Our Team


June Barton OAM


June was a founding member of Melville Cares and is currently Patron as well as a Board Member. She is professionally qualified in nursing, public health and social science.

June has served on a variety of public advisory and professional bodies and worked effectively with government, political, social, cultural, and commercial organisations. She currently represents the Bicton-Attadale-Alfred Cove Ward as a Melville City Councillor, having previously served as Mayor for two terms, and is Freeman of the City.

June has been a Justice of the Peace since 1989. Her local government and community contributions were acknowledged by the Medal of the Order of Australia, and she was named Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International, supported by all the Rotary Clubs in the City of Melville: Applecross, Attadale, Booragoon, Leeming, and Melville.


Andrew Schox


BSc (Hons); Post Graduate Diploma; Masters Degree; Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Andrew joined Melville Cares as a Board Member in 2020. Andrew has been a director of several not-for-profit boards. He is the immediate past Chair of Advocare, Inc. as well as a former Chair of The Australasian Podiatry Council and the Australasian College of Podiatric Deans. He has been a director of the Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council and is currently a director of several private entities.

Andrew is a local business person as well as a former resident of the City of Melville. He is a podiatrist by profession and works in private practice as well as having worked as a part-time academic.


Gabriela Di Perna

Deputy Chair

Bachelor of Business (First Class Hons); International Marketing Diploma

Gabriela transitioned into the aged care sector in 2019 having previously worked as a Principal Consultant at BaxterLawley, a Perth-based management consultancy focusing on the not-for-profit sector. Gabriela now oversees major strategic projects in aged care at MercyCare such as the intergenerational Care Approach, New Aged Care Standards implementation and proactive initiatives regarding the Royal Commission into Aged Care.

Gabriela is a previous fellow with the University of Western Australia and held a role as a senior research member with Curtin University’s not-for-profit initiative.



Glynis Barber

Board Member

Bachelor of Science; Diploma of Education; Graduate Certificate in Counselling and Development

Glynis joined the Melville Cares Board in 2020. As a City of Melville Councillor, she currently represents the Bicton – Attadale – Alfred Cove Ward.

She is a senior teacher for the Education Department of WA, currently teaching business management and careers to year 11 and 12 ATAR students at Applecross Senior High School. As an integral member of the school community, she organises annual corporate social responsibility fundraisers for a range of causes and has previously assumed the position of Student Work Placement Coordinator.


Mona Gill

Board Member

Masters of Laws (Majoring in Tax); LLB/Bsc

Mona is a special counsel in Lavan’s corporate team and has more than 15 years’ experience in corporate and commercial law. She commenced her career at ASIC in Melbourne, working in financial services regulation, prior to joining private practice. 

Mona’s practice focuses on a range of corporate and commercial transactions including regulated and unregulated mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, fundraising, syndications and restructuring advice in respect of listed, unlisted, government clients and not-for-profit clients.


Mary Kepert

Board Member

Bachelor of Science – Psychology; Graduate Certificate in Health Sciences (Major in Gerontology), Master of Public Health

Mary’s experience ranges across the education, health and aged care sectors, which include advocacy and the prevention of elder abuse. Simultaneously, she pursued an interest in consumer representation and has been active, firstly with Cancer Council WA and subsequently with Telethon and UWA on their consumer and community health research network.

She is currently a consumer representative with the Continuous Improvement in Care (Cancer) Group. This Group is investigating non clinical aspects of care across four cancer types in four separate locations world-wide.

Mary is currently studying French and Italian.


Sam Modica

Board Member

Fellow of the Certified Practising Accountants of Australia; Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Sam is a finance professional with more than 30 years of local and international experience.  He has a reputation for establishing and restructuring companies by identifying and implementing strategies, controls and procedures to build robust and resilient organisations.  He has lead teams in various jurisdictions around the world and has an acute understanding of cultural requirements in order to produce the best results possible whilst respecting traditional and cultural beliefs.


Kelli Porter

Board Member

BSc (Health Promotion); Graduate Certificate in Health Policy & Management; Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Kelli is an experienced senior executive with a diverse background across the not-for-profit, government and private health sectors in Western Australia. She has particular expertise in the rural, regional and remote sectors of Western Australia, combined with a strong focus on Australian health care and health workforce.

Kelli is currently the General Manager Workforce at Rural Health West, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving access to health care for people in rural and remote regions of Western Australia.


Maria Davison


Bachelor of Psychology; MAPS, GAICD

Maria has held a number of executive roles in both the aged and disability sectors. She brings strong leadership and a breadth of experience, working with teams to exceed client expectations through bringing together an engaged workforce with sound business processes. Maria is committed to developing services that are based on strong relationships and personalised service while achieving growth and ongoing sustainability.

Maria is a registered psychologist, graduate of INSEAD Business School and has held a number of board positions. Maria is currently a Board member of Directions Disability Support Services.



El Bennett

Project Manager – Community Hubs

Advanced Diploma in Business Management; Diploma in Community Management; Cert IV Training and Assessment; Cert III and IV in Aged Care/Individual Support

El’s passion centres on reablement and encouraging intergenerational participation in the local community. She has over 20 years’ experience in management including staff training development. Her motivation is to improve aged care service delivery, focusing particularly on ageing with contentment, unrestricted inclusion and maximising client independence. El has worked in the senior management team at Melville Cares for over 12 years.


Brenda Lowe

Executive Manager Finance and Corporate Services

Bachelor of Commerce; Chartered Accountant

Brenda is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years’ experience in senior finance roles in a range of private, ASX-listed and not-for-profit organisations in both Australia and the United Kingdom. She has extensive experience in financial management, financial modelling, mergers and alliances and strategy execution.




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