Committee of Management

SMA Australia Committee of Management 2013/14

Mrs Andrea Jenkins

Certified Financial Planner
Bachelor of Business (Financial Planning)

Through her job as a Financial Planner, Andrea is passionate about educating the community on the benefits of managing your finances through a strategic, ever evolving financial plan.  After learning about SMA and SMA Australia through Julie and the associations desire to educate the general public on SMA and the effects of SMA, she quickly jumped at the chance to get involved.  Andrea’s aim is to help the Association through personal fundraising as well as adding her expertise to the Management Committee.


Ms Joanna Shields

 Master of laws (juris doctor), Bachelor of Science

I first became interested in genetics after my cousin’s child was born with cystic fibrosis. I went on to study human genetics at university. I am passionate about supporting research into genetic disorders and want to help grow the Association so that it can continue to make meaningful contributions to  research and treatment of spinal muscular atrophy, in addition to supporting the families and individuals affected. My friends would describe me as pragmatic, ambitious and spirited. I am also community-minded and motivated by a desire to help others. I understand it takes a lot of hard work to be successful but I have never shied away from hard work. One of my favourite quotes is that “there are no shortcuts to any place worth going” and I would like to help SMA Association of Australia get to a place worth going! I work as an employment lawyer at a mid-tier commercial law firm. In my spare time I like to play hockey, hike, travel, and spend time with my partner, family and friends.

 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 second year on the committee.


 Mrs Karen Adams

 Bachelor of Business – Major in Accounting (B Bus)
 Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA)
 Public Practicing Accountant
Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)

With over 20 years of Accounting and Finance experience within the Biotech, Photographic, Graphic and Medical industries, my skill sets are vast.  The past nine years I have been working at Biota which is a leading anti-infective drug development company, based in Melbourne, Australia and Oxford, United Kingdom.  It was an Australian Publicly Listed Company until recently when we listed on the NASDAQ.  Over the years at Biota I have participated in the company’s growth to a Top 200 ASX-listed company, which involved liaising will all levels of management and supervising consultants, the implementation of Sarbanes Oxley processes, corporate governance, Board committees as well as regulatory reporting.   SMA provides me with the opportunity to use my accounting skills as well and my understanding of the Research environment to help progress the funded research side of the SMA work.

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. This year she has decided to become more involved by taking 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. Kim Chambers


Diploma in Children’s Services

Kim is married, loves to travel and is one of Pink’s biggest fans.  Through moving around a lot as a child, Kim learnt quickly how to adapt to change and how to meet new people.  Kim worked for many years in the childcare industry and relates well to a board spectrum of children and parents from many walks of life.Kim is passionate about life in general and is willing to give support and help other people.  She has great organisational skills and is always cheerful and happy and up for a chat. Kim is currently taking a sabbatical from work so has plenty of time on her hands and wants to get more involved with SMA Australia to help grow awareness.  Kim is happy to share her ideas and collaborate with other people on their ideas and opinions.


Ms Elizabeth Sheffield


Interior Designer and Decorator

Diploma of Arts (Interior Design and Decoration)

Elizabeth has been working as a qualified Interior Designer and Decorator for more than 12 years, the past 10 years in her own business. Elizabeth prides herself on providing her clients with a high end, personalised service with a focus on customer service, quality products and exceptional design solutions. Having learnt about SMA and SMA Association of Australia through her friendship with Julie, she has been an avid supporter of what Julie set out to achieve when she first started the charity. Elizabeth’s desire is to use her expertise in such aspects as project management, event coordination, attention to detail and style, problem solving and thinking outside the square to contribute to the community and to the long running success of SMA Association of Australia.


Mrs Bethaney Gili


Bethaney Gili worked with SMA Australia from January 2013 for twelve months after taking some time out of the work force to start a family. Bethaney’s connection to SMA Australia started back in 2012 when her friend’s baby grandson was diagnosed with Type 1 at just 3 ½ weeks of age.  Fundraising and the Not-For-Profit sector has been her passion since graduating from Deakin University in 2003. Bethaney has worked for both large and small Charities in Melbourne during her career and she looks forward to making a difference in her new position at SMA Australia as a committee member.

Mrs Kate Levins


Kate has been working as a Mary- Kay consultant for the last four years. Her passion for helping others has inspired her to nominate for a position on the committee so she can give back to a community. Kate has been married to Paul for the last seven years.  She believes her background in real estate marketing, administration and management put her in good stead and to assist with moving SMA forward. She is looking forward to sinking her teeth into a role within the committee of management.