Your Committee

Meet your committee!

President John Ross

John has served on a few Not for profit organisation boards internationally over the last 20 years. In various positions including President, Treasurer and in the areas of Communication and Marketing.
John has a professional audio industry background, and suffers from bilateral sensorial hearing loss, chronic tinnitus and recruitment.
Currently implanted in his right side with a MED-EL Synchrony 2 electrode array and a Sonnet 2 processor. On his left wears a Phonak Hearing Aid.
John is passionate about seeing CICADA embracing more people from all hearing loss communities. Increasing awareness and also rehabilitation programs.

Want to get to know John a little better? check out his YouTube vlog  “My Cochlear Journey” on this link.

Secretary Penny Phillips

Penny has had a bilateral sensorial hearing loss for over 50 years and was implanted in 2014 with a Cochlear Nucleus 6, she upgraded to a Cochlear Nucleus 7 in 2019 and wears a Resound ENZO 2 in her other ear. She is currently being assessed to become a Bilateral recipient.
She has been involved with Hearing Loss organisations in a voluntary capacity for many years, she was secretary of Better Hearing Australia Sunshine Coast Branch for 12 years and has been a member of CICADA Queensland for 6 years, taking on the role of Sunshine Coast Representative conducting regular monthly Meet ups.
She is passionate about helping and supporting anyone with a Cochlear Implant or considering one, as well as people with any form of hearing loss.

(casual) Treasurer Samantha Stockwell BBus, Diploma of Financial Planning DFP. 

Samantha Stockwell is a veteran of the accounting and financial planning industry. She began her career in 1995 with National Australia Bank, ultimately working as a Certified Financial Planner.  She holds a Bachelor of Business (BBus), a Diploma of Financial Planning (DFP), and has completed the Certified Financial Planner Professional Education Program (CFP).

In 2002, Samantha founded Moneywatch, which held an Australian Financial Services Licence until 2011. Moneywatch provided financial planning and business advisory services.

In 2012, Samantha changed the focus of Moneywatch and concentrated on the management and accounting needs of small to medium businesses. Samantha’s role encompassed incorporation and start-up requirements, business advisory, BAS lodgement, bookkeeping, management accounting, company secretarial services, research & development grants, and capital raising. More recently, Samantha has added NDIS Plan Management to her suite of services offered through Moneywatch.

In 2019, Samantha relocated to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Samantha enjoys spending time with her husband and three school-aged kids. In her spare time, she continues to expand her skills and is completing a Juris Doctor part-time (postgraduate law degree).

Louisa Handyside

Louisa has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Pharmacy, and she is currently doing a PhD. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Toowoomba. Louisa developed bilateral sensorial hearing loss in adulthood. She has an Advanced Bionics Naida Q90 cochlear implant in her right ear and uses a Phonak Link hearing aid in her left ear. Louisa would like to increase awareness of the impact of hearing loss and support others on their hearing journeys. You can check out Louisa’s story on YouTube via this link CLICK HERE

Sandi Kennedy GDip Drug Alcohol Studies, BHS Counselling, Child and Family (Dist.); Dip Cty Edu

Diagnosed at aged 10 with profound bilateral neuro-sensory hearing loss, Sandi received a cochlea implant 6 years ago and will soon be fitted with a Kanzo 2 processor. Sandi also wears a hearing aid.
Years of community service has enabled Sandi to hold various organisational executive positions. Being a representative for people with disabilities on the Fraser Coast Regional Medicare Local and Skillshare boards. In a counselling capacity, conducting educational presentations pertaining to hearing impairment and the wearing of hearing devices. These workshops have received productive outcomes for recipients, carers and key stakeholders. As a CICADA committee member for several years, Sandi is passionate about assisting people when faced with hearing challenges and looks forward to working with the new committee so to continually promote CICADA’s goals.

Kymm Smith

Kymm received her first cochlear implant in 2012 after losing her hearing in her early 20s. She took the plunge to become bilateral and received her second implant in 2017.
Kymm’s background is in health and social care and she has spent time at home and abroad fundraising and working in paid and voluntary positions, on behalf of various charitable groups.
She worked as a registered mental health nurse in Scotland before emigrating to Queensland in 2015.
Her speech processors are currently a Cochlear Nucleus 7 (left ear) and a Kanso 1 (right ear), and is awaiting an upgrade to bilateral Kanso 2’s.
Kymm has been a member of the Sunshine Coast CICADA group for 5 years and is passionate about supporting and assisting others through their own hearing loss and cochlear implant journeys. 

Joyclyn Turner

In her late teens Joyclyn was diagnosed with Otosclerosis which is an inherited condition that affects the middle ear and is usually passed from mother to daughter.
At 28 years she had Stapedectomy surgery which removes the tiny bones of the middle ear and replaces them with a prothesis. Her hearing did improve slightly but later wore hearing aids and over time wore various brands and models until at 72 years old decided to have a CI implant.

Joyclyn currently uses the AB Naida Q90 Connect system which is bluetooth compatible. with a variety of accessories to assist with hearing in groups and meetings to streaming the TV directly to her CI and HL aid.
Joyclyn came into contact with Cicada Sunshine Coast before surgery to gain further understanding of the CI process and outcome. She is proud to be an AB Mentor and a member of Cicada Queensland Support Group in the hope of encouraging others to a better hearing future.