Brother Donald Campbell, S.S.F.
Brother Donald is an Anglican priest and Franciscan brother who has been President of the EPIC Board since 1999. Brother Donald has 10 years’ experience in Rehabilitation Coordination and Counselling, working alongside people injured in accidents. Prior to this he was involved with community development work in a state housing suburb and has helped set up a food co-op and a credit union.
Brother Donald’s passion to see people and communities develop and thrive underpins everything he does, and it is this drive that has seen him remain in the role of President for almost 2 decades.
“I am committed to ensuring all disadvantaged people to whom we provide a service benefit from our excellence in performance, innovation and global best practice.”
Michael has been an integral force in leading EPIC to where it is today. Michael became EPIC’s first CEO in 1998, and remained in that role for 8 years. In 2006, Michael became a member of EPIC’s Board, where he has served as both Treasurer and Vice President.
Michael has 45 years’ experience in financial and general management positions, having worked in 4 different countries. Michael’s passion for helping those in need was sparked through his service to overseas governments, where he supported socioeconomic development in aid-assisted countries and human services focused on disadvantaged people.
“I love that we advocate for people with challenges in the firm belief that each person has unique abilities to make a contribution to society through meaningful work.”
Susan has over 40 years’ experience as an educator, most recently as Principal of Marist Regional College in Burnie from 2002 to 2013. She joined Ability Tasmania Group’s Board prior to their merger with EPIC and remains a passionate advocate for education, training and meaningful employment for all members of the community.
During her career, Susan worked alongside many young people with disability, and students from diverse backgrounds. She felt privileged to be involved in their progress and continues to experience great fulfilment from helping people overcome challenges and achieve their goals.
Vera Pennisi BDSc, GAICD
“Everyone should have opportunities for education, for meaningful and personally fulfilling work, to be a contributing member of society and to have quality of life.”
Vera is an experienced Board Director who joined EPIC’s Board in 2013. She has worked as a dentist for over 25 years, both in public and private practice across various locations in Queensland.
Vera has a special interest in advocacy for people with disability and has both personal and professional experience in this space. She has worked with various bodies such as Autism Behavioural Intervention Queensland (ABIQ), a parent support group for families of children with Autism. Vera served 3 years on the Board of St Columba’s Primary School and taught The Sixth Sense program at the school for many years.
Her drive for equality and quality of life for people with disability stems from personal experience and strong ethical beliefs.
Reverend Jenny Thompson
Jenny is a Deacon of the Anglican Church and a counsellor with over 30 years’ experience. Her career has focused on emotional release therapy, grief and loss counselling, play therapy, suicide intervention and sexual assault counselling. Jenny is also a Mental Health clinician, and has worked in the Child and Youth Mental Health Service for over 13 years.
As a respected Aboriginal Elder, Jenny has been instrumental in providing cultural clinical support to the sector over the course of her career. Jenny has delivered numerous workshops on social and emotional well-being to families and communities, and facilitated training sessions on counselling and case management.
“Like many others, my life has been touched by disability, and I see it as my mission to give back and make a positive contribution to the community.”
Grant has over 25 years’ experience as a software developer, programming in a variety of computer languages across different operating systems. He has been involved in all stages of software project development from concept to deployment, often building complex back-end systems for highly powerful and interactive applications.
Grant provides technological insight and expertise to the EPIC Board, and ensure EPIC’s IT platforms and services were fit for purpose. He provides leadership to EPIC’s Information Technology Operational Platform committee. Grant enjoys collaborating with EPIC staff and Board members to implement best practice technological solutions, and ensure EPIC is equipped for success.
Lyn spent 2 decades in the education sector before embracing a new career as a small business owner, where she worked for 10 years. But her passion remained in education, and she returned for a further decade that was spent at a high school, specialising in work education.
Lyn carried out pioneering work in the development of alternative academic pathways, critical at a time when the school leaving age was being raised. She was an early adopter of counselling, work placements and personality auditing to help students make thoughtful choices about further study and career choice.