Our Team

OnSide Staff

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.

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Kimberly

I’ve been working and studying in the Mental Health and Complex Trauma space for well over 15 years – firstly specialising in children and young people and more recently with adults under the NDIS scheme. My NDIS knowledge is broad since embracing the role as a Support Coordinator in one of the first Victorian roll out regions in 2016.

Being a Support Coordinator allows me to share in the recovery journey of some of the most amazing members of our community – both big and small.

I like to spend time with my family, friends, my little menagerie, write stories and poetry but most often will be found in the kitchen cooking awesome food for my friends and family to share.

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James

My background is working and supporting those who experience depression, anxiety and addiction. I have two degrees that make Support Coordination a perfect fit for my current experience – Psychology and Resource Management. I am currently studying a postgraduate degree in Psychology.

Support Coordination aligns with my desire to support those who are seeking to grow, develop and enhance their personal wellbeing. Working alongside many unique individuals inspires me and bring enjoyment to my work every day.

My most shared books are ‘Practical Ethics’ by Peter Singer and ‘In the Realm of the Hungry Ghost’ by Gabriel Mate. In my leisure time I am usually planning the next adventure or novel experience. Next on the list is a great voyage to Antarctica.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Elisha

Whilst studying a degree in Psychology, I gained an interest in the disability sector and continued to grow my experience as a camp counsellor in America. Most recently I worked in a residential setting engaging children with a variety of disabilities ensuring they enjoy the great outdoors and achieve their goals whilst on a summer camp.

I love being a Support Coordinator and watch individuals gain an understanding of the NDIS and develop their independence of choice and control.

In my time off I enjoy travelling and visiting new places, going to the football, cooking for my family and friends or going to see live music.

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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.

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Adele

I have Certificate IV in Disability Studies and have worked as a direct care worker with Department of Health and Human Services for eight years. More recently I spent twelve years providing Intake Support for Aged and Disability Services with the Yarra Ranges Council.

I am passionate about providing good service. Every person is different and deserves to be respectfully treated as an individual. I believe in living up to our own values and will do everything within my capacity to ensure that happens.

When I am interacting with a person either at work or in my personal life, I try to remind myself that their experiences could become those of my son, my daughter, my sister, my brother, my mother, my father or even myself; and treat others in the same way I would like to be treated.

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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.

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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’.

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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.

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