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.

Kristy - Office & Administration Officer

Prior to joining WeSupportU, Kristy has held various operational and administrative roles, spending a large part of her career working in corporate real estate.  Kristy has a Diploma of Facilities Management.

Kristy is passionate about kindness and strives to have a positive impact on people’s lives. Kristy loves to support and encourage others to reach their goals.

Away from work, Kristy loves seeing live music, being outdoors and spending time with her young family.

Support Coordinators

Nicole - Support Coordination Team Leader

With a sound background in Team Management and Operations experience from a State level, Nicole has over 25 years of leading teams and working with clients.  A demonstrated history of working in the Disability Employment Services, HR, and Tourism industries. Skilled in Training, Employability Skills, Sales, Marketing, Negotiation, Business Planning, and Coaching.  Currently completing a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) focused on Business Administration and Management, from Swinburne University of Technology. Nicole believes everyone has an ability and it is important to Nicole to enhance the lives of her participants and team for the better each day.

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 Worker with a solid understanding of the NDIS system having joined WeSupportU as a Social Work placement student in the Behaviour Support Team when NDIS was first rolled out. 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. 

Dillon - Senior Support Coordinator

Dillon has worked in the Disability field for over 5 years. He started as a support worker working with teenagers at a day centre helping them to develop their independent living skills and accessing the community. He has also worked in SIL houses. For the last 3 years Dillon has been providing Support Coordination services and leading Support Coordinators from a Team Leader position.

He loves sport! In particular, AFL (supporting Essendon) and Cricket.

Maureen - Senior 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.

Sam E - Senior Support Coordinator

Sam has been a Support Coordinator since 2020, and previously worked as a Trainer/Assessor for 6 years, delivering Foundational Skills courses to NDIS participants. Sam has a Certificate IV in Disability and Community Services and is looking to further his studies in 2024.

Sam combines his professional expertise in the disability sector, with his personal lived experiences supporting family members through their disabilities and is committed to empowering the people he supports with kindness and empathy.

Sam is passionate about the Carlton Football Club, his 3 Scottish Terriers and travelling both home and abroad with his wife.

Susan - Senior 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.

Virginia - Senior Support Coordinator

Virginia has been a Support Coordinator since 2019, 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.

Sophie - Support Coordinator

Sophie has come to Support  Coordination after many years working as an Audiometrist, supporting individuals and their families with hearing loss using a wide range of technology and communication strategies. Sophie came to WeSupportU as a Bachelor of Social Work(Hons) student doing placement within the Positive Behaviour Support team. Sophie brings her extensive experience with chronic illness, autism, ADHD, and navigating the NDIS. She gets excited about the opportunity to support participants and their families get the best outcomes possible from their NDIS experience.

Christine - Psychosocial Recovery Coach/ Support Coordinator

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.

Allied Health Team

Chris - Allied Health Team Leader - Exercise Physiologist

Chris is an accredited exercise physiologist (AEP) who, after completing his studies at Australian Catholic University in 2017 worked primarily with participants within the DVA and Medicare system, gaining experience with cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, neurological and oncology clients. Chris then found a passion for working within the NDIS framework and has done so since 2019. Chris has developed a keen interest in working with participants who live with an intellectual disability or neurological condition assisting them in achieving their goals.

Georgia A - 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. 

Kent - Occupational Therapist

Kent completed his Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) degree at Monash University in 2022. He has had previous placement experience working with both adults and children across various settings, including community physical rehabilitation, mental health, inpatient neurological rehabilitation and school-based paediatrics. He is passionate about developing client-centred interventions, in which clients will be always offered opportunities to choose activities that they enjoy or prefer, while ensuring the sessions are goal-directed. He is also committed to continuous professional development and help his clients reach their full potential.

Ray - Occupational Therapist

Ray is a registered Occupational Therapist who completed his Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree at Monash University with Honours. He has had experience working in the aged care and paediatric settings to support participants with different conditions to enhance their ability to participate in the meaningful activities of everyday life. He also has experience during his clinical placements with acute, geriatric, paediatrics, and community disability and rehabilitation. Ray delivers a client-centred approach and evidence-based practices to empower people to achieve their meaningful goals in every aspect of their life. He is also passionate about continuous professional development to provide the best care for his participants in the paediatrics setting.

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.  

David - Counsellor

David is a Counsellor who gained his Masters in Counselling in 2018 from Swinburne University of Technology. He is a clinical 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-centred 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 yoga, and reading.

Penny - Counsellor

Penny has over eight years of social work research and two years of social work practice experience. Penny is a passionate and driven practitioner and has worked in the service field of mental health, behaviour support, community advocacy and development. Penny is committed to delivering person-centred, strength-based, and trauma-informed therapeutic interventions. She has worked with people experiencing Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Generalised Depression Disorder, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, trauma, and family violence. Penny is a good listener and likes interacting with people. In her spare time, Penny likes to walk with her dog, Nancy, in different places.

Caroline - Therapy Assistant

Caroline is currently studying a Masters of Speech Pathology. Her undergraduate degree was in Arts, with honours in linguistics. After spending the past decade raising her family, Caroline is excited to be returning to the workforce as a therapy assistant with WeSupportU. Caroline is passionate about supporting individuals to live their best lives. She enjoys travel, reading and spending time at the beach with her family.

Georgia P - Therapy Assistant

My name is Georgia and I am currently studding Occupational Therapy at the Australian Catholic University. I have always had a passion for health care and caring for others. I am halfway through my degree, and I am looking forward to supporting individuals to participate in their meaningful occupations. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, going to the beach and spending time with my friends.

Mikayla - Therapy Assistant

Mikayla is currently in her second year of a bachelor of Psychology at Monash Uni. She is very passionate about working in the community and supporting people to the best of her abilities. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, going to the beach and watching the footy and the surfing.

Behaviour Support Team

Chris - Behaviour Support Team Leader

Chris is an accredited exercise physiologist (AEP) who, after completing his studies at Australian Catholic University in 2017 worked primarily with participants within the DVA and Medicare system, gaining experience with cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, neurological and oncology clients. Chris then found a passion for working within the NDIS framework and has done so since 2019. Chris has developed a keen interest in working with participants who live with an intellectual disability or neurological condition assisting them in achieving their goals.

Danny - Senior Behaviour Support Practitioner

Danny has worked in the disability sector for over seventeen years. During his various roles, Danny has completed both his Certificate and Diploma in Disability with a passion for person centred, quality approaches. Danny developed his skills in Behaviour Support, which includes the development and implementation of successful strategies, in residential services. Danny moved into Behaviour Practitioner roles in 2019 and has developed his skills in rapport building in order to achieve professional positive outcomes.

Danny is a cinephile, gamer and a comic book nerd and is currently studying his Graduate Diploma in Applied Behaviour Analysis.

Amanda - Behaviour Support Practitioner

Amanda is a highly experienced psychologist with a background in mental health, hospital psychology, and clinical psychology. She is currently working towards obtaining a provisional psychology license in Australia. Throughout her career she has dedicated herself to the study of human behaviour and subjective experiences, allowing her to develop a deep understanding of individuals and their unique needs. For the past six years, Amanda has been working closely with individuals with disabilities, utilising her expertise to enhance their quality of life. She is truly passionate about listening to people and helping them uncover tools and strategies that can lead to personal growth and fulfillment. Her ultimate goal is to empower her clients, guiding them toward recognizing their full potential and achieving a better life. With a five-year degree in psychology obtained overseas, Amanda has gained a comprehensive knowledge base and honed her skills in working with diverse populations. Besides her professional interests, Amanda finds great joy and inspiration in life and nature.

Kayla - Behaviour Support Practitioner

Kayla is a recent graduate, having completed a four-year Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) program at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).

Kayla commenced her final placement at WeSupportU in the Behaviour Support team and continued her journey here as a Behaviour Support Practitioner.

Kayla is deeply passionate about advocating for individuals with disabilities, striving for their empowerment, independence and the ability to make their own choices in their lives.

Kayla is excited to be working at WeSupportU, eager to collaborate closely with amazing and inspiring multidisciplinary team, participants and their families/key supports.

Penny - Behaviour Support Practitioner - Social Worker

Penny works as a Behaviour Support Practitioner in the WSU Behaviour Support Team. Penny 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. Penny has worked in providing support and respite services for people with disabilities, in particular people with mental health disabilities and their carers. Penny 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.  Penny is awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in social work, and currently completing the Master of Social Work (Qualifying). Penny is an active listener and learner, and willing to assist people to understand the behaviour function and achieve a quality life.

Sam B - Behaviour Support Practitioner

Sam is a Behaviour Support Practitioner. Before commencing in this role Sam worked with in the NDIS sector as a Therapy Assistant and Mental Health Support worker. Sam has also volunteered as a Youth Mentor for young people under child protection. He holds a a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours and has received additional training in counselling. Sam enjoys building connections with clients and their support systems to help bring the best out of the people he works with. Outside of work Sam loves being active, including playing sports, surfing, snowboarding and enjoying nature. Sam loves to bring a positive energy and attitude to work and is excited to represent WeSupportU out in the community.

Sue - Behaviour Support Practitioner

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. 

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. 

Martha - Support Worker Team Leader

Martha has worked in the disability sector in both Australia and Ireland and she loves support work. Martha brings experienced leadership for our fantastic support work team having held several team leader roles, along with a broad range of experience in many different areas of disability.

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. 

Colleen - Support Worker

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.

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.

Jocelyn - Support Worker

Jocelyn has been working for Melbourne Pathology as a Pathology Collector for 17 years.  Although she found this very rewarding, she enjoys being able to spend more time working directly with participants and their families.

Jocelyn has 3 adult daughters. Sunday night dinners at her house is an event she looks forward to and cherishes…. Lots of chatting, laughing and they all love a game of backgammon.  Jocelyn enjoys gardening, cooking, loves a nice walk as well as watching something good on T.V.   Health and fitness is a very important part of her life and she is also a very good golfer (although she won’t admit it)!

She enjoys providing support with a bit of fun and laughter.

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. 

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.

Kade - Support Worker

I am originally from NSW but have moved down to Melbourne to play in the Melbourne Storm under 21’s team and now act as assistant coach for the same team since finishing up playing. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science at Deakin University. I have previously worked at a school for children with autism called Giantsteps and had loved my time in support work helping the kids strive for more independence and enjoyment. I am a massive sports fan with Rugby League being my main sport. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family and getting down to the beach for a day out.

Natalie - Support Worker

Natalie iscurrently studying my Cert 4 in Mental health, and was the fulltime carer for my ill father until his passing, She enjoys spending time with her family, zoo trips with and without her children, playing with and taking her Mini Dachshund for walks, watching AFL especially the Bombers. She enjoys doing wordsearches, sudokus and colouring. Natalie also enjoy baking and cooking. She is looking forward to supporting people.

Olivia - Support Worker

Olivia recently returned to Melbourne after spending 2 and a half years residing in the Northern Territory. During her time in the NT, she had the opportunity to live in a remote indigenous community, which opened her eyes to new cultures and perspectives. It was during this period that Olivia began her career in disability support work, providing assistance and care to individuals with diverse needs. Olivia’s journey hasn’t been without challenges, as she experienced a motor vehicle accident at the age of 19 that left her wheelchair bound for 6 months. This life-altering event led to a year of intensive rehabilitation, teaching her the true strength and resilience one can find amidst diversity. It inspired her to become a source of motivation for others facing diversity, encouraging them to pursue their dreams and fulfilling lives. When she’s not working, Olivia enjoys spending time with her beloved puppy dog and finds joy in arts and crafts. She is also obsessed with travelling and adventure, having been fortunate enough to explore various countries across the world and immerse herself in many diverse cultures.

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.  

Phyllis - Support Worker

Phyllis is a Registered Nurse and is also studying Certificate IV in Disability. She lives with her husband, young son and a Groodle named Zelda. Some of her interests include photography, art, architecture, nature, gardening, movies, craft markets, going out for walks, coffee and reading. She is excited to join the team and looks forward to supporting you and your loved ones to live your best life.

Priscila - Support Worker

Priscila is a dedicated and compassionate Disability Support Worker with a background in childcare teaching and extensive experience in providing care to individuals with various disabilities, including spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, severe mental health challenges, and autism. She holds a certificate in Disability IV and has been working in the field since 2020. Priscila’s passion for the healthcare industry drives her ambition to become a nurse in the future. She is known for her commitment to empowering individuals with disabilities, enabling them to lead fulfilling lives with dignity and independence. Outside of work, Priscila enjoys outdoor activities, gardening, and going to the gym.

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