Mary Muirhead, BVSc, OAM
Chair, Director, Co-founder and Fundraising Coordinator (honorary) with over 20 years experience in Melbourne’s ASD community. Boroondara Volunteer of the Year Award (2012), KVF Jubb Community Achievement Award (2013), Medal of the Order of Australia (general division) for service to people with disabilities and their families (2014). Mary is married to Tom Gleisner, is a retired veterinarian and they have two children. Her interests are music, pets and dancing. She has worked with the Autism Behavioural Intervention Association as a past Board Member and is a current member of the ABA Today conference committee.
Tom Gleisner, B.A., LL.B, AO
Patron and Co-founder of L4Life. A professional screen-writer, Tom is a member of Working Dog Productions, a film and television company based in Melbourne. In 2018, Tom was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his service to television as a writer, producer, actor and presenter, as well as for his work with children with autism and cancer. He is married with two children and boasts over 23 Facebook friends.
Dr Amanda Sampson, MBBS (Monash), FRANZCOG, DDU, COGU
L4Life Patron and Co-founder, and founder of the L4Life Endowment Fund. Mandy is mother to Angus Hale, a young man with Autism who underwent a four-year ABA program. Mandy was instrumental in bringing ABA to Melbourne. She founded Victorian ABA Providers 20 years ago and is the Co-Founder, immediate past president (2011-13), Inaugural President (1996-1998) and current Vice President of the Autism Behavioural Intervention Association (ABIA). She is a partner at Women’s Ultrasound Melbourne.
In 2015, Mandy was a finalist for the Telstra Women’s Business Awards.
Melanie Larkey, B.A. Engineering (Chem)
Treasurer with 15 years strategic business consulting experience, including Andersen Consulting and BearingPoint UK and Australia (formerly KGMG Consulting). Melanie is also on the board for the Autism Behavioural Intervention Association (ABIA) and was L4Life’s Chief Executive Officer as a volunteer from 2011 through 2015. She is married with three children and enjoys tennis, walking her two dogs and being surrounded by family and friends.
Sally McNeilly, B.A., Grad Dip App Psych, Grad Dip IR
Managing Director and Founder of Peak HR Pty Ltd. Sally has over 20 years HR and Recruitment expertise across a range of global and local companies. A mother of three boys, she enjoys travelling and spending time with friends and family.
Pam Roy, B.B.A. – Accounting
L4Life Co-founder and Executive Officer with over 20 years of experience in ABA therapy delivery and therapist team management/development. Pam arrived in Australia in 1997 to deliver ABA programs to families in Victoria who had no other access to ABA. She has also delivered ABA therapy and supervision for over 30 families in Queensland as well as training therapists through supervisory levels.
Geoff Dixon, B.A. (Economics)
Director of WCD – Workers’ Compensation Solution. Geoff brings 30 years strategic business consulting experience focusing on risk management.
Aaron Gleisner, B.A. (Hons) (Criminology)
Project Liaison Officer with the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency. As part of his considerable experience in the government and policing space, Aaron specialises in IT systems and organisational analysis.
Sonia Pike, B.A. (Psych)
Over 20 years experience in governance, policy and stakeholder engagement. Sonia is committed to meaningful stakeholder engagement and reaching outcomes that are customer focussed, and she is passionate about helping others reach their full potential. Sonia is married with one child and two step-children and loves spending time with family and good friends.
Shayna Burns, B.A. (Journalism & Media Studies)
Marketing consultant with more than 13 years’ experience in digital marketing across not-for-profit, tourism, retail, B2B and other sectors. Shayna has a passion for helping others in her community succeed and regularly volunteers her time to assist. She arrived in Australia from Toronto, Canada in 2012 and has enjoyed travelling across the country since.