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.

Rosetta Fazio (Rose) is a mother of two children, including Aaron, born with spina bifida in 2004. She is an advocate for the rights and wellbeing of all persons affected by spina bifida and supports her son in a variety of activities including wheelchair basketball and skiing. She also supports other children through her work as an Integration Aide for a primary school. Prior to motherhood, Rose worked in the recruitment sector for investment banks in London, as well as for various Not for Profits in Australia.

Prof Jane Halliday is an expert in birth defects research and has completed several studies of neural tube defects over time. She is head of the Public Health Genetics Unit at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and was part of the research group assessing folate awareness in the community and establishing the SPINE (now FINE) register.

Dr Elizabeth Lewis AM is a highly respected neurosurgeon, with special interests in paediatric neurosurgery, spinal neurosurgery and medico-legal work. She has received a number of awards, including the Member of the Order of Australia (1992), Woman Achiever of the Year (1997) and Honoured Guest Neurosurgical Society of Australasia (2000).

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, recipient of the Malcolm Menelaus Achievement award and a past participant of the Independence Program and Computer Skills and Training Program.

Imogen Russell-Head 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.

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.