Our Board

Liz Parkinson (President) MPH, MEd, AMICDA is an education professional with more than 20 years’ experience gained in the tertiary, health and government sectors. Liz currently works in a leadership role at RMIT University and has been involved with SBFV since 1995. Liz has a nephew Jeff who was born in 1987 with spina bifida, hydrocephalus and cerebral palsy.

Imogen Russell-Head (Vice-President) is an adult with spina bifida and a recipient of the Malcolm Menelaus Achievement Award. As a tertiary student of Psychology, she is passionate about facilitating mental health and emotional support for people living with spina bifida, and promoting independent living for adults with spina bifida.

Denise Palmer (Treasurer) is an Accountant and founder of BAMM Business Solutions. She has over 30 years' experience in the accounting field. Denise has been associated with SBFV for the past five years in the role of bookkeeper. Denise is passionate about creating change for a more inclusive and equitable society for all.

Kym O'Donaghue (Secretary) has worked across the community and sport sectors in a variety of roles focusing on increasing the participation and pathways for people of all abilities into sport and recreation. Kym has worked at the local, state and national levels of planning, sharing over 25 years of experience with SBFV, specialising in Strategic Management, Human Resource Management and Community Development. Kym was employed at Eastern Recreation and Leisure Services Inc, a Regional Access for All Abilities Provider and Respite Program, for over 15 years. Kym’s current work includes sessional teaching at Victoria University instructing in areas including Community Development/Building and Inclusion. Kym continues to work as a Strategic Advisor on various community initiatives that work to promote the inclusion and equality of all community members.

Frank Cutuli is an adult with spina bifida, who is passionate about disability advocacy and encouraging people with disabilities to step out of their comfort zone and into life and community. Frank has a background in electronics and computers, and a Certificate IV in Communications. In 2017 he received a Community Volunteering award, has previously been nominated for a Victorian Premiers Award for volunteer work, and is currently nominated for both City of Casey Citizen of the Year and Victorian Disability Awards Emerging Leader.

Sue Maslin is a mother of three, including Josh, born in 2008 with spina bifida. She is passionate about supporting social networks for people with spina bifida, access for all to current information and networks, and events which are inclusive, meaningful and fun, whilst promoting awareness of the needs of others.

Mark Oswald is an adult with spina bifida and recipient of the Malcolm Menelaus Achievement Award, who has served on the SBFV board for 20 years. In this time he has presented numerous community education sessions about spina bifida to educational institutions and other organisations and groups. Mark has also worked as a librarian, in community transport, and in many administrative volunteering roles. 

Tim Williams is a Melbourne writer with spina bifida. He is a past recipient of the Malcolm Menelaus Achievement Award, has contributed articles to the SBFV newsletter, and has been involved with SBFV since his childhood.