The Team

Meet The Team at IBD Support Australia and find out more about our Executive Committee and how we are committed to help and support people living with IBD.

Katherine Stewart, “Kathy”
President of IBD Support Australia

Kathy is a founding member of the IBD Support Australia site having joined in 2003. Her story began when Kathy was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 22. Her condition took 10 months to...

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Kathy is a founding member of the IBD Support Australia site having joined in 2003. Her story began when Kathy was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 22. Her condition took 10 months to diagnose. In fact, it was only discovered during her first bowel resection. Since then, she's had five more resections and has now, thankfully, been enjoying remission for the past six years.

In the past, Kathy used her Bachelor of Science and Master’s degree to pursue a career in nursing; however, due to her ongoing health issues she was forced to retire. In December 2007, she was appointed moderator as a result of her participation on the site. Currently, Kathy enjoys taking an active interest on the IBD forum and loves helping others. She loves playing lawn bowls, going camping and 4 wheel driving in remote places, reading and being a Nanna to her grandkids. Kathy also makes a point of doing something nice for herself every day. In 2011 she went on a 46 night cruise - her 'cruise of a lifetime'.

Peter S
Deputy President and Deputy Treasurer

Peter joined the IBD Support Australia site in January 2009. Peter was initially diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in June 2006 however, over the last five years his diagnosis has been hovering...

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Peter joined the IBD Support Australia site in January 2009. Peter was initially diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in June 2006 however, over the last five years his diagnosis has been hovering between Indeterminate Colitis and Crohn’s disease.

He is currently employed as an Area Manager for a German chemical company and enjoys travel throughout Australia and internationally. An avid cyclist, Peter lives in Melbourne by the bay and loves the lifestyle.

Jo N
Secretary

In 2004, Jo was diagnosed with Indeterminate Colitis. Although just 24 years old, she joined the IBD Support Australia site and was subsequently appointed as a moderator. Coincidentally, her...

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In 2004, Jo was diagnosed with Indeterminate Colitis. Although just 24 years old, she joined the IBD Support Australia site and was subsequently appointed as a moderator. Coincidentally, her younger sister has Indeterminate Colitis as well. She has had a successful career with minimal disruption from her Crohn’s, and enjoys spending time with her family. Some of Jo’s favorite things include: spending time with her four month old baby girl, her hubby and their two Labradors and visiting NZ (where she had a destination wedding). She stays busy trying to plan family meals for the two ‘Crohnies’ and two ‘Coeliacs’ in her family!

Debra S
Deputy Secretary

Deb joined IBD Support Australia in mid-2007 after being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Prior to this, she had been ill for approximately nine months and was happy to finally have a diagnosis for...

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Deb joined IBD Support Australia in mid-2007 after being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Prior to this, she had been ill for approximately nine months and was happy to finally have a diagnosis for the symptoms that had been affecting her for about a decade. She has, thankfully, been in remission since early 2009. At 54 years of age, Deb says she’s 'not quite a nana' but hopes to be one in the next few years. In the meantime, she occupies herself with her love of music, (especially live music!), and her new SLR camera. Although admitting she's never been a gardener, she has recently started a vegetable garden and is very pleased with the results. Debra currently lives in WA, near the beach and enjoys walking her little Westie every day. Deb also finds time to work with children who have reading problems. She now works providing professional development to teachers to enhance their classroom capabilities.

Claudine D
Treasurer

Claudine joined the forum in June 2009 after being diagnosed with Crohn's disease early that year. She has been ill for over 20 years. In 2007 she was diagnosed with Sacroiliitis; however, the...

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Claudine joined the forum in June 2009 after being diagnosed with Crohn's disease early that year. She has been ill for over 20 years. In 2007 she was diagnosed with Sacroiliitis; however, the diagnosis changed in February, 2012 to Ankylosing Spondylitis. She worked for Compaq Computers before becoming a full-time mum to her three gorgeous daughters. She tries to enjoy life as much as possible despite her illnesses and loves to spend time with her girls. Claudine has recently discovered the joy of the Hunter Valley and loves music but has a special love for old 80's bands.

Stefan N
Chief Technology Officer and General Member

Stefan joined the forum in June 2006 and later that year volunteered to help move the website to its very own home at IBDAustralia.org where he inherited his current administrator status. Stefan...

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Stefan joined the forum in June 2006 and later that year volunteered to help move the website to its very own home at IBDAustralia.org where he inherited his current administrator status. Stefan has battled with several chronic illnesses, including Crohn’s disease, since 2003. At the moment he is in drug induced remission but his illness has recently forced him to postpone his university studies. Stefan enjoys his music, especially performing with music groups.

Carly C
Global Moderator and General Member

Carly was diagnosed in 2005 with Crohn’s disease after a number of years of ongoing illness. She joined the forum in 2006 and was appointed moderator in December 2007. Through her struggle with...

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Carly was diagnosed in 2005 with Crohn’s disease after a number of years of ongoing illness. She joined the forum in 2006 and was appointed moderator in December 2007. Through her struggle with Crohn’s, Carly has suffered from several bowel strictures and has had a bowel resection to assist in the treatment of her disease. Carly has had a lot of trouble with fistulas and has had well over 20 operations to help treat these. After trying nearly every medication available, she was finally classed as being in a medical remission in 2009. She still has active disease and fistulas that require ongoing care but, essentially, she is appreciating life as it comes! Carly is a teacher with a double Bachelor degree of Education and Early Childhood Studies. Her hobbies include scrapbooking and travelling.

Pearl J
General Member

Pearl is a pathology scientist and has a Bachelor of Medical Science and Master of Clinical Microbiology (Honours). She was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2006 where she had two flare ups due...

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Pearl is a pathology scientist and has a Bachelor of Medical Science and Master of Clinical Microbiology (Honours). She was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2006 where she had two flare ups due to intolerance to her early therapies The first three years after her diagnosis was hard with ongoing symptoms and flare-ups each year, which forced her to stop working. At the end of 2008 she started a new therapy which induced remission and avoided the need for an operation. She is now happy to be back at work.

Pearl enjoys fashion and beauty; she also likes to update her old clothes with new styles using her sewing skills. She likes reading, painting and took classes to learn how to oil paint. Aside from her interests, she keeps busy with her career. She believes, ‘when we face the worst that can happen in any situation, we grow. When circumstances are at their worst, we can find our best.’ Living with a disease is tough but it has made her a stronger person and a new cherish for life.

Jen A
Super Moderator

Jen is a founding member of the forum having joined in 2003 and was later appointed moderator. Her daughter was diagnosed in 2002 with Crohn’s disease at age 10. As a consequence of her illness,...

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Jen is a founding member of the forum having joined in 2003 and was later appointed moderator. Her daughter was diagnosed in 2002 with Crohn’s disease at age 10. As a consequence of her illness, her daughter had a very hard time at school. Thankfully, after a round of steroids and a couple of minor operations, she is now doing wonderfully.

Amy N
Super Moderator

Amy was diagnosed in 2001 with Ulcerative Colitis and never quite managed to achieve remission. She joined the forum in 2005 and was appointed moderator in December 2007 and works part-time. In...

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Amy was diagnosed in 2001 with Ulcerative Colitis and never quite managed to achieve remission. She joined the forum in 2005 and was appointed moderator in December 2007 and works part-time. In 2009, she decided that she had used up her quota of bowel motions and opted to have her colon and rectum removed resulting in a permanent ileostomy. She currently loves life and the freedom her operation has given her.

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