Day Programs Team
An introduction to some of the staff members in our Day Programs area.
General Manager Day Programs
Natarsha has worked in the disability sector for over 20 years with extensive experience in program development, diversity and inclusion. Holding a Bachelor of Education and Music alongside qualifications in disability, Natarsha has held many roles across multiple departments of the organisation. Natarsha has successfully guided the development of our Day Program activities and in the Bayley House Leadership team for over 5 years. Her previous experience lecturing in disability studies at Victoria University paved the way for her Senior Consulting role with Disability Services Consulting (DSC).
With experience in Person Centred Active Support and Practice Leadership, Natarsha is passionate about ensuring people we support experience an exceptional quality of life.
General Manager Bayley Arts & Day Programs
Penny has worked in the disability sector within not for profit and local government organisations for over 30 years and is passionate and committed to supporting people with disability and their families. Penny previously worked at Bayley House for 18.5 years before departing to undertake roles with Melba and Scope and returned to Bayley House in March 2022 to continue supporting the development of programs and services across the organisation. Penny is a strong advocate for person centred active support, and equitable access to services. She has an extensive background in direct support work, program development, community partnerships and management; and holds a Graduate Diploma in Community Sector Management and related qualifications in Outdoor Recreation and Leisure (Disability) and Investigations. Previous roles undertaken at Bayley House include Program Manager and General Manager of Day Programs, Quality Manager and Team Leader responsible for the establishment of Roxburgh House.
Front Office Manager
Karen joined Bayley House in 2022 and shares the Front Office Manager role with Leonie. She has experience in Financial Services, the Fitness industry and Food distribution. Originally from the UK, Karen spent 6 years living in South Africa prior to moving to Australia in 2011. In her front office role Karen supports the smooth running of Day Programs through a variety of administrative and logistical support. Karen loves the fast paced and community focused environment of Bayley House and the fact that no two days are the same.
Front Office Manager
Leonie joined Bayley House in 2019. Leonie has worked across a number of different industries, including Banking, IT, Oil, Health and Funerals before happily settling into the Disability Sector. Her dual role means she works in the Front Office twice a week and the other days she works on the Community, Leisure and Recreation program. Leonie enjoys working in this fun environment which gives her a huge range of varied duties on a daily basis.
Renae has worked in the disability sector since 2003 and began at Bayley House in 2019 as an instructor in Day Programs before moving into the role of Program Manager. Her previous experience was in supported employment services, known as Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE). Renae is passionate about helping clients achieve their goals and increase their independence. She has strong skills in program planning which she uses to support our clients to achieve their individual goals and aspirations, as shaped by their choice and control.
Serena joined Bayley House in 2015 and instantly noticed the warmth of the Bayley House culture and the inclusiveness of clients and staff. Serena became a Team leader in 2020 and has relished the opportunity to lead a staff group with development, training and support. Serena is a member of the Client Voice Group and was delighted to have the opportunity to work together with clients and staff discussing and implementing new ideas within Day Programs.
Program Manager Bayley Arts
Tessa has been working in the disability sector since 2006 and has a background in Specialist Teaching and Dance Therapy, including six years working in the UK. She has a passion for the arts with Graduate, Post Graduate and Fellowship studies in Art, Creative Arts Therapies, Teaching and Social Equity. Tessa is passionate about Client Advocacy and is very active in supporting our Bayley Voice Group. She loves working with clients and supporting them to connect with their community. As a Program Manager, Tessa’s role allows creativity, bringing to life the unique and interesting programs and opportunities in partnership with our clients and local community.
Jolanda has been working in the Disability field since 2003. Jolanda has a passion for the development of creative arts programs for people with disability. Jolanda holds a degree in Law/Psychology and further qualifications in Disability and Transpersonal Art Therapy.
Laprini began at Bayley House in 1999 and has now become one of our Team Leaders. Initially working in Home and Living, an opportunity arose in 2004 and Laprini joined Day Programs as an instructor. Laprini assisted with developing and setting up the Transition group for young adults. This group supported our younger clients to build skills in our vocation areas and also their independence. Laprini is passionate about supporting Bayley House clients, staff families.
Kylie has worked in the disability sector for over 25 years. Kylie has a degree in Health Science and previous career in nursing. Having a family member with disability, it was an organic decision to move into the disability sector and utilise her skills and experience. Completing a Certificate V in Disability, Kylie now has a focus on supporting people with a disability to live healthy lives through engaging programs which enable them to make healthier lifestyle choices.
Kathryn began at Bayley House in 2015 in our creative arts area. Since then she has been quite involved in our retail art programs, supporting clients to make products such as candles, bracelets and necklaces. Kathryn was also involved in the healthy lunch initiative which supported clients to develop skills in order fulfilment, meal preparation and food delivery.