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, Pathways Program (skill development in the community and in a purpose-built facility), Supported Independent Living, Medium Term Accommodation 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.

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. 

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.

Ed Spilsbury

Ed Spilsbury

Team Leader / Psychologist

Ed Spilsbury holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons) and a Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) and is experienced in a range of psychotherapies, often drawing on CBT, ACT, Behavioural and mindfulness-based approaches.

Having developed a passion for improving remote health outcomes, Ed moved to Alice Springs three years ago and is focused on improving access of cognitive and educational assessments to Australians living in remote areas. His previous role with the Royal Flying Doctor Service progressed his understanding of the diverse Central Australian cultures and he has developed therapeutic techniques that cater for participants where access to services has been a barrier in their wellbeing. 

 

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.

Sarah Zippel

Sarah Zippel

Speech Pathologist

Sarah Zippel is an enthusiastic clinician with a passion for working with people of all ages. She has clinical placement experience in speech, language, literacy, fluency, voice, dysphagia and social communication across the lifespan. Sarah also has experience working with high school students in remote and urban settings in Western Australia and Victoria.

Sarah operates under the principle of a family-centred team approach, and enjoys working with participants alongside their families and carers to collaboratively meet goals.

Stephanie Allen

Stephanie Allen

Occupational Therapist

Stephanie Allen holds a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and has worked in both community and private practice settings. She has experience working with children and adolescents to build independence in meaningful and necessary occupations and has also been involved in leading social skills and school readiness groups for young children. 

Stephanie has a keen interest in sensory processing difficulties and supporting families to equip their children with the tools they need to participate in everyday activities.  

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.

Sally Ennever

Sally Ennever

Occupational Therapist

Sally Ennever has worked for the previous 4 years as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist in a paediatric clinic in Sydney , as well as a Therapy Assistant Team Leader and clinical supervisor. She has a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) from University of Queensland, and completed university placements in an Intensive Care Unit, an Early Intervention Clinic and 1 month placement in Vietnam.

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 practice 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.

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.

Matiese John

Matiese John

Occupational Therapist

Matiese John holds a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) from the University of Newcastle. She has completed a variety of practical placements in community settings, inpatient rehabilitation and a 10 week paediatric placement at Carpentaria in 2021. During her studies, Matiese worked with children as a Disability Support Worker and Occupational Therapy Assistant which affirmed her passion for working with children and their families to achieve goals. Matiese grew up in rural North West NSW and has an interest in supporting families from similar rural and remote backgrounds.

 

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.

Genna Stiles

Genna Stiles

Occupational Therapist

Genna Stiles is an Occupational Therapist with experience working with children and their families across regional and remote parts of the Northern Territory. She has a primary interest in assistive technology and equipment prescription for clients with complex disabilities. Genna enjoys working with children and their families to achieve their goals and maximise participation in day-to-day activities.  

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

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.

Rachel Chan

Rachel Chan

APA Paediatric Physiotherapist

Rachel Chan is a Paediatric Physiotherapist with over 22 years of extensive experience in assessing and managing different developmental, neurological, neuromuscular and orthopaedic conditions from birth to teenagers. She is a Titled APA Paediatric Physiotherapist and a member of the Australian College of Physiotherapists (MACP).

Rachel obtained her Masters of Physiotherapy (Paediatrics) at The University of Queensland in 2004. With broad experience in hospitals, early education centres, special schools, and private practice, Rachel has specialised in the early detection of movement difficulties, and has expertise in managing children with Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Prematurity and Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

Courtney Byrne

Courtney Byrne

Allied Health Assistant

Courtney Byrne has worked with Carpentaria since 2019 and holds a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance, with a focus area on Occupational Therapy. She has experience implementing Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology and Physiotherapy programs. Courtney enjoys the variety of her role, along with the opportunities to work closely with all members of Carpentaria’s Therapy Services team. 

Xana Dasilva-Cruz

Xana Dasilva-Cruz

Allied Health Assistant

Xana Desilva-Cruz joined Carpentaria’s Therapy Services team in 2019. She has completed a Diploma of Counselling and is currently completing a Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance. She is passionate about supporting participants to communicate with all members of their community and to engage in activities they enjoy.

Cheyenne Luscombe

Cheyenne Luscombe

Allied Health Assistant

Cheyenne Luscombe has lived in Darwin for over 20 years. She holds a Certificate III in Individual Support – Disability Skillset and is currently completing a Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance. She has extensive personal experience with people with disabilities and is passionate about improving the lives of people with disabilities, with a focus on helping children to develop and excel while appreciating their unique abilities.

Accommodation Services

Angela Robertson

Angela Robertson

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.

Justin Smedley

Justin Smedley

Quality and Practice Manager

Justin Smedley holds a Bachelor of Public Administration. He has experience in frontline and management roles across education, Supported Independent Living, Out of Home Care and Support Coordination settings. He is passionate about employee coaching and empowerment, contemporary evidenced based practice and governance, and human rights centred supports.

Justin has a love for learning and is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws.

Rebecca Nagle

Rebecca Nagle

Complex Case Manager

Rebecca Nagle has more than 10 years of experience in the community services sector, including managing the Pearl Retirement Village for four years. She is currently completing a Diploma in Business, Leadership and Management.

Rebecca is passionate about capacity building opportunities for participants and is committed to advocating for participant outcomes. 

Louise Collett

Louise Collett

Case Management Coordinator

Louise Collett has more than 10 years of experience in the aged and disability sector, with specialist skills in younger onset dementia care. She holds a Diploma in Adult Social Care and has previously worked as a Support Coordinator. She is passionate about supporting participants to access high quality services to meet their requirements.  

Adam Hart

Adam Hart

Independent Living Coordinator

Adam Hart holds a Certificate IV in Disability and worked as an Independent Living Coach with Carpentaria for two years prior to moving into the Coordinator role in January 2022. He also has experience as a Local Area Coordinator and Employment Training Advisor.

Damaris Kabugua

Damaris Kabugua

Independent Living Coordinator

Damaris Kabugua holds a Bachelor in Social Science (majoring in Community Work). She has 7 years experience in the disability sector and most recently worked as a Carpentaria Team Leader before commencing in the Coordinator position.

 

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.

Paige Tehan

Paige Tehan

Independent Living Coordinator

Paige Tehan holds a Certificate IV in Disability and Community Services and has previously worked as a Youth Inclusion Officer and Disability Support Worker supporting participants while on interstate and international holidays.

Rabin Thapa

Rabin Thapa

Independent Living Coordinator

Rabin Thapa has a range of experience in the disability sector, as both a Coordinator of Support and in an administrative role at National Disability Services. He holds a Certificate IV in Disability Studies and Certificate III in Aged Care, along with a Bachelor of Accounting, Diploma in Commerce and Accounting, Advanced Diploma in Leadership and Management and a Certificate IV in Business Studies. 

Pathways Program

Kayne Mabey

Kayne Mabey

Pathways Program Manager

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 was instrumental in developing the Nailed It wood working program and enjoys passing on his skills and knowledge to people with a disability.

Tara Intarapanya

Tara Intarapanya

Team Leader / Senior Allied Health Assistant

Tara Intarapanya holds a Diploma of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant and has experience working with both adults and children in hospital and acute care settings including rehabilitation, complex care, neurology, musculoskeletal and medical wards, as well as community settings with the Hand Clinic, Children’s Development Team and Early Childhood Australia NT. She is passionate about the role Allied Health Assistants play in supporting participants and their families to reach their life goals through Allied Health evidence-based practice. 

Katelyn Blake

Katelyn Blake

Team Leader / Allied Health Assistant

Katelyn Blake joined the Pathways Program in April 2021. She holds a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science and enjoys working with participants to achieve their goals. She firmly believes that everyone is capable of achieving great things and applies this to all aspects of her role.

Dhaval Patel

Dhaval Patel

Team Leader

Dhaval Patel has a background in the healthcare sector and 2 years experience in disability support. He holds a Certificate III in Individual Support, is enthusiastic about reaching individual goals and is passionate about working alongside participants.