Aaron is passionate about achieving great outcomes within the field of disability services. With a University degree in Sociology Aaron is excited to use those skills to help individuals better access the community and to achieve the best results possible.
Adrienne has over 15 years experience working in education This included the design and production of accessible digital content for the Deakin University’s division of Equity and Diversity. Whilst there, she took on a Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology), which is still in progress. Adrienne’s greatest pleasure is interacting with participants, and she is passionate about empowering people to reach their goals. Adrienne takes great pride in her ability to apply her lateral thinking to achieve the best results possible.
Alex has recently completed his applied psychology degree at Deakin University. He is friendly, wise and respectful. Alex enjoys surfing, volleyball, playing Dungeons and Dragons and other video games. He is passionate about the Peer Mentor Program as he has seen firsthand the improvements in confidence, independence and self-esteem. He honestly feels that the quality of life improvements are priceless.
Anna has extensive knowledge and experience in the disability sector (16 years) as well as Department of Justice. She has primarily worked in the role of providing support and assistance to each person so that they may achieve / reach their personal goals – whether it be in employment, education, health & welfare, housing, registering with Centrelink and other government departments, referring to medical and other professional providers. Anna loves being able to contribute, guide, support and work alongside each one of her participants. Anna is also a Justice of the Peace and provides her services within the Geelong community when required.
Bronni holds a Diploma in teaching and a Bachelor of Nursing with a Diploma of Midwifery. She also has a Bachelor of Arts with a Japanese major. Apart from being a paediatric nurse, midwife and primary school teacher, she has also worked in Disability support at Deakin University and at Gateways supporting students on the autism spectrum. She grew up around children with disabilities as her little brother was blind from birth; therefore she is passionate about inclusivity and assisting people to reach their goals. Bronni and her family have been foster carers and she has enjoyed teaching kinder music and running playgroups.
Candice has much lived experience with Autism Spectrum Disorder and the NDIS. She has worked in the disability field for 4 years including as a disability support worker with both adults and children. Candice has a passion for supporting families and children to reach their full potential.
Support Coordinator / Early Intervention Key Worker
Ceri has a wealth of experience working in the field of education, disability and early childhood intervention. Over the last 10 years her genuine passion for early development has led her from primary education to early childhood development, developmental delay and disability. She is interested in how children learn through play and how early years learning is central to brain development in later life. Ceri is passionate about supporting families to reach their goals and has extensive knowledge about the supports available in the disability sector. She has experience working with the NDIS as well as with children and families in educational and community settings. She is a committed advocate of inclusivity and the right of every individual to exercise choice and control in their lives.
Chlea has had experience working at the NDIS for the last one and a half years as a Business Support Officer. She was in the implementation team, supporting participants to find and choose providers, and helping them to understand their plans. She is also experienced as a Disability Support Worker. Chlea worked closely with clients of all ages with ABI’s, Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. Chlea is passionate about helping people reach their full potential, and especially loves working with children to help maximise their development. She is currently completing a Certificate 4 in Disability and her interests include yoga and pilates, outdoor activities, reading and walking her dogs.
Claire has 8 years experience working in community support, mental health, disability and Department of Justice. She is an enrolled Nurse and is currently completing her Degree in Social Work/Health Science, which is where her passions lie! She loves being part of the journey of helping each client live the best life they can and being an integral part of our community.
Daniel completed a Certificate IV in Youth Work in 2016. Daniel has also undertaken integration work within the school environment and was involved in a hands-on learning program for disengaged youths. Daniel seeks to support individuals as they grow and learn, connecting them with the services they need to achieve their goals.
Support Coordinator (Mildura)
Donna has worked with children and adults with autism for 9 years and has recently completed a psychology degree. She is passionate about helping people get the best out of their NDIS plan. Donna is a local to the Mildura area so is informed about local service providers. She loves working as part of a team in supporting people with a disability.
Emil has a bachelor in Psychological Science and has experience supporting Participants as a peer mentor. He enjoys art, music, pokemon, soccer, basketball, bike riding and animals. Emil is passionate about seeing change and progress in his Participants. He enjoys being able to help Participants build their capacity and trying to improve their quality of life.
Georgina is a Social Worker with over twenty years experience working with families, the mental health sector and in community health. Georgina has recently gained a Masters of Mental Health (Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Studies). She enjoys collaborating with families and systems and takes a strength based approach that focuses on the unique situation, hopes and goals of those involved. She has two children, a menagerie of animals and enjoys reading, the beach, film, music and chocolate.
Glenda Middleton is a highly experienced Social Worker who has worked with children and families over many years. Glenda has excellent skills engaging children in programs and supports that meet their needs. Glenda has an acute knowledge of the sector and what services are available to children and families.
Support Coordinator / Early Intervention Key Worker
Jackie has a Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies, and have extensive experience working as a Kindergarten Teacher and Educational Leader in a variety of early childhood settings over the past 13 years. During this time Jackie has developed a strong set of skills to support the varying needs of children and families, and established detailed understanding of early child development, working with vulnerable families, and the school transition process. Jackie recognises the importance of the family in a child’s learning and development, and is passionate about ensuring children and families feel involved and empowered.
Jasmine has much lived experience with disability. She understands the challenges that come with sourcing the right supports, and how important it is for families and individuals living with disability to feel empowered and encouraged. Her passion is being able to help families and considers it to be a privilege to be able to assist them along their journey. Jasmine is acutely aware of how diet, and a healthy gut plays a significant role in behaviour. She knows the importance of educating children about eating the right foods, and living a sustainable and holistic lifestyle.
Jenn brings over 20 years experience supporting her local community members in a variety of settings. With experience in early childhood education, medical reception and customer service, she is passionate about supporting families of young children through their journeys with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, and other unexpected challenges. Her passion for valuable connections has roots in witnessing successes in early intervention. Jenn’s favourite quote is ‘It takes a community to raise a child.’
Jenna has worked in the disability field for 4 years, working with a range of individuals both as a direct support worker and as a support coordinator. She holds a bachelor of health science, with majors in nutrition and health promotion. She is passionate about working together with participants to improve their confidence and ability to navigate the NDIS, and get the most out of their funding. Jenna has established networks within the Geelong region and understands the importance of linking participants into their local communities. Outside of work, Jenna loves getting outdoors and enjoys hiking and camping.
Jodie has extensive experience in community services working for over 15 years in a variety of roles and completing work related courses including; a double diploma in Community Services; Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs. Jodie’s previous employment has included working as Case Manager for a disability employment service assisting job seekers with complex needs, working in the community teaching refugees conversational English, and more recently, working for the NDIS developing and implementing participant plans. Jodie has exceptional knowledge of the supports available in Geelong and is an avid networker. She is passionate about supporting participants to be valued members of society and to have meaningful lives. She believes it is critical to enable participants to be educated and informed in order to bring their NDIS plan to life and det the most out of the supports available.
Support Coordinator (Mildura)
Kathie has been Nursing for 25 plus years, caring for all age groups in and out of the hospital settings. She is working for the Royal Flying Doctors in assisting and caring for people in the Mildura region. Kathie has a Diploma for Child Youth and Family Interventions and has worked for Mallee Family Care as a group facilitator with young families. Kathie has a personal passion with Autism as she has a son with Aspergers. She enjoys a challenge and her family work together as a team to get through day to day life’s activities.
With qualifications and experience in early childhood, special education, social work and allied health (physiotherapy), Magdalena also bring over 20 years of relevant industry experience across a range of roles. She has a keen understanding of the requirements of individuals with additional needs, their families and carers, supporting them to improve their engagement within the community and their lifelong wellbeing. She appreciates the importance of working with people with complex needs on their level and empowering them as much as possible to make their own choices and gain a higher level of independence in as many areas of their life as possible.
Mark is a parent, partner, provider and now part time support coordinator. With an engineering background and more than thirty years supporting and advocating for people with disabilities, Mark brings significant knowledge, enthusiasm and practical skills to the role of support coordinator. Mark has a particular interest in supporting individuals and families affected by autism, helping them to dream, to plan, and build networks of support that will enable them to live happy, safe, and well.
Natalie has over 10 years experience working in the disability employment sector. Natalie has also worked as an Educational Disability Support Worker within an adult classroom environment. Natalie has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and is passionate about providing a holistic approach to wellness and mental health.
Support Coordinator / Employment Assistance
Renee has extensive experience and knowledge in the areas of Disability Employment, working with high needs participants, liaising with participant families, community agencies , employers and other professionals. Renee has a good understanding of the disability sector and available support options developed over the many years of experience as a DES Consultant promoting participants to community based services, employers and health professionals. Renee is passionate about making a difference and improving the life of an individual with disability, through inclusiveness within the community and meeting their desired outcomes.
Samantha brings her passion for advocacy to her role at AYS. She has several years Departmental experience working in housing and homelessness , and extensive experience with public health and disability care. She also has lived experience with Autism and navigating the NDIS . Sam draws on her broad experience where she previously worked in communications, to help negotiate and advocate for clients . She is committed to person centred care being at the forefront of all her planning. Sam has a Cert IV and Diploma in Community Services, and is an accredited mental health first aid care giver . She’s a Mum to three busy kids, including one with special needs . In her spare time she mentors at risk youth , loves to cook and watching her boys play footy .
Tania started her career as a disability support worker as a young adult, and also worked as a riding coach for the Riding for Disabled Association of Australia (RDA). She then went on to study a Bachelor of Arts, continuing her work within the disability and welfare sector on a part time basis. She completed a Doctorate in Social Science in 2015. Tania is a committed, caring and energetic Support Coordinator who values effective outcomes and positive life experiences for all participants. With a background in social research and university teaching, Tania has had the opportunity to work with students, stakeholders and corporate departments to develop and initiate accessibility within the education and business sectors. Tania loves the quote from Cleo Wade: “Don’t be the reason someone feels insecure. Be the reason someone feels seen, heard and supported.”
Support Coordinator / Social Worker / Early Intervention Key Worker / Behavioural Support Practitioner
Zac is a qualified Social Worker and is an Accredited Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Zac has over seven years’ experience in human services; specifically in Out of Home Care, working with children who have experienced traumatic abuse, neglect or adverse experiences, providing direct therapeutic care, complex case management and intensive support to children, their families and their carers. In his last two years at his previous organisation, Zac trained and recruited new foster carers. Zac is the Convenor of the Barwon Social Work Practice Group, which provides networking and development opportunities to Social Workers across the Barwon Region. Zac has grown up with many family members who have disabilities, including two brothers on the Spectrum, and has seen the incredible outcomes that can be achieved with the right love, support and networks. Zac is excited to work with people to achieve their goals.