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2024 ANPDF Committee Elected

Updated: Feb 25

Meet our new and returning committee members!

We are excited to introduce you to the team that will lead the Australian NPC Disease Foundation (ANPDF) in 2024/25. They were elected at our virtual Annual General Meeting, where we also discussed our future projects and goals to fight NP-C.


The AGM covered various reports and discussions, including the addition of Dr. Brendon Boots and Dr. Sharmilla Kiss to the Scientific Advisory Board. Mandy's President's report highlighted key points such as patient updates, staff changes, and potential presentations to the PBAC. The AGM saw Mandy re-elected as President and Mary re-elected as Treasurer, with the creation of a new position of Assistant Treasurer, occupied by Sarah. The team also discussed a potential trial for a new drug, the status of various medical proposals and treatments, and fundraising strategies.


Meet Amy (Board Secretary): Amy is a compassionate and dedicated individual who has a personal connection to Niemann-Pick disease Type C (NPC) through her daughter's diagnosis. Inspired by her daughter's strength and courage in facing the challenges of this complex health condition, Amy is committed to making a positive impact in the lives of individuals and families going through similar journeys. As the Board Secretary for the ANPDF, Amy will bring her passion and organisational skills to support the foundation's mission. Her goal is to foster collaboration, facilitate communication, and bring hope to those affected by NPC.

The first General Manager of the ANPDF was also elected, Deanna Carpino, who has served in multiple Executive Committee positions over the last 5 years. She will be responsible for overseeing the operations and growth of the ANPDF in its endeavours to raise awareness and funds for research on Niemann-Pick disease type C.


Executive Committee members:
  • Mandy Whitechurch, President & Founder

  • Mary Calcagno, Treasurer

  • Amy Leddick, Board Secretary

  • Andrew Carpino, Public Officer

General Committee members:
  • Sarah Mercuri, Assistant Treasurer

  • Pip Johnston

  • Marian Shoebridge

  • Milva Carpino

  • Vince Demarte

  • Carly Heath


General Manager:
  • Deanna Carpino

Scientific Advisory Board members:
  • Ya Hui Hung, Chair

  • Ashley Bush

  • Caroline Hastings

  • Felicity Munro

  • Mark Walterfang

  • Pip Johnston

  • Tina Soulis

  • Ellie Van Velsen

  • Brendon Boots

  • Sharmilla Kiss


If you wish to #jointhefight for a cure of NP-C, find out How to Help today or subscribe to stay up to date with future opportunities.

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