Our People

PODC is a non-profit organisation with a voluntary management committee. PODC employs a Coordinator and an Administration Assistant, who are responsible for overseeing and implementing the organisation’s services and plans. Office bearers are elected at our Annual General Meeting each November.

Our Management Committee

Mark Burfield - President

Mark is the father of four children. The first was born profoundly deaf in 1999, received a cochlear implant in 2001 and a second in 2010, and is currently in a public secondary school hearing support unit. Mark’s primary concern is the maintenance and improvement of services for the hearing impaired at all stages. He is employed by Settlement Services International as an "Ability Linker" (community development and capacity building for people with disabilities and their families and carers). His voluntary roles include: Secretary of Universal Peace Federation Australia, State Commissioner for Scouts with Special Needs, Co-Chair of the Children's Festival in Sydney city, and Secretary of the Burwood Public School P&C Association.

Adam Metcalfe - Vice President

Adam is the hearing parent of a Deaf child, Anja. Anja was born profoundly deaf, with no current cause as to why, she was confirmed profound 1 month after being born. As a hearing parent who had not been exposed to the deaf community or how this would affect his daughter’s future. As a parent this is a tough experience to go through. Anja was given hearing aids from 3 months, and then when there was no change to hearing, moved to cochlear implants at 9 months. Since then he has started to teach Anja English but also Auslan sign language to give her the best opportunity to communicate and open up options in both the hearing and deaf world. Adam also has strengths in business intelligence, databases and data warehousing, experience with managing teams defining outcomes, and planning.

 

Paul Kellahan - Secretary


Kim Hanna - Ordinary Committee Member

Kim is the father of an eight year old boy who has a moderate-moderately sever hearing loss, he wears hearing aids and attends a mainstream school. Kim joined the Management Committee of PODC in 2017. Kim has worked in a range of management roles in government and the not for profit sector. Currently he is the Chief Operating Officer at the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is also the Treasurer of the Vaucluse Bowling Club.

Chi Yhun Lo - Ordinary Committee Member

Chi is a PhD candidate at Macquarie University, holding affiliations with the HEARing CRC and ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, and has a passion for all things sound. A former audio engineer that worked for Sydney Festival and iconic Australian band The Hooley Dooleys; this first-hand experience has led him to investigate the benefits of music training for children with hearing loss. A strong proponent for open access, open learning, and collaboration; Chi is a dedicated educator and communicator focused on bringing fun back to the classroom and the general public. Chi is a recipient of a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Students Learning, a contributor to Speed Meet a Scientist, and a 3 Minute Thesis finalist. 

Emily Kecman - Ordinary Committee Member

Emily is the mother of three children. One of her daughters, Annabel is deaf. Annabel attends her local primary school, where she learns in both English and Auslan. Emily has been employed by the Department of Education as an English/Visual Arts teacher since 2005, though has also studied part time whilst on maternity leave. She is very interested in researching issues relating to the way that information about potential options and services are presented to parents of newly identified deaf children in Australia. She completed a Master of Research dissertation at Macquarie University on this topic in April 2015, and has now continued onto a PhD project (though the Linguistics Department) to explore these issues further.

 

Our Staff

Fleur Henderson – Executive Officer

Fleur is the mother of a nine year old daughter and the sister of two siblings with Usher Syndrome. Prior to taking on the role of Executive Officer at PODC, Fleur had been a mentor with the Deaf Society’s Parent to Parent Mentoring Program. Professionally, Fleur has worked for the past 20 years in various roles globally for both Government and private companies specialising in Project Management. Fleur is passionate about helping families of deaf and hearing impaired children reach their full potential.

 

Sara Adeel - Financial Officer

Sara is a mother of two children Aayan (8) and Aamna (5). Aamna goes to Roberta Reid preschool to learn Auslan. Aayan has a bilateral profound hearing loss and wears cochlear implants in both ears. After being diagnosed at birth, Aayan attended Robera Reid Preschool for 2 years and Rockie Woofit Preschool for 1 year. He is currently attending Garfield Barwick School in North Rocks and is also learning Auslan. Sara did her ACCA (Certified Chartered Accountant) from England in 2009 and moved to Australia. She joined PODC early 2017 and is currently enrolled and studying to gain a certificate IV in bookkeeping and a Diploma in XERO accounting software. She is always passionate to help and guide other parents and feels optimistic in providing services in the future.

 

Bec Stewart - Project Officer

Bec has grown up with a hearing impaired father and brother, along with many other deaf and hearing impaired family members. She was diagnosed with a bilateral mild loss at three years old and began wearing hearing aids at five. Her loss was shown to be progressive and she now has a profound loss in one ear and a severe loss in the other. Bec has recently received her first cochlear implant late 2017 and wears a hearing aid. Bec is a mentor for teenagers with hearing loss through Hear For You (since 2013) and is studying Auslan. She is very passionate about raising awareness for hearing loss and encouraging parents and young people.




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