Staff Profiles

Rebecca Walton – Development Manager (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 managing services and projects, governance, training and support roles. Rebecca believes that everyone should be treated equitably, with access to information to make choices and have those choices respected.

Rebecca works in this area because of her own (and her families) experience of disability; which has shaped who she is, the values that are important to her and therefore the work that she does.  She feels privileged to have the opportunity to listen to, and work with, the wide variety of people she meets through SAMS.  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 19 years’ experience in the disability sector and has been with SAMS for 11 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 Level 4 Certificate in Social Services. She is also a member of the National Co-design Transformation Team for Enabling Good Lives and a Co-facilitator for the mid-central Regional Leadership group.

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.

Julie Senescall – Family Member Facilitator (SAMS)

Julie has over 25 years’ experience  in the Disability and Learning support areas.  Julie joined SAMS two years ago.

She has worked in a range of roles including, moving disabled people out of an institution in the late 80’s, co-ordinating services and support, advocacy, and teaching and training at both secondary and tertiary levels.  Most recently she worked for 11 years as HOD Learning Support (SENCO) in a secondary school. She has also learnt a significant amount from supporting a family member with learning support needs.  Julie is strongly committed to inclusion in schools and the importance of all disabled people being part of their local communities.

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.

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