EPIC has a professional and committed Board who oversee our governance and strategic direction.
Wayne Lemke, Chairperson
Wayne is the Managing Director of PRD Engineering in Karratha and has been for the past 11 years. Prior to this role Wayne was an Operation Supervisor for United Goninan’s. Wayne has been living in the Pilbara since 1973 and still loves it. Wayne was previously the Chairperson of Pilbara Joblink for over 5 years and was appointed Chairperson of EPIC Inc in July 2015. Wayne is passionate about equity of access and opportunities for all people in the community and brings a wealth of business experience to the organisation.
Shanine Ryan, Vice Chair
Shanine is a Senior Human Resources professional working with an Australian-based Oil & Gas company covering Diversity and Inclusion. Her career encompasses time in the travel industry, retail, wholesale and airline services. Shanine is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), and has a Certificate IV Training & Assessment and a double Diploma of Business and Leadership and Management. Previous board experience includes being the inaugural Chairperson for the Ngarluma Tharndu Karrungu Maya Trust and a board member of Pilbara Joblink.
Jana Francis, Treasurer
Jana has practiced as a Solicitor in country Victoria, Melbourne, Townsville, Port Hedland and Karratha and is now employed as a Lawyer at DeLancey Legal in Karratha. Prior to that, she worked in the private legal sector. Jana is interested in human rights law and has been working on her Masters in this area. Jana joined the EPIC Board because she has a passion for working within and supporting the not for profit community services sector in the Pilbara.
Leonie Hickson-Wood, Secretary
Leonie is currently working as the Safety Manager for a local Aboriginal Corporation, Brida. Prior to this she worked as the Apprenticeship Officer covering the Pilbara and whilst being in this role, she was part of the Pilbara Joblink Board. Leonie is a Local to the Pilbara and has lived and worked in Karratha and surrounding areas for the last 20 years. Her passion about local jobs and opportunities for local people drives Leonie, to ensure that a brighter future for everyone is created in the community.
Lesley Misarz, Member
Lesley is a Literacy and Numeracy teacher at Karratha Senior High School. She moved to the Pilbara in October 2012 and has no plans to leave anytime soon. Lesley is a great source of local knowledge and connections, having completed her schooling in Karratha and she brings a high level of social capital to EPIC.
Cathryn Bell, Member
Cathryn has worked at the Water Corporation since moving to Karratha in 2008, and has recently received a Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University. Currently raising a young family, Cathryn understands the work EPIC does is paramount to making the community a happy and healthy place for us all to live in.
Roz Brabazon, Member
Previously being a lecturer in Children’s Services at the Pilbara Institute, Roz works now as the Manager for Community Development at RDA (Regional Development Australia). She has a background in financial governance, education and business management and brings valuable skills to the Board. Roz jumped at the opportunity to join the EPIC Board to collaborate with others to create and promote sustainable, supportive and inclusive local community service programs.
Beth Muller, Member
With several years’ work in Mental Health and Community Support, Beth is now working for the Pilbara Meta Maya Regional Aboriginal Corporation as the Support and Tenant Education Program Officer in Hedland. She has qualifications in Training, has been a successful small business owner and worked in Finance, Hospitality and Communications. Beth was happy to join as a board member of EPIC to broaden her understanding of the community needs within the disability sector and gain further community experience.