The WACOSS Board consists of a President, Vice-President, nine elected Board Members.
Steve Joske- President
joined Red Cross as the Executive Director for WA in March 2003 after a
long career in the Australian Army, including being the first Commander
of the Australian Contingent to the Truce Monitoring Group in
Bougainville. He was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in the 1998
Queen’s Birthday Honours for his service in Bougainville.
In August 1998 he was reassigned as Colonel Olympic Games and Chief of
Staff to Operation Gold, responsible for the planning and conduct of the
Australian Defence Force’s security operations to the Sydney 2000
Steve resigned from the Australian Defence Force in 2000 and joined WMC
as the Human Resources Manager at Leinster Nickel Operation in Western
As well as being the WA Executive Director, Steve has served at the
national level of Red Cross, firstly as Country Manager in Indonesia
controlling ARC’s tsunami operations, and he led Red Cross’ national
business improvement project and IT infrastructure upgrade.
Steve has a Masters Degree in Defence Studies from Deakin University. He
serves on the Boards of WACOSS, Leadership WA and the AIF Malaya
Nursing Scholarship. His interests include all sports, but in particular
Australian Rules and golf. He is married to Jill and has two daughters.
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 Services.
Louise is the YMCA Executive Manager of Accommodation, Training and
Youth & Community Services. YMCA Perth vision is to enrich WA
community. The commitment, passion and innovation of our people and our
partners will enable the YMCA to provide programs and services that
build strong, sustainable and engaged communities.
Louise has over 19 years experience in the community services not for
profit sector. Louise has a comprehensive understanding of the issues
faced by young people at risk and homeless youth. Louise has helped
establish environments in numerous community services, supporting the
development of young peoples’ self esteem, confidence and learning
ability. Louise understands, and constantly monitors, the increasing
complexities faced by her staff in dealing with a more disadvantaged and
volatile client group. Louise also takes an active role in policy
reform, change processes, community development and believes the most
pressing issue for the community services sector across the board is our
sustainability. Louise brings a commitment to WACOSS and the broader
community that she will share her knowledge and experience and will
contribute to the WACOSS philosophy of collective strength.
Rodenburg is a resident of the Shire of Roebourne and since December
2006, Veronica has been employed with Yaandina Family Centre Inc. as
Executive Director. Veronica has a working background in corporate
management, communications, capacity building and business development
skills and she has extensive experience in broadcasting and community
Daniel Morrison (33) is of Noongar/Yamitji (Aboriginal) background.
Daniel has grown up in Perth Western Australia and this is where Daniel
proudly calls home.
Daniel comes with 14 years experience with both the Commonwealth and
State public sector ranging from a number of positions around Aboriginal
engagement and liaison type positions up to policy and project
development and implementation.
Daniel is now the Chief
Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Service Inc (AADS)
in East Perth. Since taking up the position of CEO with AADS he has been
very determined to rebuild the trust in AADS from all stakeholders from
community to funding bodies by building positive working
relationships/partnerships across the human services sector.
Daniel also holds a number of positions on the following organisation boards;
• Chairperson – Noongar Mia Mia Pty Ltd
• Board member - Nyoongar Sports Association
• Board member - Western Australian Network of Alcohol and Drug Associations (WANADA)
is extremely passionate with regards to the Aboriginal affairs agenda
and looks forward to working in partnership with the Human Services
sector and Government for the betterment of the Aboriginal community and
also the wider community as a whole.
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.
Cassidy-Vernon joined Youth Legal Service in June 1999 and is the
Director of the Service. Cheryl’s qualifications include a Bachelor of
Social Science, Master of Service Administration, and she is nearing
completion of a PhD with the School of Social Work at UWA focusing on
deconstructing the principles upon which youth justice is based in
Previously, she was the Director of the Social
Justice Centre at the University of Notre Dame, and has had many years
experience in the delivery of social work services to young people and
the management of social welfare programs and services.
a past Chairperson of the Western Australian youth sector peak body,
the Youth Affairs Council of WA, and is the current Deputy Chair of the
Community Legal Association (WA).
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.
Debra Zanella is CEO of Hope Community Services (formerly DrugARM WA Inc) a not for profit Drug and Alcohol agency. Hope Community Services has been serving the Western Australian community for over 100 years. It provides residential rehabilitation, counselling, youth outreach, community drug services and accommodation and support for young people on supervised bail in Perth, Pilbara, Midwest and Goldfields regions.
Debra’s professional and work experience has been in executive leadership roles in the areas of culture and organizational development, learning and development and change management in the not for profit health care sector in Tasmania and Western Australia. She has also worked in the for profit sector in Change Management and Corporate Coaching. Debra has qualifications in Nursing, Education and Arts, post graduate qualifications in Counselling and is currently undertaking an MBA at UWA. Debra is a Board Member on the Western Australian Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (WANADA).
Renay Grech is currently Executive General Manager (Services) at UnitingCare West. He has over 35 years’ experience across a range of managerial and executive roles within government and the not for profit community services sector. His professional experience includes working in the areas of child protection, out of home care, disability, family violence and trauma recovery. Renay holds bachelor degrees in Business and Social Work and a post graduate Diploma in Counselling. He is a recent graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.