FAST Australia is run by an all volunteer staff and board who dedicate their time and expertise to finding a cure for Angelman Syndrome. Our goal is to bring practical treatment into current medical practice as quickly as possible.


Meagan Cross, Chairperson

Meagan Cross' qualifications are in Geographic Information Science. Meagan also has experience in data programming, website & database design.  She is also a small business owner, dividing her time running a specialised Stainless Steel Fabrication business with husband Rohan and providing consultant GIS & mapping services to a diverse range of clients. Meagan runs a small charity in her home town of Cairns that hosts an annual fun run and walk to raise awareness for Rare Disease Day and is a member of Rare Voices Australia. Meagan serves on the board of directors of the US Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics & has two daughters, her youngest, Molly, has Angelman syndrome.


Shane Jez, Secretary/ Deputy Chairperson

Shane is a registered builder in Western Australia and is the owner & Managing Director of Tydan Constructions Pty Ltd, a Perth based commercial construction companyungest has Angelman Syndrome.. Shane has an Associate Diploma in Architecture, Diploma of Builders Registration and is a member of the Australian Institute of Building. Shane serves on the board of directors of the Conductive Education Charity of Western Australia (CECWA) and is the current Chairperson. CECWA is a non-for-profit charity supporting and maintaining Conductive Education in Western Australia, making Conductive Education available to all children with complex and special needs. Shane is married and has three children; his eldest daughter has Angelman Syndrome.

Sallly Asfour, Treasurer

Sally has 20 years experience in Accounting,  working in both public and private sector. She brings her experience working as both a company and financial accountant. Sally has a bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and is a member of the institute of chartered accountants.  Sally currently manages a consultancy focusing on individual, company, trust and Self Managed Superfunds. Sally has three children, her daughter Analise has Angelman syndrome.


Nicole Pusic, Operation and Fundraising Manager

Nicole leads the fundraising team for FAST. Nicole brings over 20 years of media, non for profit and corporate experience that includes events, marketing and executive management. Her experience includes involvement within the fundraising sector having worked as the Executive Events Manager for the Australian industry’s peak body, the Fundraising Institute of Australia. Nicole is hoping that her experience and skills will help give FAST THE opportunity to grow the foundation’s reach and exposure for years to come. Nicole is mother to two young children, including her youngest  daughter Cleo, who has Angelman syndrome.

Chloe Simons, Chief Science Officer

Chloe works for the Department of Education’s Professional Learning Institute in the fields of Science and Digital Technology.  She also works teaching children with disabilities. Chloe has a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Education, Graduate Certificate in Science Education, and is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Digital Technology from the University of Tasmania.  She has particular interest in genetics and neurology and is passionate about being part of the FAST team.

Chloe and her husband have three young children, the oldest has Angelman Syndrome.

FAST Australia and the Australian Angelman Community would also like to acknowledge the dedication and hard work and dedication by founding board members Jennifer Kyriacou, Antony Vidray,  Fiona Lawton and Joanne Davis as well as historical board members Joanne Caracoglia, Emma Price, Alana Mohr and Edward Backhouse

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