AASS Executive Committee
Grace Fava CLO, JP - Founder & President
Certificate IV Frontline Management, Adjunct Fellow Faculty of Health Sciences at University of Western Sydney, Board Member with Catholic Cemeteries Trust. Grace has worked in many diverse fields including Pharmacy, Office Administration and Accounts receivable for various organisations. Her passion for Autism was ignited when searching for services for her two boys who both regressed with Autism and Global Developmental Delay.
Grace is responsible for the day to day running of AASS and overseeing all aspects of the organisation.
Fiona Zammit - B Ed - Vice President
Fiona has a Bachelor of Education and has worked for the past 17 years as a Primary School Teacher.
Fiona is a founding member of AASS.
Fiona is an integral part of all AASS fundraisers.
Bassema Ghaznavi - Board Member
Bassema has a Cert IV in Employment Services (Disabilities) , Diploma in Disability and Diploma in Case Management
She also has 4 years experiencing working with disabilities within a disability employment organisation assisting in marketing employers for appropriate job placements, mentoring, vocational training and job support
Bassema is currently completing a Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) degree and is a volunteer operator on the 24hr Autism Hotline
Bassema is a founding board member of AASS.
Nadia Napoletano - Board Member
Anne-Marie Elias - Board Member
Anne-Marie Elias is a collaborative Alchemist | Change Strategist | International Speaker & Facilitator.
Anne-Marie advises government, business and NGOs on leveraging the innovation ecosystem to solve problems.
She preaches the gospel of disrupting the staus quo and re-purposes methods used in tech, start up, entrepreneurship and design to innovate responses to tipping point problems.
Collaboration is her calling card and she brings together cross sector efforts to support social change initiatives.
Anne-Marie is on the board of VibeWire, Western Sydney Women and the Autism Advisory and Support Service Board
Dominic Pelle - Treasurer
Registered Tax Agent and Accountant Principle, Dominic Pelle is a fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants (FIPA) since 1999. Dominic has a Bachelor of Business degree with a major in Accounting completed at the University of Western Sydney and has also completed an Advanced Diploma in Accounting.
Dominic is also a registered agent with the Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC) and is a member of the National Tax and Accountants Association (NTAA).
Laurie Ferguson - Board Member
Laurie Ferguson has lived in the western Sydney suburbs of Guildford and Granville his entire life. He has a MA (History) and a BEc from Sydney University. Laurie served as a member of NSW State Parliament from 1984 to 1990 and represented the federal electorates of Reid and Werriwa from 1990 to 2016. His contact with AASS stems from his time in Werriwa from 2010 to 2016.
The Autism Advisory and Support Service (AASS) provides a range of services to support, advocate, help educate and guide families who have a family member with Autism as well as the greater community. Currently operating on donations and CDSE grants, AASS have proudly accomplished the opening of an Autism Community House in Liverpool, a 24 Hour Autism Hotline, Support Groups, Social Groups, Parent Workshops and lots more ...