Board of Directors

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


Meagan Cross has a background in information science and operates a geographic information science consultancy with experience in data development, management, programming, analysis and presentation. Meagan also runs a business in Far North Queensland with her husband, Rohan, and a small charity in her home town of Cairns that hosts an annual fun run and walk to raise awareness for Rare Disease Day. Meagan serves on the board of directors of FAST United States and is a member of Rare Voices Australia.

Meagan has two daughters; her youngest daughter Molly, has Angelman syndrome.

Shane Jez

Secretary / Deputy Chairperson

Shane is a registered builder in Western Australia and is the owner and managing director of Tydan Constructions, a Perth-based commercial construction company. Shane has an Associate Diploma in Architecture, Diploma of Builders Registration and is a member of the Australian Institute of Building and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Shane serves as an adviser to the board of directors of the Conductive Education Charity of Western Australia (CECWA), a charity supporting making Conductive Education available to all children with complex and special needs.

Shane is married and has three children; his eldest daughter Aralie has Angelman syndrome.

Sally Asfour


Sally has 20 years’ experience in accounting,  working in both the public and private sectors. She brings her experience working as both a company and a 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 super funds.

Sally has three children; her daughter Analise has Angelman syndrome.

Sarah Johnston


Sarah and her husband Tim run a 5,000 acre sheep and cattle farm and contracting business in Central Western NSW. Sarah’s background is in Accounting and IT after completing a cadetship at a rural accounting firm in her early 20’s and gaining a Bachelor of Business (Information Systems).Sarah’s role in the family business is to manage the finances, allowing her to work from home flexibly.

Sarah has three children. Ted her middle child has Angelman Syndrome.

Anu Madan


Anu has been working in the information technology field for almost a decade. Born and raised in India, she moved to Australia over eight years ago and started her family here. Anu has a Bachelor’s in Science and a Master’s in Business Administration. She also has extensive experience writing articles and covering events for an Australian-Indian community paper. Anu currently works as a Business Analyst and a Justice of the Peace in the State of Victoria.

Anu and her husband live in Melbourne with their two children. Their daughter Arika has Angelman Syndrome.

Peta Perrie

Fundraising Manager

Peta has over a decade of experience in fundraising for Angelman syndrome and has been heavily involved organising events for both FAST and the Angelman Syndrome South Australia including hosting and coordinating the National bi-annual Conference for Angelman Syndrome Association Australia (ASAA). Peta and her husband have run a business in Adelaide, South Australia since 2002 and has a wealth of experience in customer service.

Peta has 3 children, her youngest Mia, has Angelman syndrome

Chloe Simons

Chief Science Officer

Chloe teaches marine science at a field studies centre in southern Tasmania. Chloe has a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Education, Graduate Certificate in Science Education and a Graduate Certificate in Digital Technology. She has previously worked in environmental science, STEM and education of students with disabilities. Chloe has a particular interest in genetics and neurology and has been with FAST AU since 2009.

Chloe and her husband have three children; the oldest has Angelman syndrome.

Felicity Williams

Clinical Liaison

Felicity works as a staff specialist pediatrician at The Canberra Hospital and is currently director of paediatric education. Her specialties are general paediatrics,  including neurodevelopmental disorders, clinical genetics, infant health and child protection. She is actively involved in medical student and RACP trainee supervision, teaching and examinations. Felicity’s combination of medical knowledge and experience as a parent contributes positively to directing priorities in Angelman syndrome research.

Felicity and her husband have three boys; her middle child, Sebastian, has Angelman syndrome.