FAST Australia is run by an all volunteer staff and board who dedicate their time and expertise to finding a cure for Angelman Syndrome. Our goal is to bring practical treatment into current medical practice as quickly as possible.

 

Meagan Cross, Chairperson

Meagan Cross' qualifications are in Geographic Information Science. Meagan also has experience in data programming, website & database design.  She is also a small business owner, dividing her time running a specialised Stainless Steel Fabrication business with husband Rohan and providing consultant GIS & mapping services to a diverse range of clients. Meagan runs a small charity in her home town of Cairns that hosts an annual fun run and walk to raise awareness for Rare Disease Day and is a member of Rare Voices Australia. Meagan serves on the board of directors of the US Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics & has two daughters, the youngest has Angelman Syndrome.

 

Jen Kyriacou, Secretary/ Deputy Chairperson

Jen Kyriacou has experience in the administration and management of Not for Profit organisations through her previous position with the Executive Office of the Australian Red Cross. During her time as Secretariat to the Queensland Board for the Red Cross she gained experienced in Not for Profit governance, accountability, service provision and board visions. Jen has also recently earned an Advanced Diploma in Social Science through James Cook University. Jen has two children, her youngest has Angelman Syndrome.

 

Tony Vidray, Treasurer

Tony is a graduate of the University of Newcastle and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. Tony is founder and director for AV Chartered Accountants in Newcastle where he provides specialist taxation, superannuation and accounting services to a wide & diverse portfolio of clients. He was formally a supervisor with Ernst & Young (previously Ernst & Whinney).
Tony is an active member of the Rotary Club in Newcastle & is married with three daughters, the eldest has Angelman Syndrome.

Edward Backhouse, Chief Information Officer

Edward (Ed) Backhouse is an Information Technology professional with 17 years experience across a range of platforms and technologies.  Ed completed a degree in Information Management at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane and works for a large systems implementation organisation in an IT consulting capacity. Previous he has worked at Barclays Bank in the United Kingdom and for the Queensland Government in various IT roles. Ed is married and has three children, his youngest son has Angelman Syndrome.

Joanne Caracoglia, Fundraising Coordinator

Joanne leads the fundraising team for FAST. Joanne holds a Certificate III in Education support and together with her husband Frank coordinated a hugely successful fundraiser for FAST in their hometown of Bankstown Sydney earlier this year.
 
Joanne is mother to three energetic boys, including her youngest son Jacob, who has Angelman syndrome.

Emma Price, Marketing and Public Relations

Emma holds over 15 years experience in marketing management roles and has worked in a range of industries including tourism, local government, sport and recreation and technology. Emma has a Bachelor of Tourism with majors in Marketing and International Business. More recently, Emma has established Australia’s first magazine for parents, carers and professionals of children with special needs, Source Kids. Emma is a regular fundraiser for FAST Australia holding an annual charity Gala Ball in Tasmania for the past three years. Emma and her husband have two children, her eldest has Angelman Syndrome

Chloe Simons, Science Officer

Chloe works for the Department of Education’s Professional Learning Institute in the fields of Science and Digital Technology.  She also works teaching children with disabilities.  Chloe has a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Education, Graduate Certificate in Science Education, and is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Digital Technology from the University of Tasmania.  She has particular interest in genetics and neurology and is passionate about being part of the FAST team.

Chloe and her husband have three young children, the oldest has Angelman Syndrome.

 
FAST Australia and the Australian Angelman Community would also like to acknowledge the dedication and hard work and dedication by past board members, Fiona Lawton and Joanne Davis.

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