Meet the Board
Kristy is in her early 30s and has graduated with a law degree. Kristy is on the Board of People With Disability Australia (PWDA) which has complemented her commitment to people with disability and also her keen interest in issues of governance. Kristy is Co-Convenor for the PWDA Membership, Fundraising and Events Advisory Group (MF&EAG) and seeks to build a strong and diverse membership for the organisation.
Joseph is a born and bred Novocastrian studying Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Social Science, majoring in Human Services. His hobbies include watching movies and TV shows, reading books and hanging out. He also has an avid interest in social policy and influencing societal change. He aspires to be an advocate for minority groups.
Joseph has been involved in advocacy work by lobbying politicians, especially around accessibility to transport and premises. He has also helped the University of Newcastle set up a disabled bathroom and provided some advice on how people with disabilities attending university should undergo their studies. Furthermore, Joseph has a good understanding of the Disability Discrimination Act and the various standards including Disability (Access to Premises-Buildings) Standards 2010.
Ros is a human being, a wife, a mother and a strong believer in the human rights of all in our community.
Ros had incredible experiences throughout her life, followed a career caring for young children and is actively involved in lobbying for inclusiveness and respect for all.
As a mother, her children all have dreams, achievements, friendships, arguments and failures. Living a full life has challenges and heartbreaks, it also brings about a sense of self. People with disabilities have every right to live their life their way with control and choice.
Lauren is thrilled to return to the board again. She was with CDAH during its infancy and is committed to CDAH’s core values. Lauren is passionate about social justice. As a woman with a disability, Lauren believes people with disability must be included in every area of society. She also knows that people with disability can live their lives to the full if they have the right support to achieve their aspirations. Lauren has a deep desire to become involved in advocacy. Lauren has been involved in various social research projects. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Social Science Honours.
Michael has a background in Education, having been a Primary School Teacher and Lecturer in Education for 20 years. He is married and is the father of two sons. His area of particular interest is Philosophy, particularly Social Philosophy, Ethics and Philosophy of Education. Michael has a passion for and a strong belief in the empowerment of people and the importance of group involvement and group support as the bases for personal development. This passion is the basis for his attraction to CDAH.