Rebecca Walton – Project Co-ordination and Development (SAMS)
Rebecca has over 20 years’ experience in a variety of roles for a number of different disability organisations, including working with families to set up new services. She also has experience in management, governance, training and support roles. Rebecca believes that everyone should be treated equitably, with access to information to make choices and have those choice respected.
Rebecca works in this area because of her own and her family’s personal experiences of disability which has a profound influence on her values and who she is as a person. Rebecca lives in Wellington.
Maureen Steed – Administration (SAMS)
Maureen has been employed by SAMS for the past 15 years as Project Manager and Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive.
Before joining SAMS Maureen worked in a number of administrative roles, and spent time in the education sector teaching people with disabilities. Maureen believes everyone should be given the support necessary to lead a fulfilling life. Maureen lives in Wellington.
Tina Lincoln – Family Member Facilitator (SAMS)
Tina has 14 years’ experience in the disability sector and has been with SAMS for seven years. Tina believes everyone should be treated equally and have opportunities in the community.
Tina has a wide range of range of experience – including being a caregiver for elderly, having a family member with a disability and has a Level 4 Certificate in Social Services.
Tina lives in Fielding and enjoys her journey with her links to Te Atiawa whanau.
Lianne Clarke – Family Member Facilitator (SAMS)
Lianne is a teacher, a mum and keenly interested in ensuring all people have access to the information they need to make choices in their lives.
Lianne has worked for SAMS for over 13 years, but her primary experience comes from being a family member of people who access services. Lianne lives in Auckland.
Wendy Isaia – Family Member Facilitator (SAMS)
Wendy has worked in the disability sector for 16 years, first in education in Australia and now with SAMS. Wendy believes she is fortunate this role allows her to interact with many disabled people and their families.
Prior to joining SAMS, Wendy was a family/whanau support worker with experience in child protection and working with families at risk. Wendy believes disabled people have the right to determine their own life choices – who will be involved, what support is needed and the right to inclusion.
Wendy comes from a blended Maori-European background with strong links with Ngapuhi and the West Coast of the South Island, as well as ties to Pacific peoples through her husband and children. Wendy lives in Waipu.
Ruth Jones – Facilitator (SAMS)
Ruth is of Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga a Mahaki and Ngati Porou descent. As a person with a disability, Ruth is committed to ensuring that diverse communities, including Maori and disabled people, have equal opportunity.
Ruth trained as a social worker and has worked in the disability community as a practitioner and manager both locally and nationally for the past 23 years.
She is now a co-director of a consultancy business, alongside her husband Gary.
Ruth co-founded the Earthquake Disability Leadership Group in 2011 to ensure that there is a strong disability voice during the rebuild and recovery of Christchurch. Ruth lives in Christchurch.
Cindy Adams-Vining – Family Member Facilitator (SAMS)
Cindy has been involved with the sector since the birth of her daughter in 1989 and has worked with SAMS for eight years. She has volunteered and worked in supporting families and in delivering training. Cindy has held governance roles both nationally and internationally with disability organisations and in education.
Cindy believes family and community are essential ingredients in the lives of people with disabilities, and education and awareness ensure better outcomes for everyone. Cindy lives in Picton.
Shona Cook – Facilitator/Trainer (Parent to Parent)
Shona is a teacher and a mum who believes in the philosophy that knowledge is power and that it is important for people to have information and knowledge to make informed choices.
Shona has a wide range of experiences from being an Early Childhood teacher to currently working as a family/whanau worker and some experience working in the disability sector, as well as her experiences of being the parent of a family member who accesses services.
Shona has been a support parent and a trainer for Parent to Parent for a number of years. Shona lives in Invercargill.
Grant Morris – Facilitator/Trainer (Parent to Parent)
Grant has been involved in SibSupportNZ since 1995. He has a younger sister with special needs and was the first sibling leader in 1995 and the first sibling facilitator in 1997. More recently, Grant has focused on training facilitators and leaders and running the Wellington camps and sibdays.
Grant is a senior lecturer in law at Victoria University specialising in legal history and dispute resolution. He lives in Wellington and is married with two daughters, aged 3 and 6.
Ann Campbell – Facilitator/Trainer (Parent to Parent)
Ann has been involved with Parent to Parent as a Support Parent since the late 1990s when she lived in Hamilton where she also worked at the McKenzie centre as an Early Intervention teacher. Ann has six adult children with a daughter in Hamilton who lives independently in her own home and is supported through the Community Living Trust .
Ann currently works as an Early Intervention teacher for the Ministry of Education, Special Education in Christchurch. Ann has a passion for working alongside children and their families. Ann lives in Christchurch.