Meet the Team
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.
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.
Sector Development Manager
Cassie has more than a decade of experience working in the employment field. Cassie overseas and is responsible for the strategic direction of various sector development projects at WAAMH, including IPS WORKS, the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Sector Readiness Project for Psychosocial Providers and the Collaborative and Responsive Engagement (CARE) Hub. Cassie believes employment as a basic right that all members of the community should have access to.
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.
Project Lead – Individual Placement & Support
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).
Project Lead – NDIS Quality & Safeguarding Psychosocial Project
Ros is the project lead for the WAAMH NDIS Quality & Safeguarding Psychosocial Project, working to support service providers in the psychosocial space to understand and fulfil their responsibilities within the NDIS. Ros has had a breadth of experience encompassing clinical work in both the public and private sectors, private practice, project management and her recovery-oriented work in the non-government and private sectors. She has worked across the health, community and training sectors as a clinician, project manager, recovery coach, group facilitator and psychotherapist. Building on a background of being comprehensively trained as a registered nurse with a mental health specialty, Ros has loved the opportunity to work with, advocate for and support people in a range of ways through a variety of formal and informal settings. She is driven to contribute and make a difference, having a strong sense of justice for those who may be marginalised and advocating for those whose voices may struggle to be heard. Having worked previously with clinical indicators in quality development and managed projects for other NGOs, Ros brings a diversity of experience to the role.
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.
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.
CARE Hub Project Facilitator
Wilma is the Collaborative and Responsive Engagement (CARE) Hub facilitator. As a qualified counsellor and family therapist, Wilma brings 30 years of professional experience in counselling and assessment, case management, supervision and international humanitarian work. Combining practical experience and subject expertise with diplomas in both Training Design and Adult Education, Wilma has designed, coordinated and delivered training to multi-national learners – including in Cambodia, Uganda, Papua New Guinea and Nauru. Wilma looks forward to contributing her therapeutic and training experience to the CARE Hub, and to the sharing and mutual learning the Hub will bring, to support real partnerships between persons, families and services.
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.
Training & Corporate Services Officer
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.
Training & Membership Officer
Robyn takes great pride in supporting the training team and all things membership. She comes to WAAMH with more than a decade of experience managing a variety of business office functions and providing executive level support to chief executive officers and directors. She is very approachable with a can-do, positive attitude and always willing to help others when needed. Robyn thrives working in a team environment, collaborating together to achieve the same goals and quickly became an essential part of the training team.
IPS Support & Evaluation Officer
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.
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).
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).