An announcement from PWdWA's President regarding our new Executive Director

Executive Director

After farewelling our PWdWA Executive Director, Samantha Jenkinson, who has worked tirelessly over the last 5 years to establish PWDWA both in individual and systemic advocacy, PWDWA are pleased to welcome a new Executive Director, Brendan Cullinan, commencing in mid-August.

Brendan brings with him a track record of leadership and strategic accomplishments in executive roles for non-government and member-based organisations. Brendan’s dedication to inclusion and upholding the rights of people with disability is evidenced by his membership of a disability sector board and advocacy undertaken on behalf of individuals. Coupled with his lived experience with the health system and as a person with hearing impairment he is in good stead to continue with our core work.

The Committee of Management look forward to working with Brendan to guide PWDWA in our strategic goals of speaking out as the peak body representing people with all disabilities in WA, stabilising our funding foundations for our much-needed individual advocacy and meeting the increasing demands for systemic advocacy.

 

Lisa Hook

Individual Advocacy Service Manager

Lisa has worked in the disability sector in both London and in Perth and has wide-ranging experience as a support worker, therapy assistant and an advocate.  Lisa is passionate about social justice and human rights issues.

Bachelor of Arts Major Sociology and Anthropology

Brianna Lee

Systemic Advocacy Projects Manager

Brianna has experience in the fields of human rights, legal studies, policy and science. She has worked in the area of systemic and individual advocacy for the last 10 years and advocated for the rights of older people, people experiencing elder abuse, survivors of human trafficking and people with disabilities.

Bachelor of Forensic Science; Bachelor of Science; Bachelor of Legal Studies (Hons); Cert IV Telephone Counselling; Cert IV Dementia Practice. 

Chris Chambers

Individual Advocate

Before joining PWdWA, Chris worked in community services supporting families experiencing separation and has worked with young people in out-of-home care. Chris has recently graduated after completing his Bachelor of Social Work and is passionate about human right issues and supporting people to navigate systemic disadvantage to achieve social justice.

Elisha Johnson

Individual Advocate

Elisha has extensive experience in the disability sector. She started out her career as a social trainer and has since worked in a number of roles across the sector, including NDIS service coordination, which sees her to bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to her role as an advocate.

Glenda Bye

Individual Advocate

Glenda is passionate about helping to reduce the stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with disability, especially those who experience mental illness as a part of that – a passion which was recognised in 2012 when she was awarded equal first prize for Human Rights Law.  She has had a long and diverse career over the last forty years thereby bringing many different perspectives to her work.

Bachelor of Arts, B Laws, MBA.

Kerry Kessner

Individual Advocate

Kerry has experience in the disability and not-for-profit sectors as a qualified project manager who moved from community development projects into advocacy. Kerry is passionate about community justice and empowering people to help themselves.

Diploma Project Management; Certificate IV Mental Health

Michele Frost

Individual Advocate

Michelle is passionate about advocating for the rights of people who are socially disadvantaged, preventing homelessness, advancing human rights, promoting equity, enabling social inclusion, and assisting vulnerable people to take control of their lives.

Bachelor of Criminology (Murdoch Uni)

Diploma of Community Services (Tafe)

Rachael Cox

NDIS Appeals Advocate

Rachael has worked in the disability sector, and as an advocate, for a number of years. Rachael is currently the advocate working alongside NDIS and WANDIS participants to go through an Internal Review or Appeal of a decision made.

Post grad Diploma- Psychology.

Ba Science- Major Psychology

Sonya Gozuiacik

Administration Officer

Sonya volunteered for People With Disabilities WA for 6 months and then joined the team as the Administration Officer in 2017. Bachelor Degree in History, Diploma in Business, Settlement Language Pathways to Employment / Training Program, Certificate III and IV in English, and a higher education Diploma in Commerce that I am currently doing. Sonya is currently on Maternity Leave.

Renata Krollig

Acting Administration Officer

Renata worked as a Primary School teacher for many years before making a shift to the community services sector with this role at PWdWA.

Jessica Eastaugh

Diversity Field Officer

Jessica is passionate about systemic advocacy and research. She is an experienced case manager and project officer, having previously worked in crisis care, justice and reintegration.  

Bachelor of Psychology

Jessica is completing her Masters of Criminology

Oliver Offer

Disability Royal Commission Advocate 

Oliver has worked in a number of community sector roles working with people at times of crisis. He is dedicated to providing the best support he can so that people feel they can safely make submissions to the Disability Royal Commission.

Mark Hutson

Individual Advocate Regional Outreach

Tahnee Gilmour

Peer and Self-Advocacy Engagement Officer

Vanessa Jessett

Organisational Development and Communications Officer

Vanessa worked as an accessibility swimming teacher/supervisor before joining the PWdWA team.