Sam Abishara President

Sam started playing squash in Melbourne at the age of 15 and picked up racquetball in his mid-20s. Since moving to Adelaide with his family in 2004, Sam has been participating in the Racquetball pennant competition, and currently plays at A Grade level. Sam is a member of the Racquetball pennant committee and was the Racquetball Development Officer prior to being elected to the SRASA Board in 2010. In 2014 and 2015 he was Tournament Director for the Australian Racquetball Championships in the Barossa.

Outside of squash, Sam’s interests lie in cricket, football and family.

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Eleni Chrisakis

Elected on the Board: November 2015
Experience/Background: Law

Eleni is an active person who believes in the importance of exercise and sport both to individuals and to the community.

Eleni is a practicing solicitor, with a background predominately in criminal law, but also with some experience in civil litigation. She has worked across a number of sectors including community legal services and private practice, and is currently employed in the public sector working for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Her belief in the importance of sport, along with her experience in the legal field, led Eleni to seek election to the Squash Board in 2015.

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Bill Cochrane

Elected on the Board: June 2014
Occupation:  Deputy President Clubs SA, Chairman Club Safe

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Cindy Flower

Cindy Flower is a Senior Manager with DEWNR, specialising in Change Management and organisational reform.  She is passionate about driving cultural and organisational change to enable high performing organisations.  Cindy’s background in governance includes, National Director of the Make a Wish Foundation, Membership Director of Women in Innovation and Member of the Consumer, Carer and Community Advisory Board of Centacare. 

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Tom Melingakos

Elected on the Board: September 2015
Club: Norwood
Current Grade/Comp: State 5
Occupation: Digital Technologies for Learning Consultant

Tom works with Catholic Education South Australia and is Chairman of a School Board. Tom brings to the Board a background in the Education sector from both a delivery and policy perspective.

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Matthew Naisby

Elected on the Board: September 2015
Club: Norwood
Current Grade/Comp: State 4
Occupation: Manager Tax Accounting

A member of the Board and the Finance and Audit Committee, Matt offers expertise in areas such as internal controls, cash flow analysis, board reporting, risk management, budgeting, profit repatriation, wealth maximisation, and asset protection. 

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Roger Sanderson

Roger Sanderson has an extensive background in business, hospitality, government and the not for profit sector.  Now retired, Roger was previously the General Manager of the Mt Barker and Hahndorf Golf Club, and prior to that Victor Harbor Golf Club.  Roger is a member of the CPA Australia, the Chartered Secretaries of Australia and is a Justice of the Peace.  His Board experience includes government, not for profit and charitable groups including the Cancer Council, CPA South Australia, Red Cross SA and YMCA of SA. 

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Matt Schmidt

Matt is an experienced professional with a background in the area of not for profits, and sport and recreation management within South Australia. A UniSA graduate of Bachelor of Applied Science (Recreation Planning and Management), Matt started his employment in Event management at Ability Network, managing Exhibitions and Conferences within the Disability sector. He then moved to a Marketing and Fundraising role with SIDS South Australia. For over seventeen years, Matt has worked for ACHPER (SA) -the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation, SA Branch Inc, and has overseen the growth and expansion of the organisation and is currently the Executive Director. He has particular strengths in income generation, management of events, effective governance and business development.

Matt holds a number of leadership positions within the Sport and Recreation sector. An advocate for Sport, and fan of many Sports, Matt plays Squash casually at Karadinga.  

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Ross Wait

Ross has worked for the Port Adelaide Football Club's community development arm, Power Community Ltd since 2013. His role with the club is to develop engaging youth programs that encourage secondary school students to take responsibility for themselves, and others, by making positive decisions in relation to their health, lifestyle, finances and career path. As a passionate Port man, he is aptly suited to his role and facilitates a strong connection between the community and the Port Adelaide Football Club. His areas of expertise in sports development, community program management and youth mentoring enable him to contribute greatly to the community. He is also part of a state wide youth engagement steering committee, which keeps abreast of youth and community issues, and tailors programs to suit.

Ross is highly strategic and is heavily involved in areas of commercial income generation for the Port Adelaide Football Club. He is responsible for leading the department’s strategy in developing flagship partnerships and programs. These include programs focused on combatting domestic violence, among many others. Ross’ efforts are guided by one consistent theme; using sport as a vehicle for the spread of positive messages within the community.

Ross is always pushing himself to develop, and has a diverse background. He is a qualified teacher, has strong business development credentials, and has a very broad network across the sports industry in South Australia.

Ross’s interest in squash stems from his participation in a University Squash Competition. His key attributes during this time were Power, Strength and Speed. He claims these have all reduced dramatically over the past ten years!

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