Our Local NDIS Plan Management Team
Debbie BlanchetteNDIS Plan Management
Your local NDIS Plan Management Albany region representative is Debbie Blanchette. Deb holds a Cert I & II in Health and Wellness Coaching.
Debbie has 25+ years experience working in the disability sector, including more recently with the NDIS . Her primary focus is on ensuring individuals have full choice and control in all aspects of their life, and in making the NDIS plan management process as simple as possible.
Miranda van EgmondNDIS Plan Management
Miranda has a Diploma in Community Service, Diploma in Counselling, Certificate IV in Disability and Certificate III in Aged Care. She has been an Independent Personal Community Carer and Counsellor for over 8 years in the disability/home and community care sector.
Being a Ballarat local and working with a range of people of varying ages, Miranda helps them achieve their goals with a solid background in local services and service providers.
Katie DillonNDIS Plan Management
Your local NDIS Plan Management representative for Ballina, Byron Bay & Lismore regions is Katie Dillon FNTP, Dip. Soc.Sci.
Katie has had a career change to Wellness and Health from Banking & Insurance. She is a health coach and operates a nutrition clinic in Ballina. Katie is dedicated to making the NDIS plan management process as simple and effective as possible – allowing clients to live their best lives with as much independence as possible. Born and raised in Ballina and having lived in both Byron Bay & Lismore, Katie has a plethora of local knowledge and contacts.
Joanne RedfernNDIS Plan Management
NDIS Plan Management Batemans Bay area is represented by Joanne Redfern. Joanne has 20+ years experience in Disability Service.
Previous positions include Support Worker, Support Co-Ordination and Management. Joanne’s expertise includes the development of individualised support programs, leading the NDIS transition, recruitment and training of disability support staff and managing disability housing initiatives.
Miriam FuhrmannNDIS Plan Management
Miriam has a Diploma in Business Management, Cert III in Children’s Services and Cert II in Community Service. She has worked in health, rehabilitation and medical research for 12 years, prior to which she was employed in Finance and Investment Banking for a further 12 years.
As our NDIS Plan Management representative for Bowral and the Southern Highlands Miriam has lived with a disability for the past 8 years so understands the NDIS and is well versed at connecting people with the services they need to get the best possible outcomes.
Catherine KietiNDIS Plan Management
Catherine has a BA Honours Business Management, Certificate III in Aged Care and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Behavioural Science ( Psychology/ Social work).
As our NDIS Plan Management Brisbane representative Catherine has 8 years experience in both the disability and aged care sectors. She brings a solid understanding of the industry, hands-on experience and a comprehensive skill set to achieve positive outcomes for families and young people of all abilities.
Diane GulbertiNDIS Plan Management
Diane has worked in various industries including Banking and Retail Management. She has also previously worked with the Western Australian Department of Human Services.
Diane is a Mother/Carer to a special needs 6-year-old son therefore can relate to the challenges and stresses faced by NDIS recipients. Her extensive NDIS Plan Management knowledge and contacts in the local area are of considerable benefit to her clients.
Susan McLachlanNDIS Plan Management
Susan has a background in financial planning and banking, having managed her own practice. Her professional experience also includes over ten years in the Disability sector.
Susan was instrumental in supporting her husband, who successfully managed a respite and care home. This experience ignited Susan’s passion towards the protection and betterment of vulnerable persons, including those receiving NDIS funding.
Kear WhitewolfNDIS Plan Management
Your local NDIS Plan Management representative for Darwin is Kear Whitewolf – BA Population Health and Sociology.
Kear has over 10 years’ management experience in the aged care and disability sectors through his leadership roles in the Department of Health (and Ageing) and the Department of Social Services. Over the past 5 years, Kear was extensively involved in leading the transition of the Victorian State Government, Home and Community Care program into the federally managed initiatives NDIS , CHSP and Home Care Packages.
Sarah StephensonNDIS Plan Management
Our NDIS Plan Management Devonport representative is Sarah Stephenson. Sarah is a certified Business Administrator and also holds a Diploma in Exercise Physiology.
In addition, she is a mother of a disabled son. This has provided Sarah with the opportunity to gain personal knowledge of the NDIS . Due to her son’s age, this process has been with the Early Childhood Early Intervention. Sarah enjoys being an advocate for people living with disabilities.
Christopher TurtleNDIS Plan Management
Christopher’s education includes DipFP, CFP®, BTheol, GradDipEd. He is a Certified Financial Planner® specializing in Centrelink and Age Care.
As our NDIS Plan Management Dubbo representative, Chris brings 20+ years’ experience in the financial services sector, working with banks and now in his own wealth management business. One of his ambitions is to improve financial literacy standards within the community (for example, empowering clients to take charge of their money). Prior to becoming a Financial Planner, Chris was a Church Minister and Army Chaplain.
Janine HockingNDIS Plan Management
Janine has worked for many years across Sales & Marketing roles. She has run several small businesses including mentoring women in small start-up ventures and holds a Cert IV in New Small Business.
Janine enjoys life in Echuca with her husband, three teens and 21 year old stepson who has cerebral palsy and intellectual disabilities. She has been her stepsons primary advocate and coordinator for several years and understands firsthand the challenges many families face when working with the NDIS and associated services, along with the day to day complexities they face living with disability.
Arnold MehmetNDIS Plan Management
Arnold’s career spans 30+ years in management, travelling the world for a large corporation. He has many years NDIS experience as an NDIS upload officer – working closely with NDIS planners, Local Area Coordinators and Support Coordinators.
Arnold has worked in payroll and accounts, running the finances of many businesses. He is now the proud owner of a service provider business in Geelong working with both NDIS and Aged Care. Arnold enjoys assisting people on NDIS and Aged Care get the care and understanding they require.
Mark DitchamNDIS Plan Management
NDIS Plan Management Geraldton is represented by Mark Ditcham – B.App.Sci Biology, PG Dip. Tropical Environmental Management and PG Cert. Indigenous Studies (Wellbeing).
Mark has 10 years experience in Indigenous Counselling and Support. In additional he has specific disability experience having cared for and supported family members with disability including brain damage, autism and cerebral palsy.
Toni CulphNDIS Plan Management
Your local NDIS Plan Management representative in Gippsland is Toni Culph – B.A. (Recreation), Accredited Life Coach, Cert IV Assessment & Workplace Training
Toni has a background in setting and attaining individual goals in health, family, finances, relationships through a career in life coaching, recruitment and as a youth support worker and personal carer. Currently, Toni is also looking after her mother with Dementia and has gone through the process of finding and sourcing good quality and good value service providers and balancing that within budget restraints.
Debora MaioreNDIS Plan Management
Debora Maiore is our Glass House Mountains representative. Although based on the Sunshine Coast she works with many clients across Australia. Her qualifications include a Certificate III in Business Administration.
Deb has extensive experience in both administration and accounting roles, having worked in local government, the private sector and community groups. With her considerable NDIS knowledge she is often the first point of contact for our NDIS clients and providers.
Jackie SchenkNDIS Plan Management
Jackie started working in the disability sector in 2009, prior to which she had a 10-year career in the IT industry. Over the last 12 years, Jackie has been a support worker for clients with Acquired Brain Injury, Tetraplegia and psychosocial disabilities, worked as a support and service coordinator and aged care assessor. Jackie also has personal experience supporting and advocating for people with a disability as two of her three sons have Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Jackie has studied towards a Bachelor of Arts focusing on Psychology. She lives in rural NSW on a 115-acre farm and has a passion for helping those in rural areas find the support they need to achieve their goals.
Lisa RobinsonNDIS Plan Management
In addition to her administration qualifications, Lisa is a highly active volunteer in her local community. She has considerable “coal face” experience with disability. Not only does Lisa have close family on the NDIS she also has friends with mental and physical challenges. Lisa also provided in-home care for her mother and uncle over a two-year period.
As our NDIS Plan Management Gympie representative Lisa has built a vast network of contacts in the area and is well placed to support Plan Management clients in Gympie and the greater Wide Bay Region.
Terry HowardNDIS Plan Management
Terry is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) and is a Financial Counselor for the Salvation Army, as such he has a comprehensive understanding of planning and budgeting.
Terry’s professional experience spans business both large and small (and everything in between) particularly in the not-for-profit sector. Throughout his career Terry has worked with a diverse range of businesses and people, including those with disabilities. He has considerable experience and knowledge in all things NDIS and an appreciation for the challenges faced by those living with disability and their families.
Annette WhitemoreNDIS Plan Management
Annette has a number of qualifications including a Bachelor of Nursing, GCerts Paediatrics, Forensic Examiner and Youth Mental Health. She is a Registered Nurse.
Annette’s experience includes working in acute care in a regional teaching hospital in Launceston for 18 years. In addition to her role as our NDIS Plan Management Launceston representative she also currently works in the private sector as a Youth Health Nurse combining all her education in one role, based in Devonport.
Melanie RamanNDIS Plan Management
Your local NDIS Plan Management Melbourne representative is Melanie Raman. Melanie is qualified with Dip. Community Services, Cert III Aged Care and Cert III Med.Admin.
Melanie has over ten years of experience in Disability and Aged Care Services. She also ran a successful restaurant in the heart of Melbourne for over 5 years, which is where she advanced her business management skills. She has a very strong interest in the NDIS and always aims for meticulous customer service and client advocacy.
Andrew NelsonNDIS Plan Management
Your local NDIS Plan Management representative in Morisset is Andrew Nelson B.Com, CPA
With a career spanning thirty years, Andrew has worked as a commercial accountant. In addition, he has managed his own business with exposure to the Aged Care sector. Andrew’s experience also spans rehabilitation related processes – i.e. to underscore exercise based ‘return to work’ programs for injured workers.
Cassie StokesNDIS Plan Management
NDIS Plan Management in Newcastle/Maitland is represented by Cassie Stokes. Cassie possesses a number of qualifications including a Bachelor of Dementia, Certificate IV Aged Care and Advanced Certificate in Community Welfare.
Cassie has worked in aged care for 25 years, holding team leader positions in each of her 3 roles. She has experience, and a special interest in the Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD).
Sharyn DitchamNDIS Plan Management
Sharyn Ditcham is our NDIS Perth representative. Sharyn’s professional experience includes working in the Banking sector for over a decade, several years building her family-owned staff agency in the health industry, and customer service roles within the legal industry.
More recently, Sharyn has developed an active interest in advocacy and community inclusion while self-managing complex disabilities for her son and uncle and is a representative on her son’s Educational Support School council and P&C Treasurer.
Marie DerschowNDIS Plan Management
Marie has a background in community service, legal and finance. She is currently completing a degree in Psychology.
Born and raised in Port Hedland Marie is a mother of 6 with lived experience of a family member with a disability. Community-minded and passionate about helping people achieve their goals, Marie’s professional experience coupled with her connection to local community enables her to have a broad understanding of many of the challenges faced by those living with disability in the Port Hedland region.
Karen DennyNDIS Plan Management
Your local NDIS Plan Management representative Shoalhaven is Karen Denny. Karen’s involvement in the community services sector has spanned thirty-five years including as a parent, a worker, a manager, a teacher in the areas of Disability, Aged Care, and Community Development.
Karen’s qualifications and experience include NDIS orientation for workers, managing consumer-directed care, knowledge of Dementia, Bachelor of Social Science- Community Services, Social impact assessment and to access appraisals to buildings. Also, cultural diversity and indigenous studies, Diploma in Disabilities, and Diploma in Community Services.
Susan HullNDIS Plan Management
Your local NDIS Plan Management representative on the Sunshine Coast (Caloundra and surrounds) is Susan Hull. Susan’s qualifications include AQF certificate IV in health and social care and AQF advanced diploma in Leadership and Management for care services,
Susan has 25 years of experience working in the aged care and disabilities sector. These positions cover being a support worker, care co-ordinator, manager of a community care company and most recently administration in aged care. Susan has a keen interest in empowering people with all aspects of their life and is committed to ensuring individuals in the aged care and disability sector achieve their goals and live fulfilling lives by understanding the NDIS and the other entitlements made available to them by the government
Marianne MorelNDIS Plan Management
Your local NDIS Plan Manager representative on the Sunshine Coast is Marianne Morel. Marianne’s qualifications include a Diploma in Small Business Management, IT, Design, Building & Construction, and more recent qualifications in Ageing Support (Cert IV). She is also ATO trained in accounting practices
Marianne has been helping her clients since 2007 navigate through government processes and support systems for special needs clients, youth, and the elderly, through a Support Group she formed called People Matter Advocacy. She works with and supports individuals and families at their varying life stages with practical information and advice, while using her contacts and considerable expertise to connect people with services in their local area.
Nicole MartinNDIS Plan Management
NDIS Plan Management Sydney – Northern Beaches is represented by Nicole Martin – Bachelor of Economics. Nicole has over 20 years experience in the healthcare industry having worked professionally with Specialists, GP’s, Nurses, and Pharmacists, covering a variety of medical conditions and disorders.
Nicole has had personal experience with the NDIS and its subsidiaries since its commencement. Her son was born deaf in both ears, and was later diagnosed with severe ADHD and Autism Level 2. As a result Nicole understands that it takes a co-ordinated and pro-active approach from the parents or carers of an individual with special needs, combined with the medical and therapy specialists supporting this individual, and importantly the government and partners providing the assessment, funding and ongoing reviews.
Henry HudsonNDIS Plan Management
Henry is a former IT professional and business owner with a proven track record in project management and business administration. As our local NDIS Plan Management Taree representative, Henry now directs his skills & passion into optimising NDIS plans for others with a disability.
Due to his own disability, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Henry has been an NDIS participant since its inception. This has provided him with unique insights into the potential difficulties in navigating the NDIS and issues faced by others with a disability living in rural communities.
Saskia SmithNDIS Plan Management
Saskia’s credentials include 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.
She brings 35+ years experience working with, and advocating for, persons with a disability. Even though handling a heavy workload in the community sector, Saskia’s passion is ensuring that high-quality services are delivered to meet the needs of the participant. Saskia is a parent of an adult with a disability therefore knows the importance of having a great team of people to assist in navigating the developed services and systems.
Geoff MilneNDIS Plan Management
Geoff’s credentials include B.A.(English), Cert III Com Services Disability, Cert IV Work Health and Safety, Cert III Community Support and Security Operations, Cert IV Training & Assessment and Work Health & Safety and Business Management.
He has spent the last seven years successfully assisting people with disabilities to make meaningful choices about their life through employment, training and mentoring. Furthermore, Geoff has personal experience of living with disability having broken his neck then spending years recuperating. As a result, Geoff has empathy and the understanding needed to help NDIS recipients optimise their NDIS Plan and maximise their ability to live independently and to build capacity to meet their individual goals.
Anne MuigaiNDIS Plan Management
As our NDIS Plan Management representative servicing the Townsville Region, Anne has over 9 years experience working in the Aged Care and Disability sectors. She has worked as a Personal Support Worker and Workflow Planning Officer in the Disability sector. In addition, she has also held positions as a Community Worker, HACC Program Assistant and Home Support Assessor in the Aged Care sector.
Anne’s qualifications include Certificate III in HACC, Certificate III in Disability. She is currently studying a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychological Science. Anne is knowledgeable in the NDIS and has extensive knowledge of service providers in North Queensland.
Aimee HeckerNDIS Plan Management
Aimee has a Diploma in Dementia Care and is currently studying a Diploma in Community Services, Case Management.
With a background of coaching and participating in many sports, Aimee has acquired knowledge of many community clubs and associations in the area. She has lived in Latrobe most of her life and has cared for her father who has an Acquired Brain Injury (A.B.I) for the past 20 years.
Paula JacksonNDIS Plan Management
NDIS Plan Management Wollongong is represented by Paula Jackson. Paula holds a Bachelor Degree in Teaching.
Paula has twenty-five years’ experience in managerial roles and in providing care for people of all ages. Currently, within her teaching career spanning 17 years, she has gained considerable experience working with children and adolescents with varying levels of disability. She also cares for her mother who has dementia.
Patricia WaineNDIS Plan Management
Patricia is our NDIS Plan Management representative in the Yeppoon Region. She has qualifications including Cert 1V in Aged Care, Training and Workplace Assessment, Diploma in Business, NDIS orientation for workers, Infection Control Covid-19, and is IT qualified. In addition, she has experience in MYOB and QuickBooks.
Patricia has experience and knowledge in working as a support worker and coordinator for NDIS participants. She believes that understanding the NDIS entitlements made available to them by the government is paramount to their health and happiness, and to each participate being able to get the most out of their funding.