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Jemma Grunsell Kerr

Jemma Grunsell Kerr

General Manager - Marli & Moe

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

NDIS Specialist Support Coordination

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.

Stephanie Gaynor

Stephanie Gaynor

NDIS Support Coordinator

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

Sarah Doody

NDIS Support Coordinator

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 Williams

Cherie Williams

NDIS Support Coordinator

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!

Lisa Callister

Lisa Callister

NDIS Support Coordinator

Lisa is based in Newcastle, and has been working in the disability sector for over 14 years. Lisa enjoys being able to provide support and assistance to both individuals and to families in navigating the NDIS. As Support Coordination is based on Capacity Building, she feels it’s important to take the time with clients to help them understand their plan, what they can do with it, and how to go about achieving their goals. This gradually provides the knowledge required for clients to manage their own supports and plan.

Lisa is all too aware that every person is different in their needs, regardless of diagnosis similarities, and takes the time to ask questions, listen to answers, and seek supports accordingly. She has a caring and sensitive personality, as well as a genuine interest in helping others to become more independent.

Lisa provides Support Coordination to Newcastle, Port Stephens, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Maitland and beyond. Lisa even has clients on the Far North Coast seeking her assistance!

 

Jason Cikos

Jason Cikos

NDIS Support Coordinator

Jason has worked in the social services in both government and non-government occupations, his experience ranging from mental health, physical and intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum and behavioural youth.

With his background in the criminal justice system Jason has worked with a range of diverse clientele and has a unique understanding of the shortfalls that occur between the justice system and the NDIS.

Jason has seen first hand how difficult it can be for clients to successfully navigate through the NDIS and that having the right support coordinator can be critical to support them to achieve their goals. Jason is a energetic, passionate and driven person who will strive to do everything in his power to support you in achieving the best possible outcome, using a person centred approach you will be given the power to make choices that affect your daily life and goals.

Bec Hall

Bec Hall

NDIS Support Coordinator

Bec Hall has 8 years experience in the disability, health and aged care sector with her experience ranging from children to aged care, hospital, residential homes, interstate and within the disability community.

Bec is originally from a small country town on the Murray river and relocated to her current place of living to pursue more in her career as she is highly empathetic, understanding and handles situations in a calm manor.

Bec has worked within the mental health space, complex needs and is a strong support for the L.G.B.T.Q.I.A community. She has strong beliefs in 'choice and control' for people to make their own choices and live as independent as possible.

Kishvena Sorna

Kishvena Sorna

NDIS Support Coordinator

With over 7 years of experience, Kishvena started her journey in this sector as a support worker and founder of a community focused business catered to the elderly and people living with disabilities. Kishvena is originally from Perth, Western Australia, where she completed a Bachelor of Health Science and Honours in BSc Biomedical Science and continued further studies in Aged Care and Business Operations. Her caring and helpful nature has always guided her to a profession where she would be of service to the wider community.

Her specialities and experience include Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Dementia, Alzheimer Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Psychiatric Disabilities, Substance Use Disorder, PTSD and working with CALD communities. Kishvena believes that the only true disability is the inability to accept and respect differences.

Kishvena has always had a vision to see a more inclusive and supportive society where every person regardless of differences can access and participate fully in all aspects of life in the same way as any other member of the community. She is a highly driven individual who is always up for a challenge and is passionate about endorsing and striving for positive life changes for those who need assistance.

Megan Ellis

Megan Ellis

NDIS Support Coordinator

Megan is a passionate, caring person, who naturally gravitated into the disability realm with a heart to help people. With her strong personal values, Megan works with people, trying to understand their story first.

Megan has over three years experience in the disability sector and has previously worked in a Day Program, which has given her direct support experience working with a range of people with complex and high support needs. This ranges from high behaviours, different physical and intellectual needs.

This environment gave her a range of experiences which built knowledge and understanding. Megan completed her Diploma in Community Services while working in a youth and family centre, which gave valuable case worker insight. Megan believes that nothing is too hard to work out, just work at it with understanding, passion and a heart to touch lives in a positive way.

Rachel Fullbrook

Rachel Fullbrook

NDIS Support Coordinator

Rachel has over six years experience in the health and disability sectors. She has worked in various community based roles from a women’s refuge to the mental health field before becoming a Support Coordinator.

She has experience with all age groups and in diverse environments including, aged care, hospitals, group homes, paediatric clinics and community health. She enjoys using her experience in those diverse roles to assist people with complex needs.

Rachel strongly believes in a person centred approach and has a passion for helping to find the best supports for her clients and their families.

Rachel is focused on empowering clients to achieve their NDIS goals and also likes to use her sense of humour when assisting with the challenges of navigating the NDIS processes to help her clients feel more comfortable with the difficulties they may face.

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