Marie has been Executive Officer at Interchange for 6 years, building on her extensive career in supporting individuals and families at University of Melbourne, MS Australia, Wavecare and Yooralla. Marie has tertiary qualifications in Education, Special Education, Social Work, Counselling and Business Management. She feels privileged to reflect on her experience in supporting and managing a large number of staff and volunteers from a diverse background in working with families and participants to achieve their goals and aspirations.
Throughout her career, Marie has always prioritised the positive engagement and support of her clients, staff and volunteers in understanding that their wellbeing and commitment is paramount to building a healthy positive culture, be it within a home, the workplace or a community setting. Marie has always been a volunteer herself, having recently trained as a Manager Spontaneous Emergency Volunteers in times of crisis or emergency and sat on the Interchange Board for the past 3 years.
With the advent of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Marie is excited to be in a position to help co-create an even more responsive and innovative organisation, well equipped and competent to support participants and families as they transition to this new framework of thinking and designing services to meet individual needs for inclusion and community participation.
Travis van den Berg
General Services Manager
Travis joined Interchange as Program Manager in November 2013. He has held Coordination and Management positions in a number of Victorian disability service providers and has worked in the sector for the last 15 years. Travis holds graduate qualifications in Management and HR and an Advanced Diploma in Disability.
“I enjoy working with our diverse range of families and people with disability. I strive to work collaboratively and respectfully, to assist people with a disability to achieve the outcomes they desire.”
Josh began working with Interchange Inner East as a Support Worker in 2007 whilst studying his Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Since completing his degree Josh has worked for a number of disability service providers delivering support to people in the home, community and day service setting.
In 2014, Josh took on the role of coordinating and delivering ‘Xtend’ programs in a partnership between Interchange Inner East and the Onemda Association.
Since then he has commenced working in his new role as Operations Manager.
“I am passionate about delivering quality recreation services to benefit both our participants and families with a focus on promoting person centred support”
Tori’s background is in social work in the youth and disability sectors. Her qualifications include a Master of Social Work and a Graduate Diploma in Disability Studies. Tori has worked in various support work, community development and coordination roles in both not-for-profit and State Government settings.
In September 2013 she commenced at Interchange Inner East as the Volunteer and Holiday Program Coordinator. Tori’s current role is to boost volunteer participation within the recreation program and to support families through the Host Program. Tori enjoys interacting with participants and families and supporting staff and volunteers to create positive recreation opportunities for young people with disabilities.
“I am inspired by the generous contribution of volunteers at Interchange Inner East and grateful for the opportunity to meet and work with such dedicated people.”
Engagement and Response Facilitator
Belinda has worked with Interchange Inner East since 2013.
In 2017 she moved into the role of Engagement and Response Facilitator. In this role Belinda respond’s to and engages with participants and families seeking support from Interchange Inner East for services and/or implementing their individualised care plans.
Belinda also assists to co-ordinate the recruitment, induction, training and HR processes of support staff to ensure a regular supply of high calibre support staff to support our clients.
“I love working somewhere that makes a great contribution to the lives of disabled youth and their families. I really enjoy all the happy faces of our participants as they return from our great activities”
Kate joined the Interchange Inner East team in January 2016 to work primarily with the Host Program; however she also works with volunteers in other programs such as the recreation groups. She has qualifications in public health and health promotion and training and has worked most extensively with peer support and psychosocial programs for organisations such as MS Australia and Cancer Council Victoria.
“I’m excited to start working for an organization with so many wonderful volunteers providing support for participants and their families. It’s great to see the support and care demonstrated in the community in this way.”
Senior Engagement and Response Facilitator
Jenny commenced with Interchange Inner East in April 2016, having previously worked as a support worker and team leader in other disability organisations for over 10 years.
Jenny has an honours degree in Social Care Practice.
Jenny is keen to help develop staff skills and areas of interest to provide a wider skill set with which to support our participants. She aims to support families and participants to provide the most up to date participant information to enhance the quality of services provided.
“I am passionate about ensuring the best possible supports are in place for participants, families and also the support staff”
Leeanne joined Interchange Inner East in November 2016 as a Family Engagement Officer to work with young people looking to have meaningful activities in the community. Leeanne’s passion is supporting families and people with a disability to live a life of their choosing wherever possible as engaged and meaningful contributors to their local community.
Leeanne has worked in the disability sector for 37 years in a range of direct support and management positions. She has experience working in and extensive knowledge of service types including accommodation, respite, outreach, attendant care and individual support arrangements. Leeanne has worked with both children and adults and people with a range of disability support needs including children diagnosed with terminal illnesses being supported in their family home. A key feature of Leeanne’s work is to work respectfully and in partnership with families, recognising the important role families play in the well-being and quality of life of their sons and daughters with a disability.
In addition to her practical experience, Leeanne also has an Advanced Diploma in Community Services Management and diplomas in Counselling and Case Management
Rachel joined Interchange as a support worker in 2014. She has provided care within both group and individualised settings.
Since completing a Bachelor of Psychology, Rachel has commenced as a Support Planner, providing excellent support to families using Interchange Inner East’s services.
‘I value working for an organisation that strives to provide quality services that are tailored toward our unique and diverse families’.
Danika has worked and studied the Disability Sector for 18 years. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Applied Science in Disability Studies, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Certificate IV in Disability Work. She has worked across numerous roles within various services both here and abroad including Education Support, ABA therapist, Support Worker, Educator, Team Leader, Coordinator and now Support Planner with IIE since 2016.
“I am passionate about supporting individuals to achieve their goals and be active members of their community”.
“I am privileged to be working in the Not For Profit sector where going to work can make a difference.
The passion and commitment I’ve witnessed by the staff at Interchange Inner East is a credit to them all.
I am honoured to be included in the team.”
Amy first worked at Interchange Inner East in April 2015 as a Choice and Options Coordinator. After taking a year off following the birth of her second son she has returned on a part time basis in the Engagement and Response team as a Recruitment Officer.
Amy’s background includes working extensively within the Disability Employment Sector as well as Recruitment and HR functions. In this role, Amy’s main responsibility is to support the Engagement and Response team while also identifying opportunities to attract and source new support workers.
Whilst working at Interchange I have always been so impressed by the support staff and the work they do, that I am passionate about building upon a great team so that participants and families continue to have excellent respite support options”.
Brenda has worked in the Aged and Disability Sector for 18 years and commenced at Interchange in May 2013 as a Co-ordinator for the Choice and Options Respite Program.
“I enjoy interacting with our participants, families and support workers to create quality respite services for our young people with disabilities. It is very rewarding to see a great match with Support Workers and clients and to know that the family are getting their much needed respite.”