Our Board

MPAN is governed by a board. Its purpose is to ensure the organisation is true to its mission, to set policy and to support and promote the association. MPAN has assembled a board of representatives from a range of key stakeholder groups.


Angela ScaffidiAngela Scaffidi

Angela Scaffidi co-founded SenateSHJ in 2002. She leads SenateSHJ’s Change Practice and works with public and private sector organisations on complex change initiatives, from improving processes to driving cultural change. SenateSHJ now has offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

She has worked in consulting for more than 20 years, including with McKinsey & Company and Turnbull Porter Novelli.

She has won a range of national and international awards for her work in communication, including two Golden World Awards from the International Public Relations Association.

Angela is on the board of Challenge, which supports children and families living with cancer, and chairs the Missing Persons Advocacy Network. She is a member of the Broadmeadow Schools Network Advisory Board and former chair of the Department of Education and Training’s School Advisory Group. Angela is also a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia and an accredited user of the Four Rooms of Change®.

MPAN is based in SenateSHJ’s Melbourne office.

Ruth Nguyen Ruth

Ruth was extensively involved in the Dan Come Home campaign and been a member of MPAN since 2013. She has been active in raising awareness for the issue of missingness and a key fundraiser for the organisation. Ruth is an experienced data manager in hospital quality and risk for a prominent healthcare provider and has recently completed her 4th year studies in Psychology. Ruth is passionate about mental health and is particularly interested in the area of grief and trauma. She hopes to counsel and support families affected by missingness in the future.

Daniel BongiornoDan

Daniel is a barrister at the Victorian Bar, practising in administrative and commercial law.

Before signing the Bar Roll, he practised at the London office of the New York firm, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Prior to this, he was an associate to the Chief Justice of Victoria, the Honourable Justice Marilyn Warren AC. Daniel is also admitted as an attorney in New York and to the roll of solicitors in England & Wales (non-practising). He completed postgraduate studies at Georgetown University, where he was awarded the prize for the most distinguished academic performance leading to a Master of Laws Degree (General Studies).

He also serves as a member of the Victorian Bar Council.


Dr. Sarah WaylandDr Sarah Bio

Dr. Sarah Wayland is a Social Worker and researcher with an interest in grief and emotional health. She is passionate about helping people feel safe and supported when faced with life’s challenges.

She is the recipient of a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship – funded to travel internationally to research the experience of loss when someone is missing, the author of ‘Supporting those who are left behind’ and ‘A Glimmer of hope– stories of courage for families of missing people’ and most recently the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award to complete her Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) to research the complexity of hope when someone is missing, with the University of New England. Her thesis ‘I still hope, but what I hope for now has changed: a narrative inquiry study exploring hope and ambiguous loss’ was awarded the Chancellors medal for Doctoral research in 2015.

She is currently working on a postdoctoral research project exploring hope and recovery from complex mental health conditions with the University of Sydney.

Sarah MarinosSarah M

Sarah Marinos is a freelance journalist based in Melbourne. She has an honours degree from the UK in Communications and Media Production. After graduating from university she became a reporter for a local newspaper in southern England where she ended her career working as an investigative journalist.

Sarah then moved to London and joined IPC Magazines as a senior feature writer and later was appointed features editor of a series of national women’s titles.

In 1993 she migrated to Melbourne and began her freelance career.

Sarah has a post-graduate diploma in Public Relations from RMIT University and she spent five years as a consultant to a Melbourne-based public relations and communications business. During this time she worked with corporate and government clients to help design and roll out effective media and campaign strategies.

Today Sarah focuses full-time on her freelance journalism and writes on a range of topics – from parenting, human interest and health to profiles and social issues. Sarah has written a number of articles about missing persons and their families for national magazines and major newspapers.