Our Staff

 

Mary Mallett – Chief Executive Officer 

ceo [at] dana.org.au 

Mary is our Chief Executive Officer, a role she commenced in 2014. She is responsible for government and member relations and business development. Prior to joining DANA, she was the Manager of Speak Out, an advocacy and self-advocacy organisation in Tasmania, for 8 years.  

Mary has significant expertise in sharing with other stakeholders the importance of disability advocacy to people with disabilities and has strong networks and relationships within the disability community and sector. Mary sits on a host of bodies including the Disability Advisory Council, the Dispute Resolution Working Group (AAT/NDIS), the Disability Employment Services Reference Group and the National Disability Strategy Reform Steering Group. 

Jeff Smith – Chief Operating Officer  

coo [at] dana.org.au 

Jeff is our Chief Operating Officer, a newly- created position at DANA. He is responsible for governance and compliance; financial management and administration; program development and coordination; and human resources.  

Jeff is a solicitor with a lifelong commitment to social justice and the protection of the environment. Prior to joining DANA, Jeff worked as a senior executive for 15 years, being a longstanding CEO of EDO NSW, a public interest environmental law firm, and People with Disability Australia. He has also worked as a consultant specialising in governance and environmental policy, and for the NSW government in the areas of drugs policy and environment protection. 

Jeff also has a wealth of governance experience, with 50 years’ cumulative experience on Boards in the environmental, homelessness and community legal sectors. He is currently on the Board of Climate Action Network International, the Advisory Committee for the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law and a member of the Leadership Coalition of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA). 

Siobhan Clair –  Policy Officer  

policy [at] dana.org.au

Siobhan is our Disability Royal Commission (DRC) Policy Officer. She is responsible for liaising between advocacy organisations, the DRC and other relevant bodies; working to support advocacy and community engagement activities around Australia; and contributing to coordination and communications strategies that improve the effectiveness of the DRC advocacy effort. 

Since 2013, she has worked in policy and project roles in disability rights and representation, including at DANA from 2013 to 2015, and at Advocacy for Inclusion, People with Disabilities ACT and the ACT Government’s Office for Disability.  

Working in small organisations and understaffed teams, Siobhan has developed varied skills in systemic advocacy, community engagement, projects, events, and communications.   

Sara Franzoni – Project Officer   

projects [at] dana.org.au

Sara is our Project Officer, a position she has held since 2020. Sara plans, delivers, and acquits various projects that commit to long-term change for the disability advocacy sector.  

Sara has a background working in the non-profit and local government sectors, in the areas of Community Development, Program Coordination, Disability, and Volunteer Management.  

In her previous Project Officer role managing the Bandmates Victoria project at Maribyrnong City Council, Sara delivered disability awareness training to the live music industry, building capacity of venues, and promoting a culture of social inclusion. Sara also worked in a Program and Support Coordinator role at Multiple Sclerosis Limited. Sara has a Post Graduate Degree in Creative Arts Therapy, and a Bachelor of International Relations. 

Sara has over 10 years’ experience working in the disability sector with a community, social inclusion, and advocacy lens. She is passionate about building and cultivating ongoing professional relationships to benefit the systemic work the sector does.  

 

Anna Lienhop – Project Coordinator

 As one of our Project Coordinators, Anna is an experienced “Jill of all trades” professional with a demonstrated history of working in non-profit, community, local government, and the arts.  

 Anna has excellent knowledge and experience with administration, management, events, training, contract management, social media, and communications, with a mind for business process improvement. 

 

Tracey White – Administration Officer   

office [at] dana.org.au

Tracey is our Administration Officer. She commenced working at DANA as the administration officer in 2019 after retiring from the ACT public education system.  

She brings a wealth of talent in organising office procedures and supporting the Executive. She previously applied these skills in supporting Principals and front office teams in schools and finds working in the disability sector rewarding and challenging. 

She is currently working on refining the membership database and has been involved with invoicing and receipting for 2022-23 memberships.