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As a Disabled Persons and Families Organisation (DPFO), everyone at SWAN either has a disability, is a family member of a person with disability, or both. Between us we have extensive knowledge and experience about disability, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), mainstream and disability services available.

Our Team

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Nick Avery – CEO

Nick is an autistic parent of two autistic young adults, and has been volunteering, advocating and working in the south west disability sector since 1999. Her background is in Youth Work, Community and Disability Services, and is a Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer. Nick has been involved with SWAN as a volunteer since 2010, a year after the organisation was founded, and became an employee in 2014. Her knowledge of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is extensive, and she’s very experienced in providing individual and systemic advocacy. Nick also has physical disability.

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Mel Jacobson – Coordinator

Mel works for SWAN one day per week, and is a Registered Psychologist for a local therapy provider in her other role. She’s a Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer, and delivers the two-day workshop with Nick around the south west a few times each year. Mel does an amazing job working with Nick on grant writing, reporting, project management and is an huge support to the SWAN team. Mel has family members with psychosocial disability, and has been volunteering for SWAN since 2015, before joining the team as a staff member in 2017.

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Kylie Robinson – Coordinator

Kylie has two autistic family members, and comes to SWAN from a background working in Education Support and as a Disability Support Worker, and volunteers extensively in the Busselton community. She coordinates our group programs, AutStars and YES Program, and is also in charge of our JumpStart Youth Film Project. Kylie is a fantastic mentor for youth with disability, and has been volunteering for SWAN since 2018 before joining the team as a staff member in 2020.

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Janine Slaven – Coordinator 

Janine is an autistic parent of two autistic teenagers. She has a Bachelor of Psychology, a Diploma in Child Care and a background as a therapy assistant, counsellor and in community services. Janine has incredible knowledge and experience in a wide range of areas, and has volunteered with SWAN since 2010 as a Board member and mentor at our group programs, was employed by SWAN in 2015 and rejoined the team as a staff member in 2019.

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Ronnie Madge – Coordinator

Ronnie has two autistic family members, and has been volunteering for SWAN as a Board member (and former President) and mentor at our group programs since 2016 before joining the team as a staff member in 2022. She has a background as an Education Assistant and as a Disability Support Worker, volunteers extensively in the Busselton community, and has terrific knowledge and experience in a wide range of areas.

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Tina Williams – Admin Volunteer

Tina has been volunteering for SWAN as Admin since 2013. She’s the backbone of SWAN, surrogate Mum to the whole team, and truly irreplaceable. Tina has family members with disability, and brings a lifetime of invaluable knowledge, experience and insight to SWAN and the work we do. 

 

Caris Walsh – Admin (on maternity leave)

Caris volunteered as admin for SWAN for a year before taking an extended working holiday overseas. She has family members with disability, a background as a Dietitian, and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the team. Caris keeps our website updated, and along with her sidekick, Molly the rescue pup, is an awesome part of the team.

Jodie McGuinness – Finance and Payroll 

Jodie has a physical disability, and works closely with SWAN’s Treasurer to manage our accounts, book-keeping and payroll. She has previously worked in employment services, and volunteers in other community groups. Jodie brings wonderful insight to SWAN and the work we do.

 

Our Board

Ant Pursell – President
Jasmine Geddes– Vice President
Clare Gibellini – Secretary
Grant Avery – Treasurer
Luke Robinson – General Board Member
Kay Barnard – General Board Member
Joel Cocks – General Board Member