Meet our Board
There's a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.
- Leonard Cohen
And here you are, living, despite it all.
- Rupi Kaur
You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.
- Bob Marley
SECRETARY, 2018 - PRESENT
After being diagnosed with endometriosis, Bonnie lost and confused, found Endometriosis Perth Sisterhood of Support which helped in not only understanding Endometriosis but learning to cope and live with it, through the help of fellow members. The feelings of fear and loneliness resonated with her and encouraged her to volunteer to help others in the same situation.
Bonnie's skills in customer service, social media and marketing, as well as her passion for web design and information technology support make her an asset to the team.
Empathy is the most radical of human emotions.
LINH NGUYEN CA
TREASURER, 2017 - PRESENT
Committed to supporting her best friend, Linh first joined in 2017 to assist with the group’s incorporation process. As a qualified Chartered Accountant, she has since stayed on to help set up the group’s financial administration and compliance reporting processes. Linh also has professional experience in writing applications and submissions, leveraging these skills to raise awareness of endometriosis in the group’s communications with external stakeholders.
Linh is interested in promoting equality across all aspects of life, including women’s health and chronic ‘invisible’ conditions. Before joining the group, Linh fundraised over $9,000 to support women's economic empowerment projects across the Asia-Pacific. The campaign, a first-ever for UN Women Australia, was an initiative close to her heart.
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
-John R Wooden
DR KATYA FLEMING
BOARD MEMBER, 2017 - PRESENT
After years of living with endometriosis and feeling dissatisfied with the knowledge and empathy of some of the professionals involved in her care, Katya decided the best way to help her peers was to become a doctor herself. After being told she was “cured”, she learned during the course of her studies that endometriosis is not a disease that can be cured, only managed. Seeking help beyond that of her colleagues, she joined Endometriosis Perth Sisterhood of Support in 2016, joining the team shortly thereafter. She realised that quality medical care alone was not enough and that Endometriosis WA could help her achieve her goal of improving the lives of Western Australians with endometriosis.
Katya now works full time as a junior doctor in obstetrics and gynaecology. She is pleased to report that the understanding of endometriosis among health practitioners has improved dramatically since her diagnosis, with the number of skilled and empathetic specialists increasing every year. She aims to help continue this trend both professionally and through her work with Endo WA.
When not working or volunteering, Katya is studying for a Master of Public Health and raising her three daughters. She is confident that if her daughters develop endometriosis, Western Australia will offer their generation world-class care and support.
OFFICE BEARER, 2019 - PRESENT
Tegan began volunteering for our events team in 2019 after joining Endometriosis Perth Sisterhood of Support following her own diagnosis in 2018. Loving the sense of community and wanting to give back further, she also joined our Facebook moderation team and board in the same year.
Tegan is a registered property manager and is currently completing a degree in Political Science and Marketing. She comes from a background in politics and government and has a varied skill set, including speechwriting & public speaking, policy research, compliance, and conflict resolution.
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
- Dr Suess
If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
BOARD MEMBER, 2019 - PRESENT
Kiera Collier has a strong passion for the not-for-profit sector and public health and is particularly interested in women’s health and health promotion. She holds a Bachelor of Biomedical Science from UWA and is currently studying for a Master of Public Health and Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion. Kiera also sits as a Board Director of ConnectGroups - Support Groups Association WA Inc., a peak representative organisation with a mission to support, nurture, advocate for and build capacity in support groups in Western Australia.
After many years of seeking a diagnosis, Kiera joined the Endometriosis Perth Sisterhood of Support Facebook group. Subsequently, Kiera was diagnosed with endometriosis, adenomyosis and other chronic conditions. Kiera’s passion for supporting others and health advocacy inspired her to volunteer for EndoWA as part of the Facebook moderation team and as an Events Facilitator. Shortly after, she was appointed to the Board.
With a background in Medical Science and lived experience with chronic illness, Kiera has advocated for women’s health in the education sector at both secondary and tertiary levels. Kiera was recently awarded the 2020 City of Canning Youth Citizen of the Year Award for her voluntary efforts.
BOARD MEMBER, 2020 - PRESENT
Akaiti’s childhood friends have recollections of her missing school due to painful periods. However, she was not diagnosed with endometriosis until her late twenties. Seeking ways to manage her symptoms, she joined the Endometriosis Perth Sisterhood of Support Facebook group. Reading and learning from her fellow endo sufferers, Akaiti has found ways to live with her condition on both the good and bad days. Encouraged by the support and knowledge she has received from EPSS, she decided to volunteer with the Facebook moderation team followed by stepping into her Newsletter Editor role.
Akaiti holds a Bachelor of Biomedical Science from the University of Western Australia with a double major in Immunology/Microbiology and Pathology/Laboratory Medicine. She is currently undertaking her Honours year in medical research and has a keen interest in fibrotic conditions including endometriosis. She hopes to bring a wide range of skills to the Board, including facilitating research collaborations, seeking research and grant funding, and academic research and writing skills. She loves cooking and reading in her spare time and aims to complete further tertiary education in the health sector.
Make up your mind that no matter what comes your way, no matter how difficult, no matter how unfair, you will do more than simply survive. You will thrive in spite of it.
PRESIDENT & FOUNDER, 2013 - PRESENT
After many years of feeling isolated and alone with endometriosis, Joanne identified the need for an endometriosis support group in Western Australia. With the encouragement of her husband, Joanne founded Endometriosis Perth Sisterhood of Support in 2013. Since her 2001 diagnosis, Jo has undergone copious hormonal treatments, intensive IVF, several laparoscopic excision surgeries in Perth, Western Australia and a further excision surgery in Singapore for relief from stage IV endometriosis.
Through experience and training since the establishment of Endometriosis Perth Sisterhood of Support Jo developed skills in leadership, governance and operational management. With qualifications in fine art and community services as well as lived experience with both endometriosis and legal blindness, Jo brings a unique perspective and drive to our organisation with a passion for advocacy, support services, awareness and education.
DEPUTY PRESIDENT, 2015 - PRESENT
Monique was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2011, after two years of countless hospitalisations and invasive tests. Soon after, Monique was also diagnosed with Polycystic ovarian syndrome and adenomyosis. A few years after her diagnoses, Monique found Endometriosis Perth Sisterhood of Support on Facebook.
The support and insight she received from members motivated her to volunteer for the group. Monique is passionate about raising awareness, creating meaningful connections and inclusivity. With a background in customer service and sales, Monique forms a fundamental role in the administration and delivery of our organisation’s services. Monique’s passion for understanding and community awareness contributes to strong social media development within our organisation. Monique was recognised for her volunteer work early in 2020 when she was nominated for Victoria Park Community Citizen of the year.