Our Board and Team

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Our Board

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Chair

Stacey Jackson

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Vice Chair

Catherine Watson

Cath joined the Down syndrome community in 2012 when she and her husband, Chris welcomed their third daughter, Lily, to discover she had Trisomy-21. Prior to this, she had been developing her considerable planning and management skills as a Project Manager and Program Director for O2, Griffith University and Queensland Health. She decided to put these skills to good use by joining the board of DSQ in 2013, where she served until moving to Tasmania in 2018. Cath played a key role for DSQ in planning for the introduction of the NDIS and gaining key accreditation.

Now settled in beautiful Hobart and managing the Program Office for the new emergency services radio system, she has joined the DST Board to continue her contribution to the DS community and pave the way for the success of her daughter and other young people with Down syndrome.

Cath is a strong communicator and has a passion for organisational governance and developing systems and processes that support sustainable service delivery.

Treasurer

Leigh Ruller

Leigh is married with three children, including Madeline who is seven and has Down syndrome.

Leigh works for a not-for-profit family disability organisation in Tasmania, in a communications and information role.

Having grown up in Queensland, Leigh moved to Hobart a couple of years ago with her family in search of a healthy lifestyle and nice climate. In her spare time she loves exploring her new home state and lives on the fringe of Hobart with a menagerie of dogs, cats and chickens.

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Secretary

Dee Dawkins

DSA Director (Tasmania) & Public Officer

Rebecca Kelly

Rebecca is an environmental scientist with degrees in mathematics and economics. Following a career as an academic she started her own research and consulting company isNRM Pty Ltd in 2008. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a current Committee member and past President of Down Syndrome Tasmania, and previously a Director of St Giles (a disability service provider). She is currently a Director of Down Syndrome Australia and sits on the Disability COVID Advisory Committee and the National Health Round Table for Intellectual Disability. Rebecca has a son with Down syndrome.

Board Member

Jeannie Ansell

Jeannie is married to Paul and a Mum to two beautiful daughters, Kellie, 27 years old who has Down syndrome and Marni, 25 years old and lives in Darwin.

Jeannie is a nurse working in general practise for 28 years. Jeannie loves caravanning with her family and hopes to travel around Australia indefinitely in the next few years.

Our Team

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Events and Support Coordinator

Georgina McGowan

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Community Support Officer

Melanie Woolley