Marlene has over 35 years' experience in the early childhood and early intervention sector, with a strong commitment to quality, innovation, access and equity.
Early Childhood Teacher / Program Manager
Jacqui began work as a kindergarten teacher and as her contact with children with special needs and disability grew so too did her interest in this field.
Finance & Administration Manager
Leanne is an experienced Finance Administrator with a background encompassing roles in the banking and small business sectors.
Ali has been a part of the Biala family for 5 years. First as a volunteer, then as a student and now a Speech Pathologist.
Heidi is a speech pathologist with over 12 years’ experience working with children and families in this field and has a special interest in working with Autism Spectrum conditions.
Kylie is a dedicated, family orientated speech pathologist. Kylie commits herself to making therapy enjoyable and motivating, incorporating holistic approaches to meet the varied needs of her clients.
Charlotte is a Speech Pathologist who is passionate about the rights that all children have to communicate, whether that be through use of words, pictures, signs or a speech generating device.
Queenie has a Master of Speech Language Pathology from the University of Sydney. She is passionate about empowering and helping children and families through a family centred and holistic approach.
Jenna is a paediatric occupational therapist who has completed further training in assessment and strategies for sensory processing difficulties in children at the SPD Foundation in Denver, USA.
Leanne de Groot
Leanne is an occupational therapist with over 20 years of experience in paediatric settings.
Rachael has a passion for supporting children to develop and grow to reach their full potential. For her it is so encouraging and a privilege to witness progression in children’s development.
Rachel is passionate about working with children and their families . She has completed additional training in hydrotherapy and facilitates the Aquatic Occupational Therapy program.
Stephanie is a registered occupational therapist having received her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with honours from Monash University.
Tesharnie enjoys working with children of all ages to help them reach their goals while having fun along the way! She has special interest areas of toilet training and fine motor skills.
A paediatric Occupational Therapist who has a Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma and has a strong interest in working with young children and their families who have experienced trauma.
Ashley is a paediatric allied health occupational therapy assistant who is passionate about working with children and their families in a play-based fun environment.
Stacey is an AHPRA registered occupational therapist who loves working with children and graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours).
Tara is an Occupational Therapist who is passionate about working with children of all ages and their families. She is a qualified Yoga Teacher with further training in Yoga/Yoga Therapy for kids.
Allied Health Assistant (OT)
James is completing his final year of occupational therapy studies. He has worked with children in diverse settings, schools & as a soccer coach and once graduated is keen to continue in this field.
Claire graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours). She is passionate about working with children and their families to help them achieve their goals
Currently studying the second year of her Bachelor’s Degree at Australia Catholic University, Loyce first came to Biala to complete a voluntary community placement in early 2018.
Philo has been with Biala eight years, helping out with therapy groups, 3 year old kinder and holiday programs and where ever is needed.
Georgi’s first career was in the wine industry, both in Australia and overseas. Once her children became a little older, she developed a strong interest in speech and communication.
Early Childhood Teacher
Originally from South Africa, Karyn lived and worked in London for 8 years before moving to Australia in 2012.
Psychotherapist (currently on mat. leave)
Anna is an experienced psychotherapist with is a particular interest in childhood trauma and is passionate about exploring ways to creatively engage with children.
Anna is a Social Worker with a Masters in Human Rights Law. She has followed the NDIS around Australia since the roll-out started in 2013 and supports families at Biala to navigate the NDIS.
Support Coordinator / Disability Support Worker
Rob has 9 years' experience working as a support worker in many different settings. He is passionate about helping children and their families connect with the community.
Support Coordinator / Disability Support Worker
Bella's discipline is social work. She has lived on the Mornington Peninsula her whole life so has a strong appreciation for community and how we can evolve in the community down here.
Elsha has over 10 years’ experience and loves working with families to help them recognise their strengths and increase their confidence through building a safe, respectful therapeutic relationship
Early Childhood Special Educator
Julie has over 20 years' experience in the early years, working in disability/inclusion for the past 12 years. She is passionate about the power of play to support children’s strengths and interests.
Allied Health Assistant
Chloe has a BSc in Psychology from the UK and 7 years’ experience working with children with behaviours of concern. She is passionate about supporting families with holistic strategies for the home.
Megan is an experienced music therapist (RMT) who has an additional Masters Degree in Adolescent Health and Wellness, and Neurologic Music Therapy Techniques Training.
Melinda loves being able to inspire and help families better understand and manage nutritional issues. She is a trained Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) feeding therapist with an interest in gut health.
Kaye works in administration and in the reception area at Biala.
Executive Assistant to the CEO
Eddie really enjoys long walks, the park, and dinner. But more than anything he likes helping children have fun.