Joanne is the successful business owner of a BRW FAST 100 company. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Melbourne and a Masters Degree in Speech Therapy. Joanne is a qualified workplace trainer and has proven experience in marketing, sales, human resources and public relations.
Joanne is an advocate for Anaphylaxis and Allergy awareness. For the past 5 years, she has created an on-line support group for those living with anaphylaxis. Her support group has a following of approximately 8,500 people.
Joanne has a son with severe food allergies. She has dedicated the past 4 years to advocacy and manages a number of social media sites and is passionate about delivering a modern approach to Anaphylaxis Awareness.
Kurt Byers is the Managing Director of Zero Mass, a specialist marketing and media company based in Sydney. He has a background in corporate communications, and a particular interest in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and FMCG industries.
Kurt was diagnosed with a dairy allergy soon after he was born. This allergy has become worse with age, and gives him a personal insight into Anaphylaxis and its effects on those who are at risk, and the impact it has on their families.
He is a proud father, an avid traveller, and constant Epi-pen carrier.
Melinda is a Registered Psychologist and Member of the Australian Psychological Society, and has accumulated 20 years of experience as an Organisational Psychologist, Management Consultant and Executive Coach holding roles in large Corporate, Private Enterprise and Not for Profit organisations. She currently practises privately as a Consultant Psychologist and in addition works as a Contract Psychologist to Secondary Schools, which aligns well with her interest in child and adolescent psychology.
She is a parent of two children, 17 and 20 who have food allergies and Anaphylaxis. Melinda is interested in the psychological impacts that food allergy and anaphylaxis have on the individual and indeed the family spanning from childhood to young adulthood. She is keen to make a contribution to the future care and management of individuals and their families living with Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis so they can live a rich, full life with the ultimate goal of working towards a much needed cure.
Kerry Zarb brings over 15 years’ experience in business and financial consulting, including project management. She has a keen understanding of business priorities, leadership and problem solving capabilities. Recognized for consistent success in developing the processes and procedures to streamline operations and enhance revenue performance across businesses in varying fields. Expert in planning, organising and managing resources to successfully complete project goals whilst coordinating team members in order to deliver projects according to plan. A genuine team player committed to managing all engagements flawlessly with cross-function communications and easily interfaces with high-profile staff, vendors and clients.
Kerry is excited to assist ANA become a national and well recognised charity and support for those living with severe food allergies.
Brad currently practices in Business Advisory for Crowe Horwath, the largest provider of accounting services to the SME sector in Australia. During his career, having worked in both commercial roles and more recently in public practice, Brad has gained a diverse range of experience in business, having exposure to many different sectors and the challenges they face. Providing advisory services, including strategic planning, taxation advice and accounting compliance with a focus on best process and strong governance to enterprises across healthcare, not-for-profit, government agencies and various other industries, Brad’s aim is to provide effective solutions to help his clients achieve their objectives. Brad has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
Brad is keen to offer his expertise to help assist A.N.A in their endeavours.
Kerrie is passionate about educational and welfare programs that are based on good teaching practice and are supported by research. Her educational leadership experience is based on creating a vision and inspiring teachers. Her specialty lie in special education, focusing on supporting the diverse needs within a wider community. She is currently Head of Preparatory School at Aitken College based in the northwest region of Melbourne and also a Board Director St John’s College (Preston). Kerry is looking forward to helping the advisory council with her expertise in education.
Dr John is a respected dentist and has managed his own business for the past 12 years. Dr John leads a team of 45 professionals demonstrating his leadership skills. With a strong work ethic and deep philanthropic values, Dr John is committed to the success of the charitable goals of the company. His business contributes to many charitable organisations and he has a strong connection with corporate organisations and the local community. Dr John is passionate about helping those living with Anaphylaxis and allergies and has a son who is affected by the condition.