CEO & DIRECTORS
CEO & DIRECTORS
CEO of Keeley’s Cause
I am a mother of 3 children, 2 of those have Autism, and my youngest has an Intellectual Disability on top of her Autism diagnosis.
I have a Diploma in Community Welfare and a Cert IV in Training and Assessment, with over 14 years of experience in the Welfare Sector and over 15 years of experience in the Volunteering Sector amongst different Communities.
I am also passionate about Domestic Violence Intervention Programs, having worked with a number of women over the years teaching self-esteem and offering Counselling Services to those impacted by Family Violence.
I am also an active Volunteer for both Keeley’s Cause and Lions Australia, in which I have been President of Ballan Lions Club for the past 3 years.
I have been with Keeley’s Cause from the date of its creation in June 2017 and have watched the Organisation flourish into a Nationally Registered Charity, working behind the scenes with the founder Keeley ensuring her directions for her Cause are met.
I liaise with families and their children, advocating for the rights and inclusion of children with Disabilities.
I am responsible for processing and selecting iPad applicants and arranging their presentations with Keeley and Sponsors; I’m honoured to be a part of this rapidly growing Charity that is uniquely created by a young girl who has experienced challenges and struggles in receiving an Education.
To be able to support her to empower and change the lives of others with additional needs is truly inspiring.
James has personal investment in disability services stemming from his lived experience, spending all of his primary school years in special needs units, and only learning to read and write at the age of 13.
Adding to this his twenty years’ experience working in the field of disability in both direct support roles and Business Development, James has become a leader in his field. James is a passionate advocate and educator in person-centred support delivery, and he has worked tirelessly to educate himself and others in appropriate, ethical and sustainable ways to support the individual. James’ experience within the complex behaviour and housing sectors of the disability sector have ensured he has become the go-to person for many in the industry who need a problem solver and someone who has the capacity to think outside the standard box.
James’ innovative and unconventional thinking has made him a stand-out within the sector and through his years working both in direct support roles as well as managing teams and business development he has carved a unique and thoughtful pathway for the sector. Unafraid of challenging long-held standards James is driven to ensuring that PWD are afforded opportunities to engage with the world in ways that allow them to live independently, safely and with dignity.
Amela Kmetas (B.Bus (Accountancy), MBA) is a Chartered Accountant and Director and Founder of Four Twelve Accountants. With over 10 years of experience in tax and small business advisory services, Amela supports business owners, start-ups and Not For Profits to understand and draw value from their numbers, business growth and profit and cashflow maximising strategies.
Amela moved to Australia as a refugee in 1996 and understands first-hand the impact charities can have within a community. Amela is passionate about supporting charitable organisations like Keeley’s Cause and using her financial knowledge and business skills to give back.
Colin Wilson drives Key Business Advisors with determination, passion, and motivation. Assisting in the growth of many organisations over the last 14 years, Colin’s tenacious approach to helping businesses grow more successful and sustainable is the key to KBA’s continued success.
Colin still finds the time to donate to such worthy not-for-profit organisations as YouthNow for helping young people development their career, Keeley’s Cause as a Director and Chairing an Advisory Board to grow the organisation, and Tee Up for Kids Foundation being a contributing board member helping foster care/ out of home care children have a better life.