Building relationships that make the difference

Staff

Management

Alison Kelly

Alison Kelly

Chief Executive Officer

Email Alison.kelly@directions.asn.au

Directions was established over 20 years ago with the purpose of providing high quality, personalised services to people who require support as they strive towards their goals and aspirations. This purpose remains embedded in the present day vision as Directions provides opportunities for people to participate in activities of their choice that encourage lifelong learning, lead to increased independence; promote friendships and enable people to actively contribute to their community. In November 2018, I was delighted to be given the opportunity to work with Directions in the capacity of CEO, to support and steer the organisation to continue to deliver the high quality, person-centred services that Directions is known for.  I am an Occupational Therapist with over 30 years of involvement with the health, disability and community sector in local, national and international settings. This has occurred in a variety of contexts, including  clinical care, management, service provision, leadership, research and education, which has enabled me to develop a solid understanding of translating policy and contextual factors into meaningful care and practice. Of key importance is the provision of empathetic, responsive  care and I value the relationships with the people we support, their families, our staff and the wider community in order to embrace change, innovation and new ways of thinking. Directions and I look forward to strengthening these relationships as we all work together to empower, equip and enable a truly inclusive community.

Ryan Kim

Ryan Kim

Corporate Services Manager

Email ryan.kim@directions.asn.au

I am a proud father of two growing kids and married to the most wonderful woman I know. My favourite pastimes are biking, gardening, and importantly, putting things in the right place (cleaning!). Prior to my arrival in Australia, I had a career in HR and business development roles for global commercial companies in South Korea. Changing career, I volunteered for a small charity card shop and really liked working for value based organisations. Since 2006, I have served as an accountant in the public and not for profit sector across health, community, employment and disability services. I am a Certified Practising Accountant and have a Master in Business Administration. As the Corporate Services Manager, my key responsibilities include development and management of finance, resource coordination, risk mitigation and other management activities. I live in City of Armadale and enjoys being a part of my local charity who are making real difference in the communities. Particularly I am interested in the development of youth from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

Natalie Cavallo

Natalie Cavallo

Therapy Manager / Occupational Therapist

Email Natalie.Cavallo@directions.asn.au

Born in Perth but raised in the lower south-west town of Busselton, I have always been driven to help or support others. Supporting individuals with disabilities and their families to live meaningful lives by working collaboratively to help them achieve their goals is a passion of mine. I have worked in both the aged care and disability sector and have been working with individuals with disabilities since finishing my studies as an Occupational Therapist. I am passionate about research as I strongly believe that research drives change. I endeavour to provide evidence-based practice and services that are grounded in current research, to ensure the individuals I work with are receiving effective services and working towards their desired outcomes. I completed my honours research in my final year of study with first-class honours which was exploring evidence-based practices within school-based early intervention programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. I have a keen interest in early intervention and school-aged therapy services and have completed further professional development in areas of particular interest such as mealtimes and feeding, sensory processing and self-regulation and relationship-based approaches. I am accredited to deliver the Circle of Security-Parenting (COS-P) training, Sequential-Oral-Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding and the Wilbarger Sensory Defensiveness protocol. When I am not at work, you can find me watching the West Coast Eagles play, going out for coffee or brunch or trying a new recipe in the kitchen!

Administration

Tania Crosetta

Tania Crosetta

Office Coordinator

Email tania.crosetta@directions.asn.au

I am from Perth and am a 5th generation Aussie! I have worked in office administration and HR for over 20 years within a number of different industries, predominantly engineering and construction.  In 2002, I moved to live and work in the Middle East where I was for over 8 years and it was a fantastic experience.  I developed a love for travelling.  After returning to Perth, I decided that I’d really like a change to work within a serviced based organisation in the disability sector, I found Directions in April 2016 and haven’t looked back!  It is a wonderful place to work with amazing people.  

Terri McGeough

Terri McGeough

Receptionist

Email Terri.McGeough@directions.asn.au

I live in the Perth Hills on 8 acres with my husband, 2 daughters and our labradoodle ‘Murphy’ and we enjoy tending to our avocados and being part of the hills community. I am a country girl at heart and spent my childhood in Manjimup and visit my parents there whenever I can. I have a Secretarial background of 11 years, but while my girls were at school I worked as an EA at a variety of schools, mainly kindy and Ed Support.  Now they have both finished school, I have been able to work full-time and have been working at Directions since August 2017 and it has been a perfect fit for me and my family.  Away from work I enjoy pottery, going out with friends and spending time at home with my family.  

Angela Nikaghanri

Angela Nikaghanri

Payroll and Accounts Officer

Email Angela.Nikaghanri@directions.asn.au

I am a wife and mother of four, 3 boys and one girl.  I was born in England and grew up in Australia with a Malaysian and American heritage.  I studied musical theatre at The Academy of Performing Arts and later went to Los Angeles to continue my dream.  I did a few theatre productions, music videos and worked as an extra on a few films.  If you don’t blink you might see me in the background of Inspector Gadget, Mod Squad, Man on the moon and a few others.  While studying in the America, I worked as a payroll officer which helped me survive while I pursued my dream.  I met my husband and we decided to move back to Perth to have our daughter.  I have now worked as a payroll officer for over 15 years, and enjoy crunching numbers.  During my spare time (if I get any) I love to volunteer with St. John Ambulance and sing musicals to my kids.

Coordination

Rebecca Eddy

Rebecca Eddy

Coordinator

Email rebecca.eddy@directions.asn.au

I love working with people who have disabilities, making their lives better. I have been at Directions since 2012 and I became a Coordinator here nearly 3 years ago. I have lots of family in Perth and I live with my husband and daughter. I have a dog called Meggie who sometimes comes into the office with me, except on days when she really needs a bath! I like to bake cakes, especially for birthdays, and I decorate them with exotic designs. I primarily coordinate for individuals and families living in suburbs east of Perth, such as Maddington, Kelmscott, Roleystone.

Yolanda Morris

Yolanda Morris

Coordinator

Email yolanda.morris@directions.asn.au

I have lived in Perth my whole life, I am married and we have 2 furbabies (1 dog and 1 cat). I enjoy travel, making cards/scrapbooking, listening to music and spending time with friends. I’ve been working in the disability sector for 20 years, in a few different roles. I started as a volunteer carer, have worked several years in group homes and for almost 7 years as a scheduler. I enjoy working with people and making a positive difference in their lives. I coordinate for individuals and families who live in South Eastern suburbs of Perth such as Byford, Bedfordale, Armadale.

Michelle Alessandro

Michelle Alessandro

Coordinator

Email Michelle.Alessandro@directions.asn.au

I grew up in the country as my father worked as a CEO in local government so we travelled around a lot, but I spent the majority of my childhood in Dalwallinu. From here I went to boarding school in Perth and this became my home.  I have worked as a disability support worker for 10 years which is where I met my amazing husband and we share two beautiful busy boys. In my spare time I devote as much time as I can with our boys watching them play soccer and swim, we also enjoy bush walks and whenever we get the chance travel down south to holiday. I mainly coordinate for people who live in suburbs North of the River and in the Hills, currently from Bindoon, Ellenbrook to Perth City and Kewdale to Mundaring. 

Yvonne Smith

Yvonne Smith

Coordinator

Email yvonne.smith@directions.asn.au

I am a Perthling who has worked in the disability sector for over 25 years and I enjoy helping people gain the best opportunities they can in their lives. My experience spans accommodation, employment, respite and life skills development. I love spending time with my partner, friends and of course, my cat Lucy. I’m a keen gardener, love a good board game, documentaries, enjoy cooking especially for others, seeing live shows. One of my main passions is exploring music and I currently sing in a jazz duo called Lush Life. The people that I coordinate for are predominantly in the South Western Suburbs of Perth, such as Fremantle, Cockburn, CanningVale, Murdoch.  My Assistant Coordinator is Rob.

Yolanda Steenkamp

Yolanda Steenkamp

Coordinator

Email Yolanda.Steenkamp@directions.asn.a

I have worked supporting people for more than 27 years. I moved from South Africa to Australia in 2008 and for the past 7 years I have been working in the Disability Sector in Bunbury and the Peel Region. I live in amazing Mandurah with my husband of 26 years and two beautiful daughters, aged 21 and 18. We also have 2 dogs sharing and 2 cats ruling our home. I love reading, cooking, gardening and the outdoors. My perfect day is a day on the beach enjoying the sunshine. I primarily coordinate for people living in the Southern Suburbs of Perth such as Rockingham, Mandurah, Peel.  

Scott Richardson

Scott Richardson

Coordinator

Email scott.richardson@directions.asn.au

I have returned to work at Directions for the second time, originally from Scotland with Norwegian heritage, I have called Australia home for the last 9 years. Prior to moving to Australia I gained a Honours degree in Teaching and was a professional soccer coach working for various clubs in Europe. I developed a passion for using sport to empower people and bring communities together, developing a number of award winning programmes around inclusiveness, employment and literality. Since working in Australia I have worked with not for profit organisations as a Senior case worker with children and young people. I am also a Protective Behaviours WA trainer and Therapeutic Crisis intervention trainer. I am also proud to foster 4 wonderful children and have recently welcomed a new addition to our family with our 5th child. In my spare time I love to cook, be outdoors and spend time with my family and friends. I look forward to continuing to support individuals and families reach their goals with Directions.

Nicole Tangney

Nicole Tangney

Coordinator

Email nicole.tangney@directions.asn.au

I feel privileged to be part of the team here at Directions and have met some very inspiring people since commencing back in 2016. My previous work experience has been in Human Resources and I have always enjoyed working for smaller organisations, I have found them to be more people focused and friendlier. At present, my focus is on host families, I get a real sense of purpose initiating relationships between a family we are supporting and a new host family and hope to continue for some time yet. I have special responsibility for Host Families and also cover for other Coordinators when they are on leave.


Paula Keech

Paula Keech

Coordinator

Email Paula.Keech@directions.asn.au

I am originally from Canada and moved to Perth in 2012 with my Aussie husband and two children. It’s lovely to have swapped the snow for sandy beaches. I have been at Directions since April 2017 and couldn’t have found a better workplace. Everyone works with such a passion and dedication which is wonderful to see. The highlight of my day is when people we support pop in to visit. I look after the recruitment of Support Workers and all of our HR needs.  I look after recruitment of support workers and keeping up with all our HR needs.

Trish Springall

Trish Springall

NDIS Claims Officer

Email Trish.Springall@directions.asn.au

I grew up on a mining island called Koolan Island, north west of Derby in the Kimberley. The entire school had only 100 children!  I have worked in disability services for 17 years, starting as a support worker, and prior to that I worked in child care. I currently live in South Guildford with my husband Trevor, daughter Lily, and dog Emily.  M y main passion is my family. Any spare time we have, we spend together, taking Emmy to the dog park or going out for Sunday breakfast.  My extended family is quite spread out, so we take any chance to catch up. I love reading books, doing jigsaw puzzles and word puzzles.

Kasey Wookey

Kasey Wookey

Scheduler

Email Kasey.Wookey@directions.asn.au

I grew up in a small mining town called Newman, I was the youngest child to mining parents so we moved around a lot.  I love to travel and see the world whenever I get a chance. I used to have a caravan and take my 2 girls away in it every school holidays and some weekends. Travelling is something I wish to continue through my life when I have the opportunity to.  Family is extremely important to me, I am very close with my parents and they help me out greatly with the 2 girls.  I have 10 years’ experience as a support worker working in the disability and aged care fields. I am also a qualified chef, but very out of practise now!

Rob Gronow

Rob Gronow

Scheduler

Email Robert.Gronow@directions.asn.au

I was born as one of triplets in Victoria. I moved to the Gold Coast as a teenager and ended up owning my own business. I moved to WA in 1988. I worked as a chicken store manager until 2003, and then I went to work in the Frail Aged and Disability Services Sector. I am a father of two beautiful kids, my daughter being married with two children. Who would ever have guessed that being a grand dad would be so much fun?!. When I am sitting with nothing to do,  I love to do 9 letter puzzles and I’m a keen footy fan.  

Groups

Shannon Barr

Shannon Barr

Program Manager – Groups

Email Shannon.Barr@directions.asn.au

I grew up in a small village in Northern Ireland until I moved to Australia with my family when I was 10, although I have been back and forth a few times! I’m about to complete my double degree in Community Development and Indigenous studies, with a minor in social issues in contemporary culture. I have enjoyed studying although I’m very excited about starting at Directions and making a positive difference in the community. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, keeping active and being outdoors with my rescue greyhound Daisy!

Corey Benson

Corey Benson

Assistant Coordinator - Groups

Email Corey.Benson@directions.asn.au

I grew up in the small coastal town of Denmark in Western Australia and moved to Perth at the start of 2018. I have had different jobs within a support setting including being a mental health support worker as well as youth worker. Shortly after moving to Perth I applied to work for Directions as a support worker before getting the chance to work as an Assistant Coordinator for the Groups Program. I have enjoyed working as a support worker and being out in the field as a support worker but I am looking forward to being the primary point of contact for the many families we support. In my spare time I enjoy binge-watching excessive and unhealthy amounts of Netflix and spending time with my friends.

Therapy

Brendan Chen

Brendan Chen

Occupational Therapist

Email Brendan.Chen@directions.asn.au

I completed my Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) in 2018 and have always had a strong interest in working in the disability sector since graduating to ensure the people that I support can live a positive quality of life. It is important for me to develop a positive relationship with individuals and families I support in order to work in a collaborative manner to reach and achieve their goals and aspirations. I was born in Perth and my parents come from Malaysia and China. Having family overseas have provided me with an opportunity to visit the towns and cities of where my family comes from which has given me a different perspective on life and how fortunate I am to be living in Australia. I love travelling and I hope to visit more countries in the future, and I am a lover of playing and watching all types of sports and keeping active!

Teagan Martin

Teagan Martin

Speech Pathologist

Email Teagan.Martin@directions.asn.au

Since beginning my studies as a speech pathologist, my interests have always lied within the disability sector, irrespective of age. During my time working with the disability community, I have met some amazing families and people who are exceptional in both their knowledge and compassion. I try every day to bring those same qualities to my job and the people I work with. I have worked across private and public sectors, both of which have provided me with differing opportunities and capacities to support people in leading their best life. Outside of Speech Pathology, I spend my time volunteering at the Perth Children’s Hospital,  engaging children and adolescents with reduced mental health. I also thoroughly enjoy lifting heavy things in the gym and going to brunch spots where activewear is accepted and expected.

Individualised Services

Directions provides relationship-based, personalised and individually tailored supports right across the Perth Metropolitan area.

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Therapy Services

Directions is a registered general and specialist therapy provider delivering: Speech Pathology;  Physiotherapy; Social Work; Psychology and Occupational Therapy.

 

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Host Family

Host families invite a person with a disability  to be part of their family and daily lives. This can be a great catalyst for social and community inclusion and long lasting relationships.

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Groups

Directions assists people with a disability who like to spend time together to form their own groups with similar interests and enthusiasm.

Directions also runs the fabulous Teenspirit.

 

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