The WACOSS Board consists of a President, Vice-President, nine elected Board Members.
Debra Zanella - President
Debra is the Chief Executive Officer of Ruah Community Services, a leading Western Australian Community Organisation that provides services principally in the areas of Mental Health, Homelessness & Housing, and Family & Domestic Violence Services.
Debra has held many senior positions in the Community Sector over her career of more than 20 years. Her previous management experience includes senior roles in specialised Drug and Alcohol Services, Hospital Management and other related health and community services.
Debra also serves on the Board of the West Australian Association for Mental Health and the East Metropolitan Health Service, as well as being Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of the East Metropolitan Health Service. In addition, she is a panel member for the Alcohol Advertising Board Review Board and a member of the Community Sector Roundtable Child Protection and Family Services.
Debra is committed to providing ongoing assistance for vulnerable and disadvantaged people, and to support to them in their transition to a sustainable future.
Mark Fitzpatrick - Vice President
Fitzpatrick is the Chief Executive Officer of the St Vincent de Paul
Society in Western Australia, a position he has held since March 2012
having worked for a catholic aged and community services organisation,
Southern Cross Care, for five years. After graduating from Curtin
University with a degree in Commerce, Mark’s working career has seen him
work in human resources and general management roles in a range of
not-for-profit, education, and government organisations.
Prior to being CEO at St Vincent de Paul Mark has been involved in
supporting the development and implementation of a number of areas
including mental health services, affordable housing and delivery of
regional services in Western Australia. Mark volunteers his time
supporting the delivery of programs to improve the lives of at-risk
youth. He is the President of edventures WA Inc and the Vice President
of the Western Australian Council for Social Service.
Kathleen Gregory AM
Gregory is the Chief Executive Officer of Foundation Housing, one of
the largest affordable housing providers in Western Australia.
Throughout her 25 years of experience working in the not for profit
sector, Kathleen has developed strong knowledge and skills in the
development and management of social housing and the provision of long
term, secure and affordable housing for all members of our community.
Kathleen has held various roles within the sector including Board
member, Executive Officer and now CEO, and has extensive skills and
experience managing not for profit organizations.
Kathleen was presented the Australasian Outstanding Achievement Award
for professional excellence in housing by the Australian Housing
Institute in October this year.
has over 20 years experience in strategic planning and project
management, working in Europe and Australia in the private, public and
non-profit sectors. She qualified with a BA Hons but has since
undertaken a variety of additional professional studies and participated
in WA's premier leadership programs. She has worked pro bono for over a
decade to support the rights of marginalised people and is now very
excited to be heading up one of State's leading not-for-profit
Reid has been the Chief Executive Officer of Ngala since 2011.
Previously he was the Executive Director, Family and Community Services,
at MercyCare for 6 years and has over 20years experience across a wide
range of roles in the community services sector and the public service.
He has a background in Youth Work and is a graduate of the Australian
Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of Leadership WA. He is
married with two daughters.
Amanda started her career as an Arts Administrator (Performing Arts) mainly managing country and community arts centres. After having her daughter Alana, she moved into human services, where her motivation to be in a leadership position that impacts positively on the quality of life of vulnerable people meant she was appointed in the role of CEO of Recreation and Sport Network (now Inclusion WA). There she strategically facilitated the inclusion of people with a disability into community sport and recreation for several years, before becoming CEO of the Gowrie WA, an Early Childhood community organisation.
Her most recent role was at Anglicare WA as Executive General Manager – Self Directed Services, which gave her the opportunity to research how service users can have more choice and control and how organisations can adapt to enable this to occur. There she was also responsible for the oversight of the organisation’s Mental Health, Disability and Community Development programs.
Amanda is committed to ongoing professional development, holding a Bachelor of Social Science, Graduate Certificate in Business, Masters of Leadership and Management and she is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Her strong values, vision and commitment towards a positive future for all people will benefit Mission Australia, as well as her leadership skills, strategic partnerships, and strong advocacy for the rights of vulnerable members of our society.
Executive Officer - Local Drug Action Groups Inc.
State Manager - Save the Children
CEO - Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services
Chairperson - Regional Development Australia Pilbara