Meet the PODC Team

PODC is a non-profit organisation with a voluntary management committee. PODC employs three staff members, who are responsible for overseeing and implementing the organisation's services and plans. Our Management Committee are elected at our Annual General Meeting. 

**** Please be patient as we update this page - our new Committee was appointed at the 2023 AGM in December ****

Our Management Committee 

Suzie Robertson - President 

Suzie is a mum of twin boys, Alec and Oliver, who were born at 32 weeks’ gestation and survivors of twin-to-twin transfusion. Upon being discharged, Ollie received a refer on his hearing test, before being diagnosed as profoundly deaf with complex auditory neurotherapy. He has bilateral cochlear implants since he was 3 years old and has been learning Auslan since birth, with fluency in Auslan and English.
Suzie is passionate about mentoring families to gain confidence in advocating for themselves, with the philosophy that parents are the biggest experts on their children. She is passionate about making sure families voices are heard, particularly those who speak English as their second language. She has been a full-time member of the PODC committee for two years and also co-facilitates a Facebook group called ‘Little Auslaners’. 

Karina Elliott - Vice President 

Sara Adeel - Treasurer 

Vacant - Secretary 

Thomas Doe - Ordinary Committee Member

Jess Lamont - Ordinary Committee Member

Lauren Patrick - Ordinary Committee Member

Sally Smid - Ordinary Committee Member 

Dr Chi Yhun Lo - Ordinary Committee Member

Chi has been with PODC since 2018 and is a Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation and an Adjunct Fellow at Macquarie University. His research interests are deafness, music, and health (and sometimes all three combined!). As a former audio engineer that used to work with the iconic Australian children’s band “The Hooley Dooleys”, his experience and skillset have turned from entertainment to health. A champion for open access and open learning, Chi is an award-winning educator and noted communicator - a NSW Fresh Scientist, a 3 Minute Thesis finalist, the co-creator of a workshop: "Breaking down the invisible barriers between the deaf and the hearing", and a speaker for organisations such as Cochlear Limited, NextSense, The Shepherd Centre/Hear For You, and Sydney Science Festival. Chi delivered the PODC initiative of a Science Camp for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children in collaboration with Macquarie University and the Junior Science Academy which was a Finalist at the Engagement Australia 2021 Excellence Awards.

Our Staff 

Michelle Bamber - Administration

Kris Clark - Office Administrator

Kris enthusiastically endorses all forms of communication thanks to her sons, one with unilateral hearing loss, one hearing, and both ... teenagers! As well as hearing aids, cochlear implants, Auslan and English, the family also uses a mix of facial expressions, body language, and vocalisations to express themselves all-too clearly (eye rolls, shrugs, and sighs, anyone?) After more than 20 years working in child development and education (Gymbaroo, Montessori, schools, etc) and administration (operations, communication, etc), Kris is delighted to be able to merge her personal and professional experiences in the service of Parents Of Deaf Children, partner organisations, and broader communities.

Kellyanne Rosalion – Information and Communication

Kellyanne is the mum of two deaf children - a daughter with bilateral cochlear implants, and a son with bilateral hearing aids. Kellyanne is Deaf, has bilateral cochlear implants and lives in a bilingual, bimodal family. Kellyanne has always had a passion for working with deaf children and families, has worked as a Teacher of the Deaf in Melbourne and in other roles supporting deaf children in the education setting. Her experiences as both a Deaf individual and the mother of two deaf children, have developed into a desire to help deaf children make connections with others like them. Since moving to the ACT in 2016, she has worked to try and build these connections for her own family, and joined PODC in 2021 to help build this community in the ACT to support other families. 

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