Ordinary People,
Extraordinary Lives

Board of Management


Tony Meissner

Chief Executive Officer

Roger Firstbrook

Has been employed by the organisation since it's inception in 1986, and has worked in the field of intellectual disability for 30 years. Registered Mental Deficiency Nurse and Developmental Educator.

Took over the role of CEO in 2011. Also Public Officer and Responsible Officer.

Board Members

Jane Carpenter

Employed as an Allied Health Assistant at Country Health in Berri. Joined the Board in 2017. Jane has Certificate III in Community Services (Disability) and Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistant. "I have a young adult daughter with Down Syndrome, which has led us to pursue opportunities for her and to support her to be a progressive and independent individual."

Alison Jose

Accountant with WHK Thomsons. Has been a board member since the Annual General Meeting of 2012.

Ruth Firstbrook

Has been with the organisation since it's inception 1986, and worked in the field of intellectual disability for 40 years. Resigned as

CEO in 2011 and  joined the Board. Has her own business providing training and consultancy primarily in the disability area.

Paul Patching

Employed as an Information Coordinator with TAFE Riverland. Joined the Board in April 2015.

Trish Eerden

Regional CME Administrator at Riverland Regional Health Service. Joined the Board in June 2014.

John Woodberry

  • Justice of the Peace 17252  28 years.
  • Son Brett resides at LAAS, Edward Street, Loxton

 Past Appointments

  •  President Riverland Handicapped Council Inc. 2 years.
  • Inaugural Chairman Lifestyle Assistance and Accommodation Service Inc. 18 years
  • Director/Chairman Loxton Hospital Complex Inc.12 years.
  • Director Berri Regional Hospital Inc. 4 years
  • Director/Chairman Riverland Community Health Services Inc. 8 years.
  • Life Member Riverland Special School
  • President Loxton Flying Group Inc. 14 years
  • Chairman Australian Hospitals Association 8 years.
  • Director/Chairman Flinders Medical Centre Inc. 5 years.
  • Director Minda Inc. 8 years.
  • Director Mt. Barker Homes for the Aged Inc. 7 years.
  • Director Eldercare Inc. 3 years.

 Current Appointments

  • Service Member Stirling Sub Branch Of the R.S.L.
  • Member Legacy SA and NT.
  • Vice President SA Women’s Memorial Playing Fields Trust Inc. 
  • Bangka Memorial Trust Inc.

 Bette Woodberry

Son Brett resides at LAAS, Edward Street, Loxton.

Married to John and has 3 sons.

 Past Appointments

  • Inaugural Director Lifestyle Assistance and Accommodation Service Inc. 18 years.
  • Loxton District Hospital Inc. Nurse
  • Loxton Hospital Complex Inc. Outreach Nurse.
  • Parent Advocacy SA. Advocate at the Berri Office
  • Aged Care Nurse, Sunset Lodge in Adelaide
  • Personal Home Nursing
  • Domestic Violence Centre, Adelaide. Child Care Specialist 11 years.

 Current Appointments

  • Member Probus Club of Aldgate.
  • Legacy Club of SA and NT.
  • Volunteer Opportunity Shop for Anglican Church.
  • Affiliate Stirling Sub Branch RSL.