Meet the Team

WeSupportU Team

Louise - Director

Louise is both a social worker and teacher, with a PhD in social work education. She has 30 years experience in the field, having worked in corrections, child protection, private counselling, universities and primary schools before starting WeSupportU. She has written about and presented world wide on empirically based client centred intervention. Supporting clients to reach their goals will always remain her passion.

Cath - Executive Officer

Cath holds a Masters in Social Policy and has a background in community development, strategic planning and engagement. She’s returned from 6 years in New Zealand where she had her own Consulting Company, lectured in Social Work and Community Development, and provided specialist advice for trauma clients in the justice system. 

She had been an Executive Officer for a national justice company, and held roles in state, Federal and local government, universities and community organisations. Cath has worked with women, rural communities, young people, refugees, and Aboriginal and Maori communities. She is passionate about people and communities.

Sophie - Manager People & Practice

Sophie has an academic and practice background in Social Work and Health Sciences. Her extensive practice experience across multiple settings including Child Protection, academia, and forensics ensures she is well versed in working with complex trauma, disability, substance use, offending behaviours, vulnerable children, young people, adults and their broader family networks. More recently, Sophie held an integral role in setting up a specific service to support those with disabilities within the Victorian criminal justice system.

Sophie has a strong focus on strategic direction setting, organisational process design, and staff professional development. She is particularly passionate about supporting the team at WeSupportU and our clients to realise their potential.

Josie - Accounts Manager

Josie has over 36 years managing accounts in small and large businesses and has completed a Diploma of Business Management.  Josie brings a broad range of skills and life experience assisting people with living with disabilities and mental health.  She uses this in her role at WeSupportU to support clients understand the financial side of their NDIS Plan and funding.  This is such an important component for many clients to be able to meet their goals.

Nicki - Intake Officer

Prior to joining WeSupportU, Nicki worked in various customer service and hospitality positions where her passion for helping the community was highlighted. Among her positive and enthusiastic outlook to life, Nicki aims to assist clients in reaching their full potential and optimising their quality of life. Nicki enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching sports and being outdoors

Kelly - Intake & Admin Officer

Support Coordinators

Bronwyn - Support Coordinator Team Leader

Bronie has been a Support Coordinator since the NDIS rolled out in the Bayside area. Through her work with  Not-Profit Organisations and Private Companies she discovered her passion for supporting people to help them achieve their goals.  She is inspired by the clients she works with and is dedicated to working with them to make the most of their NDIS plan.  She has a strong understanding of the NDIS system and works within this to ensure clients are given choice and control so that they can reach their full potential.

Leanne - Specialist Support Coordinator

Leanne has over 25 years’ experience in the health industry. She has a Bachelor of Nursing.  Leanne worked as a nurse in Acute care and as a RN before upgrading her nursing qualifications to include working in Neonatal Intensive Care. Leanne has extensive medical knowledge that she uses to assist clients fully understand professional recommendations and therapy supports.  She is dedicated to assisting all her clients reach their true potential through genuine choice and control.

Nistha - Specialist Support Coordinator

Nistha is a Social Work graduate who completed her studies from Federation University. She joined WeSupportU as a Social Work placement student in the Behaviour Support Team and has worked with people with special needs for 3 years. As a part of her Social Work studies, she conducted an integrative quantitative and qualitative research titled “Support Coordination for people with complex health and disability in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) –Is the role FIT FOR PURPOSE?” among 125 Support Coordinators from Victoria. She believes in helping people with disability with a person centred approach. 

Kerryn - Specialist Support Coordinator

Kerryn has worked in the health care industry for the past 22 years. Working in acute, subacute, rehab and paediatric nursing for the past 13 years. Kerryn has a passion for caring for people and prides herself on being patient and kind.  She is committed to supporting all her clients work towards achieving their goals by focusing on their needs.

Kath - Support Coordinator

Kath has over 25 years’ experience within the Education sector, assisting students find apprenticeships and employment. Her passion continues to be assisting young people and adults with special needs into training and employment. Kath is looking forward to empowering her clients to live life to their full potential, by understanding their goals and supporting them within the community setting.  

Ron - Support Coordinator

Ron has over 10 years’ experience working in the health and fitness industry as a personal trainer, massage therapist and health food store owner. He has years of experience as a contract administrator in the construction industry. Ron is extremely passionate about supporting people to live up to their full potential and realise their best life. After a car accident left Ron with serious neck injuries, he also has firsthand experience of the challenges one might face and the enormous effect these challenges can have on one’s life. While overcoming his own injuries, Ron was only made more determined to support people with empathy, kindness and energy and to continue to motivate and assist people to realise their best life.

Susan - Support Coordinator

Susan has worked as a Registered Nurse, Contact Worker and most recently as Intake Interviewer at a busy emergency relief centre. Susan has always loved working with people and listening to their stories. Susan is a keen bike rider and loves to get out of the city at the weekends.

Maureen - Support Coordinator

Maureen has numerous years’ experience in biological science and occupational health fields.  Her personal experience advocating for neurodiverse children and teens, and her ongoing care of Aged Care recipients, lead her to obtaining a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance, and undertaking Dementia training through the Wicking Institute, University of Tasmania. Maureen is also a member of Asperger’s Victoria and has spent the past 6 years navigating the NDIS.

Deb - Support Coordinator

Deb joined as a Support Worker and has since moved into the role of a Support Coordinator. She is looking forward to a long and happy  working relationship with us. She started her working life as a dental nurse, working her way to be  Practice Manager before leaving to explore the corporate world. For the past decade she has been  heavily involved with the aged care sector. For 5 years she was a full time live in carer for her elderly  mum who suffered Parkinson Disease. It was during this time that she realised she had a passion for  helping people to stay in control of their destiny and help provide support to live at home as long as  possible. She continues to work as an advocate for the elderly. Deb follows the AFL and watches most  games. She likes reading, cooking and looking after Her fur babies. 

Jan - Support Coordinator

Jan has worked in the healthcare industry for over 26 years, and in a variety of different health care settings including rehab.  Jan is looking forward to continuing to help people out of the hospital setting. 

Virginia - Senior Support Coordinator

Virginia has been a Support Coordinator for over two years, and has worked in the Community Services Sector for six years where she supported young people in housing and worked as a Disability Support Worker. She has a Diploma in Community Services and is looking to gain a certificate in Mental Health supports.

Virginia loves spending time with her family and friends and plans to travel the world. She places huge emphasis on the power of communication, honesty, kindness and empathy within both her working and home life.

Hailey - Support Coordinator

Hailey comes to WeSupportU with over 20years of experience in the aged care sector specialising in lifestyle and leisure. Hailey has lived experience with all aspects of care and helping people stay in their homes as long as possible and will always be an advocate for the elderly. Hailey’s passion is helping participants to live their life without barriers holistically. Hailey is a proud Mum of two boys, is very close with her family, is an avid reader. She also barracks for St Kilda Football team and adores her fur babies. Hailey is excited for this new chapter in her life and looks forward to building people’s capacity to live life to the fullest.

Allied Health Team

Maddy - Allied Health Team Leader & Occupational Therapist

Madeleine is a registered Occupational Therapist with a passion to make a real difference to increase occupational independence and satisfaction in the lives of children and their families. Prior to joining WeSupportU fulltime, Madeleine worked part time as an Occupational Therapist at a primary school in Keysborough developing the occupational therapy program and providing intervention to children with a variety of needs. Madeleine has volunteered in Vietnam working with children living with disability in remote and disadvantaged communities. This role included providing interventions to increase children’s independence and educat ing families to ensure sustainability. She is excited in to provided her new and evidence based knowledge to support families and children in the WeSupportU community.

Stuart - Occupational Therapist

Stuart  completed his Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) degree at Monash University. He has experience working with children and adults with various abilities and is passionate about supporting individuals living with a disability and their families to maximise their engagement in meaningful life activities. Stuart has completed research involving children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and is particularly interested  in this area of practice.  

Olivia - Occupational Therapist

Olivia has recently completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) degree at Monash University. She is  WeSupportU’s fulltime graduate Occupational Therapist, since gaining her AHPRA registration in late 2021. Olivia has experience working with a variety of age groups, from pre-prep to older adults, and believes in making therapy enjoyable and fun for all in order to reach clients goals. Olivia has had experience facilitating social skills groups for children with ASD, ADHD and intellectual disabilities, and is passionate about providing children with the tools needed to move through a variety of life transitions and to help them flourish.

Georgia - Speech Pathologist

Georgia is a Speech Pathologist graduate who completed her studies at the Australian Catholic University. She specialises in providing communication 

assessment, intervention and supportive education for children and their families. Georgia understands the impact of communication difficulties on everyday activities and is passionate about helping children enhance their quality of life through improved communication. She is excited about supporting families within the WeSupportU community. 

Harrison - Speech Pathologist

Harrison is a certified practising clinician with a Masters degree in speech pathology. As a speech pathologist, he prides himself on hius ability to provide-evidence based intervention – taking into consideration the individual needs of  participants as well as the most current available research. He has a variety of experiences working with participants of diverse backgrounds, which affords him a unique understanding of the importance of cultural sensitivity. He is able to work with people who experience difficulties in a variety of areas, including social communication, language, pronunciation, alternative forms of communication and literacy. His practise emphasises collaboration with other professionals and stake holders, community engagement, independence and personal empowerment.

Imogen - Counsellor/Social Worker

Imogen is a Social Worker with extensive experience in the Health sector, trauma counselling and psychotherapy. She has worked as a counsellor at SECASA, as a hospital social worker and has run her own yoga studio.  She is working towards her Mental Health Social Work registration.  Imogen works from a client centred approach, drawing on client strengths, utilising a therapeutic approach that suits the individual needs of the clients. 

David - Counsellor

David is a Counsellor who gained his Masters in Counselling in 2018 from Swinburne University of Technology. He is a provisional registrant with the Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). He has worked, in the NDIS field since its inception in 2018. During this time David has worked with a wide variety of clients with varying presentations such as Intellectual Disability, schizoaffective,, and personality disorders. He works in a client-centered approach, working with his clients ensuring that he has created a safe space to build the therapeutic alliance.  In his spare time, David enjoys swimming, playing chess, and reading.

Hollie - Therapy Assistant

Hollie is currently studying to be an Occupational Therapist at Australian Catholic University. She aspires to work with children, teens and young adults to assist them in reaching their full potential. Hollie loves being involved in the community through volunteering at the local football club where she interacts with a wide variety of people. She enjoys travel, being creative through surf photography, and passionately barracking for the St. Kilda football club.

Alice - Therapy Assistant

Alice is a qualified Allied Health Assistant with a special interest in Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology. She is an early years professional with over 20 years experience in teaching and child development both locally and internationally. She is passionate about supporting people and helping them to reach their full potential.

Ilona - Therapy Assistant

Ilona is currently studying a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) at Monash University. Ilona enjoys helping others to achieve their goals and participate within their communities. Ilona is passionate about her work and in her spare time enjoys sports and reading. 

Intensive Therapeutic Support Team

Emma - Clinical Lead & Behavioural Specialist

Emma is a highly-experienced Teacher and Social Worker, with a Masters in Special Education and over 25 years’ experience in the Welfare/ Disability/ Education  Sector. Most of her career has been at the forefront of working with at risk students suffering complex trauma. Emma successfully established the Berry Street School in Noble Park as the Principal, and now brings her expertise to NDIS as an advanced Behaviour Practitioner and Manager. Emma has a deep understanding of how to work with a range of special needs and is an expert in helping families, teachers and a range of professionals  to understand escalation, the functions of behaviour  and how to create strategies that increase self-regulation and positive replacement behaviours.  

Carl - Intensive Therapeutic Support Senior Team Leader

Carl has over five years’ experience working in forensic disability. Carl is highly skilled in leading teams with a particular focus on building positive team dynamics, establishing meaningful communication pathways and, developing a staffs’ capacity to engage with and support clients experiencing multiple and complex needs including those involved with the criminal justice system.

Carl has a strong passion for advocating for the human rights of his clients and achieving change at both person and systemic levels. In his various roles, Carl has worked closely with different government, accommodation, mental health and community-based service providers to achieve best outcomes for his clients. Carl is completing a Bachelor of Human Services and a Certificate IV in Disability.

Emily - Behavioural Occupational Therapist

Emily is an Occupational Therapist, and Core Behaviour Support Practioner, working as part of the WSU Behaviour Support Team. She is passionate about accessibility and inclusiveness, as everybody deserves to have the opportunity for a meaningful life. She has worked with children with developmental delays and disabilities, adults, and families within the NDIS. This has helped her to learn of the factors influencing participation in everyday activities, social interactions and the community. Her interests include nature and mindfulness, and the benefits of incorporating these activities into our daily lives. Additionally, she has successfully completed training in the Secret Agent Society Small Group Program, an evidence-based social-emotional skills training program for children.  

Hannah - Provisional Psychologist/Behavioural Practitioner

Hannah is a provisionally registered Psychologist working in the Behavioural Support Team. Prior to this role, Hannah worked under the Department of Education and Training as a School Focused Youth Service Coordinator, where she implemented capacity building interventions in schools to support vulnerable students to remain engaged in education. Hannah is a qualified trainer of the Neurosequential Model in Education, having trained around 1500 school staff to create optimal learning environments to support student self-regulation.  Hannah is also a registered trainer of Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) through Livingworks. Developing from her years of experience in Youth Work and dance teaching, Hannah is passionate about supporting people to live meaningful lives and achieve their potential.

Zoey - Provisional Psychologist/Behavioural Practitioner

Zoey is a provisionally registered Psychologist and Core Behaviour Support Practitioner working in the Behavioral Support Team. Previously, Zoey has worked as a Student Wellbeing Coordinator where she collaborated with students, educators and broader community organisations to enhance student wellbeing and engagement. Zoey also has experience in local government youth services, where she coordinated the Department of Education and Training’s School Focused Youth Service program. This role involved implementing interventions to support vulnerable students to stay connected and engaged within their school and community. Zoey holds qualifications in psychology, mental Health and counselling. Zoey has a strong passion for working collaboratively to ensure clients can access the support they need to lead a meaningful life.  

Chloe - Provisional Psychologist/Behavioural Practitioner

Chloe is a provisionally registered psychologist who holds qualifications in psychology and mental health. Prior to this role, Chloe worked to support victims of crime, gaining a strong understanding of trauma and experience supporting clients of all ages in their recovery. Chloe also has experience providing therapy in a private practice setting, drawing on a range of evidence-based treatments including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-based interventions, and relaxation strategies to support clients with mental health concerns.  Chloe is a supportive, compassionate, and respectful practitioner who is passionate about supporting others to make positive changes in their lives. She strives to understand individual experience in order to best support others to reach their full potential.

Penny - Social Worker / Provisional Behavioural Practitioner

Zhaoen (Penny) works as a behavioural support practitioner in the WSU Behaviour Support Team. Zhaoen has over four years of working experience in the social work education field, and is committed to empowerment and advocacy with individuals and families with diverse backgrounds. Zhaoen has worked in providing support and respite services for people with disabilities, in particular people with mental health disabilities and their carers. Zhaoen is highly skilled in communicating with people with diverse cultural backgrounds, utilising multiple theoretical frameworks to understand and meet people’s complex needs in their living environments.  Zhaoen is awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in social work, and currently completing the Master of Social Work (Qualifying). Zhaoen is an active listener and learner, and willing to assist people to understand the behaviour function and achieve a quality life.

Sue - Senior Practitioner - Behavioural Coach

Sue has worked with behaviourally challenged Children, Young People and their families for over 35 years. She has worked in Remote Communities, Out of Home Care and Child Protection. Sue has broad knowledge and experience in assisting families to manage difficult behaviours and has acquired a repertoire of effective strategies which can be readily implemented in the most complex of situations. 

Catherine- Lead Therapist - Complex Care

Catherine holds a Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling, a Diploma of Justice, a Diploma of Business and is completing a Masters of Social Work. For the past 36 years, she has worked with Child, Youth and Families, Children and Adults with Disabilities, families, seniors, refugees and asylum seekers and has held positions as a practitioner and in senior management. Catherine has worked for both Government and not-for-profit organisations and is passionate about supporting people to reach their goals and connect with their communities.

Christine - Therapy Assistant - Complex Care

Christine has a background in Child Protection and Aged D&A. Her passion is to support ALL people in our community, to achieve their dreams in a safe and happy environment. 

She loves to think outside the stereotypical boxes and believes anything is achievable using strength based approach.

Colleen - Skill Development Worker - Complex Care

Colleen is passionate about supporting people and providing positive interventions and strategies to assist participants to live full and healthy lives.
Colleen currently studies with Selmar Institute of Education. 

Reece - Skill Development Worker - Complex Care

Reece was an automotive mechanic for the last 14 years.  He recently gained qualification Cert 4 in Community Services and mental health first Aid. He wants to study further and gain as much knowledge and experience as possible . He has always had a passion in Gym/exercise and over the last few years have focussed more on self growth and improvement both physically and mentally. He enjoy meeting new people from all walks of life and love to travel Asia and Europe when possible. Surfing is another passion. He frequently stay in Philip Island with the family and surf as much as possible. He loves to explore Victoria in the 4wd and camp in remote places. 

Amelia - Skill Development Worker - Complex Care

Amelia joined the Complex Care team as a skill development worker after completing her Social Work placement with the team in 2021.  She is currently completing her Masters in Social work have completed her law degree.  Amelia is passionate about helping participants reach their goals through mentoring, modelling and focusing on individual strengths.

Support Workers

Laura - Support Worker Team Leader

Laura is someone who is not only passionate about leading her Disability Support Work team, but helping others achieve their goals. She likes to bring positivity to any environment she is in. Laura has vast experience in supporting participants access the community, she is also studying her Cert 4 in Mental Health. She loves shopping, cooking, helping people with their budgeting and organisation. She loves supporting people of all ages. 

Alison - Support Worker

Alison has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Food Science and Nutrition) and has been working in Clinical Healthcare for 16 years. Alison gets great enjoyment from helping people work towards their goals to create and live the life they desire. Away from work, Alison lives an active life and enjoys exercising, yoga, hiking, and gardening. 

Drew - Support Worker

Drew was the Director/Owner of Timber Windows and Door manufacturing company for 20+ years until life changing back injury that left him unable to work for 15 years.  He then returned to study a Diploma of Youth Work and Juvenile Justice and Certificate IV in AOD. Drew loves travelling South East Asia and a huge interest and participation in Martial Arts and Kick Boxing.

Josh - Support Worker

Josh is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology at Deakin University. He has always had a passion for sport, playing footy, cricket and basketball throughout most of my life. In his spare time he enjoys exercising, playing video games and spending time with his friends. Josh is looking forward to helping people and having a positive impact on their lives. 

Remy - Support Worker

Remy is an experienced Learning Support Officer who is passionate about building people’s confidence and social capacity using physical activity. Sport and physical activity in general has always been an important part of Remy’s life, but became a passion after injuring his back while playing rugby. His rehabilitation during this time lead him to study a Masters of Adapted Physical Activity and after that a Diploma in Swim Teaching in his home country of France. He is excited to bring his knowledge to WeSupportU and support clients in achieving their best physical, psychological and social health

Deb - Support Worker

Deb is looking forward to a long and happy working relationship with WSU and her participants. She started her working life as a dental nurse, working her way to be  Practice Manager before leaving to explore the corporate world. For the past decade she has been heavily involved with the aged care sector. For 5 years she was a full time live in carer for her elderly  mum who suffered Parkinson Disease. It was during this time that she realised she had a passion for  helping people to stay in control of their destiny and help provide support to live at home as long as possible. She continues to work as an advocate for the elderly. Deb follows the AFL and watches most  games. She likes reading, cooking and looking after her fur babies.

Ross - Support Worker

Ross is currently studying a degree in psychology and has over 10 years experience working in student support and wellbeing in the tertiary sector. Ross has a passion for helping people achieve their goals and get the most out of life. In his spare time, Ross enjoys music, mindful meditation, philosophy and following the Richmond Football Club.

Paris - Support Worker

Paris has completed a Bachelor of Paramedicine and hope to pursue this career in the near future. Paris has always had a passion for health care and helping others, with a background in lifesaving and volunteer patrolling the beaches of bayside for over 10 years. As well as Pharmacy and prior support worker positions, Paris is very excited to get back into this line of work after time spent living in Canada. She loves the outdoors and being active especially in a group environment. Paris enjoys playing football and surfing/ water skiing on weekends and reading books and going for walks with my dogs in the week.  

Dawit - Support Worker

Dawit is studying a bachelor of Nursing and Business Administration at the Australian Catholic University. In his time in-between study and commitments he enjoys participating and watching sports ranging from Surfing to football and basketball just to name a few. In His down time he enjoys reading Biographies and other non-fictional books. Despite this he never shies away from binge watching a good series ranging in all kinds of genres.  

Maddy - Support Worker

Maddy completed Naturopathy at Endeavour College of Natural Health to peruse my passion of helping people and to learn about the benefits of herbs and their medicinal properties. Maddy has  experience working as an aide at St Joseph’s Primary School in Korumburra, and volunteering at Bass Coast Special School during my high school studies. Maddy enjoys doing yoga in my spare time, as she believes it can cure anything. 

Ian - Support Worker

Ian worked in non-emergency patient transport for a number of years and more recently spent over 8 years in a full time carer role for a family member during their illness. Being able to support people in both personal and professional capacity was rewarding and fulfilling and has guided him towards his new position as Support Worker.

Ian is a father of 3 children and one border collie. Ian enjoys live music, staying active and playing golf regularly as well as supporting Bonbeach in the local footy and Richmond in the AFL.

Marshall - Support Worker

Marshall has spent the last 5 years working as an education support worker in a Special Developmental school, working with school-aged children who are living with moderate-severe mental/physical disability. He is also studying online at Swinburne University to complete his primary school teaching qualification so he can begin his dream career as a classroom teacher in the disability sector.
In his spare time, he enjoys socialising with friends, cheering on his favourite sports teams or watching a good movie! 

Ebba - Support Worker

Ebba has a keen interest in well-being and supporting people reaching their goals and feeling better about themselves. She easily recognizes people’s strengths and is keen on encouraging and helping people acknowledge their positive traits. Ebba has a Diploma in Counselling and is studying towards a bachelor’s degree. Previous she had a cleaning business and worked within the administration, hospitality and customer service. Ebba’s background is Swedish. Her personal interests are walking in nature, Pilates and being creative in the kitchen. She currently volunteers at a phone care line and previously at an age care facility.

Joshua - Support Worker

Joshua has a passion for supporting and caring for people. He enjoys being positive and looking for the best outcomes for people. In his spare time, he enjoys op shopping and watching documentaries.

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