Jemma Grunsell Kerr
The Support Coordinators at Marli and Moe are lead by Jemma, who herself, through her daughter Marli, has navigated the NDIS system for years. Beautiful Marli has an ABI and Jemma struggled to find the support she needed, so she helped create it! Her passion for others in the same situation grew, and she underwent the necessary training to fulfill a badly underserviced area. Jemma has a wide variety of wonderful clients that range from intellectual disabilities, degenerative abilities, traumatic events, abuse, terminal illnesses, rare diseases, extreme physical disabilities and much more. She supports these clients and their families to make more informed choices to live their best life and thrives with assisting clients that have high needs or extreme complexities.
From Jemmas passion, she has built and managed a team of incredible Support Coordinators that truly want their clients to succeed. She runs her team with the understanding that the difficult and sometimes disheartening days of working in disability services are sometimes hard to deal with but the good days are hard to beat!
The personal achievements and stories of clients Jemma has witnessed and been a part of over the years is what fuels Jemma & the Marli and Moe crew everyday.
Emily Mc Keown
Emily Mc Keown is the resident Specialist Support Coordinator here at Marli and Moe. She has been working within the NDIS space as a Specialist Support Coordinator for two years now but has been working in the disability sector & services for over ten years.
Emily holds a bachelor degree in Applied Social Studies and a Masters Degree in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She has always worked with a diverse clientele of service users – from mild intellectual disabilities with a dual diagnosis of extreme mental health, drug use, abuse or crime, to high complex clients with severe disabilities both psychical and intellectual.Emily tends to work with the more complex or crisis clients who benefit from having a support person with a therapeutic background, often having significant time constraints to their needs.
Emily has learned in her time working with NDIS clients that this space can be a tough one to navigate and having the right Support Coordinator to assist you is vital. Emily personally tries to educate and inform her clients and their families with the primary aim being to arm them with the knowledge and information needed to gain the most appropriate supports for themselves or their loved ones.
Emily has a wealth of knowledge that she puts to use every day to benefit her clients, so feel free to get in contact to see if she is the right fit for you, your client or your loved one – She is always happy to have a chat.
Steph is an integral part of the Support coordination team within Marli and Moe. She grew up in the Hunter before moving to Sydney and then living in London for 2 years. Before leaving to live in London, Steph studied and completed Diploma in Childcare and a Cert IV in Disability Services. During her stay in London, Steph worked as a support worker which involved supporting people with disabilities within a residential and community setting with complex support needs.
Steph had always wanted to work in the Social and Community Services field. She is motivated and passionate about supporting people with disabilities and to help their families to be as independent as possible.
Steph grew up with a family friend with a disability who to this day she treasures and loves spending time with. She is grateful for her friendship as she is a large part of who Steph has become today and why she feels so passionately about supporting people with a disability.
One moto Steph wishes for all to inherit is - People with disabilities are PEOPLE first, the disability is an afterthought and does not define their identity!
This is not only a statement but an action in which, if we all embodied, the world would be a far greater place.
Sarah Doody has over six years’ experience in the disability sector. Her experience ranging from children to aged care, with diagnoses of mild to severe, intellectual and physical disabilities, autism spectrum and mental health.
Sarah is from Ireland which is where she completed her bachelors degree in health and social care and with that and over three tears experience she emigrated to Australia to pursue a career.
Sarah is highly passionate and empathic which drives her to provide and help obtain the best possible quality of life for each of her clientele. Sarah truly believes in the “person centred approach “as it encourages each individual to make their on choices in which affects their day to day life and goals.
Cherie who was blessed to have a son with Cerebral Palsy, has lived & breathed the disability sector for over 26 years in New South Wales.
Having her son is the best training Cherie could have ever received. Cherie's lifestyle skills have heightened over the years as there is always something to learn and encounter everyday. Cherie's son is the reason why she chose to dedicate her life to this profession so she can help local families and clients reach their full potential. Theres nothing more satisfying in Cherries eyes.
Cherie is very passionate about her role as a Support Coordinator here at Marli & Moe, there is nothing better than for her to see a smile on a client's face because someone took the time to listen and to make it happen!
Ricky Joins us with experience in both the public and private sectors. His experience from working in allied health clinics and hospitals helps him have a very warm, comforting and knowledgeable personality.
Ricky was born and raised in Western Sydney from a very large family of 7 children and understand the struggles that many families face who come from small income families with children that have illnesses. Many of Ricky’s siblings have illnesses that range from Diabetes, Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy and a sister who unfortunately passed from Cystic Fibrosis in 2008 at the age of 18.
Because of this loss, Ricky has a huge amount of motivation and passion about making sure that everyone gets a fair go with the NDIS and is given the tools to help them live the best and fullest life possible. Ricky doesn’t like the word “No” and fights hard for his clients to be given a fair go in all that they want to achieve.