Client and Carpentaria staff member enjoy a cup of coffee and a chat together

Our Team

Carpentaria has a committed team of professional staff who are dedicated to providing evidence-based and person-centred treatment and supports to enable Territorians with a disability to build a bigger life.

Carpentaria employs high quality staff in a range of specialist disability support and allied health roles to support clients across our Carpentaria Kids, Adult Day Service, Support Coordination, Supported Independent Living, Adult Allied Health Team and Respite / Short Term Accommodation services. Recruitment to positions at Carpentaria is based on values, skills and qualifications.

Carpentaria 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 Management Team

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.

Justin Heath

Justin Heath

Chief Operations Officer

Justin Heath joined Carpentaria in August 2017, following an extensive career in community services. Beginning in Citizen Advocacy in Adelaide, Justin has worked across rural communities for the Intellectual Disability Services Council in South Australia and Outreach Primary Health in Western Victoria before moving to Darwin in 2004 to work with the Darwin Remote Aged and Disability Team. Following stints in Aged and Disability and Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy, Justin moved to Nhulunbuy where he was the Program Coordinator and later managed the Nhulunbuy Alcohol and Other Drug Residential Rehabilitation Service.

Most recently, Justin worked with Primary Health Care in Darwin and Nhulunbuy as the Area Service Manager and then District Manager, followed by nine months leading sector development with the Office of Disability NDIS Implementation Taskforce.

Jacklyn O'Boyle

Jacklyn O'Boyle

Carpentaria Kids Manager / Occupational Therapist

Jacklyn O’Boyle is a Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist who has worked at Carpentaria Kids for three years. Prior to this, Jacklyn studied and worked in Ireland where she developed her passion within the area of paediatrics.

Jacklyn has a specialist interest in Cerebral Palsy, particularly equipment provision and upper limb intervention. She has completed several courses within the area of Cerebral Palsy and keeps up to date with the most recent research. She is confident within the areas of equipment prescription, upper limb orthosis (splinting) fabrication, pre/post Botulinum Toxin–A assessment and intervention.

Adult Services

Kiana Fiorenza

Kiana Fiorenza

Supported Independent Living Coordinator

Kiana Fiorenza started working in Carpentaria’s Respite/Short Term Accommodation team as a teenager. She moved to the Supported Independent Living and Adult Day Service programs in following years and has been a Supported Independent Living Coordinator since 2015. She is completing her Certificate IV in Disability and Community Services.

Biji Ajithkumar

Biji Ajithkumar

Supported 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.

Lovleen Gill

Lovleen Gill

Supported Independent Living Coordinator

Lovleen Gill joined Carpentaria in August 2017 following a career in Human Resources and Training in industries including the disability sector, retail and Vocational Education & Training. She holds a Masters of Business Administration (Human Resources) and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She is currently completing a Diploma of Community Services (Case Management and Mental Health).

Liz Adamson

Liz Adamson

Support Coordination / Social Worker

Liz Adamson has a Master of Social Work, is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Community Education. She has previously worked with Disability Services, Child Safety and Corrective Services in Queensland and appreciates the opportunity to work with and for disadvantaged and minority groups and individuals.

Damian Daby

Damian Daby

Lifestyle Options Coordinator

Damian Daby holds a Certificate IV in Disability and has worked in the disability sector for over 22 years, with roles in manufacturing training, work training and classroom support. He has worked with Carpentaria for more than eight years in the Adult Day Service, Lifestyle Options program.

Sarita Fiorenza

Sarita Fiorenza

Lifestyle Options Coordinator

Sarita Fiorenza holds a Certificate IV in Disability and Community Services and has worked with Carpentaria for more than 18 years. She initially commenced as a full time Disability Support Worker before taking on the Adult Day Service, Lifestyle Options Coordinator position.

Marion Cork

Marion Cork

Respite Coordinator

Marion Cork has worked in the disability sector for 18 years and initially worked as a Disability Support Worker with Carpentaria before taking on the Respite Coordinator role. She holds a Certificate III and Certificate IV in Disability and enjoys building relationships with parents, respite staff and colleagues.

Danielle Morante

Danielle Morante

Occupational Therapist

Danielle Morante studied Occupational Therapy at the University of Sydney and has over 10 years of experience across a range of settings and client groups. Danielle has worked in international development in the areas of neurology, aged care and community based rehabilitation as a sole therapist and mentor to local staff who are culturally and linguistically diverse. Danielle is passionate about supporting Carpentaria participants to be as safe and independent as they can be in their home and in the community and is committed to providing quality education and advocacy for disability inclusiveness and human rights. Danielle is also a certified Trainer and Assessor.

Amy Southwood

Amy Southwood

Speech Pathologist

Amy Southwood is a Speech Pathologist who works with both adults and children. She commenced at Carpentaria in April 2017. Prior to this Amy worked for both the Northern Territory Department of Education and Northern Territory Department of Health providing services to people living in Top End urban and rural remote regions. Amy has also spent time working in community health centres and schools in London with children and adolescents diagnosed with complex communication needs. Amy has a specialist interest in early intervention, language and speech sound disorders, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and communication partner training and education with a focus on enhancing communication friendly environments.

Amy has completed a range of courses in speech sound disorders and phonological awareness, AAC, trauma informed practice and cultural awareness and responsiveness. She is an active member with the Speech Pathology Australia NT Branch and is a steering committee member for the Speech Pathology Paediatric Indigenous Network (SPPIN), an Australia wide professional body developed by speech pathologists with an interest in Remote Indigenous health.

Betsy Hingston

Betsy Hingston

Adult Education & Communication Facilitator

Betsy Hingston has worked in primary school special education for the past 12 years. She became interested in Augmentative and Alternative Communication after seeing the results of speech pathology in classrooms and was motivated to empower others to have a voice to achieve different ways of communicating and expressing emotions.

Betsy currently works alongside Carpentaria’s Speech Pathologist in the Adult Day Service and Supported Independent Living programs, with the goal of empowering all participants to achieve a high quality of life.

Carpentaria Kids

Jacklyn O'Boyle

Jacklyn O'Boyle

Carpentaria Kids Manager / Occupational Therapist

Jacklyn O’Boyle is a Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist who has worked at Carpentaria Kids for three years. Prior to this, Jacklyn studied and worked in Ireland where she developed her passion within the area of paediatrics.

Jacklyn has a specialist interest in Cerebral Palsy, particularly equipment provision and upper limb intervention. She has completed several courses within the area of Cerebral Palsy and keeps up to date with the most recent research. She is confident within the areas of equipment prescription, upper limb orthosis (splinting) fabrication, pre/post Botulinum Toxin–A assessment and intervention.

John Callanan

John Callanan

Psychologist MAPS

John Callanan is a Psychologist who has been working in Early Intervention for more than five years. He previously worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health settings in Victoria. John has a strong interest in early attachment in children with special needs and the impact of that in developmental treatment programs. He is currently completing a PhD in the Role of Parents in Early Intervention. His research also incorporates consideration of efficiency and efficacy in the provision of services.

Lucy Bransgrove

Lucy Bransgrove

Speech Pathologist

Lucy Bransgrove is a Senior Speech Pathologist with over eight years of clinical experience. She has worked at Carpentaria for one year. Prior to this, Lucy studied and worked in Melbourne at an Early Intervention Service and Private Practice specialising in diagnosing and treating Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in all age groups. Lucy collaborated with ‘Amaze’ (Autism Victoria) on a project to educate families about ASD, including filming a therapy session which demonstrated the use of visuals and other evidence-based therapy techniques.

Lucy is passionate about ensuring that all children have a functional communication system. Using visuals and educating others about the importance of their use is a key aspect of Lucy’s practice. Lucy is also experienced in all areas of speech and language therapy.

Jayne Graham

Jayne Graham

Speech Pathologist

Jayne Graham is a Paediatric Speech Pathologist who has worked at Carpentaria Kids for almost 2 years. Over the past 17 years, Jayne has worked as a Speech Pathologist around Australia where she developed her passion for working with children with complex communication needs.

Jayne has a specialist interest in Cerebral Palsy, particularly mealtimes and supporting communication through augmentative and alternative ways. Jayne is confident within the areas of augmentative and alternative communication trial and prescription, sensory and oral motor assessment and treatment regarding mealtimes, as well as speech assessment and intervention. Jayne has training in the SOS approach to mealtimes, other mealtime strategies and speech sound disorders intervention.

Lori Roberts

Lori Roberts

Occupational Therapist

Lori Roberts is a Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist who has worked at Carpentaria Kids for 2 years. Prior to this Lori studied in Victoria and worked in Sydney. Lori has a specialist interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder particularly in sensory processing, understanding behaviour and mealtime support. Lori has completed a range of courses within the area of Autism, sensory processing, motor planning and advanced mealtime training specifically for children with G-tube feeds and autism. She is skilled in equipment prescription for children with moderate physical disabilities and environmental assessments.

Amy Southwood

Amy Southwood

Speech Pathologist

Amy Southwood is a Speech Pathologist who works with both children and adults. Prior to joining Carpentaria in April 2017, Amy worked for both the Northern Territory Department of Education and Northern Territory Department of Health providing services to people living in Top End urban and rural remote regions. Amy has also spent time working in community health centres and schools in London with children and adolescents diagnosed with complex communication needs.

Amy has a specialist interest in early intervention, language and speech sound disorders, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and communication partner training and education with a focus on enhancing communication friendly environments. Amy has completed a range of courses in speech sound disorders and phonological awareness, AAC, trauma informed practice and cultural awareness and responsiveness. She is an active member of the Speech Pathology Australia NT Branch and is a steering committee member for the Speech Pathology Paediatric Indigenous Network (SPPIN), an Australia wide professional body developed by speech pathologists with an interest in remote Indigenous health.

Dr Bea Staley

Dr Bea Staley

Speech Pathologist

Dr Bea Staley is a lecturer and researcher in the School of Education at Charles Darwin University (CDU) and teaches in the areas of Special Education and Inclusion, Early Childhood Education and Literacy. She has been affiliated with Carpentaria for the past three years and is currently engaged in a clinical research collaboration between CDU and Carpentaria Kids.

Prior to moving to Darwin, she worked for 16 years as a paediatric speech pathologist in the United States, Australia, Kenya and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands. Bea is a member Speech Pathology Australia, and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is also on the executive committee of Early Childhood Intervention Australia – NT. Bea has a special interest working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Corporate Support

Margo Napier

Margo Napier

Facilities Manager / Executive Support

Margo Napier joined Carpentaria in 2010 in the capacity of Admin/Finance Coordinator, having previously worked at several schools in Katherine and Darwin both in Administration / Finance and as a Special Needs Assistant.

Margo moved into the Facilities Manager / Executive Support role and has been instrumental in the development of the Community Hub project over a number of years.

Yugesh Soni

Yugesh Soni

Senior Finance Officer

Yugest Soni joined Carpentaria in August 2017. He 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.

Belinda Marchese

Belinda Marchese

Administration Coordinator

Belinda has been with Carpentaria since March 2016. She has worked in Administration roles for 15 years and has also spent three years delivering Business Administration training. She holds Advance Diplomas in Business Administration and Management and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Natalie Gibbs

Natalie Gibbs

Communications and Stakeholder Relations Coordinator

Natalie joined Carpentaria in May 2017. She 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.