Our Team

Together we can do so much.

 

Our team bring a depth of NDIS knowledge from various roles and a solid understanding of the disability services sector.  Probably more important than that we pride ourselves on enabling outcomes and connecting with people in a meaningful way.

We are passionate about building capacity with individuals with whom we work.  With exceptional local area knowledge and great community networks, we strive to creatively meet your needs.

Each of us bring a unique set of skills and expertise to our role and meet regularly to share our knowledge and support each other.

Caroline

Prior to joining the team at OnSide, I was one of the first Local Area Coordinators (LACs) engaged in the Outer East and gained extensive NDIS knowledge. Before working in the disability sector, I was an English language teacher, assisting migrants and local students improve their language and literacy skills. I have a masters in Writing and Literature.

I am committed to providing a quality Support Coordination service that enables participants to utilise their NDIS funding in the most productive way to meet their goals. I am very aware of the challenges of accessing some supports and am dedicated to assisting participants through this process with integrity and excellence, two characteristics that are very important to me.

I enjoy challenges in my work life and less strenuous activities at home. I live in the peaceful shire of Murrindindi and enjoy bushwalking, stargazing and have recently started a vegetable garden. I try to be mindful in everything I do. My favourite movie series is Star Trek.

Sonia

I have been working with people with a disability to achieve their goals in a variety of ways over the past 30 years. Roles include direct care both in home and in the community, management of day service programs and individualised support programs always assisting people to achieve.

Support Coordination allows me to continue to assist people to achieve and therefore overcome any negative perceptions that occur within our community of people living with a disability.

We are in exciting times and learning and growing together excites me. OnSide’s values and mission have aligned with mine, this partnership will grow and the person with a disability will benefit by growing and participating in their community successfully.

I love football – you will know when you meet me who I support!

Doerte

For the last ten years I have worked in community services as a Drug and Alcohol/Mental health case worker and disability support worker. This led to employment as a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) with an NDIA partner in the Yarra Ranges where I had the opportunity to be involved in the entire NDIS planning process, from pre-planning to building plans for NDIS participants.

I am very passionate about supporting people and the Support Coordinator role at OnSide allows me to combine this with my in-depth knowledge of the NDIS to achieve the best possible outcome for our participants.

I live in the Yarra Valley with my dog and my two alpacas and I love going for long runs or hikes with my dog, cycling, gardening and anything DIY.

Tim

My background is in mental health and I work especially well with individuals who are suffering from psychosocial disorders. I obtained my degree in Psychology from Monash University and am currently completing my post-graduate research at Cairnmillar.

I like to have a warm and non-judgemental approach to Support Coordination and believe all aspects of your life should be considered when working through your NDIS plan. I chose to be a Support Coordinator to help individuals with NDIS plans work through them in a logical and effective manner and make them feel as comfortable as possible during their time with OnSide.

Outside of work I spend my time reading and writing on issues related to human behaviour and mental health, listening to various forms of music, and travelling.

Helen

I have been working in the disability sector since 2011. I have had the opportunity to work in a range of positions including direct care, administrative roles and service management. I have always been passionate about the rights of people with disabilities.

I am very excited to be working as a Support Coordinator during this period of change as the NDIS provides greater choice for people with disability. I am proud to be a part of the OnSide team dedicated to enabling outcomes by linking customers to the best connections.

Outside of work, I enjoy watching movies, having adventures with my family and my dog. I am not a good cook but always keen to learn new recipes. I am always looking to learn new things and I have just started to learn how to play a guitar.

Janine

I have spent the last 38 years working in the Aged and Disability sectors, across all aspects of disability support from attendant care, to managing residential support services. Before joining the OnSide team I worked as a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) engaged in the Outer East where I gained extensive NDIS knowledge.

I am committed to supporting those with a disability and their families and carers to gain a better understanding of the NDIS and my focus is supporting people with a disability to have choice and control in their lives.

I love the beauty of what our amazing country has to offer and enjoy living in a rural setting amongst many and varied critters and creatures. I am passionate about supporting communities where we celebrate each and everyone’s differences.

Wendy

I have 10 years background working in the Mental Health sector and more recently getting to know people on the autism spectrum by getting to know their unique strengths and interests. My work also, at times, included engaging with people who were aged, frail and those with disabilities. Following on from this, I became a Local Area Coordinator where I gained an extensive knowledge and understanding of the NDIS.

I am passionate about supporting NDIS participants on their journey of achieving their goals and having positive outcomes. I am committed to assisting family, carers and individuals to gain maximum supports from their NDIS package.

I am a caring and compassionate person who enjoys spending time with my family. I spend a lot of my free time reading and I enjoy traveling to new places.

Jess

Having worked in the Community Services sector within Disability, Women’s and Children’s Homelessness Services and Community Development Initiatives I have gained an understanding of the importance of individuality and the necessity of there not being a ‘one-size’ fits all approach. I am lucky to say that I love my career choice and I am delighted to be able to work within a framework that encourages diversity and compassion.

My role as a Support Coordinator is based on the foundation of supporting the people I work with to achieve their goals in a meaningful way that empowers them to see their own potential. Experience from working with vulnerable communities and individuals means that I am able to holistically unpin what isn’t working and develop strategies to implement positive change.

In my spare time, I like to write and record podcasts relating to the importance of self-care and mental health awareness and when I’m not doing this, you will catch me roller skating or learning how to sew.

Kollen

A highlight of my years as a teacher, was starting a school in remote Western Australia for youth from the neighbouring Indigenous communities. We learnt ‘on country’ with a key focus on engaging individuals to reach their specific goals. Seeing the success of individually established goals and plan, lead me to be involved with the NDIS and supporting people with their plans to enable their desired outcomes.

I am focussed on providing independent Support Coordination, bringing value from strong connections with local service providers whilst honouring individual’s choice and control. Together with the OnSide team I strive to build efficiency into everything we do.

My favourite way to start a day is with a run, come rain, hail or shine and love nothing more than to finish the day sharing dinner and our highlights from the day with my young family. Two simple and profound words I recall strongly from childhood are those of my grandfather, saying we are all ‘differently abled’.

Natasha

Throughout my time working across many parts of the human services sector, I’ve always had a focus on establishing solid relationships with individuals and their care teams.  Including provider, stake holders and local agencies.

I am driven to support others overcome personal obstacles and work alongside individuals for best outcomes.  I have been in the disability field for 18 years with the last 6 years in Residential accommodation Management, with a focus on Autism and positive support practices.

Working at OnSide allows me to actively engage with customers helping them achieve best outcomes for their life.

I adore animals especially dogs. I have two rescue Koolies; one is blind and the other is deaf. They give me joy and laughter daily.

Caitlyn

I has been working in the disability services sector for eight years, originally as a disability support worker within day services and residential services. With an academic background from my studies of a Bachelor of Applied Science, a move to being a Support Coordinator has proven to be my best yet, as there is such great alignment with who I am.

I am committed to supporting people and their families to navigate and understand the NDIS system. I brings a person centred approach to my work alongside a drive to assist our customers to reach their goals and achieve the best possible outcomes in life. Out of work I can often be found in the pilates studio or on the netball court and love spending my weekends discovering new places, cafes and restaurants or relaxing with a good book.

Catherine

I have developed my understanding in the Local Area Coordinator role since the NDIS first rolled out in the Bayside Peninsula local government areas. As an experienced professional and have helped many people navigate different government systems over many years.

I am committed to supporting people with a disability, their families and their carers, to develop a strong understanding of the NDIS and empowering them to live a full life.

When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family, getting outdoors or watching the latest movie.

Shaunee

I have worked within the disability and mental health sectors for the past eight years and am passionate about assisting people to make positive changes in their lives.

Prior to my role as a Support Coordinator, I was working as a Local Area Coordinator during the rollout of the NDIS and was at the forefront of many exiting changes such a huge reform brings.

I am dedicated to providing a person centred approach for NDIS participants and work to achieve the best possible outcomes for them and those who support them.

In my spare time I enjoy connecting with my family and friends, doing some creative writing and exploring new restaurants.

Sue

I have worked in the Aged, Disability and Community sector for the past 40 years. This includes aspects across all areas of the disability sector from direct care to managing supports. I started my NDIS journey as a Local Area Coordinator, where I gained NDIS knowledge from pre planning through to implementing and building NDIS plans.

As a support coordinator I am committed to supporting NDIS participants, families and carers through their NDIS journey, giving them choice and control to achieve their goals.

I enjoy going to the beach, as well as getting away camping each year on the NSW North Coast. I like to spend time with my family and friends and enjoy getting together for barbecues.

Linda

Wherever I have worked I have demonstrated exceptional customer care, and robust relationship building skills whilst enjoying collaborating with my team to achieve excellent levels of customer satisfaction.  Being part of the disability sector is an exciting new chapter and I look forward to embracing every part of it and meeting new people.

I am committed to providing support to people with a disability, their families and carers and to apply a strong understanding of the NDIS, empowering others to achieve their life goals.

A perfect weekend for me would begin with a short hike in the great outdoors and would end with playing sport, board games or watching a movie with my young family.  Within the next five years I plan on completing the Larapinta Trail – an extended walking track in the Northern Territory.

Leigh

My professional experience before joining the OnSide team was as a Naturopath and Doula; both gave me valuable insight into appreciating people as individuals and that everyone has their own unique story.  I am passionate about sharing meaningful connections with people I meet and love immersing myself within my local community.

I believe passionately about an inclusive society for all, and continue to be empowered as I support many people with their access to so many great services and activities, as they expand their life choices, new networks and friendships in their communities.

In my spare time, I love experimenting with a new recipe in the kitchen or getting my hands dirty in the garden, and when I’m not doing this, you will find me at the yoga studio or learning AUSLAN.

Anthea

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Rachel

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