Our Team

Our team’s professional expertise, combined with their passion for equality enables us to provide a strategic and holistic approach to the services we offer, in order to build the capacity and well-being of individuals, families, carers and communities through advocacy and support services.

KARRYN GOODE

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

With a comprehensive background in the employment services industry, Karryn is fuelled by passion for social justice and individual empowerment.

Karryn has been a member of our Board since 2012, serving as our Chairperson since October 2015 to December 2018. Karryn started as our CEO in early 2019, and with her appointment, RIAC is looking at opprotunities to continue to grow and assist our most vulnerable Australians to have their voices heard.

AMANDA ROBINSON

BUSINESS SYSTEMS MANAGER

Amanda is a passionate advocate with a long history in working within the collaborative recovery model of mental health. Amanda also has a flair for creativity and business, and previously moved from her advocacy/NDIS Appeals role at RIAC to our Quality Assurance Manager.

Amanda further has commenced a Management role for the Disability Royal Commission and oversees the RIAC Disability Royal Commission Advocate.

SANDRA BOYD

REGIONAL OFFICE MANAGER

Sandra is RIAC’s office manager who oversees all of our financial operations and other office requirements. Sandra is one of the cogs that keeps the machine turning, and she always provides a positive contribution to the overall operation of RIAC.

NICOLE JAMES

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Nicole started out at RIAC as a fierce NDIS Appeals and Reviews Advocate, and quickly made her way to the NDIS Appeals Manager.

Nicole’s role as Operations Manager overlooks our NDIS appeals, general advocacy and access and support programs to ensure its smooth operation. Nicole has an extensive background in disability, teaching and advocacy and has a passion for social justice and change.

Our Board

PETER CARKEEK

CHAIRPERSON

An extensive career inside the education sector combined with a passion for equality led Peter to join our Board in July 2017.

MICHELLE CHURCH

VICE CHAIRPERSON

SOPHIE RATNATUNGA

ORDINARY MEMBER

In addition to her extensive Human Resources career, Sophie has many years of voluntary community service experience.  This in addition to her strong passion for equality led Sophie to join our Board in March 2017.

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MICHAEL CURTIS

ORDINARY MEMBER

Combining an extensive accounting career within the public sector with his own personal experiences, Michael has been on our Board since 2015.  His passion for a connected community sees him play a key role in a large number of community groups.

CARLI LEISHMAN

ORDINARY MEMBER

Carli chose to join the board of RIAC to apply the lens of Social Work which brings with it a rights-based and evidence-informed approach to corporate governance. Having admired the advocacy work of the organisation for some time, she felt that this was a great opportunity to give back. 

Carli has worked in the Aged Care sector for the last four years and has recently moved into the NFP sector as a research officer for a local agency in Mildura. 

ALBERT AMADEI

ORDINARY MEMBER

 

MANDY RITCHIE

ORDINARY MEMBER

A dedicated, compassionate, resourceful, and resilient. Mandy believes in giving back to the community.

”I am passionate about walking along side individuals and organisations championing the rights of minority groups and marginalised individuals, in rural and regional Victoria to ensure their voice is heard and they have equal access to Service, Programs and the Advocacy Support they, their families and carers need to live the life they choose and thrive in their community.

I believe in building individual capacity to navigate and provide feedback about difficulties they face when seeking supports for daily living within our complex health and government funded services.

I bring a lived experience, a consumer of disability services and a community services sector perspective to the organisation. I understand systemic barriers to equal access and equity and gaps in service provision in our public and private sectors.

I am an optimist, have 17 years’ experience working in the Loddon Mallee community service sector, believe we have excellent program and supports in our communities for people living with a disability, however, I always strive for systems improvement regarding equal access and equity and search for ‘other possibilities’, ways in which we can continue to find creative and practical ways to support individual, family and carer’s health and wellness outcomes.

I am currently employed in Bendigo Health’s Dual Diagnosis Unit as a lived experience worker emotionally and practically supporting individuals with co-existing mental health and substance use disorders with their unique recovery journeys. I am a lived experience speaker and volunteer with LiverWELL formerly Hepatitis Victoria. I have several years’ experience as an in-home disability and personal care support worker and volunteered with Country Awareness Network (CAN) for 17 years, CAN represented the needs of and was a voice for our local GLBTIQ community promoting and advocating for inclusive practices and provided education, referral and supports for individuals living with blood borne viruses and sexually transmitted infections”.

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