Our NDIS Team
Debbie BlanchetteLocal Representative
Cert I & II in Health and Wellness Coaching
Debbie has almost 25 years experience working in the disability sector. Furthermore, her primary focus is ensuring individuals have full choice and control in all aspects of their life. For example, via disability advocacy support. Not only that, but Deb has a keen interest in empowering people with their health. In fact, to complement her work in this area, she completed Cert I & II in Health and Wellness Coaching early in 2018.
Miranda van EgmondLocal Representative
Miranda is an Independent Personal Community Carer and Counsellor. In fact, she has 8 years of experience. This is in the disability/home and community care sector. Working with a range of people of varying ages, Miranda is helping them achieve their goals. As a result, she learns a lot from people with differing abilities and culturally diverse backgrounds. Of course, this gives Miranda a great deal of experience. Being a Plan Manager’s representative is a great way to provide services to participants and private individuals.
Diane GulbertiLocal Representative
Diane has worked in various industries such as banking and retail management. For part of this time, she worked with the Western Australian Department of Human Services. She gains a great deal of experience and liaising with people of all ages, races, and disabilities. Also, Diane is a Mother/Carer to a special needs 6-year-old son. Therefore, Diane knows the stress of everyday life and all the challenges that can arise. Having a good understanding of NDIS Plan Management in the Bunbury area is a benefit for participants.
Faine SimpkinsLocal Representative
Cert III in Individual Support (Aged Care & Disability)
Faine has a background within a variety of groups. These groups aim at improving accessing services for families. Also, Faine has experience in Administration and making applications for funding through a variety of organisations. Furthermore, Faine has been a strong advocate for disability for patients in rural and regional areas for over 10 years. As a carer for her own daughter, Faine understands the struggles families face with caring. This experience also comes from being an advocate for her own family.
Roshni HowardLocal Representative
Roshni has lived in Cairns for 23 years with 6 years working in the disability and mental health. As a business manager for a disability organisation, Roshni’s role included the education staff on the NDIS. Specifically on how to achieve outcomes to a high standard of customer service. Above all, placing the client’s needs first at all time. In addition, Roshni’s personal skills are supplemented with a strong understanding of the NDIS, and it’s capacity building attributes.
Debora MaioreLocal Representative
Certificate III Business Administration
Deb has extensive experience in both administration and accounting roles. For example, working in local government, the private sector and community groups has provided this experience. Furthermore, Deb is usually the first point of contact for suppliers and clients. In addition, Deb prides herself on her excellent organisational and communication skills.
Hannah CrawfordLocal Representative
LLB, BCom, CA, FFin, FAICD
Hannah has over 15 years providing advice to listed and unlisted companies. This is within the Australian health sector as a Director of corporate advisory firm Grant Samuel. She also spent 6 years on the Board of Alfred Health, one of Victoria’s largest public hospital networks. In addition, Hannah is currently on the Board and Finance and Audit Chair for the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. As well as holds other former hospital board roles.
Kingsley HouseLocal Representative
B.Com, Chartered Accountant
Kingsley has an accounting background. With this, he has combined 17 years of recruitment experience. Therefore, become adept at understanding peoples unique needs and requirements. Kingsley’s wife Jen is a highly qualified Nurse Midwife. In addition, she finished her nursing career as a Nurse Navigator. This involved assisting the chronically ill access to optimum health services. The combination of their backgrounds makes them an awesome team. For instance, this maximises their outcome with assisting people on NDIS.
Christopher TurtleLocal Representative
DipFP, CFP®, BTheol, GradDipEd
Chris has 20 years’ experience in the financial services sector, working with the banks and now in his own wealth management business. He is a Certified Financial Planner® specializing in Centrelink and Age Care. His ambition is to improve financial literacy standards in the community; empowering clients to take charge of their money. Prior to being a financial planner, Chris was a Church Minister and Army Chaplain.
Kylie MooreGold Coast
NDIS Plan Manager on the Gold Coast is represented by Kylie Moore. At a personal level, Kylie is the mother of a nine-year-old disabled child. Her child has significantly high needs. Kylie self-manages her child’s NDIS plan. Therefore, she understands the procedures when dealing with any challenges. Furthermore, Kylie has skills in retail sales and customer service. Previous positions in Office and floristry management contribute to her knowledge.
Susan McLachlanLocal Representative
Susan has a background in financial planning and banking, managing her own practice. Also, Susan spent over 10 years in the Disability sector. Moreover, Susan’s husband managed a respite and care home with her support. Due to this experience, Susan’s passion ignited towards the protection and betterment of vulnerable persons. Furthermore, Susan is still serving as an advocate on behalf of those who need a voice. Equally important Susan enjoys just helping people.
Lisa RobinsonLocal Representative
In addition to administration qualifications, Lisa is a highly active local volunteer. Lisa has significant “coal face” experience with disability. Furthermore, Lisa has close family on the NDIS. Also, she has friends with mental and physical challenges. Equally important, Lisa also provided in-home care for her mother and uncle over a two year period.
Terry HowardLocal Representative
Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA)
Terry is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA). Specifically working in both large and small-medium sized companies. Particularly in the not for profit sector. Working with people in many diverse areas including those with disabilities, appreciation of how difficult it can be for those living from crisis to crisis and keen to make a difference in their lives. He is on the board of Justas and Tasmen and volunteers for the Salvation Army.
Ross McDonaldLocal Representative
BCom (Hons), CA, MBA
Ross has a background in marketing, finance and information technology. Previously as an Executive Advisor with PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Also, Spotless Group (Marketing), Sensis (Strategy), Benetas (CFO) and MYOB (CFO). In addition, Ross founded the care payments business Capital Guardians in 2009. As a result, the business is the leader in its field. Currently it has hundreds of the largest aged care operators in Australia as clients.
Carolyn GrayLocal Representative
Carolyn has worked in Disability Care in various organisations in the Launceston area over the past 20 years. This time includes direct care work in the community, group homes and day support services. Training covers medication management, fire training, swim rescue training, epilepsy awareness and gastronomy management.
Su Mei TanLocal Representative
An NDIS Capacity Building Coach with Capital Guardians, Su Mei comes from a background of humanitarian architecture. She has a bachelors in Architecture and Masters in World Heritage. Making the transition from architecture to Art Therapy, she obtained her second Masters (in art therapy). Following this she has founded ‘Art Tearapy’, an art therapy practice in Melbourne which is a registered NDIS provider. Su Mei has worked across several roles in the Melbourne health system: Support Co-ordinator, Art Therapist (clinical and community sector). She has a strong interest in mental health and is currently a Multicultural Ambassador for the Mental Health Foundation Australia.
Jennifer ChittickLocal Representative
Dip of Finance, MBus
Jennifer’s experience in the finance and banking industry spans 25 years. Furthermore, 20 years owning a franchise mortgage broking business proved successful. On a personal level, Jennifer’s interest is in the NDIS. Therefore, she makes it her priority to support the NDIS participants. In fact, this helps them achieve their goals. Thus, a strong commitment to customer service is Jennifer’s way of showing courtesy and respect.
Kylie PageLocal Representative
Kylie has worked in various administration roles including Support & Disability, Health (Orthopaedics, Pain Management, and General Practice). Also, up to 2016, Kylie with her husband and children operated a motel. As well, Kylie plays an active voluntary role at her children’s school. Currently, Kylie is working her own business as a Life Coach and Hypnotherapist. On a personal level, Kylie’s interest is in the NDIS and she makes it her priority to support NDIS participants. Thus, a strong commitment to customer service is Kylie’s way of showing courtesy and respect.
Mark SheehanLocal Representative
Mark Sheehan is a CPA FGIA Registered Bas agent. He started his career with Arthur Young (Ernst & Young) then continued on as a banker with the CBA for 20years. After the CBA and a career change to teaching, Mark spent the next ten years as the founding CEO of Living My Way, now the largest disability support provider under The NSW government’s Attendant Care Program.
Saskia SmithLocal Representative
BOA–Business; BOA–Psy; Cert IV Workplace Training and Assessment; Cert IV Child Protection–Res, OHC, FS; Diploma– Management; Grad Cert–CSP–Client Assessment, Case Management; Grad Cert–CSP–Statutory Child Protection.
Saskia has thirty-years experience working with and advocating for persons with a disability. Even though handling a heavy workload in the community sector, her passion is ensuring that there is a high quality of services delivered to meet the needs and wants of the participant. Also, Saskia is a parent of an adult with a disability. Therefore, she knows the importance of having a great team of people to assist in navigating the developed services and systems. Having a Plan Manager that keeps abreast of changes and understands the systems is of real benefit to participants.
Cecilia RichardsonLocal Representative
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and a Certificate 1 in Hospitality.
Cecilia’s background in federal government administration, program management and communications has brought her a wealth of expertise and experience. Since moving to the Victor Harbor region six years ago, she assisted local NFP organisations, providing professional advice on their obligations regarding work health and safety, and child-safe protection. This means she is well equipped to help clients navigate the ‘policy and legislation’ world. While in Victor Harbor Cecilia worked for two years in employment services helping the mature-aged and some clients with a disability gain employment. In this role she discovered the rewards of getting alongside people in need, so they can gain confidence and feel empowered.
Patricia WaineLocal Representative
NDIS Plan Manager in Yeppoon and Rockhampton is Capital Guardian’s representative, Patricia Waine. She is qualified with
Certificate III in Aged Care, Certificate III in IT, Certificate 1V in Training and Assessment, Diploma in Hospitality and Business Management.
Patricia has over 30 years’ experience in managing small business. In fact, this includes her IT computer training business in Yeppoon over the last ten years. Having been a carer for her mother who suffered from Dementia, Patricia understands the commitment of full-time caring.