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The Housing Hub Team are here to support you understand your housing needs and preferences and suitability and eligibility for Specialist Disability Accommodation. Please contact a team member in the relevant state or territory on their details below for assistance.

Victoria

Megan Miles | Project Manager VIC, ACT, and SA

Megan is a qualified occupational therapist with experience in community, rehabilitation and education settings. She has worked extensively in the disability sector, most recently in a program management position for VMCH and as a Coordinator of Supports with Ablelink.  Megan holds a Bachelor of Behavioural Science and a Bachelor of Occupational Science and Therapy from Deakin University.

Megan manages the VIC, ACT and SA teams to support people with disability to apply for a new home.

Contact Megan on 0456 119 790 or email megan.miles@summerfoundation.org.au

Julia Spehar | Housing Projects Coordinator

Julia has leadership experience in aviation management and operations, logistics, event management and client services in disability. Julia has worked in both the public and private sectors and holds a Bachelor of Business.

Julia is based in Melbourne where she supports people with disability to apply for a new home.

Contact Julia on 0400 929 776 or email julia.spehar@summerfoundation.org.au

Penny Stevenson | Housing Projects Coordinator

Penny is an experienced professional, with over 10 years experience in the disability sector working in the field of blindness. She has run her own business providing services under the NDIS and has experience in project coordination and teaching. Penny brings a lived experience of disability but also family experience of seeking housing. Penny holds various degrees, most notably a Masters of Special Education, Post Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation and a Bachelor of Arts and Education

Penny is focused on connecting with organisations, hospitals, individuals and various networks in the state to assist housing seekers with their housing journey.

Contact Penny on 0477 714 317 or at penny.stevenson@summerfoundation.org.au

Olga Eila | Housing Projects Coordinator

Olga has personal experience in navigating the NDIS and is passionate about making sure that people are connected to the right resources and have all the information they need about SDA to support their application.

Olga is focused on connecting with organisations, hospitals, individuals and various networks across Australia to assist housing seekers with their housing journey.

Contact Olga on 0438 999 044 or email olga.elia@summerfoundation.org.au

Australian Capital Territory

Jennifer Merriman | Housing Projects Coordinator

Jennifer has experience in both the disability and private sector.  As previous Executive Director of a NFP Assistive Technology provider, she led a team of staff and volunteers through the transition phase out of block government funding and into the NDIS and My Aged Care.  Her finance and business skills have helped secure NDIS funding for a number of clients in the ACT region. 

Through community engagement across Canberra Jennifer has been able to link many clients to other organisations in the ACT.  She thrives on helping housing seekers make the most of their NDIS package and accessing supports around Canberra.  

Contact Jennifer on 0456 110 160 or jennifer.merriman@summerfoundation.org.au

New South Wales

Joanna Stewart | Housing Projects Coordinator

Jo works with organisations across New South Wales to increase awareness of SDA housing. Jo was previously involved in the Summer Foundation’s NDIS Connections project, which involved working directly with young people living in aged care to assist them to gain access to the NDIS.

Jo has previously been employed as a hospital social worker for 15 years across a number of areas including ABI/neurology/trauma rehabilitation, cardiology and oncology.

Contact Jo on 0438 333 007 or email joanna.stewart@summerfoundation.org.au

Kelly Aguirre | Housing Projects Coordinator

Kelly is an experienced professional and has over 15 years experience in the disability sector including areas of housing and support services, customer engagement, case management and training. Kelly is a strong advocate for people with disability and a specialist in NDIS and Specialist Disability Accommodation. Kelly holds a Certificate IV in Disability Work and Graduate Certificate in Human Services.

Kelly will help you to understand your housing needs and preferences and support you through applying for a new home.

Contact Kelly on 0484 777 225 or email kelly.aguirre@summerfoundation.org.au

Maria Ellensohn | Housing Projects Coordinator

Maria is a qualified Social Worker with over 20 years experience across disability services and health sectors in Australia, Germany and India. Some of Maria’s most recent roles have included Case Manager at Royal Rehab and OOHC and Disability Clinician at Life Without Barriers. Maria holds a Master of Social Work from University of Applied Sciences, Frankfurt and a Master of Social Management from University Ostfalia, Braunschweig.

Maria is focused on connecting with organisations, hospitals, individuals and various networks in the state to assist housing seekers with their housing journey.

Contact Maria on 0456 115 141 or at maria.ellensohn@summerfoundation.org.au

Veronica Moya | Housing Projects Coordinator

Veronica’s role within the Housing Hub Team is to engage people with disability, their families and supporters, professionals in the sector and connect them with newly built housing and the Housing Hub platform. Veronica is regularily attending events and forums spreading the word about SDA.

Veronica, who has a background in hospitality, events and community engagement, joined us at the beginning of 2020. She is a passionate advocate for justice and human rights and believes people with disability should have choice and control, especially in regard to the basic right to choose where you want to live.

Contact Veronica on 0407 106 862 or at veronica.moya@summerfoundation.org.au

Western Australia

Claire Lovegrove | Project Manager WA

Claire has worked in an array of healthcare settings nationally and internationally, Claire has worked in pivotal roles including establishing ground breaking services for vulnerable people which led to an invite to 10 Downing Street, London! 

With a solution focus to improve the lives and wellbeing of others, Claire has worked in operations and executive management, quality management systems, policy, programmes and practises, developing and growing effective services. 

Claire is focused on connecting with organisations, hospitals, individuals and various networks in the state to assist housing seekers with their housing journey.

Contact Claire on 0455 118 583 or at claire.lovegrove@summerfoundation.org.au

South Australia

Sophie Moore | Housing Projects Coordinator

Sophie has worked as a speech pathologist, researcher and project worker and has extensive experience working with people who have a range of support needs.

Sophie has delivered staff training across the health sector relating to current NDIS processes and practices, including SDA. Sophie has also worked on research projects, exploring outcomes for people with traumatic brain injury living in different models of accommodation. This experience have given Sophie knowledge of the benefits of people with disability living in appropriate housing and possible issues they may experience.

Sophie is focused on connecting with organisations, hospitals, individuals and various networks in the state to assist housing seekers with their housing journey.

Contact Sophie on 0456 600 277 or email sophie.moore@summerfoundation.org.au

Queensland

Gunnar Jeffrey | Project Manager Qld

As a Housing Hub project manager, Gunnar is responsible for the project management of our housing matching teams in New South Wales and Queensland.

Gunnar joined the Summer Foundation in 2020 and has brought a wealth of knowledge to the organisation. He has extensive experience in general management, as well as national operations management in the health care sector.

Contact Gunnar on 0484 777 225 email gunnar.jeffrey@summerfoundation.org.au

Alison Burgess | Housing Projects Coordinator

Alison recently rolled out the NDIS LAC program in Murrumbidgee LGA and comes with extensive leadership and stakeholder engagement experience within the disability and health sectors.  In addition to Alison's commitment to the disability sector, she has a keen interest in closing the gap to improve the lives of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Alison is focused on connecting with organisations, hospitals, individuals and various networks in the state to assist housing seekers with their housing journey.

Contact Alison on 0455 119 100 or email alison.burgess@summerfoundation.org.au

Emma Newby | Housing Projects Coordinator

Emma brings with her 25 years in health and disability services from the UK and Victoria. With interstate and international experience in disability accommodation, support services, leadership, customer engagement, case management and training, Emma was part of a team who worked with the first NDIS rollout in the Barwon region and is a strong advocate for the rights of people with disabilities.

Located in Brisbane South, Emma is well placed for connecting in with organisations, hospitals, individuals and networks in the region. Emma will assist housing seekers to apply for properties in Queensland.

Contact Emma on 0456 112 206 or email emma.newby@summerfoundation.org.au

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