Meet the leadership team
Assunta Meleca, Founder & Fearless Leader
Assunta founded Racing for MNDi after losing 6 members of her family to MND. (Read more about Assunta’s founder story here). She’s dedicated her life to finding answers so more families don’t suffer loss like hers has. When she can, she still finds time to appreciate her love of art and enjoys spending time with her partner and two sons.
Anita Knowles, Director of Finance & Money Mogul
Previously at Deloitte and now running her own business, Anita brings a wealth of commercial and financial expertise, ensuring the money raised works as hard and as smart as possible, directing funding where it’s needed most. Western Australia born, when she’s off the clock there’s nothing she likes more than wining and dining with family and friends.
Belinda Ipsaro-Passione, Secretary & Fundraising Machine
Fiercely organised and with an endless desire to get stuff done, Belinda is the driving force that keeps all the cogs turning, as well as playing an influential role in planning and executing fundraising activity. In her own time she’s always on the go, whether it’s yoga, swimming or whipping up delicious Thermomix delights.
Dianne De Santis, Director & Medical Scientist
With over 20 years of experience in medical science and a PhD under her belt, Dianne brings vital scientific insight to the MNDi board. Dianne has always been passionate about medical research and is driven by the possibility of improving the lives of those affected by rare diseases. When her lab coat is off she loves to travel or get lost in a good book.
Joel Forsyth, Director & Strategy Mastermind
Joel is an expert engineer with a career spanning over 20 years. He brings a laser focused problem solving perspective and like Assunta has first hand experience of the devastating effect of MND – with many members of his family suffering from the disease. He’s also a sports superfan and big family man.
Peter Gasper, Director & Listening Ear
With significant experience in clinical psychology and therapy programs, Peter brings an invaluable understanding of the physical, mental, and emotional effects of diseases such as MND. Away from private practice , Peter enjoys exploring new Perth venues with his partner, and spending quality time with his two children.