Shannon Spence graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) in 1995 and commenced work in a State Government Agency undertaking Behaviour Support and Case Management. In 2001, Shannon completed a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Monash University, and in 2011, graduated with a Master of Social Work (Advanced Practice). Throughout his career, spanning over 26 years, Shannon has worked in several Government Departments in Australia and the United Kingdom. Shannon is experienced in providing interventions tailored for people with a disability and has extensive experience working in child protection and out-of-home care settings. Shannon is an accredited Social Worker with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) as well as an accredited Mental Health Social Worker and is able to provide services under Medicare.
Rosalee Beale graduated with a Occupational Therapy degree in 1996 from the University of Newcastle. Rosalee has significant experience in working within the aged care sector and supporting people manage life stages and transitions. Rosalee is our Clinical Manager and oversees the delivery of services.
Rebecca graduated with a Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying, Distinction) from Charles Sturt University in 2018 and is an accredited Social Worker with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Rebecca also has undergraduate qualifications in humanities and health sciences. She has over 30 years of experience in the health, human services, and disability sectors. Rebecca is committed to supporting people with complex needs and understands the value of holistic, relationship-based practice. She is skilled in providing quality, collaborative work with a wide range of people, services and supports. Rebecca is particularly motivated to support individual’s self-determination and empowerment, and loves supporting people to work towards their goals. At the core of Rebecca’s approach is Strengths-Based, and Trauma-Informed practices, and she values diversity, respect for individuals, principles of social justice and human rights. Rebecca can provide Specialist Support Coordination, Support Coordination and Social Work services under Functional Assessments and Allied Health Interventions.
Louise Cahill graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science degree in 1991 from Newcastle University and has been working in government and non government organisations in the area of disability. Louise has over 30 years experience of working with people with a range of disabilities and is experienced supporting people with complex needs. Louise is able to provide Specialist Support Coordination and Support Coordination services
Jenny Moase graduated with a Graduate Certificate in Aged Care Nursing in 2001 and previously completed a 3 year Nursing Certificate through Stockton Centre. Jenny has over 30 years experience working with people with a range of disabilities and is experienced supporting people with complex needs. Jenny has worked in both government and non government organisations. Jenny is able to provide Specialist Support Coordination and Support Coordination services.
Blair graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) in 2020. Blair is an Authorised Behaviour Support Practitioner and provides Behaviour Support under Improved Relationships as well as Emotional Regulation services to NDIS participants. She has a keen interest in, and experience with, supporting people with psychosocial disabilities, children and young adults, people with intellectual disabilities and people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Blair has recently completed the Westmead Feelings Program 1 and is an accredited practitioner of this program for children with Intellectual Disability and ASD. Blair is based in Wagga Wagga and will provide a home visiting service to NDIS participants and will be able to attend home, school or SIL visits as required to work closely with participants, their families, and support staff.
Laura graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) in 2020. She completed an Honours thesis on Post Traumatic Growth. Laura has experience working in high schools focusing on student wellbeing, as well as experience in child protection and crisis relief. Laura has a keen interest in, and experience with, supporting participants with anxiety and trauma history. She enjoys working with children, teenagers and young adults, as well as their support teams. Laura provides Behaviour Support across all ages, working with families, children, adolescents, schools, health and SIL homes. She loves meeting new people and building solid relationships with participants and their support team and ultimately helping them at crucial times in their lives, watching them grow and achieve their goals.
Joanne (Jo) Cregan has qualifications in Community Services and extensive lived experience of Disability. Joanne is based on the Central Coast and can provide support to participants who live in on the Central Coast as well as the Hunter. Joanne has extensive experience with children on the Autism Spectrum and enjoys supporting children and adult participants and their families.
Bronte van der Velde
Bronte graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) Degree from the University of Newcastle in 2020. Following her graduation, Bronte worked in a Case Management role supporting people with psychosocial disability. Bronte has a keen interest in working with children and young people and supporting people with psychosocial disability. She thrives on working with a variety of people each day.
Ebony graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) in 2021. Ebony has experience as a youth worker and a disability support worker prior to joining the Shannon Spence and Associates team. She has worked with children in residential and emergency accommodation settings as well as in SIL group homes supporting people with a disability. Ebony enjoys working with individuals of all ages and has a special interest in working with children and teens. She loves the diversity of people that she gets to work with each day, and relishes in helping participants work towards and achieve their personal goals and full potential of independence and improve their lives. She aims to continually learn and grow as a professional to ensure best practice for her participants.
Jarrod graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) from the University of Newcastle in 2021. Jarrod has a keen interest in supporting children and adolescents who have been diagnosed with autism and psychosocial disability. Jarrod enjoys working collaboratively with support services, therapists and the families of each participant and that he is able to assist people in making positive changes to their lives.
Lisa graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Psychological Studies) / Bachelor of Social Work from Monash University in 2013. Lisa has experience working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities, the health sector, and disabilities. Lisa has a strong interest in Trauma Informed and Strengths Based Practices and enjoys the diversity of the people that she supports in her role.