The MEDA program is managed by a community based committee that is elected annually. It is responsible for overall strategic direction, policy development, financial management and oversight of the paid staff members.

Melbourne East Disability Advocacy Management Committee (“The Committee”)

President: Mary Appleby
Mary joined the Committee of Management in May 2013. Mary holds a Masters in Human Resource Management and is a Certified Professional Member of the Australian Human Resource Institute. She is a dedicated HR generalist with over 20 year’s strategic and operational management expertise in education and hospitality. She is currently Associate Director at Dixon Appointments and provides leadership, management and advice of human resource functions to organisations.  She is also the Principal Consultant for her own HR consultancy and specialises in managing and developing teams, linking strategy to operational targets and business improvement. Mary is committed to advocating for people with a disability so that they are equally valued and are given opportunities to contribute to the community.

Vice President: Will Elder
Will joined the Committee of Management in June 2016.  Will is a Volunteer Citizen Advocate paired with Stephen since 2012.  Will is a solicitor at Phillips & Wilkins in Thornbury and holds a bachelor of Laws and Arts from Monash University.  Will provides legal advice to a wide range of clients in commercial and personal matters.  Will has volunteered with several groups supporting people with disability.  Will believes that everybody should be able to engage in our community.

Treasurer: Sohila Malakooti

General Committee Members:

Tony Corrigan: Tony joined the MEDA Committee of Management in early 2020 and has over 25 years  in  Banking & Finance, having worked with major banks in their Australian, Asian and Pacific operations. He holds a Bachelor of Business, a Masters of Applied Finance and  a Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning and Applied Finance & Investment.  Tony is currently involved in funds management, superannuation and also undertakes some part time consultancy work in general business and finance areas.

Eddie Clark : I am a member of MEDA’s Committee of Management as well as MEDA’s Consumer Advisory Group.  I am very committed to both roles and want to stand up for people with disability.  I am a big gamer and would like to start up a gaming group.  I am part of MEDA’s Consumer Advisory Group because I represent the Advisory Group members at MEDA’s Committee of Management.

Bron Emmerson: I started my career in the disability field in 2000, working as a direct care worker while studying.  I completed my Bachelor of Applied Science in Disability at Deakin Uni in 2005 and moved to Queensland and began my role as Coordinator of a disability service, supporting individuals and families to receive services and support to meet their needs and assisting them in readiness to access the NDIS. Moving back home to Melbourne in 2017 I have enjoyed roles in Case Management and NDIS Support Coordination and am currently working in the Aged Care space. My belief of seeing all people for their strengths and abilities and striving for equality and respect for all members of our community has led me to MEDA to join the Committee.  MEDA’s values and mission align strongly with my values and beliefs and I am very excited to join the MEDA community.

Debbie Orr

Public Officer: Robyn Taft
Robyn Taft is the Public Officer of MEDA, and a volunteer advocate and former committee member who has been associated with MEDA since 2006. Robyn is a semi-retired lawyer with a career history as an in-house counsel in both the private and public sectors.

Become a Committee of Management Member

The primary role of the committee is to ensure MEDA operates effectively and remains accountable. The committee is elected from the membership annually at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), nominations are open to anyone who has an interest in advocacy and making a difference. Meetings are held monthly and the composition of the committee includes people with a variety of skills and experience from a diverse range of backgrounds with a shared commitment to assist MEDA in fulfilling its legal and ethical obligations, these include:

  • Consumers
  • Citizen Advocates
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Legal

Opportunities are available for anyone who has a passion and commitment to join an active, progressive and effective committee and contribute to the governance and future strategic directions of MEDA.

Click to read about our Consumer Advisory Group.