Melissa is an above-knee amputee with a background in national account sales and marketing. She has a Diploma of Community Education/Disability and has completed a course in Acute Trauma Counselling. Melissa has held board and advisory members positions for local and state governments and disability/community non-profit organisations. Since co-founding Limbs 4 Life, Melissa has been credited with a number of awards and been recognised for her work within the community. Melissa is passionate about creating positive outcomes for the amputee community and disability related sector. Melissa is a board member with the Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association (ARATA).
Fiona has a worked in project management and policy roles in a range of not-for-profit organisations for 20 years, spanning the fields of welfare, disability and education. Fiona has been involved in Limbs 4 Life, as both a Board member and then staff member, since its incorporation in 2004. Fiona has a Bachelor of Business and a Masters of Public Policy.
Fiona is passionate about raising awareness of amputees and limb loss, and effecting positive change, with the Australian community, disability sector and policy makers.
Fiona lives with an acquired neurological disability.
In September 2001, at the age of 18, Mike’s life changed forever when he contracted meningococcal septicemia. Mike was left with horrific internal and external injuries, including multiple amputations.
Mike credits his ability to turn a major setback into success, to a positive outlook, an adaptive mindset and a conscious decision to embrace uncertainty.
Mike has a background in the Health Industry, he’s a qualified Counsellor, Author, a highly skilled communicator and delivers resilience programs around Australia. Mike has been a passionate supporter of amputee charity Limbs 4 Life for over a decade and is a founding member of the Limbs 4 Life's Peer Support Program.
Andrew brings to Limbs 4 Life a unique perspective, having both Disability Sector, and lived experience of disabilities. Andrew is the WA Director of Physical Disability Australia and regularly supports other amputees as a Limbs 4 Life Peer Support Volunteer. He has a passion to see people with disabilities achieve their goals and dreams, however big or small, and says, “life should revolve around opportunities”.
Andrew has worked in the disability sector in Western Australia for the past 12 years and brings experience from Government positions to NGO/NFP roles, focusing on building the capacity of people with disabilities in his local community. Andrews has a wealth of experience in the disability employment sector.
Andrew is excited to be working on the Ramping Up 4 Work program to support people with limb loss in Western Australia to navigate the pathways to employment.
Kylie was born with a congenital upper limb difference and has a background in the not-for-profit sector. Kylie has also run diversity programs in schools for many years and has been a Peer Support Volunteer with Limbs 4 Life since 2010.
Kylie is passionate about supporting people with a limb difference to achieve positive outcomes and is now working within Limbs 4 Life to expand the organisation’s Peer Support Program nationally.
Leahe has had many years’ experience working in administrative roles in the medical and finance industries and currently holds a number of volunteer positions with local community organisations. Leahe’s first experience with Limbs 4 Life was through a family member who became an amputee, and she has now joined the Limbs 4 Life team providing administrative support.