Committee of Management

SMA Australia Committee of Management 2016/17


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.

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. In 2016 Kylie opened her own sewing business in Ipswich called Kaela’s Patch.



 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. Kelly Tabone  


Kelly joined the committee this year and has 5 children of her own. As a stay at home mum she knows how hard it is to look after a growing family and just wanted to give back to the community in some way. We welcome Kelly to the committee.


Mr. Shane Thorneycroft 


Shane joined the SMA committee this year, and is involved in the building industry. In his spare time he also runs a NFP helping others and is very happy to be assisting SMA this year.



The committee of Management usually meets at our head offices in Hallam in Melbourne and we welcome  volunteers who would like to be a part of the committee to support SMA and SMA families all over Australia. We are currently looking for new committee members for 2017/18 financial year. If you would like to know more information please do not hesitate to contact us for an expressions of interest form. Email Julie at and we will email your the form. If you dont live in Melbourne we usually Skype interstate members into the meetings.