Meet the team

Families come to ODEEP with a lot of information and knowledge about their child and family. The ODEEP team has knowledge about early childhood disabilities and ways of supporting development and supporting families. We know that young children learn through play in everyday activities and daily routines.


Kylie Streatfeild
ODEEP Manager
Bachelor of Social Science/Social Welfare
Kelly Veitch
Special Education Teacher & Practice Manager
Bachelor of Teaching (Birth – 5yrs). MA Inclusive Education

Kylie started at ODEEP in August in 2005 as a Family Support Worker. She has worked with people with disabilities of varying ages for the past 15 years in the Orange area. Kylie’s role at ODEEP includes providing family support, running parenting training, counselling, and providing advocacy and information. She has completed a Bachelor of Social Science/Social Welfare. Kylie has completed the Introduction to Sand Play Therapy and Advanced Sand Play Therapy training.
In her spare time she helps run the family property, has her own business breeding alpacas and of course is a mum to 2 wonderful boys. The best things about working at ODEEP for Kylie is meeting and working with many different and inspiring families that come through the program.

Kelly started working at ODEEP in July 2013 as a Special Education Teacher. Kelly holds both a Bachelor of Teaching and Masters In Inclusive Education and has had over 16 years experience teaching in both mainstream early education settings and now practicing solely in the disability field. Kelly spent the first four years at ODEEP working with children and families in the key worker model and has had the joy and privilege of continuing with some of these families to this day. Since taking on the role of Practice Manager, her role now includes supervising our dedicated team and ensuring that our practices and services at ODEEP reflect best practice in our ever changing industry, as well as continuing to work with families and children. Kelly lives in Orange with her partner and two sons, with a big extended family close by to take care of each other.

Theresa Fieldus
Early Childhood Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching 0 to 5 years

Theresa returned to the ODEEP team July 2018 after working in various roles in the Early Childhood field. Theresa started her early childhood career in 1997, first as a Certificate 111 Assistant, going on to study the Diploma in Children’s Services qualification, and recently upgrading  to an Early Childhood Teacher degree through Charles Sturt University. Theresa has accepted a position to study the Graduate Certificate in Inclusive Education with CSU, to further her knowledge in this field. Theresa has worked in Long Day Care, Family Day Care, and Preschools. Theresa is an accredited Austswim Instructor specialising in Stroke Correction, Infants Aquatics and Access and Inclusion. Theresa is married to Darrell and has three children and two grandchildren. Her interests include triathlons, travelling and reading.

Judy Dwyer
Special Education Teacher
(B. Ed, EC); (Dip Teach, EC)

Judy started working at ODEEP in 1988, when she accepted the position of Coordinator/Teacher in Orange, being responsible for setting up a Program for children with additional needs between the ages of birth and 6 years – the inception of ODEEP. She has worked in many settings since graduating from College in 1979 & 1982 respectively, including Preschool Kindergarten in Cooma, Preschool Kindergarten in the Western Suburbs of Sydney (as teacher and later director). This Preschool received a Grant from the NSW Government as a pilot scheme to include children with additional needs into the preschool setting which is now Government Policy for inclusion of all children with additional needs into regular settings. When her and her husband moved to Orange, to be closer to family, she taught Infants at Cumnock before leaving to take on the ODEEP position where she has been a regular face ever since. Judy enjoys researching her family history and is a keen member of the First Fleeters.

Melinda Drain
Early Childhood Teacher
Bachelor of Education (birth to 5 years)

Melinda has been working with children for over twenty years in a variety of settings, both Early and Middle Childhood. She started studying and completed an Associate Diploma in Child Care in 1998 after which she was employed by Orange City Council in variety of settings including long day care and out of school hours care (OOSH). She moved to Canberra in 1999 where she was employed as a room leader at a long day care centres for a period of two years, working with children from birth to two years. During this time she completed a Diploma in Children’s Services. After returning to Orange in 2001 she started at Orange City Council’s Family Day Care as a Child Development Officer supporting educators and children in care. Whilst working at Family Day Care, she completed a Bachelor of Teaching (Birth to 5 years). During her employment with Orange City Council she also worked casually in a variety of long day care and OOSH services once again. In 2012 she commenced employment at Trinity Preschool as an Early Childhood Teacher and completed a Bachelor of Education (Birth to 5 years). She is very passionate about children’s learning and development during the early years; and believes providing a caring, supportive and stimulating environment will promote positive outcomes for children in the future. Out of work, she is a mum of two and has been married since 2008. She loves spending time cooking, being creative and spending time with family and friends.

Sharlene Visman
Early Childhood Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching 0 to 5 years

Sharlene joined the ODEEP team in 2012 as the Early Childhood Intervention Assistant. She undertook further studies in 2016 and 2017 and is now an early Childhood Teacher. She has had over twenty years’ experience working in the early and middle childhood field and also with youth services. Her passion is working with children and families. Sharlene is the mother of two great kids and a gorgeous granddaughter. She grew up on a farm at Cumnock NSW, so is a country girl at heart! Her interests include basketball, (which she still plays with her daughter) and restoring old furniture.

Bronwen Atkinson
Occupational Therapist
Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy) (Hons)

Since graduating from Charles Sturt University in Albury in 2010, Bronwen has worked in both New South Wales and the ACT with children with significant and complex needs. Bronwen has a passion for technology and equipment and loves to think creatively about how to address a problem. Play is an everyday part of her day, whether with kids at ODEEP or at home with her three young children. Bronwen joined the ODEEP team in late 2017 and will be working part time.

Louise Coyte
Special Education Teacher
Diploma in teaching - Early Childhood. MA Inclusive Education) 

Louise has joined the ODEEP team as a special education teacher. Over the years she has worked in a number of different teaching and early childhood roles, collaboratively working with services and schools to ensure children’s needs are met through inclusive evidence-based practice. She has had first-hand experience advocating and navigating the system of supports, attitudes and beliefs in the community and she is interested in empowering families to choose a pathway for their child based on their strengths and rights to the opportunity to receive an education on the same basis as their peers. She has a Diploma in Teaching, Early Childhood and a Master of Inclusive Education. Louise and her partner have lived in the central west region for decades and between them they have four great  adult sons. As a family they enjoy spending their time together, gardening, music, the arts, writing and their dogs.

Lauren Smith
Occupational Therapist
Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy) (Hons)

Since graduating from James Cook University in far North Qld in 2009, Lauren has travelled near & far with her fiancé Josh. She has worked across both QLD & NSW with clients of all ages and backgrounds.  Lauren joined ODEEP in 2018 on a full time basis & is extremely passionate about providing early intervention services to children and their families. She has extensive experience with clients who have complex needs & has a clinical interest  in home modifications, assistive technology, play based intervention, sensory regulation & fine motor skills. Lauren is also an avid animal lover and advocate for many local rescue organisations in the Central West.

Annabelle Hope
Occupational Therapist
Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy) (Hons)

Annabelle is a paediatric Occupational Therapist who previously began her career at ODEEP in 2012. She has experience working in early intervention, community-based and private practice settings, in the Central West and Sydney. Her passion in working with children was developed through a motivation to help a child reach their potential and participate in everyday activities and environments. She highly values a fun, supportive and relationship-based approach to supporting children and their families. While she enjoys the opportunity to travel back to the Central West to visit her family and friends on a regular basis, she loves to explore the cafes, beaches, shows and shops in Sydney.

Maddie Thorburn
Speech Pathologist
Bachelor of Speech Pathology

Maddie joined ODEEP in early 2018. Prior to this Maddie has worked with adults and children in remote and regional communities across Northern Queensland and the Northern Territory.  She is passionate about working with children from culturally diverse backgrounds and promoting inclusion in their local communities. Maddie is looking forward to gaining further experience in the area of early intervention and working with children with complex communication needs. She has only recently moved to the Central West and is looking forward to exploring the local region.

Nicole Avery
Speech Pathologist
Bachelor of Speech Pathology

ODEEP is pleased to welcome Speech Pathologist Nicole Avery to the team. Nicole will be working on Fridays. Nicole has been working in Speech Pathology for around 20 years. She has a wide range of experience having worked in a Sydney hospital with adults and with children on the Central Coast. In 2000 Nicole moved to the Central West where she has been working predominately in community health in Forbes. She is passionate about working with indigenous children and children with complex needs. Nicole has a partner and two children and in her spare time enjoys doing jigsaw puzzles and reading to relax and has recently developed a passion for challenging herself by participating in treks in Australia and overseas.

Zara Fraser
Speech Pathologist
BAPysch. BSPath (Hons). MSPA.

Zara joined the ODEEP team in 2019. She graduated in 2016 with an Honours in Speech Pathology. She has previously worked in private practice in Sydney with a focus on paediatrics. She is an enthusiastic and highly skilled speech and language pathologist with a passion for family-centred therapy. Her therapy sessions are engaging and interactive. Zara has an interest in ASD, paediatric speech sound disorders, language, literacy, selective mutism, late talkers, developmental delays, pragmatics/social skills, apraxia of speech and stuttering. She is trained in Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) therapy. She understands that each child is individual and has varied strengths and takes this into account within her approach. She has recently moved from Sydney and is excited to explore the region and work with local communities.

Stephanie Waghorn
Speech Pathologist
Bachelor of Speech Pathology

Stephanie graduated from James Cook University in November 2012 and was presented with the Speech Pathology Australia Student of the Year Award. For the past six years Stephanie has worked as a Speech Pathologist for the Department of Education in the North Queensland Region, based in Townsville. Working for the Department of Education sparked Stephanie’s interest in teaching and she enrolled in a Masters of Teaching and Learning (Primary). Commencement of the Masters in Teaching opened up an opportunity for Stephanie to work as a Clinical Educator at the James Cook University Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy (SPOT) clinic. Through her commitment and performance in this role she was offered a lecturing position in Paediatric Language. However, Stephanie’s passion is working with children, especially in the area of Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

Juliet Hawthorn


Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition & Dietetics) Certificate in Paediatric Dietetics


Since graduating in 2011, Juliet has been working as a dietitian for NSW Health. She currently works primarily with paediatric outpatients and inpatients at Orange Health Service and is very excited to be joining the ODEEP team. Juliet has a passion for rural health care and grew up on a farm near Forbes. Her particular areas of interest include paediatric feeding and she is training in the SOS approach to feeding; Making Sense of Mealtimes approach to feeding and the Ellyn Satter model. Juliet is currently undertaking a cognitive behavioural therapy course for dietitians to further improve her nutritional counselling skills.

Ros Bensch
Parents as Teachers Facilitator

Ros joined the  ODEEP team in 2016, following a few years of retirement.  Previously Ros established the  Parents as Teachers (PAT ) in Orange, for the Department of Education & Communities, at Bowen Public School with an  outreach program at  Glenroi Heights Public School. Prior to this Ros worked in various Primary & Central schools in the Riverina & Central West.  Ros is delighted to be working in a setting with a full team of early childhood specialists, who focus on child development & to see this valuable Pat program re- introduced to Orange, after a recess of six years. Ros grew up on a farm in Trundle. She has three daughters with diverse careers & three beautiful granddaughters. Her hobbies include gardening ,walking, working with the social justice sewing group, Days for Girls Project, the CWA, travelling & exploring nature & wildlife.

Stephanie Harvey
Office Manager
Diploma of Business

Stephanie has studied Human resources at TAFE and has had numerous years of experience in administration. She has worked as the Administration Assistant at ODEEP for the last 10 years. During that time the service has grown significantly, as has the administrative role along with it. In 2011 Stephanie completed her TAFE studies by participating in an existing employee traineeship program which was tailored to suit the administrative role and tasks she performs at ODEEP. In 2012 Stephanie received recognition from TAFE by winning the Trainee of the Year category for the TAFE Western Region Training Awards and also was a finalist in the Western Regional Training Award for the traineeship category. Stephanie has since completed her Diploma of Business. In her leisure time Stephanie enjoys Jigsaws puzzles ( the larger the better) and hanging out on the farm with her partner and teenage boys.

Jacqueline Camilleri
Administration Support

Jacqui joined ODEEP in March 2019 as part of our Administration Support team. She came to us after working as an Animal Attendant with the RSPCA shelter and a receptionist at a local vineyard and motel. Although Jacqui enjoys working with animals and serving customers, she has a undeniable calling to file paperwork and enter data!! We are enjoying seeing her cheery smile at reception. When Jacqui isn’t working, she enjoys road trips and camping, and spending time with her friends. 

Lisa Darley
Marketing Coordinator
Bachelor of Science

Lisa joined ODEEP in 2013 after being an ODEEP parent. She has over 20 years marketing experience in the human and animal health industries. After her little boy graduated from the School Prep program in 2012 she couldn't imagine leaving ODEEP so started working here. She  grew up on an orchard at Nashdale and after leaving home to study at university lived in QLD and Sydney for more than 20 years. She returned to Orange with her family in 2011 and now lives on a beautiful farm. In her spare time she loves working on the farm, travelling, reading and playing with her two children.

Disability Support Services, Orange NSW

Speech Pathology, Orange NSW

Occupational Therapy, Orange NSW

Family Support, Orange NSW

Early intervention, Orange NSW

Early Diagnosis Support, Orange NSW

Dietitian, Orange NSW

SOS Feeding Therapy, Orange NSW

Physiotherapy, Orange NSW

Registered NDIS Provider, Orange NSW

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