2017 ICPA WA Council

 croped council 2017

Left to Right: Liz Sudlow, Tash Johns, Elyce Dongahy, Michelle Marshall, Carol Ford,
 Elize Scheepers, Bianca James, Elaine Egan, Amanda Nixon,


Tash Johns

Tash Johns 2

 Branch: Pilbara

Tash lives 20km from Marble Bar on a small property. Together with her husband Seton, they run a Fencing and Native Seed Supply business.

Tash has 3 children who are all currently attending boarding school in Perth, with her eldest in Year 12. Tash was Home Tutor to her children whilst they attended Port Hedland School of the Air before heading to boarding school.

Tash was previously a member of the Lones Branch, before joining the Pilbara Branch. She has held various positions in her Branch, including Vice President and President. She has been a member of the WA State Council since 2015 and during her time on State Council, Tash has held the positions of Vice President and Councillor plus the portfolios for Travel and Allowances.

Tash is looking forward to continuing the hard work of WA State Council and working with such a talented and vibrant group of ladies.

Tash enjoys spending valuable time with her family. She loves to camp out, travel and knit (when time permits!) 


Liz Sudlow

Liz Sudlow President 2016 (2)

Branch: Midwest                                                                                  

Liz Sudlow lives in the Northampton area of the Mid West, where she is a partner in a mixed enterprise grain, Angus cattle and sheep farm with her husband Tony and their family.

The mother of four children, Liz has experienced teaching all of them in their local primary school, before they attended boarding schools in Perth. Currently two of her children are working, having studied at universities in Perth, one is about to commence university study and one is in secondary school. Liz became a state councillor in 2011, where she has been a committee member, state Secretary and is the current State President Liz also represents ICPA WA on the Rural and Remote Education Advisory Council (RREAC), which advises the Minister for Education and Training on the education and training needs of rural and remote Western Australians.

Liz is a fierce advocate of the importance of family.  She believes a rural upbringing in a pro-active family sets up students with the potential to develop skills such as persistence, problem solving, team building and leadership abilities which are so highly desired. 

Liz is also involved in a number of other community organisations in her local community.  In her spare time, Liz is a passionate gardener and she loves to play with flowers and foliage.  Other interests include art and design, trying to keep fit and yoga.

 WA Secretary
Elyce Donaghy



Elyce and her husband Colin, a heavy duty drill fitter, live north of Kalgoorlie, near Broad Arrow, where they are involved in the mining industry. They have two girls who attend the Kalgoorlie School of the Air, one in her final year. Prior to moving north of Kalgoorlie, Elyce, who has a Certificate 3 in Education Support, worked as an Education Assistant for eight years, spending four years at the Goldfields Behaviour Centre. Currently Elyce is Home Tutor to her daughters.

Elyce joined the Goldfields Eyre Branch in 2014 and became branch secretary in 2015. Also this year, she joined state council. Elyce is passionate about quality education being provided and delivered to students, particularly those who live in rural and remote locations and who rely on distance education.



Bianca James

bianca 3Branch: Hyden

Bianca lives in the Hyden-Karlgarin area of the south east Wheatbelt with her husband Andrew and three boys, where they operate a family farm. Bianca and Andrew have three beautiful boys, the eldest is in his first year at university, one is at boarding school in Perth and they still have one at home attending the local primary school.

When she is not helping on the family property, Bianca is interested in desktop publishing and she has worked at the local CRC and many other businesses in town as is often the way in a small rural town.

Bianca is a member of Hyden branch where she has held the position of Treasurer and more recently, President. Bianca became a State Councillor in 2015 and during her first year took on the role of Publicity Officer. Over the years, Bianca has been instrumental in helping Bits & Pieces Editor, upgrading our WA page on the website and working to improve our social media publicity.

Apart from encouraging her boys’ junior football pursuits, Bianca loves to spend any available time camping and now the lakes are full skiing with her family. She also enjoys a sneaky read of a book over an extended cup of tea


 Carol Ford


Branch: Midwest

Carol lives in Binnu, a small farming community 500kms north of Perth, where together with her husband Rohan, they operate a broad acre cropping property. They have 2 children who both attended boarding school in Perth. Carol has a great interest and passion for Early Childhood Education which for her has been the foundation for a lifelong love of learning.

Carol’s other interests include St John Ambulance, reading, craft and supporting her husband in his passion for sustainable and innovative farming practices.


Michelle Marshall

MIchelle Marshall 2016Branch: Midwest

Michelle lives in Northampton in the Midwest where she helps her husband, Barry, in his role of farm management and cropping.  She has two daughters who attended boarding school in Geraldton, who are both now out in the workforce.

Michelle was an Education Assistant for 8 years and is working in Northampton at the local doctors surgery and as a relief EA.  She has been a member of Midwest branch since its inception and was previously a Lones member before that.  She has been Vice President and Publicity Officer for Midwest.

She is enjoying being a part of the ICPA WA State Council team and is looking forward to assisting with achieving better educational outcomes for remote and regional children.  In her spare time Michelle is a keen sewer, knitter and all round crafter.


Elaine Egan

Elaine Egan Treasurer 2016 (1)

Branch: Esperance

Elaine lives at Scadden, north of Esperance, where together with her husband Gavin she runs a broad acre cropping property.  Together they have three children who attended the local primary school and then boarding schools in Perth.  The eldest has completed university, the second is currently completing university study and the youngest is about to complete her final year of high school.

Elaine has been a member of the Esperance branch for many years and is the current President and Treasurer.  Elaine became a state councillor in 2011 where she was a committee member, Vice President and has been the Treasurer since 2013.

When she is not helping Gavin on the property, or being involved in other community organisations, Elaine enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


Amanda Nixon

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Branch: Central Wheatbelt North

Amanda is a happily married mother of three, living 260km north east of Perth near the small town of Kalannie in the Central Wheatbelt of WA.  Amanda and Bob have brought up their children on a broad-acre crop and sheep property; working in partnership with Bob’s parents, his two brothers and their families.  She has a break from the farm one day a week, working in the Kalannie primary school library, surrounded by books and 40 book-loving students!

Amanda first joined the Kalannie branch of ICPA in 1999 when her eldest child began preschool at Kalannie Primary.  Jacob is currently taking a break from 2 years of University and is teaching English in China - thanks to inspiration from an article in July 2015 issue of Pedals ICPA magazine about the Lattitude Global Volunteering program.  Samuel is studying Ag Science/Commerce at UWA and Isabel is boarding at Santa Maria College in Perth.

Amanda took on President of Kalannie Branch in 2013. In 2015 the Kalannie Branch changed its name to Central Wheatbelt North Branch.  Sometimes it is all in a name, and members hope that regionalizing the name from Kalannie Branch to Central Wheatbelt North will help achieve the goal of increasing membership and promoting ICPA as an advocate and avenue for issues of access to education.

Amanda believes access and delivery of education contributes to the strength of country communities.  She is looking forward to being involved with ICPA in her community and beyond. It's the easiest part of having to send our students away.


Elize Scheepers

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Branch: Lakes District  

Elize recently moved to Varley, a small town in the Southeast wheatbelt, from Zimbabwe in Africa.  She has been married to her best friend, Skip, for 22 years.  They have two special boys, Ruhan – 19 who is in Perth at ECU and Ruben – 17 who attends Narrogin Senior High School.  Both boys are keen cricketers and hockey players. 

Elize holds a Bachelor of Education – Early Childhood and Foundation Phase. She has coached colts hockey for 5 years.  Her family were involved in establishing and sitting on the Board of a small private school in the farming community in their local town in Zimbabwe.  She is fourth generation farming stock. 

She was Vice President and is currently President of the Lakes District Branch.  The newest addition to State Council, she is passionate about education and positive self concept development.  She is looking forward to growing in ICPA and being able to bring more to the table.  Her ‘spare time’ interests are pottery, antiques and early settler history in Australia and Zimbabwe.



Karina Walter


Branch: Esperance  

Karina farms with her husband Gary and does the books for our business.  She is also heavily involved in thier school community.

They have 3 children Kade 14 , Jasmine 12 and Jaxon is 10. Kade and Jasmine board in Perth and Jaxon is at home with us.

Although very, very new to ICPA but Karina is fiercely passionate about education and kids getting opportunities no matter where they live.

Karina is also excited to have joined an amazing council and I look forward to learning and hopefully helping where I can.