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Massimo Iustini

Founder & Chairman

Meet our co-founder and Jamie Oliver πŸ΄ wiz Massimo! The greatest achievement in Mass' life is helping somebody else out of a tough situation and giving them hope. Especially when it's someone he may have never met before, but feels like he has known them forever. For Mass, that is what Black Dog on a Lead is all about. He believes that together we can make a difference! 

 
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Jazmin Gracie

vice Chairman

Jazmin is one of 6 children πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦ - She joined BDOAL because she has had friends and family that have been affected by mental illness. Jazmin is works as a nurse and often finds herself surrounded by mental illness.

 
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Maria Mariano

Secretary

Maria is our very organised secretary and the engine room of our team πŸ‘©πŸ½ She believes that mental health awareness means that we’re not only acknowledging that mental health is important, but we’re talking about it so that people can get the help they need.

 
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Marcus Iustini

Treasurer

Marcus joined the Black Dog team as a means to support his various loved ones battling with mental illness. Being the eldest of three brothers, family is extremely important to him, and through his involvement in the organisation he hopes to encourage people in the wider community to lean on their loved ones during their times of need rather than struggling alone.

 
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Alessandro Alberti

Co-Founder and Committee Member

Meet our co-founder Ale who once ate 3 Subway foot-longs in one sitting! πŸž His passion for BDOAL stems from his suffering from both depression and anxiety and loss of his father to suicide in 2010.

 
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Stefano Iustini

Committee Member

Stefano is our fantastic graphic designer πŸ–₯ His process looks a little like this: up, up a bit more, to the left, back down… nope don’t like it, start again! He believes that mental health is one of the most serious yet undiagnosed issues our society is currently facing. BDOAL is important to him as it advocates open communication around mental health. 

 
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John Alberti

Committee Member

John is passionate about his family, especially his 4 grandsons and helping those in the Fremantle community. βš“️ John helped Ale and Mass to establish BDOAL because he has seen the effects of depression and mental illness on his immediate family. John advocates talking and being open about mental illness. It is a tough road for those who suffer but by being open, we can all help each other.

 
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Dino Mariano

Committee Member

Dino is our go to man when it comes to numbers πŸ”’! He believes that the more we talk openly about mental illness, the easier the journey is on the road ahead.

 
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Taylor Donati

Committee Member

Taylor is in charge of our media and communications – you may have even had your photo taken by her at last year's walk πŸ“ΈShe has battled with anxiety and depression throughout her teenage years and is passionate about BDOAL because she wants to help people just like herself.

 
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Rob Azzolini

Committee Member

Meet Rob πŸ‘·πŸ½ The reason he joined BDOAL was because he experienced family and friends struggle with the affects of mental health issues and was driven to help others and break the stigma πŸŒŸ

 
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Niamh Mangan

Committee Member

When we think of Niamh we think of breakfast, succulents and cute πŸΆ. She is passionate about BDOAL because of the loss of her father to suicide in 2014 which further lead to her suffering with mental illness.

 
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Eliott Iustini

Committee Member

Eliott is the driving force behind Black Dog On A Lead’s social media platforms, and is very passionate about mental health awareness and education. He has seen the first hand affects of mental health on friends and family and is an advocate for mindfulness and self-awareness. Eliott uses music, exercise (yoga & walking), meditating and spending time with loved ones to manage his mental wellbeing!