Our Board

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.

Cathryn Bell, Secretary

Cathryn has worked at the Water Corporation since moving to Karratha is 2008, and has recently received a Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University. She joined the EPIC board with the hopes that her experience from work and study, will be beneficial to the organisation, as well as broadening her own understanding and knowledge of the community. 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”

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.

Vanessa Tran, Member

Vanessa is a public affairs professional working in the oil and gas industry, now based in the Pilbara. She holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia. Vanessa is passionate about inclusion, and has volunteered in organisations such as Meals on Wheels and the Consumer Credit Legal Service.

Jacinta Barnett, Member

Jacinta is a Maintenance and Operations leader with a large resources company and has led both technical and large operational teams. She has lived in the Pilbara for over 10 years with her husband and 2 boys, and enjoys the family friendly lifestyle and community. She has a Bachelor of Minerals Process Engineering, Masters in Business Leadership and a Diploma in Project Management. Jacinta joined EPIC in 2018 as a board member. She has been involved in community based services and served in different roles on boards in sporting, cultural, and volunteer community groups across Western Australia and Queensland. Jacinta wants to ensure the Pilbara community remains a vibrant and progressive community that integrates and supports an inclusive culture for all.

Leigh Cover, Member

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