Applications from the Existing Members
Marcia de Almeida
Marcia is a senior manager with a proven track record of successfully establishing and leading large scale projects, transformations and improvement programs around the world. She has held senior positions for major multinational organisations, owned strategic planning processes, managed multi-million dollar budgets and large, geographically dispersed, multicultural teams. Her assignment as a senior management consultant for the WA Department of Corrective Services enabled her to experience the impact of ADHD and associated comorbidities on individuals, families and communities. She feels privileged to make a contribution to ADHD WA by serving as Treasurer.
Since 2017, Ken Chan has served as Managing Director of Equity Lifting Solutions (ELS), a Perth-based oil and gas consultancy. In this role, he was responsible for capturing new market share and building a team of experienced consultants. The company has actively supported joint venture owners of all major Western Australian energy assets.
Before leading Equity Lifting Solutions he held technical and commercial roles of increasing responsibility at BP Australia and Chevron Australia, most recently as ADP Manager for Chevron on the Wheatstone LNG project.
He earned his Bachelors degree in Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from Curtin University in 2015, and a Masters of Business Administration from the Curtin Graduate School of Business in 2011. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed the Foundations of Directorship course. He is married with three daughters.
Kim joined ADHD WA as Secretary in September 2016. She has a background in management consulting and law and has made a career over the last 15 years in IT Project Management. She is focused on the delivery of organisational strategy using the discipline, transparency, stakeholder empowerment and inter-team collaboration that can be achieved by applying project principles. She has a BA LLB and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology. She is professionally accredited through the Project Management Institute and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Kim feels privileged to be involved in ADHD WA as an organisation that enables the achievement of individuals and provides meaningful support within a community.
Linda works for the Department of Education in a senior policy role. She has a Bachelor of Commerce and many years’ experience in small business. In her work in government, Linda has been involved with not-for-profit associations in many ways and is familiar with the requirements of the Associations Incorporations Act. Linda has significant experience in financial management and strategic expertise in areas such as policy, governance and risk management.
Linda has a passion for improving understanding and support for people affected by ADHD and is in the process of becoming an accredited ADHD Coach with the ADD Coach Academy.
Zyron Krupenia is trained as a Clinical Psychologist, and worked for many years in a Community Health Centre dealing primarily with child-related behaviour and developmental problems and problems related to marriage and family life. Zyron has been in private practice since 1984 and is the principal clinical psychologist at Premia Consulting Psychology in Scarborough, Perth. Zyron is a member of the following professional organisations: The Australian Psychological Society (APS), The APS College of Clinical Psychology, The Institute for Private Clinical Psychologists of Australia (IPCPA), and The Association of Clinical Psychologists of Australia (ACPA). He has been on the Professional Advisory Board of ADHD WA since its inception and is now also on the ADHD WA Management Board.
Catherine Natale joined ADHD (WA) as a member of the board of management in June 2019. She has over twenty five years experience in sales and marketing in the food and liquor wholesale industry. Catherine has a Bachelor of Arts (UWA), Grad Diploma Business (Marketing) and Master of Business Administration. She has a special interest in marketing strategy formulation and initiated ADHD (WA) Walk and Talks and You’re Invited Picnics in 2019. She feels privileged to be involved with such a proactive, professional organisation that offers support to parents of children with ADHD, adults with ADHD and health professionals.
Robyn Nettleton joined the ADHD WA team as a volunteer on the Support and Information Line in 2008. Robyn’s voice has been a point of call for people seeking more knowledge about ADHD. Whether they are parents, adults or health professionals, supporting them on their ADHD journey and providing ongoing support and validation of their issues, as well as providing advice on other places to go for help. Robyn gives callers time and support, and often follows up calls with further information and assistance.
Robyn keeps her knowledge up to date through watching webinars, presentations and conferences. She provides mentoring for new Support Line Volunteers and supports ADHD WA staff in their work. Robyn has also represented ADHD WA at fundraising and awareness raising events and assisted in seminar preparations.
Dr Roger Paterson
Roger is a Consultant Psychiatrist in full-time private practice. He worked in combined public and private practice from 1989 to 1996, and from 1997 onwards has been exclusively in private practice. He was the principal author in 1999 of a published study showing that dexamphetamine was useful in the treatment of adult ADHD – a world 1st. He has been a member of the WA Stimulants Committee and continues to advocate for the multimodal treatment of ADHD within both the public and private sectors, for all age groups. He has been a member of the ADHD WA Professional Advisory Board since its inception in 1994, and been a Board Member of ADHD WA since May 2016. He and Dr Michele Toner started AusPAN (Australian Professional ADHD Network) in 2011, and he became an inaugural Board member of the Australian ADHD Professionals Association in July 2017.
Dr Michele Toner
Trained as a high school teacher, Michele was awarded a Master of Special Education Degree with Honours in 2001 and won the University of WA prize for Best Research in Special Education. Entitled “Adults with ADHD; living in chaos and striving for control”. In 2009 she completed her PhD, entitled “University Students Diagnosed with ADHD and their first year at university: a theory of developing empowerment”. This was awarded the Cameron Prize for best research in the education faculty for that year. Michele now works in private practice. Michele has worked to support people with ADHD for 20 years, in WA and nationally. She was a founder Board Member of ADHD Australia, and AADPA (Australian ADHD Professionals Association). In 2017 Michele published the ADHD Go-To-Guide with Desiree Silva.
Annemarie has a young son and husband both diagnosed with ADHD, therefore she wants to do more to assists parents, children and/or adults with ADHD and be an advocate for children within the school so they do not fall behind and know they have a future within this world.
Annemarie has 15 years experience in Human Resources, as well as completed Diploma in Coaching.
John has been diagnosed with Adult ADHD in 2012. John has a broad range of entrepreneurial, commercial, technical and coaching skills throughout his career and current business interests. John lives locally and works individually, has recently co-founded the not-for-profit initiative, which assists small business owners to navigate a safe passage through the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
John is result-driven and focused on a customer-first approach. John has global experience in the financial services payments industry, telecommunications, ICT vendor and software industries and has experience in leading large, geographically dispersed teams.
John is also a certified Ironman Coach, a natural extension of his passion for triathlon, which grew from a heightened understanding of the importance of exercise in bringing structure and clarity to the disordered mind
Katie is passionate about empowering adults with ADHD and parents of children with ADHD. She wishes to see less people suffer and more people harness their strengths so they can have self-awareness and understanding and do what they love without feeling like they are not enough or that there is something wrong with them.
Katie loves to work with people, build communities and see everyone work together with their strengths and build a tribe so we can all have a sense of belonging and that we are part of something greater than ourselves.
Rajdeep brings a vast range of skills, especially pertaining to technology and social media. Rajdeep understands the importance and influence of social media in impacting and educating communities – he believes that it is a great asset and tool, which allows engaging people from all backgrounds and ages. Rajdeep’s skillset includes social media, automation, website design and blogging, graphic and video design.
Rajdeep has many years of experience of being part of clubs, societies and organisations – including non-governmental organisations. Rajdeep has spent a few years on the executive board of the UWA Student Guild, he was a part of a number of NGO boards, including AMUNC and Oaktree.