Muscular Dystrophy SA – Executive Staff

Chief Executive Officer, Phil Martin

Qualifications: B.A. Social Work, Graduate Diploma Public Sector Management, ACID fellow

Career: Phil has over 30 years experience in disability service provision and management having worked in Government and non Government organisations aiming to enhance the lives of people living with a disability. This range of experience has provided him with the capacity to plan, develop and implement client responsive services.

Why Muscular Dystrophy SA: After volunteering to assist with operational plans and system improvements , an opportunity arose to provide leadership from within the organisation to make a long term difference in the supports available to people with a neuromuscular condition. The opportunity to support staff and develop their skills to achieve greater client outcomes and the obvious passion staff bring to Muscular Dystrophy SA is exciting.


 Financial Accountant, Nadelle Manners CPA

Qualifications: B.Bus – Accounting & Computing, CPA

Career: Nadelle’s accounting career began in 1997 for the Seventh-day Adventist Church where over the next 18 years she worked in both full time and part time roles,  these included Assistant Accountant and Assistant CFO. Upon moving to Adelaide in early 2015, Nadelle joined Muscular Dystrophy SA team as Finance Manager.  She brings accounting, system and managements skills which will assist each of the departments to ensure that the best services are provided to our clients.

Why Muscular Dystrophy SA: Nadelle enjoys working for the benefit of a cause and as such working in the Not For Profit sector is best fit for her. “Being involve in a service organisation where the lives of clients and their families are positively impacted by the support and equipment we provide is extremely heart-warming”, she says.

Over the years Nadelle has had a number of friends whose live have been impacted greatly by neuromuscular conditions and loves the ability of now being able to work toward the mission of improving lives of those effected by neuromuscular disorders.


Client Services Manager, Amber Pyle

Qualifications: Cert 3 & 4 Community Services, Bachelor Social Science (Human Services) BSS

Career: Amber has continuously worked in a client focused role both in South Australia and internationally over the past 12 years. After completing the Bachelor of Social Science (BSS) Amber has been working with individuals diagnosed with a neuromuscular condition, their families and carers to provide services and supports to meet their needs.

Why Muscular Dystrophy SA: Amber enjoys working within the not for profit sector and her passion to improve the lives of individuals living with a disability led her to commence a Client Services Coordinator position with Muscular Dystrophy SA in 2010. Her genuine compassion and drive to provide high quality, essential services and support within the disability sector fits well with her role as Client Services Manager for Muscular Dystrophy SA.



 Marketing and Fundraising Manager, Stephanie Columbus

Qualifications: Dipolma in Marketing (AIM)

Career: Stephanie commenced fundraising for Spastic Centres of SA in 1983. During this time she had the opportunity to complete a Diploma in Marketing at the Australian Institute of Management (AIM). Having realised her passion within the not for profit organisations she applied for and received a scholarship to attend the United States University of San Francisco to further her studies in the prestigious School of Fundraising at that campus. After completing this Stephanie then spent time in Los Angeles working with Spastic Centres on a telethon named Weekend With The Stars. Stephanie then spent time in New York and London scoping other fundraising initiatives. Upon returning Stephanie was appointed Director of Fundraising and also became a member of the Executive on the National Committee of the Miss Australia Quest. After 10 years working at SCOSA Stephanie consulted for other NFP organisations in South Australia and Northen Territory. Following a break from fundraising Stephanie returned in 2007 and was appointed as Marketing and Fundraising Manager for Muscular Dystrophy SA.



Fundraising Team

Lotteries and Fundraising Coordinator, Christine Mikalainis


Event Coodinator, Lucy Russell Byrne


Collection Boxes, Janice Phillips



Client Services Team

Client Services Coordinator, Aisling O’Toole


Client Services Support Officer, Kelly Mclean


Client Services Coordinator, Hoda Teimorzadeh


Client Services Coordinator, Jaimie Riggs



Administration Team

Finance Assistant, Rachael Lancaster


Receptionist, Gemma Butterworth


Volunteer Coordinator, Jenny Mooney


Data Entry Clerk/Accounts Payable, Trish Moore


Human Resources/Payroll,



Telemarketing Team

Doreen Hopper

Lucy Ciotti

Julie James

Janita Kilbane

Jennifer Howden

Mersini Freak

Donna Jones

James Clark

Susie McEvoy

Angela Zamani

Jessica Hulson

Lynn Liston

Sandra Lord

Michael Sarson

Megan Bollmeyer

Melinda Williams