Our NDIS Team
Debbie BlanchetteLocal Representative
Your local NDIS Plan Management Albany region representative is Debbie Blanchette – Cert I & II in Health and Wellness Coaching.
Debbie has almost 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. Deb has a keen interest in empowering people with all aspects of their life. 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 has a Diploma in Community Service, Diploma in Counselling, Certificate IV in Disability and Certificate 111 in Aged Care. She has been an Independent Personal Community Carer and Counsellor for over 8 years 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 DillonLocal Representative
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 and Insurance. She is a health coach and operates a nutrition clinic in Ballina. She focuses particularly on working with clients who have chronic illness.
Katie is dedicated to making the NDIS plan management process as simple and effective as possible – allowing her 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, and is aware of the challenges people can come up against in the local area.
Joanne RedfernLocal Representative
NDIS Plan Manager Bateman’s Bay NSW is represented by Joanne Redfern. Joanne has twenty-two years experience in Disability Service. In fact, these positions cover being a Support Worker, Support Co-ordinator and management. Joanne has been successful within these roles across the South and North Coast of NSW. Specifically, relevant roles include, most recently, development of individualised support programs, and leader of NDIS transition. In addition, recruitment and training of disability support staff and managing disability housing initiatives.
Miriam FuhrmannLocal Representative
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.
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.
Kylie ConaghanLocal Representative
NDIS Plan Manager Burnie Tasmania.
Cert 111 in Community Services Disability Work; Studying Bachelor of Food and Nutrition.
Kylie has been working in the Disability sector for twenty-eight years due to having children born with Disabilities. In addition, she also worked with many community services for different disabilities raising funds.
Kear WhitewolfLocal Representative
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.
Kear has demonstrated expertise in budget management, and is a strong advocate for a client’s choice and control of Government funding.
Sarah StephensonLocal Representative
NDIS Plan Manager Devonport representative is Sarah Stephenson. Sarah is a certified Business administrator. Plus Sarah holds a Diploma in Exercise Physiology.
In addition, she is a mother of a disabled son. In fact, this has given Sarah five years experience in gaining personal knowledge of the NDIS. Due to her son’s age, this process has been with the Early Childhood Early Intervention. Equally important, Sarah enjoys being an advocate for people living with disabilities.
Christopher TurtleLocal Representative
DipFP, CFP®, BTheol, GradDipEd
NDIS Plan Management Dubbo is Christopher Turtle.
Chris has 20 years’ experience in the financial services sector, working with the banks and now in his own wealth management business. In addition, he is a Certified Financial Planner® specializing in Centrelink and Age Care. Furthermore, it is his ambition to improve financial literacy standards in the community. For example, empowering clients to take charge of their money. Prior to being a financial planner, Chris was a Church Minister and Army Chaplain.
Sheree FedkeLocal Representative
Your local NDIS Plan Management representative in Geelong and surrounds is Sheree Fedke; BFA, Dip. Business Management.
For the last decade Sheree’s primary role as an executive in the health care sector has provided her with invaluable hands-on experience in facilitating choice and control for those with a disability.
Sheree is passionate about her local Geelong community. Her aim is for all members of the community to be treated fairly and equally, and she leads by example. Sheree’s personal connections with disabled individuals offers her valuable insight and understanding of the NDIS , NDIS participants and their unique requirements. Sheree has a strong relationship with a vast network of providers and an in-depth knowledge of aids and mobility equipment, aged care and disability care.
Toni CulphLocal Representative
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 MaioreLocal Representative
Certificate III Business Administration.
Glass House Mountains NDIS Plan Management is represented by Debora Maiore. 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, Debora is usually the first point of contact for suppliers and clients. In addition, Debora prides herself on her excellent organisational and communication skills.
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
Hobart NDIS Plan Manager representative is Terry Howard.
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.
Melanie RamanLocal Representative
Your local NDIS Plan Manager Melbourne 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.
Marie ZaireLocal Representative
NDIS Plan Manager Mildura Victoria, Marie Zaire, is qualified with a Cert IV Nursing and a Diploma Community Welfare.
Marie has been working in both Aged Care and Disability as a nurse and Personal Care Assistant. In fact, this includes clinical support, lifestyle care plan development and lifestyle programs. Furthermore, Marie is complimenting her care skills and experience with a Bachelor in Business Management.
Andrew NelsonLocal Representative
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.
Sharyn DitchamLocal Representative
NDIS Plan Manager for Perth is Sharyn Ditcham. Sharyn has worked in banking for over a decade, several years building her family owned staff agency in the health industry, and customer service roles to 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.
Karen DennyLocal Representative
Your local NDIS Plan Management representative Shoalhaven is Karen Denny.
Karen’s involvement in the community services sector has spanned thirty-five years. Inclusive 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.
Ruth ArthurLocal Representative
Ruth Arthur is our NDIS Plan Management representative servicing the Central Sunshine Coast.
Ruth has a background in education and training and has worked extensively in both the Pharmaceutical and Natural Health Industries. Through her work Ruth has engaged with patients, students, clients and medical practitioners of many descriptions.
Ruth discovered firsthand the process of navigating the care payments system having assisted her parents with aged care. While seeing the benefits of the system Ruth also understands that for many the process can feel overwhelming so is focused on providing a service that allows NDIS and aged care clients and their families to gain confidence and increased quality of life.
Marianne MorelLocal Representative
Your local NDIS Plan Management representative on the Sunshine Coast is Marianne Morel. Marianne primarily assists clients on the Northern End of the Sunshine Coast including Peregian Springs/Beach, Noosa, Noosaville, Tewantin, Eumundi and Cooroy.
Marianne’s qualifications include a Diploma in Small Business Management, IT, Design, Building & Construction, and more recent qualifications in Ageing Support (Cert IV). She 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.
Marianne is a well-known, friendly voice and a problem solver. Along with her special interest, qualifications and study of NDIS and disability, 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.
Susan HullLocal Representative
Your local NDIS Plan Management representative on the Sunshine Coast (Caloundra and surrounds) is Susan Hull.
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’s qualifications include AQF certificate IV in health and social care and AQF advanced diploma in Leadership and Management for care services
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
Andrew LarsenLocal Representative
Your local NDIS Plan Management representative – Northern Sydney is Andrew Larsen B.Com .
Drew has over 30 years’ sales and marketing experience predominantly within the entertainment industry having worked for Warner Music, Universal, Roadshow Entertainment & Readers’ Digest.
More recently he transitioned into Aged Care as Marketing Manager for RSL LifeCare (best known for ‘The War Vets’ ANZAC village – Narrabeen) marketing over 50 retirement villages, Aged Care homes and home care services. Born and raised on Sydney’s North Shore, Drew has spent the last 25 years living on the Northern Beaches.
Henry HudsonLocal Representative
NDIS Plan Manager for Taree and Forster-Tuncurry NSW is Henry Hudson.
A former IT professional & business owner, Henry now directs his skills & passion into optimising NDIS plans for others with a disability. Henry has a proven track record in project management & business administration. Due to his disability, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Henry has been an NDIS participant since its inception. In fact, this has provided him with unique insights into the potential difficulties in navigating the NDIS. In addition, it gives him the skills to optimise its benefits. Henry is also acutely aware of the range of issues faced by others with a disability living in rural communities.
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.
Geoff MilneLocal Representative
NDIS Plan Manager Townsville representative is Geoff Milne.
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.
Geoff spent his last seven years successfully assisting people with disability to make meaningful choices about their life through employment, training and mentoring. Furthermore, Geoff has the experience of having a broken neck, recuperation and years of living with a disability and empathy which helps him see things with a focus on maximising independence for all people of diversity.