Kerri Cassidy

Executive Officer

Photograph of Executive Officer Kerri Cassidy. She is smiling at the camera, on a slight angle, wearing her hair in a short, light-brown bob.

Spends most of the day: Thinking, dreaming and getting stuff done

Has worked as: Disability Advocate, Mum, Consumer Rep, Financial Consultant

Study: Ba of Social Science (Psychology) with an interest in Sociology, Accounting & Finance in a distant life, long, long ago

Awards: National Disability Award for Excellence in Justice & Rights Protection 2016, Golden Key Member

Likes: When synergy happens – shazam!, my beautiful and humorous family, Elsie the dog, and secretly, numbers still give her joy

Dislikes: Silverbeet, Multiple Sclerosis and when people are basically inconsiderate humans

In her spare time: tries to be a foodie, converses with chickens, turns dirt and plants things whilst listening to Indie Folk

Sharon Granek

Advocacy Team Lead

Spends most of the day: Trying to make a difference where it counts and thinking of ways to get out of cooking dinner.

Has worked as: An Access and Equity coordinator working with Aboriginal, Cultural and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) and Disability communities, DHHS, Enabling Women Co-ordinator the first co-ordinator at DARU, the CFA, housing… the list goes on…. As a teenager I worked as record store sales assistant (who remembers them?) which made me very popular at the time.

Study: Bachelor of Human Services,  Masters in Social Policy, Yoga practice and philosophy

Likes: Music, people watching and sadly I’m a tennis tragic.

Dislikes: Intolerance, social isolation and chewing gum.

In her spare time: Movies, heading to the beach and travelling to exotic destinations

Kim Collinson

Advocate

Photograph of Advocate Kim Collinson, a woman with wavy, blonder, shoulder-length hair and blue eyes smiling at the camera. She is wearing thin framed glasses and a pink jumper.

Spends most of the day: On the phone getting better outcomes for people with disabilities

Has worked as: Access and Inclusion Officer, Community Support Worker, Administration Officer

Study: Dip Comm Services, Bachelor of Social Work

Likes: Science fiction, ice cream, coffee, spending time outdoors

Dislikes: Cabbage, rats, The Bachelor

In her spare time: Spends as much time as possible near the ocean and going “off roading” in wheelchair with mixed results

You’d be surprised to learn: Kim has a slightly strange obsession with brightly coloured socks and has upwards of 30 pairs at last count

Katrina Newman

Advocate

Photograph of Katrina Newman, a woman with curly, blonde, shoulder-length hair and clear glasses. She has blue eyes and is smiling at the camera.

Spends most of the day: Working to make her dreams come true

Has worked as: An advocate, Cook, Restaurant Manager, and Youth Hostel Manager

Likes: Dogs, people, baking cakes and eating them, jam and cream on toast when scones are not available, Chocolate in moderation. Sauvignon Blanc, Champagne, and Shiraz in no particular order

Dislikes: Fishy things and bananas

In her spare time: You’ll find Katrina far flung adventures travelling the world, swimming and kayaking

Cath Edwards

Intake officer

Cath Edwards. A young woman with blue-grey eyes, light, freckled skin and long light brown hair. She is smiling at the camera.

Spends most of the day: Working with the DRC and tutoring, with evenings dedicated to spending time with loved ones and chilling in front of the TV!

Has worked as: A tutor (English and French), an intake worker, an academic support worker and a policy/research worker.

Study: Bachelor of Arts (The University of Melbourne), Master of Social Work (RMIT)

Awards: Dux of VCE English and Literature 2011

Likes: Reading, walks in nature, listening to music, learning languages, travelling, art, dogs and cats

Dislikes: Social injustice and oppression of all kinds

In her spare time: Writes poetry, listens to music, catches up with loved ones and studies languages (currently Greek and Mandarin)

You’d be surprised to learn: In addition to tutoring English and French, Cath has a passion for art and art history. She loves helping her students develop ideas for the art folios.

Ally Scott

Head of Campaigns

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Spends most of her day: Fantasising about how we can all make the world a better place and trying not to sneeze too loudly

Has worked as: An art gallery tour guide, documentary producer/director and social entrepreneur

Study: BA Hons History and Film

Likes: The magical moments of human connection, sunshine, coffee, op shops, great big trees and being in water

Dislikes: Waste, unkindness, and being cold.

In her spare time: Cooks, watches films, ferries children and gets pulled up hill and down dale by a very naughty dog

Sinead Mooney

Administration Officer

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Spends most of the day: Completing various administrative tasks for the head office

Has worked as: An Administration Officer, a fundraising officer, a sports coach and a board executive

Study: BA (Sociology & Legal Studies) and Master of International Relations

Likes: Travelling, AFL, and cheesecake

Dislikes: Olives, spiders, and Home & Away

In her spare time: Plays sports, goes on cultural and foodie tours, and to comedy shows

You’d be surprised to learn: Sinead is a second generation Australian, both her parents and entire family were born and reside in Ireland

Anja Homburg

Comms Officer

A photo of Communications and Promotions Officer Anja Homburg. A woman with dark brown hair worn up with a straight fringe. She is looking at the camera and smiling with a closed mouth.

Spends most of the day: Reading and writing about disability in Australia

Has worked as: A grant and bid writer, a philanthropy officer and a drama teacher

Study: BFA(Drama)

Likes: Dogs, ice cream and Star Trek

Dislikes: Capsicum, algebra and Star Wars

In her spare time: Directs feminist theatre and enjoys “off duty time” with her Assistance Dog, Kyla

You’d be surprised to learn: Anja has lived in the Netherlands, Belgium and the Unites States as well as Australia

Kyla

Morale Booster

A photograph of Kyla, a three year-old black labrador poodle cross. She is sitting and looking just past the camera. A blurry outline of a woman and the dogs lead can be seen in the background.

Spends most of the day: Under her human’s desk, sniffing for physiological shifts

Has worked as: An Assistance Dog and cuddle bug

Study: Puppy pre school, assistance dog training

Likes: Food, balls and beaches

Dislikes: Possums, baths and the cone of shame

In her spare time: Sniffs for snacks in the yard and destroys fluffy toys

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