Your Committee

CICADA Queensland Committee

Stephen Willis – President

Stephen has been a member of CICADA Queensland for 10 years, and he brings with him a wealth of experience as he has held various committee positions over the years. He worked in the Liquor industry until his retirement due to deafness. Stephen had a Cochlear implant fitted in 2005.

Shirley Edwards – Secretary & Lifetime Member

Shirley has been a contributing member of CICADA Queensland for over 10 years and secretary since the mid 1990’s. She is a bilateral cochlear implant recipient and worked for Queensland Police for over 20 years in a variety of administrative roles. Shirley was previously responsible for the newsletter (now Josephine’s job!!), and enjoys the contact with other cochlear recipients. She is involved in furthering access for all hearing-impaired people, via such means as captioning and campaigning for open captioned movies. She currently works 1-2 days a week for Bradley Reporting, CICADA Queensland’s official captioners.


Kimberley Conway – Treasurer

Kim is a former office manager with experience primarily in accounts and bookkeeping. Kim would like to further her career within the financial industry as she has a keen interest in helping people manage money and strategising a budget. She joined CICADA Queensland in July 2017 shortly after the birth of her first child. Kim is originally from the small town of Chinchilla and has a fur baby who is a short, fat and hairy pug dog.

   Peter Fuhrman-Luck – Committee Member

Peter has been with CICADA Queensland for a few years, and is a very dedicated and active member of the committee. Peter (known as Pete) has had a cochlear implant since 2006. He enjoys the comradeship of the group and the meetings. Pete works as a Construction Electrician but is now semi-retired.

   Penny Phillips – Committee Member and Sunshine Coast Representative

Penny has been a CICADA Queensland member for three years and a Cochlear recipient for almost two years. She lives in Currimundi on the beautiful Sunshine Coast and has two sons and six gorgeous grandchildren. She has a background in Administration and Office work and was Secretary for Better Hearing Sunshine Coast for twelve years. Recently she became the CICADA Queensland rep for the Sunshine Coast area and is looking forward to meeting and supporting local Cochlear Implantee’s, on the Coast, and being a productive member of CICADA Queensland, also keeping up to date with all things relating to hearing loss and cochlear implants. She enjoys the great outdoors, gardening, walking the dog, cycling, keeping healthy and fit and keeping in touch with friends and family.

   Josephine McMahon – Magazine Editor

Josephine comes to CICADA Queensland with a wealth of experience in administration, library and database management services. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in history and literature from Griffith University.  She has worked in a variety of administration roles in both the government and private sectors. Her many interests include historical documentaries, drama, film, jogging, Tai Chi, swimming, bush-walking, photography and gardening.  

   Alison Cassell – Minute Secretary

Alison has been a member of CICADA Queensland since late 2015, when her husband, Doug, had his life-changing CI surgery. Following Doug’s sudden, unexplained and profound hearing loss in early 2008, Alison and Doug joined the Better Hearing Australia Sunshine Coast Branch, where Alison was Minutes Secretary for several years. Members always enjoyed her entertaining and informative Hearing Loss Management sessions, a natural extension of her 35 years with Education Queensland as a secondary school Humanities teacher and Teacher Librarian. Alison took great pleasure in her ‘speech buddy’ role, privileged to be part of Doug’s intensive Speech Rehabilitation, post-Cochlear. With a heart for service, Alison also uses her passion for creative writing as a valuable advocacy tool, spreading awareness about all aspects of living with a Hearing Impairment. She enjoys reading and crosswords and also loves preparing bags of toiletries for donation to the Caloundra Hospital Emergency Dept.

   Kevin Hobbs – Gold Coast Representative

Kevin first became a class member of Better Hearing Victoria, Hearing Management and lip reading Class 1968 and has been hearing impaired since 1955. He has worked as an Armed security officer and senior security officer, in many fields of security personnel Protection, Bank, Factory and Electronic surveillance. Kevin was also a member of Victorian Dear Society and completed Basic Auslan Course 1996. He joined the Hotel Industry as Hotel maintenance technician after having completed electronic course at Technical School Noble Park. Electrical and Gas welding course, Attended RMIT and gained Certificate in Electrical Connection and disconnection in 1997. Admitted to the Australian Institute of Hotel Engineering 2003 Victoria. Awarded Employee of the year in 1989 and retired early because of failing hearing and moved to Gold Coast. A Foundation member of Hearing Support Gold Coast, later to be Better Hearing Gold Coast Branch, served as Assistant President, President and executive member. Kevin received a Cochlear implant in 2016 and is currently CICADA Queensland’s Gold Coast representative.

Judith Raxworthy – Fraser Coast Representative

Hi Everyone my name is Judith Raxworthy and I am the representative of the new CICADA Queensland Fraser Coast Branch which commences with a meet up at Hervey Bay library on February 3rd 2018 and then every first Saturday of each month.

A little bit about myself, I have been involved in the world of the Deaf and Hearing Impaired for many years, having been the Coordinator/Secretary of Better Hearing Australia Maryborough Branch and also involved with Deaf Services Queensland of which I am a life member along with life membership of Better Hearing Australia.

I obtained my BHA Tutor Certificate of Lipreading and Hearing Rehabilitation in 1980 and then a Diploma for the same in 1982.

I am a Bilateral Cochlear Recipient having had my first implant on my left side in 2002, unfortunately I had auditory nerve failure (not an implant failure )  and had to be re-implanted in 2003. It wasn’t until 2007 when my right side was implanted and this has helped enormously.

I live in beautiful Hervey Bay, on the Fraser Coast. My four children have kindly rewarded me with 9 grandchildren and they in turn have so far rewarded me with 3 great grandchildren and 2 step great grandchildren.  I am very fortunate to have them all living in Hervey Bay or Maryborough.

I enjoy beach walks, op shopping, playing board games, especially Rummy- o and Sequence. I challenge myself with mosaic craft. My passion, apart from family, is helping people to accept their hearing loss and finding ways to improve their quality of life.