Samantha Jenkinson

Executive Director

Samantha took on the role of Executive Director in November 2014.

She has been an advocate for the rights of people with disabilities since the early 1990’s, and throughout her professional life as a social worker. Over this time she has worked and advocated in the areas of employment, housing and support, service co-ordination, individualised funding and person centred planning. Samantha has worked for community organisations, service providers and state government in a variety of roles from case management to CEO.

Highlights of Samantha’s work include her time with Australian Federation of Disability Organisations; her involvement in development of direct payments as a funding option for people with disabilities in Victoria; writing a monograph on trends in disability services for the Disability Services Commission in WA for their State plan ‘Count Me In’; developing a forum and DVD on self-directed services in the community sector in WA; and speaking on community inclusion to people with disabilities and service providers in the disability sector.

Throughout her career, Samantha has been involved as a volunteer with many community organisations on management committees and boards of governance, including being a past chair of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, and past chair of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability in Western Australia.

Brianna Lee

Individual Advocacy Service 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. 

Anne Livingston

Systemic Advocacy Project NDIS

Anne has had a long carrer in the disability sector. For many years she worked as a Local Area Coordinator in the Northern suburbs of Perth and as an area Manager. She has also worked with Developmental Disability WA on projects.

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)

Lisa Hook

Individual Advocate

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

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 has a diverse background having worked in retail, hospitality, and for programs with Dept of Justice.

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.

Suresh Rajan

State Disability Plan Project

Suresh is a current and past President of the Ethnic Communities Council of WA. He has many years experience across a range of community organistions including previous CEO of the Epilepsy Association of WA, board membership of EDAC, and much more.