Our team

Jan Baker
Founder and Director
B.App.Sc (Physiotherapy)

Jan travelled in Africa as a young woman, before returning to train as a physiotherapist in Adelaide. Since graduating she has run a small private physiotherapy practice. In 2009 she worked as a volunteer in Moshi, Tanzania, where she saw at first hand the challenges facing people with disabilities in Africa. Since founding CAPDA she has returned regularly to Tanzania to establish partnerships with local community-based organisations. As Director, she is now committed full time to planning and implementing CAPDA’s projects.
Dr Miranda Roe
B.A., B.Soc Admin, Dip.Ed., PhD.

Miranda has 40 years experience in social policy and public health research, teaching and administration and in services and program delivery by government, not-for-profit and for-profit community services and health agencies. She has served on the Board of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide, and as Principal Researcher with the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council.
Tony Stimson
Dr Tony Stimson
B.A. (Hons), B.Ed, PhD.

Tony is a historian and educator. In 1989 he co-founded Eynesbury College, a specialist, pre-university school,  and served as either Co-Principal or Principal until stepping down in December 2007.
He has a longstanding interest in international education and has consulted on governance issues to the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia. Until recently he chaired the academic boards of two Adelaide-based tertiary institutions, and was member of the board of a leading Independent school in Adelaide.
Sheena Gray
(former Chair)
B.A., B.Soc Admin.

Sheena has a professional background in social work and over 30 years experience in both government and the not for profit sector in the areas of child welfare, disability, homelessness and aged care. She has worked as a senior manager, policy advisor, clinician and in learning and development. She has served on the Board of the Child and Family Welfare Association of South Australia and is active in her local community. She has always been a strong advocate for carers and children and is particularly interested in raising awareness and supporting the rights of children and young people with disability.
Kate Patel
Kate Patel
B. Sci., Masters of Public Health

Kate’s background is in public health program planning, evaluation, training and mentoring across government, community health and the non-government sectors. Most recently, Kate was at Flinders University for seven years in a research role, with interests in the social determinants of health, gender and health, community health and digital inclusion. Kate and her husband established Parklands Dental in 2011, where she is the practice manager
Jolie Thomas
Jolie Thomas
B.App.Sc.(Speech Pathology), MHID (Master of Health and International egrevelopment)

Jolie is Program Manager for Health and Wellbeing, Hills Southern Fleurieu Kangaroo Island Community Health Service. She currently manages primary health care services for Aboriginal Health, Child and Youth Health and Women’s Health Services across the region. Her clinical heath experience is as a paediatric Speech Pathologist with an interest in disability and Autism spectrum disorders. She has a post graduate Masters in Health and International Development and an undergraduate Applied Science Degree and brings skills in program development and review and building strategic community partnerships.
David Washington
David Washington

David Washington is a journalist and communication specialist. In his diverse career he has been a newspaper journalist, magazine editor and public servant. He has been a communications adviser within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, manager of media liaison for the University of Adelaide, part of the communications team for the organisation that ran transport at the Sydney Olympic Games, and editor of two magazines.
Sara Mponzi
Sara Mponzi

Project Manager (Tanzania)
Thomas Baker-Stimson
Thomas Baker-Stimson
Treasurer and Webmaster
B.A. (Hons).

Thomas is a specialist dealer in old and rare books. He is manager of an antiquarian bookstore and auction house in Adelaide.