Our Staff

Raoul Wilson
Manager

Qualifications:
Bachelor of Arts Major in Indonesian Language and Politics, Diploma in Government Security, Certificates in Training Assessment and Education and Currently studying – Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management.

While completing his University studies, Raoul was a long-time serving member of the Australian Army receiving several postings throughout Australia and overseas.

After a serving in the Army and briefly working in the corporate world, Raoul has made a career transition to the human service sector. As a Senior Manager of several NGOs, Raoul has applied his risk management skill set to several community development programs. Raoul is experienced in overseeing corporate governance, stake holder engagement and workplace development for smooth service delivery.

Marlene Levasseur
Advocate/NDIS Appeals/DRC & General

Qualifications:
Bachelor of Law (inc: sociology & criminology), GradDIP Legal Practice, Diploma Adult Education & ors

\Marlene has lived experience of disability, is a champion of human rights and ethical practice which underpins her work a disability advocate. Her motivation for completing her law degree was to be of community service to those experiencing disadvantage, discrimination & exploitation – hence her work as a disability advocate. Marlene brings a broad skill set having worked across a range of industries over the past 30 years and is particularly motivated to stand up for peoples who are disempowered and vulnerable because of their disability.

Angelika Williams
Advocate

Qualifications:
Diploma Management, Cert IV Indigenous Mentor

Angelika has worked extensively in the Disability and Mental Health sector since 1998 and held a range of diverse roles in her career. She is experienced in mental health and supporting Carers; worked for many years within Disability Employment and Job Services as an Employment Advisor, Job Coach and trainer and as an Intake Advisor with Dept Communities Disability Services in addition to being a Legal Assistant. She is boldly passionate and assertive when it comes to addressing the injustices and discriminatory practices and processes enacted on people with disability

Dianne Wellington
Advocate, NDIS Appeals Officer, Justice of the Peace (Qual)

Qualifications:
Bachelor of Science in Education Suma Cum Laude, Diploma Social Housing

Dianne has worked in Papua New Guinea and Far North Queensland Australia in diverse roles including primary school teacher, community housing manager and advocate for people living with disabilities. She is passionate about promoting and protecting the human rights of vulnerable people living with disabilities in the community. Dianne joined the Rights In Action team in 2014 and has experience in individual and systemic advocacy, NDIS Access and Appeals, QCAT and AAT tribunal hearings, Disability Royal Commission submissions, Centrelink payments, addressing financial abuse and helping young people living in residential aged care to relocate to more age appropriate housing.

Zoe Armstrong
Disability Advocate

Qualifications:
Bachelor of Social Work; Diploma of higher Education

Ongoing:
Bachelor of Arts Criminology Major; Bachelor of Arts Human Services Minor; Auslan – Introduction Course

As a 6th generation Cairns local and spending much of her time in Far North Queensland and the Northern Territory, Zoe began her career at True Child and Family Services, Cairns, gaining experience in the trauma therapy space, while also establishing herself as a respected Social Worker. Zoe is widely known for her research skills, trauma-informed practice knowledge and advocacy expertise. Driven by values of, human rights, social justice and professional integrity, Zoe takes pride in providing the best Advocacy possible. Zoe also has a deep passion for the fight against Family and Domestic Violence and participates in the Red Rose Rally for Violence Against Women, White Ribbon Day, Child Protection Week, and Reclaim the Night in Cairns.

Genevieve Cridge
Administration Officer

Qualifications:
Certificate III in Business Administration and Certificate II in Retail

Current Studies:
Certificate IV in Community Service

My role is to provide administrative functions to the RIA Manager and to the team members as well to the clients that require our service. Having come from a retail background, I am also more client/ customer focused and willing to assist were possible whilst keeping within RIA policy and procedures.