Board & Staff

Board

Catherine Clark

President
president@deafvictoria.org.au

Catherine Clark is the current President of Deaf Victoria, having taken up the role in February 2019. She has a long personal and professional career in the Deaf sector for over 30 years, taking on leadership roles in both as a volunteer, manager and leader within her community. Her most recent appointment was a member of the Victorian Disability Advisory Council (VDAC) and a Board member of Deaf Children Australia. She has extensive experience in project management, community development, strategic planning and maintains a highly ethical and personal approach to her work. With lived experience as a Deaf person, Catherine looks forward to achieve the objectives set out in Deaf Victoria’s strategic plan, 2018-2023.

Preferred pronouns: she/her

Hannah Britton

Vice President

Hannah is a proud Deaf woman who has an immense passion for the Deaf community especially within community advocacy and equality in sports. Hannah recently graduated from Deakin University with Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science and Bachelor of Business (Sport Management). Hannah also recently completed Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE to English) from RMIT University. Hannah’s goal is to create a movement that aligns with Deaf Victoria’s values for the Deaf Community with exciting opportunities. Hannah currently works in the Disability Sector as a Local Area Coordinator for NDIS. Hannah is also involved in Deaf Sports especially with the Deaf Aquatics Australia, she is the Australian Deaf Swimming Team’s current Team Manager.

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Olivia Beasley

Secretary

Olivia has background in advocacy & stakeholder engagement and is a Projects and Engagement officer in deaf society organisation. She is from Deaf family and she brings lived experience of Deaf community and culture to Deaf Victoria with strong passion in sharing advocacy skill. Olivia also have strong involvement with Victorian Parliament through Youth Parliament Program, with the experience, she is able to bring understanding of educating political system and advocacy skill to young community.

Preferred pronouns: she/her

Ryan Malonda

Treasurer

Ryan is a young and highly passionate Deaf professional working in the Australian Public Service (APS) at the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). He has worked with NDIS participants for the last three years to support them to develop and receive high quality NDIS plans in line with relevant legislation.

Ryan brings to the Deaf Victoria Board an in-depth technical knowledge of the disability sector, legislation and interface with mainstream and community services. He draws from both his own lived experience as a Deaf Queer man as well as his industry knowledge of disability, given past experience as a Disability Support Worker and Auslan Teacher.

Ryan long term goal is to become a practicing psychologist to support d/Deaf or Hard of Hearing individuals with their mental health. In his spare time he volunteers as a Communication Guide for Deafblind individuals and loves to visit his Deafblind friends at the annual National Deafblind Camp each year.

Ryan is a proud father to three cats.

Preferred pronouns: he/him

Staff

Philip Waters

General Manager
Philip.Waters@deafvictoria.org.au

Philip Waters was a Senior Consultant at the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, and before that a Senior Policy Officer in the Office for Disability in the Department of Health and Human Services (now Department of Families, Fairness and Housing). Philip was a Board member of Deaf Victoria in 1999 and he is delighted to return to Deaf Victoria in a management role. Additionally, Philip has supported many organisations over the last 15 years in a voluntary capacity. He served on boards and advised various Disabled People’s Organisations (DPO’s), both in Australia and internationally. He brings with him a passion to make a difference in the lives of Deaf people and their families.

Preferred pronouns: he/him

Sarah Medawar

Intake & Advocacy Officer
Sarah.Medawar@deafvictoria.org.au

Sarah holds a Degree in Criminal Justice and is currently studying a Diploma of Counselling to provide support for deaf people, specifically in relation to domestic violence, barriers, self-identity, and empowerment. She also holds a Certificate III in Education Support and Diploma of Auslan. Her future goal is to complete her Masters researching experiences of Deaf people in the criminal justice system. She has a strong history and experience in providing disability support services with clients of all ages and disability types. As a Deaf person, Sarah has personally experienced barriers, obstacles, judgements, and discrimination in areas of workplace, courts, education, and everyday life. She is familiar with processes and dealings related to domestic violence and within the Family Court. Sarah is passionate about advocating for Deaf people including for accessibility and inclusion and feels rewarded when she accomplishes or gains a successful resolution when working with deaf individuals. Outside of her work, Sarah enjoys being with her children, socialising with her friends and shopping. She is currently exploring what hobbies she loves to do – other than watching great television dramas!

Preferred pronouns: she/her

Alisha Wormald

Communication and Social Media Officer
Alisha.wormald@deafvictoria.org.au

Alisha holds a Degree in Visual Arts and Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design and Communication. She has a strong history and experience in the events industry, with a focus in graphics, communications and organisation. She has a lived experience of Deafhood, growing up with barriers, judgements, and discrimination in areas of workplace, education, and everyday life. As a late-comer to the Deaf community at 25 years old, Alisha is aware of and passionate about bridging the gaps between the Deaf, hard of hearing and mainstream community; with a focus to improving awareness, accessibility and inclusion to achieve equality. She is particularly passionate about improvements for mental health, and empowerment for the Deaf community. Outside of her work, Alisha enjoys travelling, playing poker, socialising with friends, connecting with other creatives and creating art. She is a proud catmum of one cheeky cat.

Preferred pronouns: she/her