Building relationships that make the difference

Staff

Elizabeth Barnes

Elizabeth Barnes

Chief Executive Officer

Email elizabeth.barnes@directions.asn.au

I have been at Directions for nearly 3 years and am really enjoying being part of such a strong relationship-based organisation. I am an Occupational Therapist originally from the UK and I came to Australia about 20 years ago, firstly living in Albany and more recently in Perth.  In Australia, I’ve worked for Silver Chain, Alzheimer’s WA and Midlas, a community legal service and disability advocacy provider. I have been a Board member of Carers WA, St Barts and Great Southern GP Network, I have Chaired the South West WA Medical Local, and I am currently on the WA Board of Australasian Society for Intellectually Disability, and Vice Chair of WA Individualised Services.


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.


Tania Crosetta

Tania Crosetta

Office Coordinator

Email tania.crosetta@directions.asn.au

I am from Perth and am a 5th generation Aussie!  I have a close family network of Mum, sister, in-laws, nieces and nephews, am happily married (in to an Italian family) and have a fur baby named PJ! PJ is a Boston Terrier and has been coming in to the office a few times a week as a Therapy Dog in the making! I have worked in office administration and HR for over 20 years within a number of different industries, mainly 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 with my husband and my 2 teenage girls and enjoy the gorgeous rural setting growing avocados on our hobby farm. I’m a country girl who grew up in Manjimup and visit my parents there whenever I can. I have a secretarial background of 11 years and when my girls started school I worked as an EA at various schools and in Ed Support. Now 10 years on I decided I would love to go back to office admin and found Directions to be the 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.

EJ Leong

EJ Leong

Therapy Team Leader

Email  ej.leong@directions.asn.au

I worked in a Diabetes Research Lab for about five years before I realised that I wanted to make a difference with people at the forefront rather than at the background. I embarked on the journey to become an Occupational Therapist! It has been a remarkable and humbling journey so far and it has been a pleasure to be a part of Directions.  My research background is still very well ingrained in me as I get very excited with collecting and using data as evidence for success and to advocate for change. I am passionate about ‘doing with’ rather than ‘doing for’. I believe that the best way for anyone to learn is to be provided with an opportunity. I love celebrating every win with them no matter how big or small and believe that the best teachers are mistakes.  I am passionate, no matter what the circumstances, in life. A true quality of life is defined by the underlying purpose and meaning. I am mindful to be realistic where there are always obstacles to overcome, and I am committed to walk alongside you on your journey. Being a true Malaysian, I am easily enticed by any type of food and cuisine, absolutely enjoy hiking and will be very excited for any board games.

Lauren Johnson

Lauren Johnson

Occupational Therapist

Email Lauren.Johnson@directions.asn.au

I am a Perth girl through and through, the eldest of 4 daughters which has made for a very loud but very fun upbringing. My parents are both from country towns so we spent a lot of time growing up adventuring around the beautiful West Australian countryside. I have worked in the Disability sector since 2014 in various roles including support worker and coordinator. I also have experience working in the aged care and childcare fields. Over the years I have developed a real passion for working with people experiencing disability and their families to help them lead happier, more independent lives. I recently graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) and have been working as an OT at Directions since November 2017. I feel very blessed to have been given the opportunity to work for the fantastic, unique organisation that is Directions and look forward to continuing to learn and grow as a person and a therapist with the Therapy Team in our new centre!  In my spare time I love playing and watching sport, reading books and eating brunch at the various cafes of Perth.

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.

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 and my Assistant Coordinator is Lee.

Lee Hughes

Lee Hughes

Assistant Coordinator

Email Lee.Hughes@directions.asn.au

Having studied Film & Media for my degree, I previously worked in that industry for a few years in Central London. Whilst living there, I met my wife and we eventually decided to move back to Perth, where she is originally from. I have since been working at Directions for the past six months, and even though it has been for a short time, being able to help change people’s lives for the better has been one of the most rewarding jobs I have ever done. Outside of work, my wife and I have become parents for the first time, with the birth of our son back in October.

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 and my Assistant Coordinator is Trish.

Trish Springall

Trish Springall

Assistant Coordinator

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.


Rebecca Wood

Rebecca Wood

Coordinator

Email Rebecca.Wood@directions.asn.au

I have worked in the disability sector for many years, and absolutely love it. My background is in intensive behavioural supports, specifically within Autism, and I have a degree in Psychology. I am British and came over to Perth nearly 4 years ago and I am now happily settled here. I used to be Rebecca Shaw, and I have just got back from my honeymoon having travelled over to the UK to get married! I go back to the UK once a year when I can as my family are all there, including my gorgeous baby niece! 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.  My Assistant Coordinator is Michelle.

Michelle Alessandro

Michelle Alessandro

Assistant 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.

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.

Rob Gronow

Rob Gronow

Assistant Coordinator

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.  

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 and my Assistant Coordinator is Pooja.  

Pooja Ramachandran

Pooja Ramachandran

Assistant Coordinator

Email Pooja.Ramachandran@directions.asn.au

I was brought up in Lagos, Nigeria and moved to Australia 5 years ago to pursue a Master’s degree in Development Studies. After graduation, I decided to stay and work here in Perth as I absolutely love it here.  I worked as an Administration and Human Resources Officer for 2 years before starting here at Directions. I am excited to use my skills and experience in a way that positively impacts the community. My passion is in Child Protection and I hope to be a registered Social Worker one day.  I live in a cosy little apartment in East Perth with my partner. I love travelling and have a long bucket list of places I want to visit! In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, going to weekend markets, discovering little cafes and bookshops.

Georgina Atwell

Georgina Atwell

Groups Coordinator

Email georgina.atwell@directions.asn.au

I moved to Australia from the UK in May 2015. Perth is by far my favourite place in Australia, I love the outdoor lifestyle and the friendly people! After finishing university I worked in the UK, leading a research project in nursing and residential care. Since then I have worked in regional WA, leading a healthy lifestyle intervention for a group of individuals with disabilities as part of a transition into independent living. And now I am privileged to be part of the Directions team!

Shannon Barr

Shannon Barr

Groups Assistant Coordinator

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!

Nicole Tangney

Nicole Tangney

Coordinator

Email nicole.tangney@directions.asn.au

I am a wife, a mother of 3. I have spent the last couple of years within the disability sector as a scheduler and many years prior to that within the mining sector as a human resources officer. Since working within the disability sector, I know I have finally found where I am meant to be, the people are amazing and I enjoy the work. I absolutely love glamping with my family and my favourite place on earth would have to be the gorges through Karijini National Park. 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 2 young children. We are enjoying being on the sandy beaches instead of shovelling snow, and we make sure everyone in Canada sees our gorgeous beach photos in January while they are in the middle of winter. I am thrilled to be a new addition to the Directions team. Everyone works with such a passion and dedication which is wonderful to see. The highlight of my day is when I meet the people we support who pop in to visit us.                                                                              I look after recruitment of support workers and keeping up with all our HR needs.

 

 

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 and Clubs

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

Directions now also runs the fabulous Teenspirit.

 

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