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The WACOSS Board consists of a President, Vice-President, nine elected Board Members.

Steve Joske CSC- President

Steve Joske

 Steve 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 Olympic Games

Steve resigned from the Australian Defence Force in 2000 and joined WMC as the Human Resources Manager at Leinster Nickel Operation in Western Australia.

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

Mark 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. 

Veronica Rodenburg

Veronica RodenbergVeronica 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 services.




Daniel Morrison 

Daniel Morrison 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)

Daniel 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.

Kathleen Gregory

Kathleen GregoryKathleen 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.

Cheryl Cassidy-Vernon

Cheryl Cassidy-VernonCheryl 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 Western Australia.

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.

Cheryl is 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).

Justine Colyer

Justine 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 organisations.





Ashley Reid

Ashley 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

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

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.





Amanda Hunt

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.