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

-BA (Philosophy), MMenthealthPrac

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 is the Manager of the Access & Support Team, Strengthening Parents Support Program, and is responsible for our Quality Assurance Management, social media and marketing.

SANDRA BOYD

REGIONAL OFFICE MANAGER

Sandra is RIAC’s Regional 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, and general advocacy 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.

COLLEEN FURLANETTO OAM

ORDINARY MEMBER

Someone once told me to be passionate that means you do important and good things for free! Therefore, I am passionate about Diversity and Inclusion and active citizenship for everyone as that should not have to be something you pay for.

I chose to join the board, not because I was looking for something to do, as like everyone in the advocacy space we all work hard and long hours already. RIAC is a key essential resource for our Region, and I felt my values aligned with the organisation. I want to contribute to community and hopefully add to the work of RIAC via my role on the Board.

I have had wonderful opportunities as people have invested in me and my career over the years. Highlights as a nurse, councillor, and Mayor, Inaugural Disability Commissioner at the regulator of the taxi rideshare industry, now active in numerous Boards avails me to bring my voice and experience to the decision-making table.

My Volunteer and employment include, a former Registered Nurse for 20 years including working in disability and aged care, Councillor and Mayor where I served 2 terms 2008-2016, Disability Commissioner 3 years, Victorian Disability Advisory Council 6 years, 2 years as Chair, Volunteer with CFA 15 plus years, volunteering in many leadership roles including Chair of the North East Region Diversity and Inclusion Council. Various courses with the Australian Institute of Company Directors, currently studying a Diploma in Governance with the Institute of Community Directors Australia. Proud to be Fairly Leadership Alumni 2010, Williamson Community Leadership Program Alumni 2015. I was awarded in 2020 my OAM for my volunteering and work in community, health and disability.

ALBERT AMADEI

ORDINARY MEMBER

 

SHANNON BURDEU

ORDINARY MEMBER

Shannon is passionate about equity and inclusiveness – nobody should feel discriminated against or harassed due to any physical mental or other difference

 Shannon choose to join RIAC’s Board to use her skills to make a difference in the community.

Shannon is currently a Company Secretary/Executive officer at Community Bank Maldon & District, a NFP social enterprise which invests 80% of its profits back in the community.

Previous senior management roles at global tax firms.

Shannon comes to us with strong governance and legal professional with 15 years experience in the corporate and NFP sectors including over 10 years volunteering on Boards

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