The Foundation is governed by a Board of Management and our patron is Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of Western Australia.

The Board is composed of 7 Directors who each serve a three year rotating term. Currently the Directors on the Board of Management are:

Mr Ric Gornik – Chairperson

Ric Gornik is the current Chairperson of the Board of the West Australian Foundation for Deaf Children (Inc).

Ric is a retired long-serving public servant who has significant experience at the Executive level within Government, having been the Executive Director of Human Resources within a large public authority at the time of his retirement. He has also undertaken the role of the Chief Executive Officer, in an acting capacity, within the same authority.

Ric has qualifications in Public Sector Management, Public Administration and Personnel Management. Ric brings to the Board a wealth of strategic management and policy experience, knowledge and skills.

Mr Greg Chapell, P.Dip(acc), B.Bus, ACA – Vice Chairperson & Treasurer 

Greg Chapell is a married  father of 2 young children who has created and operated his own accounting practice over the last 25 years. Greg is hearing impaired, more so in his adult life and has taken the opportunity to join the Foundation so that he can give the benefit of his experience and expertise to a charity that selflessly tries to provide betterment to Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and young adults.

Mr Keith L Eastman, AM 

Mr Eastman was a banker from 1958 until retirement in 2001. Married to Dorothy with three sons.
Their youngest boy - Ashley was born deaf in 1974.

Since retirement, Keith has taken up a share holding in a Midland Tavern/restaurant and is otherwise enjoying retirement.

Mr Eastman’s involvement with the Deaf community and the Cottesloe campus commenced in 1976 when his son Ashley started attending the kindergarten. He was invited to be the inaugural president of a new P & C attached to WAIDE to support parents of Deaf children attending the public school system. Subsequently in 1979 he was invited to become a member of the Foundation and in 1985 was elected president, a position he held until 2006. Mr Eastman was made a life member last year.

The achievements of the Foundation over the last 119 years have been outstanding and Keith has shared in the success over some 36 years.

Mr John Richards

John was employed by the Western Australian Department of Education and Training for 32 years  - that included 30 years as a Teacher of the Deaf. He was the Executive Principal of the WA Institute for Deaf Education from 1993 until January 2008 and prior to that he held positions as a Unit Teacher of the Deaf, a Visiting Teacher of the Deaf, Educational Audiologist and Principal of several Education Support schools. During 2009-2011 he was the Perth Coordinator of the RIDBC Renwick Centre Programmes.

From 1998 until 2010 John was the President of the National Association of Australian Teachers of the Deaf (NAATD). He remains very interested in the further development of the Teacher of the Deaf role and he is keen to see an increase in research in the area of Deaf Education.

John has been a member of the Board of Management for the Foundation since 1993.

Ms Sarah Livingstone

Sarah Livingstone has been a Board member since 1995 and is a parent of a  profoundly Deaf son. Sarah has helped set up a parent network assisting parents to obtain information and support, through regular newsletters and other activities including conferences, information evenings and weekend camps for families with Deaf children. Sarah has presented papers on how parents can assist their Deaf children to read, on parent-professional partnerships and on how parents can facilitate successful inclusion of Deaf children in regular schools.

She is currently a parent Board member of Deafness Forum, the national peak body for deafness. Sarah is a strong believer in empowering families to make informed choices on the educational options available for their Deaf children.

Ms Fay Treeby

Fay TreebyFay Treeby has been involved with Deaf Education since the diagnosis of her third child with a profound hearing loss. Fay has gained a lot of knowledge over the years and has been involved with parents on various committees. As a member of the Board, Fay provides hands-on information on many of the needs of Deaf children right through to adulthood. Fay’s valuable experience contributes to the direction and activities of the Board.

Stephen Kubicki

Stephen is currently the CEO of Habidapt Pty Ltd which is a company that uses an innovative cloud based technology originally developed by the CSIRO to provide energy management services to households.  Prior to joining Habidapt, Stephen worked as a corporate/M&A lawyer for more than 14 years including at Wesfarmers Limited, Allen & Overy in London and Clayton Utz in Perth and Sydney.

Stephen has three young children and is passionate about ensuring that our community of deaf and hard of hearing children and young adults receive the world’s best education and support.

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