President: 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.
Vice President: 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.
Vice President: 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: 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: 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.
Board Member: David Noble
Qualifications: Bachelor of Managment – Labor Relations (University of South Australia), Certificate IV in Financial Services, Certificate IV in Frontline Management.
Career: Details to come
Why Muscular Dystrophy SA: Details to come
Board Member: Rebecca Baines
Qualifications: Bcomm (accounting), Adelaide University; CA;MBA, University of South Auatralia
Career: Rebecca is Finance Manager at Duncan Basheer Hanno where she runs all aspect of their finance and magages the finance team.
Why Muscular Dystrophy SA: Rebecca has a passion for using her skills to help not-for-profit entities and especially Muscular Dystrophy due to their work helping improve the lives of children and adults with neuromuscular conditions.