Our Team

Carpentaria employs high quality staff in a range of specialist disability support and therapy service roles to support clients across our Allied Health Therapy Services for children, adolescents and adults, Adult Day Service, Supported Independent Living and Short Term Accommodation services. Recruitment is based on values, skills and qualifications.

We are proud of our committed team of professional staff who are dedicated to providing evidence-based and person-centred treatment and supports to enable Territorians to build a bigger life.

Staff are provided with comprehensive training and skill development in first aid, epilepsy, diabetes and medication administration and management, as well as regular upskilling opportunities and ongoing specialist disability training, including positive behaviour support, person-centred active support and risk management.

Executive and Senior Management

Annie Rily

Annie Rily

Chief Executive Officer

Annie Rily commenced as Carpentaria CEO in June 2017 and has a strong interest in achieving positive outcomes for people with a disability while developing high quality, contemporary direct service models. She was closely involved in the national reforms associated with the NDIS and has a keen interest in delivering services which enable individuals to fully benefit from the opportunities available under the NDIS.

Annie has a background in Allied Health, specialist disability and behaviour support with highly developed change management and leadership skills gained through experience in both the private and government sectors.

Fiona Tipping

Fiona Tipping

Director Therapy Services and Programs

Fiona Tipping is a qualified Occupational Therapist with 19 years of clinical practice working in rural and remote settings with adults and children through roles with government sector disability programs, non-government organisations and within her own OT private practice. She has a special interest in occupational justice for all participants and has extensive experience in building capacity to improve implementation of person-centred support in day programs and supported accommodation settings. 

Luke Paine

Luke Paine

General Manager Independent Living Services

Luke Paine commenced his career in disability employment services and believes everyone has the ability to increase their capacity and independence with the right supports in place. During the past 10 years, he has held senior management roles across remote regions in the Northern Territory and Western Australia, overseeing quality service delivery for people with disability under the NDIS. Luke has a keen interest in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants and is passionate about providing practice based and evidenced leadership in a positive, consultative manner to support people in the best way possible.

Kellie Hutchins

Kellie Hutchins

Senior Manager, People and Learning

Kellie Hutchins holds an Master of Business Administration (MBA) specialising in leading and managing people, a Bachelor of Business and is a Certified Practitioner in HR (CPHR).

She has over 20 years Human Resource experience and has previously held senior roles in Government and the Higher Education sector.

Yugesh Soni

Yugesh Soni

Senior Manager, Finance

Yugesh Soni has extensive work experience in the finance, accounting and taxation fields and holds a Certificate IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Accounting, a Bachelor in Hospitality and a Masters of International Hospitality Management. In addition, he is a registered BAS Agent and a Member of the Institute of Public Accountants.

Owen Dutton

Owen Dutton

Assets and Facilities Manager

Owen Dutton has extensive experience in asset management, particularly in the social and affordable housing environment, procurement and contract management, project management, leasing and lease management, dwelling construction projects and land development. He has a Diploma in Management and Certificate 4 in project management, and is passionate about inclusive housing opportunities.

Natalie Gibbs

Natalie Gibbs

Communications Manager

Natalie Gibbs has a Bachelor of Communications and more than 20 years of experience in the communications and marketing sector. She has previously held roles with Anglicare Victoria, Tourism NT and NT Cricket.

Sheena Baillie

Sheena Baillie

Executive Officer

Sheena Baillie has worked in high level administrative roles in the banking, education and community service sectors and is a skilled communicator and organiser. She has personal experience of caring for a non-verbal family member with autism, sensory sensitivities and epilepsy. 

Therapy Services for children, adolescents and adults

Amy Southwood

Amy Southwood

Allied Health Manager / Speech Pathologist

Amy Southwood has experience working with both children and adults in urban and remote regions. She has a special interest in language and speech sound disorders, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and communication partner training and education, with a focus on creating communication friendly environments. 

Megan Adams

Megan Adams

Speech Pathologist

Megan Adams holds a Masters in Speech Pathology and is experienced in AAC, early intervention, language, speech, social skills and literacy development and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She enjoys working with children and has spent several years volunteering with children with different abilities from a range of backgrounds. She is passionate about supporting children and their families to achieve their goals.

Megan has completed courses in Keyword Sign, Learn to Play by Karen Stagnitti, PECS, Understanding Childhood Complex Trauma, Sounds-Write Literacy Program, and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Assessment and Intervention.

Imogen Armstrong

Imogen Armstrong

Psychologist

Imogen Armstrong is a registered psychologist with experience working in remote Indigenous communities, hospital settings and private clinics. She has experience in providing support across the lifespan, with individuals and families from diverse groups, ethnic backgrounds, systems and socioeconomic status. Imogen has skills in the selection, administration and interpretation of evidence-based assessments and delivers a range of clinical interventions that aim to promote, restore, sustain and enhance functioning and emotional wellbeing. Imogen is passionate about mental health, trauma and neurodevelopmental delays. She values the importance of empowering those who need it most through overcoming challenges, while nurturing their strengths.

Georgia Chin

Georgia Chin

Speech Pathologist

Georgia Chin enjoys working with children and families to help a child communicate their wants, needs and ideas. She is passionate about working with families to find the most appropriate communication system for a child, help a child speak clearly and provide families with strategies to support language development. Georgia is a Certified Practising member of Speech Pathology Australia and appreciates the difference she can make in supporting and celebrating a child’s progress.

Annie Davis

Annie Davis

Occupational Therapist

Annie Davis is an Occupational Therapist who graduated as a mature age student after an eclectic working life around Australia. She has over 16 years of experience working across the NT, including regional and remote areas, with extensive experience working in the community and rehabilitation areas. Annie has a passion and focus for cognitive and SCI rehabilitation including experience with complex equipment prescription.

Annie strives to achieve outcomes which improve function and independence for clients through person centred and goal driven therapy. She also has other specialities that enable an innovative and holistic approach to therapy and treatment.

Kathleen Dayao

Kathleen Dayao

Occupational Therapist

Kathleen Dayao is a qualified Occupational Therapist who works with children to not only achieve their daily occupations, but to develop their confidence, self-esteem, social skills and general wellbeing. She holds a basic certification in Developmental Play and is also studying a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care while practicing Occupational Therapy. 

Frances Ennor

Frances Ennor

Occupational Therapist

Frances Ennor is an experienced Occupational Therapist who believes in the importance of family centred practice and developing rapport with all her clients. She has previously worked in a paediatric setting in Melbourne where she has developed a reputation for all things fun and incorporating play based practiced into her work.

Her special interest areas include gross motor development and sensory exploration, as well as behaviour management.

Maddi Hammet

Maddi Hammet

Occupational Therapist

Maddi Hammet holds a Masters in Occupational Therapy and a Bachelor of Health Science. She has 5 years of experience in acute hospital environments supporting individuals of all ages to reach their goals and safely discharge from hospital. She has also worked in community services in individual’s homes, completing functional capacity assessments to assist with all aspects of daily life and to ensure appropriate supports are in place. 

Maddi has a special interest in supporting people with cognitive concerns and people recovering from stroke.

Belinda Healy

Belinda Healy

Speech Pathologist

Belinda Healy holds a Masters of Speech Pathology from the University of Canberra, through which she completed adult placements in hospital settings in rehabilitation, acute and geriatric wards in Canberra and a paediatric placement in Gladstone, QLD. 

She has worked as an English as a Second Language Teacher in several countries, including China and Korea and in universities in Australia. She enjoys working with CALD communities and with clients and families to achieve communication and swallowing goals. She is passionate about ensuring therapy is accessible to everyone.

Heather Hewlin-Vita

Heather Hewlin-Vita

Occupational Therapist

Heather Hewlin-Vita (MClScOT, BSc(H)) is an Occupational Therapist with over 20 years of clinical experience within adult and geriatric acute care, rehabilitation, and community. She is active within Occupational Therapy research and will earn a Master of Advanced Occupational Therapy Practice in December 2021. Heather is passionate about providing person-centred, goal-directed services as well as facilitating the clinical learning of health professionals.

Diane Lea

Diane Lea

Physiotherapist

Diane Lea is a UK trained Physiotherapist who has experience working with both adults and children. She has worked within the National Health Service in the UK in various hospital and community care settings and  is experienced across a variety of clinical areas including musculoskeletal, neurological, medical and orthopaedics as well as working with children with global developmental delay, developmental coordination disorder and children with complex needs.

Diane has delivered individual and group therapy sessions across a range of settings, including clinics, childcare centres, schools and homes.

Michelle Liddicoat

Michelle Liddicoat

Speech Pathologist

Michelle Liddicoat is an experienced clinician who has worked with children and adults across a range of settings. She enjoys working collaboratively with families and other professionals to support individuals to meet their goals. Michelle is particularly interested in assistive technology for literacy and learning, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and supporting people with complex communication needs.

Sarah McGuire

Sarah McGuire

Occupational Therapist

Sarah McGuire is an Occupational Therapist who has experience working with both children and adults in a broad range of settings in Cairns, Townsville and Darwin. She has a passion for working in rural and remote settings with clients and their families to assist individuals to reach their goals.

Alexandra Murrell

Alexandra Murrell

Team Leader / Speech Pathologist

Alexandra Murrell previously worked as a speech pathologist in Victoria and has experience working with both children and adults who require communication and swallowing support. She loves working with clients and their families to develop creative ways to achieve personal goals. She is passionate about promoting the speech pathology profession and supporting individuals in rural and remote communities.

Nicola Sheppard

Nicola Sheppard

Team Leader / Speech Pathologist

Nicola Sheppard has extensive clinical experience in the prescription of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices for children and adults with significant communication difficulties, including the provision of training to other allied health staff regarding equipment prescription guidelines for the NDIS. She has completed training in individual and group programs for paediatric clients: HANEN It Takes Two To Talk, HANEN More Than Words, Intermediate Auslan Course and PROMPT Bridging Trained Clinician. Nicola has a primary interest in assistive technology and equipment prescription for clients with complex and/or multiple disabilities.

Genna Stiles

Genna Stiles

Occupational Therapist

Genna Stiles is an Occupational Therapist who enjoys working alongside people to identify strengths and assist to overcome barriers that may be impacting upon their ability to achieve goals, access their community or fully participate in day-to-day activities. She has previously held a role as an Occupational Rehabilitation Consultant in Darwin and has worked as a Disability Support Worker with both children and adults in metropolitan and regional Victoria.

Genna grew up in country Victoria and has a particular interest in working in and with regional and remote communities. 

Georgia Tranthem

Georgia Tranthem

Psychologist

Georgia Tranthem is a registered psychologist with experience working with people across the lifespan in urban, regional and remote parts of the Northern Territory. She has worked in the community service sector in AOD and gambling harm, and across school settings providing better outcomes for children with disability and their families. Georgia is experienced in delivering individual and group therapy, and assessments to inform diagnostic formulations. 

Georgia has a passion for working with children and their families in a systems framework which leads to positive outcomes across all areas of life.

Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters

Occupational Therapist

Sarah Waters completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) at Monash University in Melbourne and completed placements in Melbourne in paediatrics, adult mental health and acute hospital settings, as well as a hospital work placement in Tanzania, Africa.

She has worked as a dance teacher for children and adults of all abilities and is passionate about supporting participants and their families to reach their goals.

Natalie Watson

Natalie Watson

Occupational Therapist

Natalie Watson is an Occupational Therapist with experience in assisting adults achieve their goals at home and in the community through functional assessment of activities of daily living, use of assistive technology, home modification and capacity building. She values a person-centred collaborative approach that enhances informal and formal supports, and is committed to outcomes based services.

Additional staff

Additional staff

The team includes additional qualified and experienced Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists, as well as Allied Health Assistants, to support you and your family to reach therapy goals.

Accommodation Services

Katrina Kawaljenko

Katrina Kawaljenko

Client Services Manager

Katrina Kawaljenko is qualified Occupational Therapist with clinical practice in government disability services in urban, rural and remote settings. She has experience working as a Complex Case Manager in forensic disability settings and as an Advisor to the Minister for Health and Minister for Disabilities, during the transition to the NDIS in the NT. She is currently studying a Diploma in Project Management.

Angela Robertson

Angela Robertson

Assistant Manager Accommodation Services

Angela Robertson has extensive experience in the disability sector, with a focus on ensuring participants in accommodation programs are best supported to live the life they want to and have the necessary supports in place at home and in the community

Biji Ajithkumar

Biji Ajithkumar

Independent Living Coordinator

Biji Ajithkumar has a Certificate IV in Community Services, a Masters in Social Work, a Bachelor of Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Rights. She has more than 10 years of experience as a social worker in different organisations across the Disability, Aged Care, Families and Juvenile Justice sectors.

Gita Khadka

Gita Khadka

Independent Living Coordinator

Gita Khadka has worked as a Carpentaria Team Leader since 2012 and took on the Coordinator role in June 2021. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Diploma in Disability, Certificate III in Aged Care and Disability and is currently completing her Masters in Business Administration.

Gunveer Mann

Gunveer Mann

Independent Living Coordinator

Gunveer Mann has worked with Carpentaria since 2017. He has a Bachelor of Humanitarian and Community Studies, as well as a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering. 

Getrude Mapfumo

Getrude Mapfumo

Independent Living Coordinator

Getrude Mapfumo has 16 years experience in the Aged Care and Disability sectors. She holds a Diploma of Nursing and a Certificate III and IV in Aged Care. She is currently studying a Certificate IV in Leadership and Management and a Bachelor in Dementia Care.

Aneliese Sanger

Aneliese Sanger

Independent Living Coordinator

Aneliese Sanger has worked in the Disability sector for 16 years. She started her career as a Support Worker before progressing to management roles and worked in Supported Independent Living in Cairns during the transition to the NDIS. She holds a Certificate IV in Disability and most recently worked as the Respite Manager for Dementia Australia in Tasmania. 

Sumit Shrestha

Sumit Shrestha

Independent Living Coordinator

Sumit Shrestha commenced with Carpentaria as a Disability Support Worker prior to taking on the Coordinator role in 2020. He holds a Certificate III in Aged Care, a Bachelor in Business Studies and is currently studying a Bachelor of Nursing.

Pathways Program

Kate Staples

Kate Staples

Pathways Program Manager

Kate Staple‘s career started in aged and disability services in the Katherine Region in 2000. Since then she has worked in the health and community sector in both government and not for profit organisations across the Darwin Region, Katherine Region and Central Australia. She has also spent six years as a small business owner. Kate holds a Diploma of Business, a Certificate IV in Enrolled Nursing and is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce. 

Kate Powick

Kate Powick

Pathways Program Assistant Manager

Kate holds a Certificate IV in Community Services and experience working in Open Employment and Disability Enterprise organisations. She is passionate about supporting and advocating for people with a disability.

Caroline Jose

Caroline Jose

Pathways Program Team Leader

Caroline Jose holds a Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) and has worked with Carpentaria since October 2019. She is currently completing a Certificate IV in Disability. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Medical Microbiology from India.

Carolin is passionate about her role as Team Leader and is committed to ensuring people with disability are supported to achieve their goals through the Pathways Program’s diverse activities.

 

Kayne Mabey

Kayne Mabey

Pathways Program Team Leader

Kayne Mabey has worked in the disability sector for 5 years, a career he wanted to pursue as a result of having a brother with disability. 

Kayne runs the Nailed It wood working program and enjoys passing on his skills and knowledge to people with a disability.

Angela Newton

Angela Newton

Pathways Program Team Leader

Angela Newton OAM is passionate about fun and joy. She aspires to ensure all participants can live their best life while spending time at the Pathways Program. 

With a background in small business and rural development, Angela holds a Certificate III in Community Services, Certificate IV in Disability and is currently studying a Certificate III in Allied Health in the form of a work-based apprenticeship. 

Shishir Parajuli

Shishir Parajuli

Pathways Program Team Leader

Shishir Parajuli holds a Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) and is currently completing a Certificate IV in Community Service. He joined the Pathways Program in 2019 and enjoys his work as Team Leader as it allows him to work in a valued role, supporting people with disability to achieve their goals. 

Corporate Support

Cathy Phan

Cathy Phan

Intake Coordinator

Cathy Phan holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science and is currently studying a Certificate IV in Mental Health. She has previously worked in the child protection sector and in IT roles.