Each newsletter, you’ll be introduced to Wesley Mission’s Opportunity Pathways team and the Wesley Disability Employment Services team in one of our regions. Each region comes with its own challenges and opportunities – and the teams in the Mid North Coast are sensitive to local issues, and professionally trained to help individuals secure employment, education or meaningful volunteer opportunities.
Melanie Kennedy – Program Manager – Mid North Coast
Melanie is a motivated and driven Aboriginal woman, a descendant of the Wiradjuri nation with over 14 years of experience working in Not for Profit (NFP) organisations. She is a qualified Indigenous Community Development and Management Practitioner.
Jennifer Pizzi – Employment Coach / Broker – Coffs Harbour / Bowraville
Jennifer brings to the NFP sector over 15 years’ experience from leadership and management roles. Jennifer has a strong passion for the Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) field and she is the chair for the Coffs Coast Committee Against Domestic and Family Violence.
Kristy Walker – Employment Coach / Broker – Port Macquarie / Kempsey / Bowraville
Kristy is a motivated and driven Aboriginal woman, a descendant of the Dunghutti nation with over ten years of experience working in NFP organisations and community services. Kristy’s passion for youth work continues to motivate her commitment to community development practices. As she strives to increase levels of engagement that create pathways to opportunities that allow participants to experience life in a way, they may never have thought possible.
Leanne Wood – Employment Coach / Broker – Taree / Tuncurry / Port Macquarie
Leanne has worked in the Employment Services for over 9 years in both Disability Employment Services (DES) and Job Active. Leanne’s passion is working with teenagers and young adults and she has developed and facilitated a mental health program in high schools. She is an active part of her community.
Wesley Disability Employment Services
Kirsty Witchard – Team Leader – Taree / Tuncurry / Gloucester
Kirsty Witchard is the Team Leader and has been in DES for 5 years and with Wesley Mission for 2 years. Kirsty is passionate about people with disabilities and their rights.
Belinda Smith – Local Employment Consultant – Taree / Tuncurry / Gloucester
Belinda Smith is the local employment consultant and has worked in DES and with Wesley Mission for 2 years. She has remarkable local knowledge and is family orientated.