Chief Executive Officer
Growing up in rural Queensland, Janelle has always had the community spirit of connecting and collaborating with each other, lending a hand when required.
With a wide berth of experience from working in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. She has owned her own businesses during this time. In the late 90’s Janelle was a member of the Australian Institute of Office Professionals and consequently sat on the committee of management and involved with the National Board for 10 years.
Since early 2000, Janelle has been an active member of Women’s Network Australia (WNA) and found it invaluable in her business and professional career. An opportunity came up to purchase the business mid 2017, which she said yes too, and the rest is history.
Janelle brings diverse marketing skills, connections and innovative ideas to WNA. Janelle is passionate about making connections and providing opportunities for others. She’ a true enabler!
Janelle believes that networking is a life skill, not just something we do when we want something. Great networkers give without expectation, they do things for others without an agenda. They seek opportunities to collaborate across networks and regularly give away referrals – an abundance mentality.
Meet Chris Knight. Chris is a licensed facilitator for the Internationally recognised Springboard Women’s Personal Development Programme and works collaboratively across the public, corporate and not-for-profits sectors to support women professionally and personally to achieve financial and economic independence and security to be able to Live The Life of Their Dreams. Chris is passionate about leading our strategic networking activities to reconnect with working women around Australia.
Dr Dimitra Mersinia
Dr Dimitra Mersinia
Dentist, Crows Nest
Meet Dimitra Mersinia. Dimitra is a dentist, smile architect, results mentor and a difference maker. Dimitra says as a Leader for WNA, she has a privileged position of introducing, connecting and collaborating with like minded business women – and a few men. Whilst supporting local business owner members. Dimitra also hosts educational forums in health and is heavily involved with the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and the University mentoring the next generation of health professionals. She is passionate in encouraging, creating connections and seeing people grow and smile with confidence.
Director – EIS Property
Meet Alison Rogers. She is the powerhouse behind why the WNA Hobart events run like a well oiled machine. Alison is passionate about bringing people and property together and says “I want to inspire a sustainable approach to loving the space you live in”. Alison says that as a Leader for WNA, I have a privileged position. Whilst supporting local business owner members, I also get to host educational forums and see some true connections and collaborations taking place, we really do have loads of fun and take hold of opportunities! – really maximising the benefits of the WNA membership.
Founder and Principal Consultant, Mulberry Seed
Meet Cheryl Gray. Cheryl is a communication strategist, writer, trainer, manager and mentor. She provides insights and solutions to help business owners and executives achieve success. Cheryl is keen to grow the Redlands Region as that is where she lives and the base for her business. Part of her passion is to encourage and support other local businesses.
Director – McCall Financial Services
Meet Amanda McCall. As a 20 year member of WNA, Amanda has had the pleasure of meeting many wonderful women. It’s always great when you can introduce people to WNA and see connections happening. When Amanda is not taking the lead for Brisbane Northside – she has her own Financial Planning practice.
Founder, Head Kinesiologist – Kinique Natural Therapies
Meet Marney Perna. She is the motivated networker within the Moreton Bay Region. Marney is passionate about providing a safe and inviting space to network effectively and authentically. Marney says being part of the Leadership team for WNA, is an honour and privilege. Having been a WNA member for over a decade, she knows and appreciates the values of a having a collaborative and supportive network for business owners.
Director – Yoga Forever with Anne Noonan
Meet Anne Noonan. Anne is part of the Leadership Team and plays a big part in connecting and collaborating with women in the inner Brisbane Suburbs, and has a passion for connecting and bringing women business owners together. Anne says re-joining WNA was the best thing she’s done in years. She loves watching the growth and mutual support when the right connections are made.
Director – Jan Watman
Meet Jan Watman. Jan is a Finance professional who has worked in corporate for over 20+ years, before deciding to start her own finance broking business and re-establish her work life balance. She now enjoys a thriving business that started in 2013 where she is able to assist her clients whilst working from home, which allows the flexibility to enjoy time with her toddler on the Sunshine Coast. Jan has been a WNA Member since 2012, and is looking forward to helping to grow the Sunshine Coast WNA group. Since her move from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast in 2017, Jan understand the importance of networking with local businesses to expand business opportunities.
Marianne Rom is a Marketing Strategic & Social Media Educator specialising in Online Reputation, Digital Communication, Branding and Visual Imagery.
Since launching her Facebook Bootcamp Basics and Core Conditioning workshops in 2010, Marianne has worked with a diverse client base in private and public sector and small business. A leading Canva trainer, Marianne is one of the first 175 beta testers worldwide and continues to provide feedback to ensure the community’s needs are met with each new update.
Melissa Donaldson, Director – Allsure Insurance
Meet Melissa Donaldson. Melissa is a highly experienced insurance broker with 35 years of industry experience. Heading up Allsure Insurance, a second generation family-owned and operated business, Melissa focuses on delivering exceptional service to clients. Allsure operate out of their head office in Geelong, Victoria and run mobile operations in Hobart, Tasmania.