in commercial and property law however has a strong interest in advocacy which is in part due to his involvement with the not-for-profit community legal sector. Thomas has an interest in learning languages and is enjoying being back in regional Victoria after a number of years in Melbourne and abroad
Michael Curtis joined our board in 2015 after receiving advocacy assistance from RIAC regarding mediation around some personal issues and application for a Disability Support Pension.
In his past life as an Accountant in public practice he had more than 30 years experience, 18 of which he ran his own sole practice. He brings this depth of knowledge and experience to our Board.
Michael is heavily involved in the community being the organize of the Shepparton Grow group, member of the Tatura Lions club, Tatura Planning Committee, Tatura Amateur Basketball Association, Tatura Pool Advisory Committee and Shepparton Suicide Prevention Network.
Edmund Wong recently joined the RIAC board in 2016. He currently serves as Vice President of Tax & Accounting at Thomson Reuters and is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He spent over 20 years at Hewlett-Packard in senior roles and was based in the US for 10 years. Edmund’s interest in RIAC stems from his personal involvement with extended family members with disabilities and a wish to see social justice for people with disabilities.