Stefanie Evans – Co-founder and Managing Director
Stefanie Evans grew up in Germany and studied Business in Germany, where she worked for AEG Telefunken and BMW Motor Bikes. In 1970, Stefanie caught the “wanderlust” bug and moved to London to further her English studies and work as an au-pair where she unknowingly had her first contact with Asperger’s Syndrome. She immigrated to Australia in 1973 where she met her husband and after a stint in Papua New Guinea in 1982 they moved back to Brisbane to raise two children. In 1994, Stefanie’s son was diagnosed with ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 7 by Clinical Psychologist Prof. Tony Attwood, and their lives changed drastically.
Over the last 23 years, Stefanie has served as a committee member, Hon Secretary, and later became a Director of the organisation. She is now the Managing Director of the Asperger Centre after more than 30 years as a full time volunteer.
Since joining the group, Stefanie has been instrumental in the push toward a holistic support approach for families and adults. This resulted into two major changes – moving into retail shops for 10 years and in 2012 opening the Asperger Centre, to continue to improve and educate families, stakeholders and service providers about Asperger’s Syndrome.
In 2006, Stefanie received the Lilly Australia Day Award for valued contribution to the community in Lilly.
“I have always had an interest in people, and it has been and continues to be a joy to be part of the Asperger Community who have exceptional skills and can participate in our communities with the right support.”
Dr Camilla Andrews – Board Member for over 5 years
Dr Camilla Andrews has acquired more than 30 years’ experience as a GP and still practices in our local community. Camilla is passionate about research and evaluation, organisational governance and the not-for-profit sector generally.
Nicola Rouse – Board Member
Nicola Rouse has a vast set of business skills, adaptive communication and is passionate about improving the lives of people with Asperger Syndrome, Autism, their families and workplaces.
Nicola has two (2) children on the Autistic spectrum, a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of sensory issues, motor skills, executive function, anxiety, different communication needs, the education system and more.
“Cultivating the community and the individual with knowledge, self confidence and strategies for the functional impact AS and ASD may have on a person from time to time, I believe will play a role in accepting the value, unique thinking and skills people with AS and ASD may bring to the workforce.”
Providing support, information, guidance and kindness to families and people with Asperger Syndrome and Autism are philosophies shared with the other Board members.
Peter Callaghan – Board Member
Ad Dip Community Services (Disability)
Dip Business (Front Line Management)
Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Peter has broad experience in the not-for-profit sector. Over his 40 years, he has been involved in Senior Leadership and Board roles in many Community Service organisations spanning youth, disability, aged care, housing, education, training, employment and Industry Services sectors in Queensland.
Until July 2011, Peter was founder and CEO of Community Employment Options Inc and, after a merge, co-founder and Executive Manager, Employment and Training Services of a multi-site/program ‘community business’ known as the Community Solutions Inc. Over the 20-year development, Peter oversaw operations across 18 sites in Queensland, 300 staff and programs including DES, JSA, PPP, PHaMS, Youth Connections, Skilling Queenslanders for Work delivered to nearly 6000 clients across the State.
Peter now works as a Partner with the consulting group – DCA Advisory Services. The group, predominately, support Community Service organisations to better respond to the changing environment.
Peter is passionate about utilising his experiences, skills and knowledge to assist organisations develop their capacity to grow sustainably and achieve their full potential. Central to his passion are people in our Regional, Rural and Remote Communities of Queensland.