Committee of Management

SMA Australia Committee of Management 2015/16


Mrs. Diane Ford


 Diploma in Primary teaching

Level 2 First Aid

Diane has been a Primary School teacher for the past 20 years, recently focusing on special needs  teaching. Since 2013 Di has been volunteering for S.M.A. and has helped with BBQs ,Chocolate packing , Gift wrapping ,Million Steps Days ,painting,etc. She has 2 adult daughters and now finds that her time and work is flexible  for her to assist with a role for SMA. In Di’s work like she is a  Executive Trader with Phoenix Cards, and  has a very large team of ladies underneath her that she support.  Di has completed First Aid training for SMA and is now the First Aid officer for their public events. It is a pleasure to work along side the dedicated workers and volunteers at S.M.A.

Ms. Sharyn College 


Sharyn is a bereaved mum to Madison, and Mack  who both passed away from SMA Type 1. She has been inspired by her children’s fight against this condition and wishes to help assist in educating, raising awareness and creating a better understanding of SMA amongst the community and medical profession not only here in Australia but all over the world. She continues to support those who are currently on their SMA journey. Sharyn’s partner is Gareth, and they also have Mason their eldest child together.


 Mrs. Robyn Tabone 

Associate Diploma in Business – Accounting
 Robyn has spent the last twenty years in the bookkeeping sector. She has great attention to detail and is keen to help out the SMA affected community. This is Robyn’s fourth year on the committee.

Ms. Jess Lewis 


Jess joined our committee after losing her son Brayden to SMA Type 1 in 2014. Brayden lived to 14 months of age and Jess attributes this to having a comprehensive care plan. Jess is passionate about supporting SMA families so that they can provide their loved ones with the best possible care and quality of life.

Mrs. Faith Dunsmuir

Advanced Certificate in Residential & Community Services – Youth and Child
Certificate 3 in Children’s Services

Faith has also seen the effects of SMA firsthand, having been a friend to Julie for eleven years. To be more involved, she has decided to take up a position on the committee.  Trained in childcare, she is inspired to bring awareness about SMA into the general public. Faith looks forward to leading by example, actively campaigning and fundraising for SMA Australia. She is not afraid to get her hands a little dirty, especially when the payoff is potentially enlightening someone new about SMA.

Mrs. Kylie O’Mahony


Certificate III in Health Service Assistance (Hospital/Community Health Pharmacy Assistance)

Kylie has worked in both community and hospital pharmacy for over 15 years as a dispensary technician. She has a focus on providing exceptional customer service and health care needs for her patients. In 2004 Kylie lost her first child Mikaela to SMA type 1 at 4 ½ months of age. Since then Kylie as had a strong passion for raising awareness of SMA. In 2015 Kylie decided to pursue this by becoming active with SMA Australia by being part of the committee for the Brisbane Gala Dinner. Since being a part of that committee Kylie wants to continue to actively raise awareness and participate in fundraising for SMA Australia. She is looking forward to her new position at SMA Australia as a committee member.


Mrs. Gayle Zahnow 


Gayle joined the committee this year after being on the organising committee for the Brisbane Gala in 2014. She lost her niece Olivia to SMA type one in 2014 and wanted to give back to the SMA community. Gayle is really looking forward to supporting the committee of management for the next year and raising awareness for SMA.