Staff Profiles

Tina Lincoln – Development Manager (SAMS)

Tina has 24 years’ experience in the disability sector and has been with SAMS for 17 years. Tina believes everyone should be treated equally and have opportunities in the community.

Tina has a wide range of experience – having a family member with a disability and experience in Social Services. Tine is currently a member of the Establishment Unit Community Steering group, and was also a member of the National Co-design Transformation Team for Enabling Good Lives (2017 – 2018) and a Co-facilitator for the mid-central Regional Leadership group (2018 – 2022).

Tina lives in Palmerston North and enjoys her journey with her links to Te Atiawa whanau.

Moemoe Muli’aumaseali’i – Whanau Member Facilitator (SAMS)

I am of Māori and Pasifika descent and as a mother of three including one with additional needs, I am passionate about ensuring whānau know what’s available to them to increase their choices.

I’m a board member of the Brain Injured Children Trust and a full-time support for my son, supporting him with his intensive neuro-developmental therapy program. I am also a part of the Enabling Good Lives Waikato Family Core Group and serve in my church as a youth advisor.

I’m enjoying working with SAMS and Care Matters offering a perspective of a young mother for the Aotearoa that I would like my son to live in now and in the future.

Lianne Clarke – Whanau 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 23 years, but her primary experience comes from being a family member of people who access services. Lianne lives in Auckland.

Neum Muli’aumaseali’i – Whanau Member Facilitator (SAMS)

I am a husband to an amazing wife and father to 3 beautiful children.

My youngest son (8yrs) has a disability which has driven my passion and led me to work alongside disability organizations and has roles such as the Pasifika representative for Enabling Good Lives Waikato Leadership group.

I am a registered Social Worker that has experience in residential care, disability support, and ACC rehabilitation programs.

Jaye Lincoln – Whanau Member Facilitator

Jaye has a varied background of roles within the social services and disability sectors in Aotearoa, but her primary experience comes from being a whanau member of a disabled person.

She is based in Te Papaoiea with her whanau and is currently on a journey of discovering her own whakapapa, with connection to Ngati Porou and Te Atiawa. Jaye is also involved in whanau community-based mahi in midcentral region.

Jaye is passionate about being part of shifting change leading to positive outcomes in the disability sector in Aotearoa and believes that individuals should have access to knowledge and information leading to making informed choices to live their great life.

Courtney Naera – Whanau Member Facilitator

Courtney is a facilitator, musician and mother living in the Wairarapa with her husband Charlie and 5 beautiful tamariki.

Her son Cassius has needed extra support since birth and she enjoys sharing the information she has learnt through her journey with other families around Aotearoa.

She has just started her facilitation journey with Care Matters and is excited about the future.

Me mahi tahi tātou mo te oranga o te katoa

We must work together for the well-being of all

Dr Carey-Ann Morrison – Chief Executive (SAMS)

Carey-Ann is a proud mum to a young disabled son. She has a PhD in social and cultural geography and is an Associate at the University of Waikato. She is passionate about values-based research, evaluation, and education that leads to meaningful change in the lives of disabled people and their whānau.    

 Carey-Ann is a member of the National Enabling Good Lives Leadership Group (NEGL) and sits on other committees, including the Family Leadership Alliance, Wellington Down syndrome Association and the New Zealand Down syndrome Association.

Zandra Vaccarino Facilitator (Parent to Parent)

Zandra is a member of the Enabling Good Lives Midcentral Regional Leadership Group. She is a social justice advocate who believes that empowered, connected, and supported individuals are more resilient and able to create better outcomes for themselves and their families.

Zandra is the National Executive Officer of the New Zealand Down Syndrome Association (NZDSA) and values working with a range of disability and community groups to achieve shared goals and represent the view of whānau at national stakeholder meetings.

Grant Morris – Facilitator/Trainer (Parent to Parent)

Grant has been involved in SibSupport NZ since becoming the first SibLeader 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 SibShops.

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.

Sarah Verran – Facilitator (Parent to Parent)

A mother of two based in the Waikato, Sarah’s life changed when her daughter was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury at 10 years old and consequently has a high-needs, complex lifelong disability.

Sarah has governance and advocacy experience through trustee roles on the national boards of Life Unlimited and Parent to Parent; and as a consumer advisor on the Health Care Home collaborative which aims to strengthen equity, co-design, and Māori engagement. Sarah is also the recipient of the Institute of Directors Emerging Director Award – Disability.

Siobhan Vaccarino – Administrative Coordinator (SAMS)

Siobhan has worked in a variety of roles within the disability sector with her most recent being at SAMS and Care Matters as the administrative and communications coordinator. Siobhan is based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara with her pug Pinocchio completing her communications degree.  

Being a whānau member of a disabled person and having lived experience makes her passionate to see change in the disability sector.  

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