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AASS Executive Committee

Nadia Napoletano - President

Nadia is a qualified legal practitioner and holds a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law as well as a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment.
Nadia is a newly appointed board member with a background in legal and governance matters. Nadia has leadership experience across the public and private sectors in executive management positions in legal services, governance, procurement, business planning and strategy, work health & safety,  risk management,  policy and regulation. She has experience in leading and establishing governance frameworks in public sector environments, as well as  leading and undertaking business transformation projects.


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.

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).

Grace Fava CLO, JP - Founder & CEO


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.

Bassema Ghaznavi - Secretary


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.

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


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.