David has 25 years’ experience working within the education, early childhood intervention & family support sectors. He brings passion & commitment along with a strategic approach to growth & development to deliver high quality services that support children and families to reach their full potential
Claudia is a psychologist with over 15 years of experience working alongside children and families and has been in leadership roles in community organisations for almost 10 years. She is passionate about providing services that are community-based and accessible to help children and families thrive.
Mel is an experienced finance leader and is committed to supporting Biala achieve its strategic objectives and ultimately it's mission of making a positive difference in the lives of young children and their families.
Leanne is an experienced Finance Administrator with a background encompassing roles in the banking and small business sectors.
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.
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.
Rachael is passionate about supporting children and their families to reach their full potential. She enjoys working with children and families to identify what's most important to them, setting goals together and having fun along the way!
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.
Stacey enjoys working with children and their families to reach their goals. She loves supporting them to develop the skills and confidence they need to participate in activities that are important to them.
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.
James is a paediatric Occupational Therapist who enjoys working with children and families to promote their independence and set them up for the future. James is passionate about aquatic OT and loves to see children develop in an aquatic environment.
Tessa is an Occupational Therapist with a desire to support children and their families to reach meaningful goals through collaborative and family-led practices. Tessa has a special interest in trauma and anxiety/regulation.
Zoe is a paediatric occupational therapist who loves to support families and children to develop skills to participate in everyday life. She loves to focus on families’ strengths and special interests.
Katelyn is passionate about supporting children and their families to achieve their unique goals. She also enjoys learning from the children and families she works with and building confidence and independence along the way.
Lilian recently graduated from the Australian Catholic University. She is a strong believer that, if given the most appropriate support, every child has the potential to succeed, and is passionate about assisting children and families in the pursuit of this.
Abbey is an Allied Health Assistant who loves working with children and their families to reach their goals. Abbey is passionate about working collaboratively to enable children and families to engage in meaningful occupations.
My name is Jacob & I am an Allied Health Assistant currently studying occupational therapy at Australian Catholic University. I value building relationships with clients and family members in therapy & believe that it is significant in providing the best possible support.
I am a current ACU student studying occupational therapy and work as a disability support worker outside of Biala. I have a passion for working with children and their families and ensure each child is provided with as much opportunity to grow and thrive in their youth.
Lauren is enthusiastic about collaborating with children and their families to support participation in meaningful activities. She has a special interest in sensory regulation and is qualified as an integrative dance instructor.
Laura is a dedicated and passionate Speech Pathologist who works holistically with children and their families to support and empower them to reach their full potential. Laura utilises play-based therapy to engage and tailors programs to each individual child’s needs.
Nicola has had over 10 years' experience working with children and their families to identify and achieve their goals. She is passionate about using a child’s strengths and interests to develop communication and maximise participation in everyday activities.
Kate loves to make learning fun and believes that communication is a basic human right. She has particular experience with alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) and supporting families to navigate the NDIS.
Mariam is a Speech Pathologist who is passionate about supporting children of all ages to reach their communication goals. She enjoys working with families to deliver evidence-based therapy incorporating the child's interests.
I am passionate about seeing children develop their own independence and communicate with the people around them. I love working with children to see the excitement when the realise that they can do something new.
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. Kylie is currently on maternity leave.
Susan has worked in settings such as schools, early intervention & public health. She specialises in eating/feeding skill development, early language & speech and aims to work collaboratively with caregivers to set achievable goals supporting children to confidently apply new skills in everyday life
Julie has worked in Early Childhood for over 20 years, specialising in inclusion and disability for over 10 years. She holds a strong philosophy for nurturing play-based learning, where children are seen as active participants to develop to their full potential.
Karyn’s passion is helping families understand how best to support their child to achieve their full potential. She has a special interest in Autism and believes that all children learn best through child-led, interest-based play.
Donna is an Early Childhood Teacher and has been teaching for over 30 years. She has worked in junior primary school and kindergarten during this time. She is passionate about providing children the opportunity to succeed and learn through developing on their strengths and abilities.
Sue is an Early Childhood Teacher with extensive experience in the early years sector across a variety of sectors. Sue is passionate about supporting young children to achieve their full potential and to this end she strives to engage with children and their families in a warm and respectful manner.
Tahlia is passionate about supporting children to reach their full potential. Tahlia is committed to taking an individualised, strengths-based and family-centered approach.
Tiana is a colourful Social Worker experienced in early intervention disability, education and case management. She enjoys thinking outside the box to solve problems and supporting clients to build their capacity and feel connected.
Anna is an experienced psychotherapist with is a particular interest in childhood trauma and is passionate about exploring ways to creatively engage with children.
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
Melinda has a passion to help families overcome feeding difficulties, to enjoy stress-free mealtimes, nurture positive eating behaviours and feel confident their child is getting the nutrition they need to grow and thrive. She also has a special interest in food allergies and gut health.
Philo has been with Biala eight years, helping out with therapy groups, 3 year old kinder and holiday programs and where ever is needed.
Margot is the Executive Assistant to the CEO and provides comprehensive support to the CEO, Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team.
Cathie is an experienced Finance Officer with over 8 years in the Health/Community Services sector. She has an interest in progressive & forward thinking ideas to support the organisation & families.
Rachel has extensive experience with administration tasks, including client managing, communication and organisation. She enjoys working at Biala with the friendly staff and alongside our Biala families.
Kaye is one of our team of Administrators who provide front office support and support to families.
Petula is one of our team of Administrators who provide front office support and support to families.
Jinny has a Masters of Social Work and over 35 years’ experience as a social worker, manager, CEO and volunteer on not-for-profit Boards. She served as a member of two Government Tribunals, was an elected Councillor and is now undertaking a Masters of Research.
Sharon is a marketing, strategy and business development executive with considerable experience working with various sectors in Australia, New Zealand, UK and Asia including fast moving consumer goods, business to business and retail. She is passionate about philanthropy and creating social impact.
Geoff is an experienced executive with strong strategic, financial and operational acumen gained over many years as a C-level executive across multiple markets. He is experienced marketing, strategic planning/execution, organisation transformation, mergers/acquisitions and business support services.
Simone is a finance professional highly experienced in Public Practice, Information Technology and Local Government. Her background includes strategic business and service planning that deliver desired community outcomes and benefits. She cares about improving the health and wellbeing of families.
Kerryn is a qual. lawyer with expertise in providing practical, effective, value-driven solutions across the healthcare sector. She is committed to excellence and innovation to achieve exceptional outcomes for all particularly in the health workforce, systems & processes and healthcare operations.
Astrid has a background in medical research. She is a qualified lawyer with expertise in intellectual property, commercial law, governance, risk management and disability rights. She has lived experience with disability and is passionate about helping people with disabilities access apt supports.
Joanne has extensive professional experience in government operational service delivery particularly in the disability sector. She has lived experience with disability and is passionate and enthusiastic in supporting individuals/families to access support & services to achieve best possible outcomes