Shae Wissell, Managing Director
Shae Wissell is the CEO, Founder and Board Director of the Dear Dyslexic Foundation. Shae originally trained as a Speech Pathologist and then went on to develop a passion for public health completing both a Masters Degree in Public Health and Health Administration. Shae’s passion for working in the public health space led her to establish the Dear Dyslexic Foundation. As a dyslexic herself, Shae has experienced and seen first hand, the challenges those with dyslexia can face and the impact dyslexia has on education, employment and quality of life outcomes. Shae is currently a Doctoral Candidate researching the impact of dyslexia in the workplace. Shae is a member of the Fundraising Committee and the Finance Committee.
Christine MacJouvelet, Chair
Christine originally trained as a primary school teacher and has a strong background in education and financial services. She has taught at all levels including kindergarten and primary as well as adult education at institutions such as Victoria University, the Salvation Army and NMIT Preston. She developed and ran the ‘Able Sports Programme’ for the Australian Sports Commission and Vic Sport and Recreation. Christine has also worked full time at registered training organisations, including AAMC Training Group and was a Director of Skill Solutions. Christine works as a Mortgage Broker and mentor and has used her educational skills in teaching finance for the financial services sector. Social justice is a strong motivator and Christine wants to make a difference for people with dyslexia and specific learning disabilities, particularly in teacher/tutor training and direct support services to dyslexics over 16.
Christine is dyslexic herself and believes that education is one of the best vehicles for growth and change. Christine joined the Dear Dyslexic Foundation board in April 2017. S Christine is a member of the Quality, Risk and Governance Committee.
Kate Madden, Board Director
Kate is passionate about Community Development and Education and is an accomplished leader with over 20 years’ experience in the sector. Kate has travelled and worked in Europe, the Middle East and South Africa before immigrating
Kate graduated with a BA Degree in Psychology from the University of Port Elizabeth (South Africa) and has qualifications in Community Development, Management, Facilitation and Education and Training with an abiding interest in Entrepreneurship. She has worked in a variety of roles including the Department of Cultural Affairs, No-For-Profits and the Corporate Sector in Community Development and Education and Training. Kate is committed to lifelong learning and has a love of the arts. She has been involved in community arts projects enterprises, delivered workshops and retreats. A committed volunteer, Kate served as President of the Rotary Club of Greensborough and continues to contribute as a member and on the Board.
Kate joined the Dear Dyslexic Foundation Board of Directors in 2017 and is a member of the Fundraising Committee
Karen Burgess, Board Secretary
Karen was recently elected to work as Director on the Board of Directors with People with a Disability Australia. This prestigious position puts Karen at the forefront of disability strategic planning and governance and provides the opportunity to lead the direction of what matters most to people with a disability in Australia.
Karen has several qualifications and is currently studying for a master’s in business leadership with Charles Sturt. She works with a company called My Supports as the State Manager and with The Management Edge as the National Training Development Manager.
Karen’s passion aims to unite the disability sector to work together for advancing all issues that affect people’s quality of life, to promote disability culture and inclusion among the general population and raise awareness to improve legislation that removes barriers and improve access to services and programs.
James Sedman, Board Director
James brings a vast range of strategic experience, acting on several Board and Committees and holding high level management and policy roles within government and the not-for-profit sectors.
James is a passionate advocate and policy developer, specialising in economic, governance and disability rights and support. James is dedicated to removing the stigma and misperceptions of dyslexia in the workforce and is committed to empowering dyslexics to achieve their education, work and life goals.
James’ other passions include heritage conservation and participating in ultra-marathons.