Our People

Our Committee

John Slattery

John and his wife Janice live in Melbourne and help people in the community who like themselves live with intellectual disability. They enjoy cycling together in the parks close to home.

Carolyn Vimpani

Carolyn is a retired educator with a lifelong passion for inclusive education and a strong belief that that with the right supports families can stay together.

Vicki Martinez

Vicki joined STAR as interim Executive Officer last year and stepped up to the Treasurer role at the 2019 AGM.

Cynthia Pilli

Cynthia is a long term member, volunteer and Committee member of STAR. She believes accurate information and support, and knowing what's possible, creates opportunities and changes lives.

Jane Rosengrave
Committee Member

Jane is a Yorta Yorta woman and a well known Victorian self advocate for people with intellectual disabilities. She uses her lived experience of institutionalised education and abuse to campaign for her rights and the rights of others with disability. .

James Henry
Committee Member

James has a teenage son who uses communication aids. This led James to also become a Committee member of the Anne McDonald Centre and helps build a support network for people who use communication aids and their families.

Our Team

Denise Boyd
Executive Officer

Denise has almost three decades experience in the not for profit sector, specialising in effective campaigns and strategic planning. She began her campaign career with Greenpeace Australia in the early ‘90s, and has extensive experience of political advocacy representing people, animals and places both here in Australia, and on government and non-governmental delegations to a number of international forums.

Briony Long
Advocacy Officer

Briony has carved out a career in community services, most recently working with people with disabilities. She is passionate about ensuring people with disabilities are able to access the care and support they need to live their lives in the way they want to live them.  Having been a support worker she’s seen the discrimination people with disabilities experience every day, and shares STAR’s vision of an inclusive society that respects all abilities.

Sienna Macalister
Communications Officer

Sienna (they/them) is a student currently studying media at RMIT University. They have always been passionate about disability rights and are excited to be working in a sector where meaningful change can be made. Sienna also works in a secondary school as an integration aide and has witnessed first-hand the benefits of integrated education. Sienna is also autistic.

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