We are a small but extremely dedicated team of 9. We work closely across community services, fundraising and administration to achieve the best outcomes for our community.
Hayley Lethlean, Chief Executive Officer
Hayley started with MDWA as CEO in 2014. Known for her enthusiastic approach to literally everything she does, she makes for the best kind of boss for our organisation. In her spare time you’ll find her hanging out with her family and friends, at the footy or away camping somewhere in our beautiful state. Originally from South Africa, her accent echoes loudly around the office on a daily basis as she shares our wins with the team. Hayley is particularly fond of food - so much so we ran out of room to list all of her favourite meals. But her biggest vice? Candy Crush… we’ll just leave that one right there.
Piper Marsh, Community Services Manager
Not only is Piper the President of a netball club and a nationally-badged netball umpire, she is also our much-loved Community Services Manager. She’s been with us since 2014 after leaving Asthma Foundation to return to university to do a Masters in Business. Piper loves singing in the car, much to the disappointment of her two kids Tamaryn and Kai. Although, they have crowned her Queen of backyard pool water volleyball so she must be doing something right. Piper gives her best at everything she tackles and is so honest that she would even try to find the original owner of the lotto ticket she’s going to find lying on the ground outside the office one day. She makes sure our community service provision meets the needs and opportunities of the neuromuscular community available within the disability sector.
Mark Hullett, Partnerships & Fundraising Manager
The first thing you’ll notice about Mark is his addictive smile - it’s almost as big as his personality. Sporting backgrounds seem to be our thing, with Mark’s first job being that of an indoor cricket umpire at just 12 years of age. Mark has been handling all of our partnerships and sponsorships for over 5 years and heads up our fundraising events. Known for being a grammar fiend, it’s not surprising that he would like to write a best seller. We’re pretty sure he has some good life experiences to draw from, including having to get out of the UK in quite a hurry at 24 years of age, only to sneak back in via a mate’s car… needless to say, he’s definitely the class clown.
EMMA KENTON, brand awareness & engagement manager
After starting out as a vollie for us, Em soon decided she wanted to be in the office full time, so like anything she puts her mind to, she made it happen. Perhaps the smallest yet loudest of the bunch (she comes a close second to Mark for the class clown title), you can be guaranteed you’ll always get a straight answer out of her. Equally at home coordinating community photo shoots, arranging staff sundowners, starting the Empower Fund initiative or selling raffle tickets at a golf day, Em is a Jack-of-all-trades and epitomizes the broad range of what we do as an organisation. In her spare time she doesn’t sit still, always out meeting new people and keeping busy. A proud crazy cat lady, when she’s not mothering her fur babies you’ll find her busy little brain writing and rewriting our comms and coming up with new ways to engage people with our cause and to get us on the map.
BRIANNA O’DONNELL, COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
When she’s not googling Highland Cows, you’ll find Brianna putting together all of the lovely comms material that comes out of our office. She also handles our social media and supporter run fundraising. The fact that Brianna has MD means she is more connected to our cause than anyone and can shed light on things we might not have thought of. Known for her caring and accommodating personality, she’s also quietly cheeky at times. Bri was bitterly disappointed when Meghan swept her main man Prince Harry off his feet - looks like she’ll have to settle for Number 2, Brax off Home and Away. Fun fact: she can put a candle out from 1m away using a glass of water and her front teeth…
SARAH WILLIAMS, SUPPORT SERVICES OFFICER
Sarah’s a good egg. We know this because she even shaved all of her hair off for a good cause once. Working previously as a support worker and registered nurse makes her the perfect Support Services Officer for us. Sarah loves holidays - we know this because she mentioned them in at least 3 of her staff profile questions. She also picked the cheeky willy wagtail as her choice of animal to come back as. She’s the point of contact for our community for individual advocacy, our Cough Assist Program and Counselling support, amongst many other things.
brooke mcgregor, COMMUNITY PROGRAMS OFFICER
Brooke just couldn’t stay away from us forever. She worked for us for 6 years up until 2010 when she took some time off to pop out her 2 beautiful boys, Riley and Will. Brooke tells us the only reason she went to high school was so she could socialize at lunch, which is super handy in her role as our Community Programs Officer – which sees her in charge of organising events to get our people out, about and connected. It’s also handy that she loves a to-do list as gathering the troops can be quite a task!
Toby Gummer, Administration & Information Systems Manager
Toby’s first job was as a checkout chick at Coles so it’s no surprise he’s a gun when it comes to counting the money from our fundraising events. After spending a number of years in Japan teaching English, he moved back home and to his IT roots, working at ANZ, before starting with us here at MDWA. Not only does he have one of the quickest wits in the office, he is particularly skilled at scaring Brianna out of her hiccups - a regular occurrence. The rest of his time is spent looking after our Admin and IT needs (and eating the occasional burger).
CATHY DONOVAN, BOOKKEEPER
With the most distinctive laugh in the office, it’s no wonder Cackles is Cath’s nickname. Always cheery and bright, she brings a lot of joy to us on the days she’s in, keeping our books in tip top shape – which is not an easy job with so much going on. A self-confessed competitive soul, she keeps the fire going by playing beach volleyball once a week. On weekends she’s a committed babysitter for her grandkids but still manages to find plenty of time to see her friends for a wine or two. Cath has been our go-to for questions about budgets and dollars for over 7 years now and quite frankly, it’d be tough to get by without her.