Our People

All Our People

The entire LifeTec team enjoy working to improve the wellbeing of others whilst delivering a personal and caring service. Our team of professionals work closely together to ensure the best choices can be offered to those wishing to maximise independence in their lives.

Our team of health professionals include occupational therapists, speech language pathologists and a physiotherapist across our offices in Brisbane, Ballina, Hervey Bay and Townsville. Supporting our front line services is a dedicated team of management and service staff that ensure a high level of service and accessibility is always maintained.

LifeTec offers a positive working environment, encouraging a culture of continual professional development and the take-up of fresh new ideas and innovative technologies. 

Interested in how our staff can help you? Have a closer look at their profiles below.

Senior Management Team

Chief Executive Officer

Portrait of James Barrientos

James Barrientos

James works closely with the LifeTec Board to develop and implement the organisation's overall strategic direction.  He finds the social cause and responsibility to be one of the most rewarding aspects of his role. "To be able to influence benefits in the lives of our clients and employees is both personally fulfilling, and a key motivator for me. It's great to be part of an organisation that contributes to peoples' lives and their communities".

James has a combined background in managing health service organisations and delivering client services as a consulting medical prosthetist/orthotist. He has also held senior roles in health services organisations. James is also a Director of two personal companies in the areas of corporate communications and financial investments.

Business Manager

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Ian Rankin

Ian has worked for LifeTec for over nine years and looks after a range of different matters - some of which include special projects, finance and contracts, IT, marketing and governance. His motivation comes from feeling that LifeTec is really making a difference in people's lives, unrestricted by age or abilities.

Ian graduated from an Accounting and Financial Services degree and is a registered Commissioner for Declarations. He also has previous experience in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors.

Services Manager

Karin Schuhmann

Karin trained as a Physiotherapist and has a long history of working with people with diverse abilities to achieve a life characterised by active participation. Her foundations of practice include person centred and strength based approaches as these lead to greater autonomy and choice for individuals. She has clinical skills in specific assessment and management of people with chronic and complex conditions and actively promotes self-directed management.  To further support these outcomes for clients, she facilitates professional growth and development of staff through collaborative professional supervision. Best practice is achieved through team development, skill building and change management that is flexible and inclusive.  Her passion for educating others in this approach to their work is evident in her commitment to teaching and supporting her profession. She is interested in building work environments that are sustainable and responsive to the needs of people with diverse abilities and actively encourages reflection to achieve these outcomes. 

Development Manager

Stephen Pether

Stephen joined LifeTec in January 2012 as the Manager of the Townsville office. Established in 2008 the Townsville office has experienced significant growth and continues to expand its services to the clients of North Queensland.
In January 2017, Stephen moved into the role of Development Manager and though still living in beautiful North Queensland, Stephen now works from both the Brisbane and Townsville offices.

Stephen has a varied career background with over 30 years’ experience in commercial, manufacturing and social enterprise sectors.

Coordinators

Chris Sweeney - Services Coordinator

Chris Sweeney - Services Coordinator

Chris has worked for LifeTec as an occupational therapist since 2006. She loves the challenge of the job and the opportunity to support so many people in the community to live independently, doing the things they want to accomplish. In particular, Chris enjoys supporting people to find the right mobility and seating solutions to improve postural control and function. She also revels in the challenge of finding creative solutions for alternative access to technology.

Chris graduated from a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and went on to work as an Occupational Therapist for Education Queensland and the Cerebral Palsy League before joining LifeTec.

Desleigh de Jonge - Consumer Engagement and Research Coordinator

Desleigh de Jonge - Consumer Engagement and Research Coordinator

Desleigh de Jonge is an Occupational Therapist with over 25 years clinical experience and 12 years of teaching and research at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland.  She has been a member of the LifeTec team since 2013.Desleigh's interests centre around consumer engagement and the way in which technology and environmental design can be harnessed to enable people with differing needs to lead full lives and achieve their goals. She also oversees LifeTec’s research agenda and collaborates with a number of universities on research projects related to innovative assistive technology design and consumer centred service delivery.

Desleigh is currently working on a number of consumer and sector engagement strategies to improve assistive technology practices and evaluation of outcome.  In this position, she will be consulting with people throughout our community to advance LifeTec’s consumer engagement framework to ensure the organisation continues to meet people’s needs and expectations for services in assistive technology and environmental design.

Helen Bates-Wilson - Services Coordinator

Helen Bates-Wilson - Services Coordinator

Prior to university, Helen spent much of her working career in administration roles and volunteering in the community. With a passion for helping people, Helen decided it was never too late to attend university to gain a degree within the health sector. Helen graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from James Cook University in 2013. Since graduation, Helen has worked in upper limb rehabilitation and hand therapy in the private sector here in Townsville. She believes working with LifeTec is a great opportunity to develop and further enhance her skills in OT.

Jamie Matveyeff - Homes for Life Service Coordinator

Jamie is a senior occupational therapist and coordinates LifeTec’s Homes for Life home modification and assistive technology integration service. His interests lie in the integration of assistive technologies (AT) and great design into the built environment to maximise security, safety and independence for the consumer. The process involves integrating aspects of design, structural modification, home automation, smart AT, telecare and telehealth monitoring as well as more traditional AT solutions. The objective of this service is to create future-proof living environments that can adapt with a person’s needs and facilitate the highest levels of autonomy, quality of life and enabling capacity for community participation.

Jamie graduated in 1999 from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of occupational therapy. He has experience in a wide variety of settings including acute medical, surgical orthopaedics, spinal cord injury and palliative care, geriatrics acquired brain injury and home modification in both acute and community based settings in both the Australian and British healthcare systems.

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Kati Bulgarelli - Services Coordinator

Kati has a genuine interest in finding the most appropriate piece of assistive technology, to help her clients maintain their independence and achieve their own personal goals and aspirations, in all areas of their lives. Kati is particularly interested in home modifications and environmental control, and how these can be incorporated to allow a person to have a meaningful integration with the world around them, regardless of their age or ability.  

Since graduating from the University of Queensland in 2009, Kati has worked in the community, and in respite and residential care settings. She is also experienced in her work with the ageing community to ensure safety at home, and is familiar with the needs of clients with a spinal cord injury within their home environments and recreational pursuits.  
 

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Scott Green - Access Point Development Coordinator

Scott joined LifeTec in 2008 and has learnt a lot about assistive technology since then, becoming passionate about the difference it can make in increasing a person's functional independence. He thoroughly enjoys going out into the community, meeting a diverse range of people, liaising with organisations and spreading the word about how LifeTec's services and assistive technology can enhance people's lives.

Scott is a Justice of the Peace (Qualified), has a Bachelor of Social Work Degree and an Executive Certificate in Event Management from the University of Technology, Sydney. He has previously worked in Community Development Teams at three Queensland Councils, for Social Services in the UK, and for community organisations including Oxfam Australia and The Australian Red Cross.

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Tony Baird - Business Development Coordinator

Tony brings a determination in raising the level of services offered at LifeTec and focuses on the provision of new and innovative ways for a wider range of people to access them. He also works to promote our public profile and strengthen our partnerships.

Tony is passionate about providing people of all abilities with the opportunity to live a safe and functionally independent life through the use of assistive technology. Tony has tertiary qualifications and over 16 years of experience in marketing and business management.

Wol Thiik - Marketing Coordinator

Wol is passionate about technology and how it can be used in organisations to achieve efficiency. As a digital native, Wol has a working knowledge of a range of systems, platforms, devices, and apps and is able to trouble shoot problems he encounters as well as support others onsite and remotely to resolve technical issues. He is constantly monitoring technology trends via various online communities, start-up projects and industry publications and has developed a number of guides and resources to assist staff and clients navigate new systems and devices. Wol has established a number of systems within LifeTec to manage and maintain devices, systems and facilitates communication between staff and LifeTec’s professional IT service.

Wol has been involved previously in digital marketing and technical project and holds tertiary qualifications in Applied Science & Marketing. He is looking forward to supporting staff and promoting the LifeTec brand.

Zoe du Cann - Learning and Development Coordinator

Zoe du Cann - Learning and Development Coordinator

Zoë coordinates LifeTec’s Learning and Development programs, overseeing LifeTec’s delivery of face to face training, digital learning and organisational training for corporate partners. Zoë supports LifeTec’s mission to deliver high-quality learning in the field of assistive technology, supporting best outcomes for all stakeholders within the industry. Key areas of interest include innovative models for learning, and the use of digital technologies to share information across wide geographies and audiences.

LifeTec’s Learning and Development is all about combining allied health expertise with excellent models for business delivery. Zoë is also passionate about accessibility, participation and social justice, and welcomes partnerships for co-designing with people of all abilities.

All Staff

Alana Rasmussen - Occupational Therapist

Alana Rasmussen - Occupational Therapist

Alana graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from James Cook University in 2012.  As a new graduate, she worked within Occupational Rehabilitation assisting injured ADF members return to duty.  She then commenced employment within a private community based setting gaining experience with Department of Veteran Affairs and private hospital referrals.   Alana has a passion for assisting to provide daily living aids and home modifications to increase the independence of people living in their own home.

 

Alicia Parry - Occupational Therapist

Alicia Parry - Occupational Therapist

Alicia has a keen interest in a wide range of assistive technology areas and devices. She enjoys assisting individuals to maintain their independence, participate in meaningful activities and achieve their goals.  

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland in 2009, Alicia has worked in the community, residential care settings, respite and youth housing. Previously, she has worked in vocational rehabilitation assisting individuals, employers and insurers to achieve positive return to work outcomes. 

Barb McCulloch - Client Services Officer

Barb McCulloch - Client Services Officer

Barb provides reception and administrative assistance to the Townsville branch.  Barb is responsible for Workshop Registrations and Conference Management. She enjoys working for LifeTec as  is very interested in learning about the technology available and how it can help people in making their everyday life more enjoyable. Sometimes,  Barb may discuss products with clients and is able to give Great Gadget presentations.

Barb has worked previously at the Department of Children's Services, in a pathology laboratory and in hospitals.

David Swift - Consumer Advisor

David joined the LifeTec team in June 2016 to contribute to LifeTec’s consumer engagement and resource development activities. He facilitates the Logan Peer Support Group for Queenslanders with Disability Network and has been a previous member of the Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) management committee, as well as the former president of Speaking Up For You (SUFY).  He is looking forward to engaging and collaborating with people and families living with disability, whilst spreading awareness and education about assistive technologies to imagine, seek, choose and live.

Genine Camilli - Home Modifications Officer

Genine Camilli - Home Modifications Officer

Genine is responsible for the administration of the LifeTec over 65’s Home Maintenance and Modifications Programs. Genine enjoys working with elderly people and finds helping them to retain their independence very rewarding. 
Genine has 15 years administrative experience, 10 of which have been spent working in home maintenance and modifications.

 

Geoff Flemming - Home Modifications Officer

Geoff Flemming - Home Modifications Officer

Geoff is a carpenter with the LifeTec over 65’s Home Maintenance and Modifications Programs.  He has over 40 years trade experience and has worked in the home maintenance and modifications field since 2006. Geoff specialises in minor home modifications including grab rail installations and the construction of ramps and chair raisers and also attends to small handyman jobs like changing light bulbs and smoke alarm batteries.
Geoff has great people skills and enjoys having a chat with his elderly clients whilst at the same time making their lives easier.  

 

Janice Beamish - Client Services Officer

Janice Beamish - Client Services Officer

Janice joined LifeTec in February 2013 after enjoying a brief assignment here in 2012. She is ready to answer queries on assistive technology products and organises training days, embracing daily opportunities to help individuals make their lives a little easier.

Janice brings a variety of experience from the United Kingdom, delivering and writing educational materials, coordinating events and with work as a personal assistant.

Jayden Moore - Client Services Officer

Jayden joined the LifeTec team in August 2016 as a Client Services Officer. He has had over 8 years’ front line customer experience, in addition to experience in the field of marketing. Jayden graduated in late 2015 with Bachelor of Business majoring in marketing and looks forward to working with all people that access LifeTec’s services. Jayden is also looking forward to promoting LifeTec’s brand, learning more about AT and the many ways they can be used to improve people’s lives.

Jennifer Poppe - Occupational Therapist

Jennifer Poppe - Occupational Therapist

Jennifer is one of the occupational therapists based in LifeTec’s Brisbane office. She loves a challenge and particularly enjoys working on high-tech solutions like complex computer access, environmental control and smart home solutions.

Jennifer attained her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2009 and has been with LifeTec since 2015. Prior to this, Jennifer worked exclusively in the community with people with a disability, their families, teachers and other important people to provide therapy, coaching, consultation and equipment prescription services. She has also developed and run many workshops, webinars, camps and individualised training programs with great feedback from participants.

Jenny Velkovic - Senior Finance Officer

Jenny Velkovic - Senior Finance Officer

Jenny has been part of the team since 2006, she is responsible for coordinating LifeTec's financials and accounting. In her previous role she provided training and tasks for all the Client Service Officers, ensuring the smooth running of LifeTec. She loves the diversity of her role and the challenges it brings. She has found it amazing to see the range of assistive technology products available and the advancements in technology over the past seven years.

Jenny graduated from a Bachelor of Behavioral Sciences (Psychology) and plans to complete post-graduate studies in the future. 

Judy Jacobsen - Senior Client Services Officer

Judy Jacobsen - Senior Client Services Officer

Judy has worked in the Townsville branch of LifeTec since it opened in 2008. As the Senior Client Service Officer, Judy is responsible for workshop registrations, conference management, Education mailouts, financials and accounting for the Townsville office and is trained to give display tours and Great Gadget presentations to community groups. Judy also provides guidance and tasks for the other Client Service Officers in the Townsville office. She has seen how the Townsville office has experienced significant growth and continues to expand its services to the clients of North Queensland. She finds her job very rewarding and loves seeing how assistive technology can make such a huge difference to people's lives. Being part of the process in helping clients is what gives her satisfaction.

Katie-anne Grice - Senior Occupational Therapist

Katie-anne Grice - Senior Occupational Therapist

Katie specialises in manual and power wheelchair prescriptions here at LifeTec, where she has been enjoying her community-based role since January 2013. She believes that working here has provided her with a great chance to apply and increase her skills in assistive technology, making a real difference in people's lives.

Katie graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from James Cook University in 2010. She began her career working for a North Queensland equipment supplier, focusing primarily on private community consultations and equipment trials. Katie also has experience in the areas of acute neurology, community mental health and aged care.

Lindsay Nott - Client Services Officer

Lindsay Nott - Client Services Officer

Lindsay has worked at LifeTec for the past 15 years to provide reception/administrative assistance. He is also available to give display tours and client perspectives in workshops and expos. He finds that the best part of working for LifeTec is being able to help clients and seeing how assistive technology makes a difference in their lives.

Matthew Goyne - Occupational Therapist

Matthew Goyne - Occupational Therapist

Matthew has developed an interest in providing advice and prescription services in relation to the equipment used for independence and safety in the home and workplace, along with vehicle transfers. He enjoys the flexibility, support and professional development he acquires working at LifeTec and loves being part of the large team where collaboration with other staff occurs to provide the best outcomes.

Matthew graduated with a Masters of Occupational Therapy Studies from the University of Queensland in 2010. Prior to this, he worked in varying roles including education, administration, environmental studies and work as a carer. 

Peta Booth - Speech Pathologist

Peta Booth - Speech Pathologist

Peta has a keen interest in alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) and enjoys supporting individuals with complex communication needs to find their ‘voice’. Peta is focused on supporting individuals to have the best quality of life possible and to be able to participate fully in their lives when, and with whom, they choose.

Since graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Pathology (Hons) from the University of Queensland in 2011, Peta has worked in a variety of community, education and clinical settings supporting people with complex communication needs. Peta brings experience from working as speech pathologist in both Australia and abroad in the UK.

Rion Gomura - Occupational Therapist

Rion Gomura - Occupational Therapist

Rion is keen to enhance community access to assistive technology by providing education and support to health professionals and care givers. He is also interested in exploring the use of assistive technology for people with mental health difficulties. Before joining LifetecRion worked as an occupational therapist in workplace injury management and prevention by supporting injured workers to return to work.  Rion has also worked in inpatient and community settings to facilitate independence for people with physical and psychological barriers.  Throughout his clinical career, he has developed interest in areas such as early psychosis, ergonomics, as well as facilitating education and training. 

 

Sally Redman - Driver Assessor

Sally Redman - Driver Assessor

Sally has worked with LifeTec since 2011, and enjoys helping people achieve their goals of independence.  Sally has a broad knowledge on many areas of assistive technology, and has a special interest in powered mobility and vehicle modifications for passengers and drivers.  Sally is a Driver Trained Occupational Therapist, and is able to support clients with their driving goals.

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland in 2009, Sally has gone on to complete a Masters of Human Services, and a postgraduate course in Occupational Therapy Driver Assessment and Training.  Sally has previously worked at Guide Dogs Queensland, assisting clients with vision impairment to access the community independently.

Sebastian Caon - Speech Pathologist

Sebastian Caon - Speech Pathologist

Sebastian is a speech pathologist with a special interest area in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). He joined the LifeTec team in 2016, bringing with him a history of working with individuals with a variety of complex communication needs from across the lifespan. Sebastian is passionate about assisting people access their right to communicate about what they want, when they want, with who they want. He strives to find holistic client-centred solutions to enable people to better access the world around them through communication.

Sebastian graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology in 2013. Prior to LifeTec, he worked for the state government department for Disability Services and strengthened clinical skills in complex communication needs interventions with paediatric and adult populations, positive behaviour support, social-emotional development and transdisciplinary practice.

Susan Lovell - Physiotherapist

Susan Lovell - Physiotherapist

Susan enjoys working with people to help provide solutions to mobility issues, with a particular interest in positive ageing and supporting people with Parkinson’s. She enjoys working with the team at LifeTec to help people live the life they imagine, seek and choose by maximising their independence through assistive technology.

Susan graduated from the University of Queensland and completed a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety at Queensland University of Technology. She has worked previously in metropolitan and regional areas throughout Australia and overseas in a wide variety of settings including hospital, private practice, residential aged care, workplace injury management and supported injured workers return to work.