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.
Bachelor of Social Science/Social Welfare
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.
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.
Early Childhood Teacher
Bachelor of Education (Birth to 8yrs)
Rosanna joined the ODEEP team as an educator in October 2019. Rosanna has worked in various early childhood roles over the past 18 years. Starting in Brisbane as an assistant in a long day-care centre, then moving to Newman, WA and working as a creche and OSHC provider. In 2011 Rosanna and her family moved to Orange just before the birth of their third daughter. With 3 little ones at home, Rosanna started her own Family Day-care which she ran for 3 years, while also studying a Bachelor of Education (birth to 8 yrs). Since graduating in 2017, Rosanna has taught casually at several schools in Orange, ran the Transition to school program at Glenroi heights in 2019 and worked as a teacher for Orange City Council at Spring Street Children’s Centre. Rosanna loves to be outdoors and keep active, whether it be walking the dogs at the park or exploring nature with her children.
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.
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.
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.
Early Childhood Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood
Stacey has been working with children and families for over 20 years. She completed her Diploma in Children Services in 2001 later extending her studies to Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood in 2008.
She has been a Director and Teacher in Early Childhood settings in both Long Day Care and Preschools across Newcastle, Orange and Cudal working with all age groups birth to five. She is passionate about child development and learning through play and giving children the opportunity to reach their full potential.
She loves family based practice and working with families to achieve many goals. She believes collaboration and working with everyone involved in the child’s life is the key to success. As the saying goes "it takes a community to raise a child". She loves a challenge, learning and believes you can always learn new skills and strategies everyday. What works with one child may not work with the another. She is excited about working at ODEEP and learning many new skills through the team and extending her studies in Special Education. In her spare time she loves exercising and being outdoors but mostly loves hanging out and going on adventures with her husband and two boys.
Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy) (Hons)
Bronwen is currently acting as Practice Manager, which involves supervising the team to ensure best practice and assisting families to access services. 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.
Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy)
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.
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.
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.
Master of Speech Pathology
Melanie has graduated with a Master of Speech Pathology from the University of Canberra. Melanie completed her final placement at ODEEP, & loved it so much she decided to officially join the ODEEP family in 2019. Melanie is passionate about early intervention and enjoys tailoring therapy to each individual family.
Whether it’s exploring local markets or boulder hopping in the creeks Melanie loves spending weekends with her family going on adventures around the Central West.
Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition & Dietetics)
Certificate in Paediatric Dietetics
Juliet has been part of the ODEEP team since 2017 and currently works on a Thursday. Juliet also works at Orange Health Service as the Paediatric Dietitian. Juliet graduated in 2011 and since this time has worked with children with a range of nutrition and feeding issues. Juliet has significant training and experience in a range of paediatric dietetic areas, particularly complex paediatric feeding challenges and the nutritional management of food allergies and/or children with growth challenges.
Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science
Master of Physiotherapy
Zoe joined the team in 2020 after working in a private physiotherapy practice in Orange and Bathurst for the past couple of years.
She completed her Bachelor in Exercise and Sports Science from CSU in 2016 then her Masters in Physiotherapy from UTS in 2018. She is a movement specialist with a specific interest in improving the abilities of children with disabilities and/or developmental delay. She has a passion for inclusive play and makes her sessions as fun as possible.
Zoe is a Central West local growing up in Dubbo. You will find her visiting family in Dubbo and Forbes, playing netball, enjoying local cafes and playing with her mini-dachshund Peggy in her spare time.
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.
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.
Jacqui joined ODEEP in March 2019 as part of our Administration Support team. She came to us after working for a few years in the animal industry as a trainee Zookeeper at Taronga Western Plains Zoo and Animal Attendant at the RSPCA Orange shelter. Although her calling is to the animal world, she found a love for working with the community. Through her experience at the RSPCA, it was clear to Jacqui that her love was for not only the animals but also for the people needing help and support too! Jacqui found ODEEP and vowed to put every ounce of effort into helping where she could. Since starting at ODEEP, Jacqui has become a bit of a ‘jack-of-all-trades” and is diverse with her knowledge and experience. When a family comes into ODEEP or a parent/carer calls reception, they should expect to hear Jacqui’s cheerful voice or see a friendly smile. However, Jacqui is not only all about work. She loves spending time outdoors camping and fishing, but most of all she loves spending time with the people she cares about.
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 spending time with her family.