Acting President: Tim Anderson
Qualifications: Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons) (University of Adelaide), Company Directors Course Diploma (Australian Institute of Company Directors), Global Strategic Management Executive Program (Harvard Business School), Governor’s leadership Program (Leaders Institute of South Australia).
Career: Tim has over 20 years experience in strategic leadership, consulting and management roles in technology, professional services and commercialisation. He has worked in diverse industries, including water, engineering, law and education, and at a state, national and international level.
Why Muscular Dystrophy SA: Tim has a personal connection to people with neuromuscular conditions as his father-in-law, Fred, was diagnosed with Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy Type 2 (MMD2) in 2005, and his wife, Nicole was diagnosed as carrying the gene for this condition in the same year. Fred since passed away in 2011. Tim is passionate about applying his business capabilities and experience to serve and support Muscular Dystrophy SA in its mission to improve the lives of people living with a neuromuscular condition and its vision of the World without neuromuscular conditions by 2050.
Vice President: Sandra Di Blasio
Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts, Accountancy (UniSA), CPA
Career: Sandra has over 20 years experience in internal and external audit, risk management and governance, having worked in the public and private sector both in Adelaide and Sydney. This range of experience has provided her with the tools to be able to look at issues from many perspectives and problem solving to ensure solutions are practical outcomes.
Why Muscular Dystrophy SA: As a mum of three young children and having always had a social conscience, Muscular Dystrophy SA and Sandra found each other – Muscular Dystrophy SA needed some skills in her area of expertise and Sandra felt she needed to contribute to something greater than day to day life. It’s a win – win situation!!
Sandra observes that Muscular Dystrophy SA is passionate about people and is impressed with the client focused nature of the organisation. She says ‘This is a very dedicated group of which I am proud to be a part and look forward to a long association.’
Board Member: Allan Bretag
Qualifications: BSc (Hons), Adelaide 1965; PhD, Adelaide 1971; Postdoctoral Training, Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, University of the Saarland, Germany 1972-1973
Career: Lecturer level A, The University of Adelaide 1966-1970; Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Principal Lecturer and Associate Professor, South Australian Institute of Technology 1970-1990; Associate Professor of Physiology, University of South Australia 1990-1997; Professor of Physiology, University of South Australia 1997-2005; Adjunct Professor, University of South Australia 2005-Present.
Why Muscular Dystrophy SA: Allan’s doctoral research was on muscle function and the mechanism of the muscle disease myotonia congenita. A maintained research interest in muscle diseases has led to long-term voluntary work for Muscular Dystrophy SA.
Board Member: Janakan Ravindran
Qualifications: MB BS (Adel)
Career: Janakan is currently a Staff Specialist in the Neurology; Stroke Units at the Royal Adelaide Hospital; Head of the Neurology; Stroke Service at the Lyell McEwin Hospital. He also works as a neurologist in private practise. His special interest area is in Adult Neuromuscular and Neuro-immunological Disease and conducts a clinic in this area at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Why Muscular Dystrophy SA: Janakan has had a special interest in muscle disorders since the time of his training as a neurologist. Janakan hopes working with Muscular Dystrophy SA will enable a link to be established between the Muscular Dystrophy SA community and the hospital system.
Board Member: David Woodcock
Qualifications: B Bus (Management Information Systems), University of South Australia | MBA, Deakin University | Company Directors Course, GAICD
Career: David has had an extensive career in the financial services sector, holding executive positions with Westpac, National Australia Bank and Elders Financial Planning. With key strengths in leadership, general management, business development, and finance, David brings an array of skills developed in the corporate and not-for-profit arenas.
Why Muscular Dystrophy SA: David is currently studying Psychology at a post-graduate level and is committed to actively contributing within the not-for-profit sector. He is energised by the relentless pursuit of a cure for MD and other neuromuscular conditions, and to the delivery of high quality services and advice to those seeking the support of MDSA.
Board Member: John Caruso
Qualifications: Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws
Career: Partner – Duncan Basheer Hannon
Why Muscular Dystrophy SA: Muscular Dystrophy South Australia is something that I am passionate about because it is a not for profit incorporated association that offers a range of services to children and adults living with neuromuscular conditions. It does so by funding research to find treatments and cures, by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement
Board Member: Michelle Pfitzner
Qualifications: Bachelor of commerce (Flinders University SA), CPA
Career: I have over 15 years experience in accounting and business in a variety of industries including government, for -profit (mining. waste, retail) and not-for-profit.
Why Muscular Dystrophy SA: I am passionate about making a difference in the community. I am excited about being able to use my skills and experience to assist support children and adults living with neuromuscular conditons.