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Trisha Henderson - President

Trisha HendersonTrisha took on the role of President following the retirement of her mother, Project founder Dame Patricia O’Sullivan, with a focus on guiding the Project to the next level and deepening the humanitarian and people-to-people ties between the Sister States of WA and East Java.

Following an early career in print journalism, she worked for a number of public relations firms before forming her own consultancy, providing strategic counsel to government, industry and the not-for-profit sector over two decades. She currently works at The West Australian newspaper.

Marie Kormendy - Vice President

ImageMarie has extensive knowledge and experience as a teacher of students with special needs, as a principal, administrator and as a university lecturer and disability advisor.  She has served as a director on many community organisations and is currently an active Rotarian – and past-President of the Rotary Club of Mt Lawley.

Marie is a Churchill Fellow (1971), Paul Harris Fellow and was a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar from 1974 – 1975. Marie was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in 2003. She is also Chairman of the School Volunteer Program of Western Australia.

Marie has a long association with Karya Mulia School for Deaf Children and has worked to develop facilities for hearing impaired children in East Java through Rotary and Patricia O’Sullivan Humanitarian Project.

Ray Wilson - Treasurer

ImageRay is CEO with Carbon Neutral Ltd, a not-for-profit carbon consultancy and offset provider with a strong focus on developing and managing biodiverse conservation plantings and carbon sinks which deliver significant environmental co-benefits.

Previous roles include senior management positions in commercial and rural banking; and property management and agricultural economist roles with the Heytesbury Group.

More recently he was CEO with Western Potatoes and in this role was involved in the export of seed potatoes to Indonesia.

He holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics and Master of Business (Marketing) degrees.

Dr Helen Goulios, PhD MClin Aud. MAudSA CCP

Image Dr Goulios is the Clinical Coordinator for the Master of Clinical Audiology Program at the University of Western Australia. Her areas of expertise include audiological assessment, adult and paediatric aural rehabilitation, hearing devices and management of audiological programs in special communities. Her career includes senior clinical and management positions with Australian Hearing in Perth, the National Acoustic Laboratories in Sydney, and as a Project Manager with the Royal National Institute for the Deaf in London.

Dr Goulios has a strong interest in promoting audiology education and service delivery in developing countries, and has worked in improving audiology in Asia and Africa. She supervises research students completing projects aimed at improving audiology services in East Java.

Josephine M.J Ratna, MPsych

ImageJosephine is interested in the promotion of early identification and intervention in the developmental and clinical problems of children and adults.

Starting her clinical psychology practice in 1996, she works with multidisciplinary health professionals at several hospitals in East Java and is involved with government and private health institutions, special education and training organisations to provide holistic approaches. She has been lecturing at undergraduate and postgraduate Psychology courses at several universities in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia since 1998. She is passionate in sharing her knowledge and experiences and frequently a speaker and facilitator in various seminars and workshops hosted by local, regional and international agencies. Currently Josephine is a registered Psychologist working at the Autism Association of Western Australia as well as a committee member of the Australian Psychological Society - Perth Branch since 2019.

Josephine completed her undergraduate Psychology degree from Airlangga University, and received her Postgraduate Diploma of Science (Psychology) from The University of Western Australia. Her Masters of Clinical and Health Psychology and PhD qualifications were from Curtin University, Western Australia. Her international network and local understanding of the needs of Indonesian families has influenced her further involvement in assisting children with disabilities and their families.

She has been a board member of HearingAID-East Java since 2011.

Vivien Schrader - Secretary

ImageVivien completed her Master's degree in Clinical Audiology from University of Western Australia in 2013. She is currently working as a Clinical Audiologist for a world renowned non profit organisation based in Western Australia, dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with ear, balance and associated hearing disorders.

She has a keen interest in the education and development of early intervention oral communication programs for children with hearing loss in developing countries. Vivien has been a board member since 2014 and was appointed Secretary in 2018.

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