PATRON OF LIPOEDEMA AUSTRALIA LTD.
PROFESSOR NEIL PILLER
Professor Neil Piller is our Patron. Neil is a Lymphologist and Director of the lymphoedema Research Unit at Flinders University, Adelaide. He is an executive member of the International Society for Lymphology, a member of the Editorial Boards of the "Journal of Lymphoedema" (UK), "Phlebology" (USA) and "Lymphology" (USA). He is Australasian Editor or the "Journal of Lymphatic research and Biology" (USA). Neil was President of the 22nd International Congress of Lymphology (Sydney.) He is a member International Advisory Board Union Internationale Phlebologie and a member of its consensus groups on Lymphoedema and Phlebo-lymphoedema, a Director of the UK based "International Lymphoedema Framework" and the World Alliance for Wound and Lymphoedema Care and a member of the steering committee for the Australian and American Lymphoedema Frameworks.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Nola was the first President of Lipoedema Australia Support Society Inc. (LASS) in 2012, and she is now Chair of our company. Nola has Graduate Diploma Community Development, a Diploma of Teaching – Primary and a Certificate 4 in Workplace Training and Assessment. Her professional and community volunteer work means she has extensive committee experience lasting over 40 years. She is a master of leading a team through change, as can be seen by the rapid expansion of the Lipoedema Australia ‘family’ supported by our company. Nola retired from paid employment in 2015 allowing her more time to be a strong advocate for Lipoedema sufferers. She is passionate in her belief that Lipoedema Australia Ltd. can make positive changes in the lives of sufferers through education and support, whilst advancing the research and recognition of Lipoedema throughout Australia and the world.
Today Tonight featured Nola, Carla and one of the Facebook members, Nicki Spence. Nola has also featured in magazine articles promoting Lipoedema awareness, as well as being the creator and a participant of the Make a Wish photo campaign.
Carla has been on the LASS committee since shortly after the 2014 conference, where she was inspired by the LASS team and eager to become a part of such a forward thinking, supportiveand effective group. Carla has a Diploma in Business Management, a Diploma of Personal Computer Business Management, Certificate IV in Frontline Management, Certificate lll in Community and Health Services and Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training. Carla managed a Day Centre facility for the elderly, prior to her retirement from paid employment. Carla has been Vice-President of the LASS committee for the past two and a half years. Carla is committed to the Lipoedema Australia cause, enjoying the challenges of such a demanding role in her retirement. Carla has been involved in much of the media campaigning, Today Tonight, The Project, the Make a Wish photo campaign and newspaper coverage.
Louise has been keenly involved with LASS since 2012. She is the Financial Manager of Lipoedema Australia and our Public Officer. She completed a Commerce Degree at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in 2002. Louise has been an employee of Aussie Accountants since graduating in 2002 and she completedher CPA qualifications in 2006. Louise is now a co-owner of the business. A quiet achiever, Louise keeps accurate and timely financial records providing peace of mind for the team in this regard.
Louise has also been involved with both LASS national conferences and is actively taking part in planning the 2018 conference.
Cassie has been part of LASS for two years, a younger committee member with small children. Cassie brings useful skills to the committee, with a Bachelor of Science, Master of Reproductive Biology, Graduate Diploma Secondary Education and Master of Education. Cassie is a busy person, being a mother, a school teacher and our Secretary; doing an amazing job for each of the roles. She is astute, caring and passionate about Lipoedema Australia and its aims, excelling in the educational aspect. Cassie is a wonderful advocate for Lipoedema Australia and was involved in the filming for ‘The Project’. Cassie also took part in the Make a Wish photo shoot and is also happy to do presentations and public speaking as required.
Lisa has been with LASS since 2015 and is well respected as our ‘straight shooter’. Lisa has an Advanced Diploma in Business and is currently employed as a University Research Administrator. She can identify and weigh up options and is a good decision maker. Lisa brings excellent administrative skills to the board, having both domestic and international experience. Lisa is articulate with the written word and technologically astute. Lisa has been involved in the last two conferences, once as a Facebook member and more recently as part of the LASS committee.
Elizabeth is a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife and holds an Advanced Diploma in Christian Counselling, so brings medical and counselling expertise to the Board. This is very valuable particularly when creating documents aimed for the medical profession. Elizabeth is a very compassionate and caring person who is very active supporting our Facebook members. She is happy to share her knowledge and offer guidance to newly diagnosed sufferers and those who are not coping with their Lipoedema and their co-morbidities. Elizabeth is currently deeply involved in the planning and organising of the Lipoedema Australia Conference to be held at the Gold Coast, Queensland in August 2018.
CARA WEEKS ELLIS
Cara is the newest member, our Fundraising Officer, coming into the LASS committee following the 2016 Melbourne conference. Her skills are being well utilised as she is an excellent fundraiser and has relevant charity work experience.
Cara initially commenced her charity work to support a friend with cancer, who was in financial difficulty. She then went on to set up “Share the Dignity” in Geelong and the surrounding region; making connections with local schools, companies and corporates to supply the less fortunate and homeless with sanitary items and basic supplies. At this time Cara also assisted in setting up a domestic violence shelter in Geelong for women and children.
As an individual Cara also completed the 60km Walk Cancer Centre, after fundraising the entrance fee of $2000. Cara puts much time and effort into her fundraising agenda, but the rewards of helping others is her main focus. Cara also brings administrative/credit control skills to the Board, with many years in the workforce in these areas of employment, before commencing her charity work.