Meet the Team
Chief Executive Officer
Taryn joined WAAMH as CEO in January 2018, having previously held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Developmental Disability WA.
She has a strong track record in advocacy on social justice issues including legislative reform (the Criminal Law Mentally Impaired Accused Act) and service reform ( Disability Justice Centres ), and comes with a record for working collaboratively with lived experience, other organisations and Government.
She was also a member of the Partnership Forum and the WA Reference Group for the NDIS.
Manager Systemic Advocacy
Chelsea McKinney is responsible for advocating for effective public policy on mental health issues and the human rights of people with mental illness. Chelsea brings 12 years’ experience in the community sector and four years’ experience in government. She was previously employed as senior policy officer with the Disability Services Commission and manager of Against Violence and Abuse. Chelsea sits on the Management Committee for Nardine Wimmin’s Refuge, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Western Australia and a Master of International and Community Development from Deakin University.
Corporate Services Manager
Nigel joined WAAMH in March 2018 as Manager Corporate Services, 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 Manager Corporate Services at Ngala, complemented by previous positions at Identity WA, WA Police and Community Youth Centres, SIDS and Kids WA and Cancer Support WA.
Public Relations Manager
Brooke is a media and communications professional with more than ten 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. Brooke completed a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies from The University of Western Australia and has a lifetime of experience supporting and advocating for people with mental health issues. Brooke joined WAAMH in 2013 and manages its media relations, external communications, corporate and community engagement, website content, and social media.
Training & Administration Support
Lorna joined the WAAMH team in 2014 and coordinates the logistics for training courses and sector events, general administration, and is the first point of contact for the organisation . Over the years she has worked in education, housing services, community services and the private sector in a variety of roles, including administration, educator, accounts, safety and health representative, information management, fleet and facilities management and HR. Lorna's qualifications include a Bachelor of Education in Primary Studies, Certificate IV in Frontline Management, and a Certificate IV Children’s Services.
IPS Support and Evaluation Officer
Cassie has more than seven years’ experience as an employment consultant and has previously been employed as a Disability Employment Consultant, and a Business Manager and an IPS Employment Specialist with MAX Employment. Cassie is part of the IPS WORKS team as an IPS Support and Evaluation officer, and 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 completes fidelity reviews and assists sites to create action plans from reviews to ultimately increase employment opportunities for individuals in the community experiencing mental health. She holds qualifications in Cert III, IV and Diploma of Community Services, a Diploma of Children’s Services and a Bachelor of Social Science.
IPS Support and Evaluation Officer
Roshani currently works in the IPS WORKS team providing technical support and mentoring to the organisations /vocational/employment specialist implementing IPS. She was formerly a Disability Employment Specialist candidate manager and an IPS employment specialist co-located with Mental Health Services. Her professional background includes around five years in the mental health sector including a roles with the Telecross program and work as a lifestyle and social educator for people with intellectual and physical disability. Roshani holds a Diploma in Community Services, a Bachelor of Applied Social Science, and a Certificate IV in Mental Health.