our people

the team behind lifetec

LifeTec was established in 1981 in Brisbane in affiliation with the Independent Living Centre (ILC) to provide specialist, objective advice and evidence-based, practical information to help make people’s lives easier, safer, more functional and independent with the support of assistive technology. Ever since then our success has been based on our passionate team of staff who get a great deal of satisfaction from improving people’s lives.

Our team of professionals work closely together to ensure the best choices can be offered to those wishing to maximise their independence in their lives using assistive technology for augmentative and alternative communication, mobility, vehicle, home and workplace modification, plus many more.

Our team of health professionals include occupational therapists and speech pathologists. 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.

Executive Management Team

James Barrientos

James Barrientos

Chief Executive Officer

Charlie- Chief Financial Officer

Charlie Manchadi

Chief Financial Officer

Management Team

Craig- services manager

Craig Blackman

Services Manager

Jenny Velkovic​

Finance & Administration Manager

Coordinators

Genine Camilli

CHSP Home Modifications Coordinator

Jennifer- occupational therapist

Jennifer Poppe

Cilinical Lead/Occupational Therapist

All Staff

Brooke- occupational therapist

Brooke Jorgensen

Occupational Therapist

katrina- occupational therapist

Katrina Szymanski

Occupational Therapist

Jasmin- occupational therapist

Jasmin Murphy

Occupational Therapist

Bryan- speech pathologist

Bryan Mak

Speech Pathologist

LifeTec Headshots - Arceili Niocena

Arceili Niocena

Occupational Therapist

Matthew- occupational therapist

Matthew Goyne

Occupational Therapist

Lindsay- assistive technology officer

Lindsay Nott

Assistive Technology Officer

Chris- home maintenance officer

Chris Beckett

Home Maintenance Officer

Hannah- occupational therapist

Hannah Smit

Occupational Therapist

Antoine- intake officer

Antoine Ermessent

Assistive Technology Officer

Barb- assistive technology officer

Barb McCulloch

Assistive Technology Officer

Katherine- assistive technology officer

Katherine Shield

Assistive Technology Officer

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Here at LifeTec, we have structured the consumer pathway to allow clients to be be in control and well-informed of the solutions that are available to them.

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The LifeTec Reference Committee has been established to provide an opportunity for people with valuable lived experience to have a key role in promoting the successful use of AT for community, social and economic participation.

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James Barrientos

Chief Executive Officer

James is a values driven leader who is passionate about assisting people achieve positive change in their lives. The opportunity to contribute to peoples’ aspirations which benefit them, their families and communities, has made his role as Chief Executive Officer at LifeTec Australia a truly fulfilling one. James has worked in the health and disability sector for over 25 years including executive roles in several health and disability organisations. His early career as a medical prosthetist-orthotist also provides James with a sound understanding of clinical governance.

In addition to his LifeTec Australia role, James is also a co-founder and director of two private companies in the private and corporate sectors. This experience enables James to employ contemporary business principles to ensure LifeTec’s continued viability and optimisation of public funds.

Charlie- Chief Financial Officer

Charlie Manchadi

Chief Financial Officer

Charlie is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ANZ) with over 20 years’ commercial experience in finance and accounting.  He is a highly motivated and knowledgeable team player with skills providing leadership and support in relation to the effective design, delivery and evaluation of industry-leading talent, organisational development and Human Resources strategies, processes and procedures.

At LifeTec, Charlie is responsible for the finance, corporate governance and quality management system functions, and advises senior management and Board.  He developed LifeTec’s forecast, budget and oversees the management of cash flow.  His skills include financial 3-way modelling and finance strategic planning, as well as experience in implementation of financial systems, process and procedure and adherence with statutory and government regulatory requirements.  Charlie’s other areas of expertise include data analysis, interpretation of financial reports, writing tenders and business plans to complement the strategic direction of the company; development of staff along with training and development and long-term succession needs, along with Corporate Governance, company secretarial, commercial contracts and legal requirements.

Craig- services manager

Craig Blackman

Services Manager

Craig has over 20 years experience working as a leader across the Disability Sector, he has worked passionately to ensure people with a disability have access to the empowering supports and services they need to live a full and meaningful life. He has held positions on the boards and committes of peak representative disability organisations and disability advocacy groups. Craig is committed to the effective utilisation of Assistive Technology across all groups in the Australian Community, understanding the significant impact appropriate and effective Assistive Technology can make to the lives of people with a disability and older Australians, their stakeholders and the broader community.

Jenny Velkovic

Finance & Administration Manager

Jenny’s keen interest in business and finance led her to the role of Finance & Administration Manager. In her previous roles, she provided training and support to the Client Services Officers and continues to enjoy providing support to all staff, assisting them to problem solve and reach their goals. Jenny is often involved in project work at LifeTec offering her expertise in financial management, ensuring projects run to budget. Jenny’s studies started out in Psychology and she would like to look at postgraduate studies in Forensic Psychology. Whilst working at LifeTec Jenny has seen some amazing therapy and assistance dogs that assist people with disabilities in so many ways. So much so, that Jenny would one day love to see her Airedale Terrier accredited as a therapy dog.

Genine Camilli

CHSP Home Modifications Coordinator

Genine joined LifeTec in 2015 and has over 20 years experience working in various administrative roles. In 2004 Genine began working under the Home and Community Care program under the auspice of Townsville City Council and it was here that she discovered her passion for helping the elderly in our community. Genine is currently the Coordinator of the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) with LifeTec, where she oversees the administration of the home modifications and minor maintenance programs. Genine enjoys working as part of highly motived team to deliver this valuable service to the North Queensland community.

Jennifer- occupational therapist

Jennifer Poppe

Occupational Therapist

Jennifer trained as an occupational therapist at the University of Queensland and has been solving complex everyday problems with people who have a disability for over a decade. She loves a challenge and enjoys a wide variety of occupational therapy work, including wheelchairs and positioning, accessible vehicles, home control and automation, specialised access to technology, and aids for daily living. Jennifer has a special interest in supporting people to access computers for work, education and of course for fun! Her expertise has been acknowledged through invitations to present at professional events as well as many repeat referrals from happy clients.

Brooke- occupational therapist

Brooke Jorgensen

Occupational Therapist

Brooke graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Hons) from the University of Queensland. Brooke has previous experience in Occupational Rehabilitation. She has undertaken a variety of caseloads whilst at LifeTec including NDIS participants, My Aged Care clients and individuals who require workplace modifications. She has a special interest in Complex Home Modifications and finding Assistive Technology solutions with her clients. Brooke has a passion to work with people of all abilities and to help then live a more meaningful and purposeful life.

katrina- occupational therapist

Katrina Szymanski

Occupational Therapist

Katrina has freshly joined the LifeTec family in 2021 after finalising her studies at James Cook University in 2020. Through her student experiences she was exposed to areas such as home modifications, assistive technology and community care and has found a passion in working in these fields and gaining more expertise from the plethora of health professionals working within LifeTec. Katrina brings with her strong interpersonal skills from years in the health and mindfulness industries and is excited to work together with people from all backgrounds and abilities in discovering the possibilities and goals through the “Imagine Seek Choose Live” pathway that guides LifeTec’s comprehensive circle of support.

Jasmin- occupational therapist

Jasmin Murphy

Occupational Therapist

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2015, Jasmin has worked extensively with in Aged Care Sector. Jasmin has a strong passion for using her professional knowledge and skills to help the elder population achieve their goals and remain independent in their home and community. Since joining the Lifetec team in February 2020, Jasmin has witnessed the positive impacts that correctly prescribed assistive technology solutions can have on individual’s quality of life and is thoroughly looking forward to expanding her knowledge of assistive technology.

Bryan- speech pathologist

Bryan Mak

Speech Pathologist

Since graduating as a Speech Pathologist in 2015, Bryan has been supporting the members of multiple rural communities in NSW. As a enthusiastic advocate for people’s right to communicate despite any barriers from their disabilities or geographical isolation, he developed an interests in area of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Bryan moved to Brisbane in March 2020. While half of the city may be shutting down, he brought along his growing passion in various AAC strategies and ten pounds of “resilience” to LifeTec. So he could continue supporting his clients to communicate whatever, whenever and with whoever they want.

LifeTec Headshots - Arceili Niocena

Arceili Niocena

Occupational Therapist

Arceili graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2015 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. She has had 6 years of clinical experience in geriatric rehabilitation in Singapore, NDIS sector, residential and community aged care in Australia. Arceili joined LifeTec in 2021 after discovering her passion in the Assistive Technology sector. She enjoys working with people from all backgrounds and assisting them to achieve their goals. In her spare time, Arceili likes to crochet, garden, bake and travel.

Matthew- occupational therapist

Matthew Goyne

Occupational Therapist

Graduating in 2010 from the University of Queensland with a Masters of Occupational Therapy Studies, Matthew has spent 10 years in assstive technology prescription at LifeTec assisting clients achieve their goals including both through the NDIS scheme and currently through the Short Term Restorative Care program. Through this program, Matthew assists older Australians to participate more safely and independently at home and in the community through collaborative equipment prescription. Matthew has a particular interest in finding assitive technology solutions for clients with vision loss and memory loss.

Lindsay- assistive technology officer

Lindsay Nott

Assistive Technology Officer

Since commencing work at LifeTec in 2001, Lindsay has gained an extensive knowledge and brings a lived experience that assists in his reception work. Over the years, Lindsay has assisted in numerous workshops, student education sessions and trade displays in Brisbane. Lindsay enjoys sharing his unique knowledge with clients and staff. The best part is of his job is seeing a client receive the correct equipment, that will change their daily activities.

Chris- home maintenance officer

Chris Beckett

Home Maintenance Officer

Chris has been employed with LifeTec as a Home Maintenance Officer with the CHSP Team since 2018.  Since earning his trade he has worked extensively in the home maintenance sector, at one time owning his own small business specializing in fire safety systems.  In his position with LifeTec, Chris draws on his experience and skills to find practical solutions to allow people to remain independent in their homes.  From installing grab rails and fixing door locks to replacing smoke alarm batteries and fitting handheld showers, there is nothing that Chris can’t turn his hand to.  Chris’s dedication and passion for helping seniors and people living with disabilities drives him to be the best he can be and he enjoys being able to make a difference in people’s lives.

Hannah- occupational therapist

Hannah Smit

Occupational Therapist

Hannah graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in New Zealand and then moved to the UK where she developed her love for supporting people of all ages and abilities, living in the community. This involved minor and major home modifications and simple and complex assistive technology. Since moving to Australia, and more recently joining the LifeTec Team, Hannah has really developed a passion for assisting older people to retain their independence, in their own homes, for as long as possible.

Antoine- intake officer

Antoine Ermessent

Assistive Technology Officer

Antoine graduated with a Diploma of Graphic Design in 2017. He was a Support Carer and an Art Mentor for three years in the Brisbane region. He is warm, caring, empathetic and a good humored person. Antoine has a lot of experience in customer service. As an Intake officer, he is dedicated to assist our consumers through their LifeTec journey. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his young family, practicing his visual art, taking photos, and playing music.

Barb- assistive technology officer

Barb McCulloch

Assistive Technology Officer

Barb commenced work at LifeTec in 2013, bringing with her over 30 years administrative experience in the child welfare and health sectors. Initially employed as an Assistive Technology Officer at LifeTec, Barb spent several years working in reception and administration roles, specialising in the demonstration of Assistive Technology on display in Townsville. In 2019 Barb was recruited to her current role within LifeTec’s Commonwealth Home Support Program where she manages all the minor home modifications referrals and the administration of the home maintenance program. Barb finds great satisfaction in this role as she is able to help the elderly in our community to remain living in their own homes.

Katherine- assistive technology officer

Katherine Shield

Assistive Technology Officer

Katherine is an experienced Administration professional with a background in both the community and health care sectors. She has recently joined the staff on a full-time basis to provide ongoing admin support to our health professionals in Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns. Katherine is passionate about helping people and is proud to be part of LifeTec’s dedicated allied health team.