Meet the Team

Taryn Harvey

Taryn Harvey

Chief Executive Officer

Taryn joined WAAMH as CEO in January 2018, having previously held the position of CEO of Developmental Disability WA following a career in the Australian public service and State government. She has a strong track record in strategic planning, organisation and sector development, and advocacy. Taryn is committed to values driven leadership, authentic and trusted relationships and partnership. She sits on multiple State planning and development committees across WA.

Nigel Barrett

Nigel Barrett

Corporate Services Manager

Nigel joined WAAMH in March 2018 as corporate services manager, bringing with him significant experience as a not-for-profit management professional. He is responsible for WAAMH’s financial management, human resources, information and technology, membership, facilities and Board and executive support functions. His most recent position prior to joining WAAMH was as corporate services manager at Ngala, complemented by previous positions at Identity WA, WA Police and Community Youth Centres, SIDS and Kids WA and Cancer Support WA.

Cassie MacDonald

Cassie MacDonald

Sector Development Manager

Cassie has 10 years’ experience working in the employment field. Her previous roles include working as a disability employment consultant with PEP Community Services, disability employment consultant, IPS employment specialist and then business manager with MAX Employment. Cassie joined the IPS WORKS team as an IPS support and evaluation officer in early 2017 and was responsible for providing technical support and assistance to sites involved in the headspace IPS Youth trial. And helping fee-for-service and partnerships to implement evidence-based employment services into their organisations. Cassie also completed fidelity reviews and assisted sites to create action plans from reviews to increase employment opportunities for individuals in the community experiencing mental health. In August 2019, Cassie moved into the role of IPS program manager and now oversees the IPS WORKS team and all IPS programs within WAAMH. Cassie believes in employment as a basic right that all members of community should have access to, she is responsible for the strategic direction and advocating for greater funding and access to IPS services. She holds a Diploma of Community Services, a Diploma of Children’s Services, a Bachelor of Social Science and has undertaken IPS Leadership Training from the IPS Employment Centre at the Rockville Institute, Westat (formerly Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Centre).

Brooke Johns

Brooke Johns

Public Relations & Communications Manager

Brooke is a media and communications professional with more than 15 years' experience in Western Australia. Prior to working in public relations, Brooke was an award-winning journalist writing for Australia's flagship mining magazine, and has also worked in human resources and operations management. Brooke graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies from The University of Western Australia, majoring in English and and completing minors in Psychology, Film Production, Professional Writing and Anthropology. She has a lifetime of experience supporting people with mental health issues and has worked at WAAMH for nearly a decade. Brooke joined WAAMH in 2013 and manages mental health promotion, media relations, internal and external communications, corporate and community engagement, website design and content and social media. She specialises in fusing tradtional writing and media methods with more efficient and user-friendly digital communication applications.

Colin Penter

Colin Penter

Projects Lead

Originally from Albany, Colin moved to Perth after high school for tertiary studies and sporting opportunities. He has graduate and post graduate qualifications and has worked across all social policy sectors, including education, health, public health, sexual & reproductive health, housing, homelessness, disability, seniors and aged, youth and community services. He has worked in government and the not-for-profit sector, taught at tertiary institutions and before joining WAAMH ran a social policy consultancy for over 20 years. As projects lead at WAAMH, Colin develops and oversees many WAAMH projects & brings understanding of the interface between social policy and mental health to WAAMH’S work. Outside of WAAMH he undertakes research, campaigning and writing on social policy and social and economic justice issues.

Elizabeth Connor

Dr Elizabeth Connor

Senior Policy Officer - Mental Health & Public Health

Elizabeth works on the WAAMH systemic advocacy and policy team. She is a public health professional with a background in clinical medicine, and has over eight years’ experience in clinical practice, policy, research and advocacy. Elizabeth is passionate about equity in health and wellbeing, and ensuring that systems, policies and environments support people to stay well in the community. Elizabeth holds a Bachelors of Arts (Philosophy) from the University of WA, a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Notre Dame, and a Graduate Diploma of Public Health from Curtin University.

Roshani Strestha

Roshani Strestha

IPS Acting Program Manger

Roshani works in the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) WORKS team. She has an extensive experience in mental health and disability section including employment services. Roshani is passionate about equity and access to employment for all individuals with keen interest in social policy and research. In her current role, she leads the IPS WORKS team to support community organisations and mental health services to implement and deliver evidence-based supported employment. Roshani also conducts fidelity reviews of the IPS programs. Her qualifications include a Diploma in Community Services, a Bachelor of Applied Social Science and a Certificate IV in Mental Health. She has also completed the IPS Practitioner Skills course and IPS Leadership Training from the IPS Employment Centre at the Rockville Institute, Westat (formerly Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Centre).

Shendelle Oliver

Shendelle Oliver

Marketing & Events Manager

Shendelle has worked in event management and marketing since 2005. Her experience in events ranges from corporate golf days to sporting championships, radio competitions, business and product launches, and corparate events including conferences and trade shows. Shendelle has a passion for not-for-profit and community activities and believes in equality for all. She has worked as a board member, corporate fundraiser, volunteer manager (current member of the Volunteering WA’s Leadership Network), capital projects and was also the initiator of WAAMH’s mental health awareness ribbon. Shendelle manages WAAMH's marketing and events activities including Mental Health Week, the Mental Health Awards, Conferences and more.

Christine Hastie

Christine Hastie

Finance & Corporate Services Support Officer

Christine joined WAAMH in July 2019 as the finance & corporate services support officer. As a qualified accountant Christine comes with many years of experience in management accounting and administration, along with a very enjoyable time spent managing a community aged care organisation. One of her passions is assisting the not-for-profit/charity sector, an area of much of her work experience, to be run well.

Eimear Boland

Eimear Boland

Community Engagement Coordinator

Eimear is passionate about mental health and wellbeing and focusing on building capacity in this area. She holds a degree in Social Care and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessments. Eimear has worked in frontline, leadsership and coordinator roles in the mental health sector, and is currently employed as the community engagement coordinator at WAAMH. As well as mental health, Eimear has been previously employed in homeless services, youth services, residential care and NDIS service provision with significant experience in service delivery and training across the community sector.

Mollie Tracey

Mollie Tracey

Communications & Events Officer

Mollie joined WAAMH as the Communications and Events Officer in 2021. Prior to this, Mollie was employed as the social media manager and journalist for Farm Weekly for four years where she wrote news and feature articles, in addition to coordinating strategic and creative content across the publication’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter platforms. Mollie graduated from Murdoch University majoring Journalism, and Communication and Media Studies in 2017. She has been the president of the Rural Media Association of Western Australia since 2018 and oversees the annual WA Rural Media Awards. Mollie has written articles on mental health in the agriculture industry and regional WA, and is passionate about sharing news on mental health recovery, prevention, support and promotion. She enjoys using use her skills and talents for an organisation which aligns with her values and interests.

Wilma Edwards

Wilma Edwards

CARE Hub Project Facilitator

Wilma is the CARE Hub project facilitator at WAAMH. She has significant experience as a counsellor and educator in the torture/trauma arena specifically working with the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) population. She has worked at the processing centres on Manus Island and Nauru, and spent two years undertaking trauma and education work in Cambodia. Wilma has delivered mental health training courses for WAAMH for several years and brings a wealth of knowledge to her position.

Lorna Lobo

Lorna Lobo

Training & Administration Support

Lorna has coordinated the logistics for WAAMH’s training courses since in 2014. She has also been responsible for office administration activities and is the first point of contact for the organisation. With a background in teaching and in office administration, she has enjoyed working across the sector, in housing services, with corporates and in education. She has valued the exposure to diverse work settings and her involvement in various forms of service delivery have provided amazing learning opportunities to engage with people from all walks of life. Lorna is passionate about fairness, empowering others through knowledge and building resilience and sharing those ideals with others. Working in the mental health sector has taught Lorna that health and wellbeing are important and learning how to look after yourself and care for others around you brings many benefits to you and your community.

Mawghan Elverd

Mawghan Elverd

IPS, Sector Development & Advocacy Administration Support Officer

Mawghan has extensive experience in knowledge and information management, research and libraries. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Librarianship and Corporate Information Management at Curtin University. Mawghan’s skills also extend to database, intranet and website management, and she is currently studying Community Development at Murdoch University. She is passionate about raising awareness for lung cancer prevention and the provision of information to empower individuals to live full, contributing and informed lives.

Nicole Fitch

Nicole Fitch

NDIS Sector Readiness Project Lead

Nicole brings a range of experience across health and community services, with qualifications in preventative medicine, psychology and health promotion and a wholistic approach to mental health. Nicole established and ran a naturopathy business and worked in organisational development with the not-for-profit sector including policy, funding and management. Nicole has a background in research and has published in an international peer reviewed journal, she is keen to contribute to the work of Reconciliation and has served on boards and working groups to this end.

Deborah Geddes

Deborah Geddes

NDIS Sector Readiness Project Officer

Debbie is the NDIS Sector Readiness project officer. She brings over 24 years’ experience working in the education, private and the not-for-profit sectors. Debbie has experience in designing and managing start-up projects as well as experience in training development and delivery. Having worked across three different continents, Debbie brings a cross cultural range of experience and knowledge to her role. Debbie holds a Master of Philosophy (Education) and a Bachelor of Business (Management and Marketing).

Diane Moe

Diane Moe

IPS Support & Evaluation Officer
Diane works with the IPS WORKS team in providing technical support and mentoring to organisations/employment specialists implementing IPS. She was formerly a disability employment specialist and an IPS employment specialist co-located with Adult Mental Health Services. Diane has extensive experience working in the youth, mental health and employment services sectors dedicated to supporting individuals find creative and productive solutions to issues with housing, employment and health/wellbeing. Diane’s qualifications include: Bachelor of Social Work, Certificate IV in Employment Services and a Certificate IV in Career Development, IPS Leadership Training.
Cindy Cox

Cindy Cox

IPS Support & Evaluation Officer

Cindy works with the IPS Works team providing technical support and mentoring. She recently worked with headspace National in the Digital Work and Study program. She was formerly an employment specialist at headspace Edinburgh North for three years. Prior to this she worked at Disability Employment Services in a variety of roles for 10 years. Her background is in IPS, mental health, disability employment, and has a degree in Child Psychology.

Ken Dinsdale

Ken Dinsdale

IPS Support & Evaluation Officer

Ken has over nine years’ experience working in employment services in various roles in job active and tertiary education settings assisting people to gain meaningful employment. Ken also worked as an IPS vocational specialist from January 2017 - September 2019 for headspace and hopes to use his experience gained from this role to assist new and existing headspace sites to reach an exemplary level of fidelity within the IPS program. Prior to working in employment services, Ken completed a Diploma in IT and Networking as well as a Cert IV in Small Business and went on to successfully run a local IT business for 12 years helping business’ and residents with their IT issues. Ken has undertaken IPS Leadership Training from the IPS Employment Centre at the Rockville Institute ,Westat (formerly Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Centre).

Corey Dwyer

Corey Dwyer

IPS Support & Evaluation Officer

Before joining IPS WORKS as a support and evaluation officer, Corey worked in employment services for several years before moving on to Disability Employment Services. He facilitated the rollout and implementation of the ParentsNext pilot program, after which he transitioned to the IPS program as a vocational specialist at headspace before moving on to become the senior vocational specialist. Corey’s experience includes working with people of all ages and cultural backgrounds with multiple mental health challenges. Corey holds a Bachelors degree in Human Services, Cert IV in Training and Assessment & Cert IV in Education Support. Corey has undertaken IPS Leadership Training from the IPS Employment Centre at the Rockville Institute, Westat (formerly Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Centre).