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

Research Fellow Griffith University, PhD Candidate Griffith Business School, Bachelor of Arts in Business (1st Class Hons), Marketing Diploma

An experienced research fellow, project manager and consultant with a passion for Intergenerational Practice research, specialising in strategic management and execution of customer service delivery in the not for profit sector and winner of the WA 2020 LASA Age Services Awards (Next Gen Young Leader).

Gabriela is currently project managing a two year Intergenerational Research Collaboration between sector organisations in WA and Griffith University, funded by the Cromwell Property Group Foundation.

Gabriela has previously worked at Mercy Care as senior manager in Aged Care after working with BaxterLawley as Principal Consultant across the not-for-profit sector and Project Managing the National Performance Benchmark Study on behalf of UWA, in partnership with National Disability Services.



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 Senior Legal Counsel with Fortescue Future Industries.  Prior to Fortescue, Mona was a special counsel in Lavan’s corporate team. She has more than 15 years’ experience in corporate and commercial law and has acted 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

B.Psych; Graduate Certificate in Health Sciences (Gerontology Major); Master of Public Health
Retired now after more than 11 years as Executive Officer with Advocare and the Alliance for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, Mary maintains her interest in the aged care sector and preventing elder abuse.

Mary volunteers with the Older People’s Rights Service (OPRS) which is linked to the Northern Suburbs Community Legal Service. Through this link, she is able to participate in aged care networks in the Melville / Fremantle region for their mutual benefit. Mary was involved in several World Elder Abuse Awareness Day events across Perth during June this year, of which the Purple Road (a tapestry of hand worked flowers) representing community response to elder abuse, was the feature.

She remains a current consumer representative with the Continuous Improvement in Care (Cancer) committee. This group investigates non clinical aspects of care across four types of cancer in a multi centre study.

Mary is a student of Italian and French languages on the internet.


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; GAICD

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 a strong strategic focus on Australian health care and health workforce, with a commitment to delivering health workforce solutions for rural communities.

Kelli is currently the Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Rural Health West, an independent non-government 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.



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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