Staff Profiles

Tina Lincoln – Development Manager (SAMS)

Tina Lincoln works as the Care Matters Development Manager at SAMS and is part of the Senior Leadership Team.

Tina is interested in Community Learning, Developmental Evaluation, and Community Development. Tina has a whānau member with a disability who relies on others to communicate her desires. Tina has been in the disability sector for 25 years, 18 of which with SAMS.

She values the rights and equality of all people. She has led Enabling Good Lives family groups around New Zealand for 10 years and has contributed to the co-design of both the System Transformation and the prototype. She has been a family voice in the Whaikaha Community Reference Group and was previously a Facilitator for Enabling Good Lives Mid-Central Regional Leadership Group. She has personal experience with the Enabling Good Lives approach in MidCentral. She is excited about her role in Whaikaha Strategy Advisor Group.

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.

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.

Delia Nolan – Co-Executive Director (SAMS)

Delia Nolan is a policy professional with extensive experience in advising decision-makers. She is currently the Lead Advisor to the Chief Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission, Te Kāhui Tika Tangata.

Delia is a strategic thinker and spends much of her time imagining ways to combat discrimination in Aotearoa. Her career in policy supports her desire to improve outcomes for vulnerable communities. Of Ngati Porou descent and with lived experience of a disability, Delia is a strong voice for tāngata whaikaha Māori. In order to be able to articulate that voice, she is currently undertaking her Masters in Indigenous Studies.

In her spare time, she likes riding her motorbike and hanging out with whānau.

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 – Business and Communications Advisor (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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