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     Bob Paten

    Senior Advocate/NDIS Appeals Support  

    Qualifications and Membership

    • Bachelor of Science University of QLD (Majors Zoology and Botany
    • Certificate IV Workplace Assessor
    • Certificate IV Workplace Trainer

    Knowledge and Expertise

    • Employment Rights
    • Campaigning around Systems Advocacy
    • Board Processes and Governance
    • Anti-Discrimination Matters
    • Worker’s Rights

     

     

     

     

    Bob joined Rights In Action in 2005 employed as a Part Time Advocate. Since then the organisation has grown with additional government funding and now he is employed as the Senior Advocate.

    This role involves advocating for the rights of people with disabilities, being a mentor to our advocacy team and educating the local community. He has led systemic advocacy campaigns around issues affecting people with disabilities in Queensland.

    Previous Employment:

    • Commonwealth Employment Service – Disability Jobseeker Adviser
    • Centrelink – Disability Officer
    • Community and Public Sector Union – NQ OrganiserCurrent Trade Union Positions:
    • The Services Union (ASU) -Social and Community Services Industry Committee Rep.(FNQ), -Branch Councillor (QLD), -National Conference Delegate
    • Cairns Council of Unions – Treasurer

    Interests:
    Bushwalking, Fishing. Current Affairs

     

     

     

     Dianne Wellington

    Advocate/NDIS Appeals Support  

    Qualifications and Membership

    • Bachelor of Science in Education, Honours
    • Diploma of Social Housing
    • Justice of the Peace (Qualified)

    Knowledge and Expertise

    • Human rights and social justice
    • Organisational & management skills
    • Research and analytical skills

     

     

     

    Dianne joined Rights In Action in 2014. As an advocate, she promotes and protects the human rights of vulnerable people in the community and works on a wide range of issues with a diverse group of clients.

    Previous Experience:

    • Community Housing Tenancy and Property Management
    • Primary School Teacher, Papua New Guinea and Queensland

    ‘My previous work experience includes community housing management on the Atherton Tablelands and primary school teaching in Papua New Guinea and Queensland. Working in social housing for 12½ years helped prepare me for my advocacy role. I was fortunate to be able to assist people with disabilities in the community to secure long term, safe and affordable housing and referrals to local support networks. I was also involved in securing a Nation Building Grant to increase the accessible, universal design housing stock in Atherton. “

     

     

     

      Marlene Levasseur  

    Advocate/NDIS Appeals Support

    Qualifications and Membership

    • Bachelor of Laws LL. B
    • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
    • Cert IV in Financial Services
    • Advanced Certificate in Management D
    • Diploma in Adult Education
    • Certificate IV Workplace Assessor
    • Certificate IV Workplace Trainer

    Knowledge and Expertise

    • Legal research and analysis
    • Board processes
    • Complex file and case management
    • Facilitation and stakeholder consultation
    • High organisational and writing skills

     

     

    Marlene has acquired a diverse skill set over the years across a range of industries, including legal, accounting, building and construction. These skills include: office administration, bookkeeping, paralegal, taxation and legal.

    Having achieved this skill set and wanting a more rewarding work life which could include giving back to society and helping people, Marlene, as a mature aged student, undertook and completed a law degree so she could assist members of our society experiencing disadvantage, discrimination or vulnerability. Marlene’s community-based focus lead to being offered a role as Advocate with Rights in Action and she is now able to defend the rights of people with disabilities utilising her life experience, work experience and legal skills.

    Prior to working at Rights in Action, Marlene worked as a law graduate at the Homeless Persons Legal Clinic (Lawright) at Cairns and gained valuable insight into the issues surrounding people due to disadvantage, disability and vulnerability.

    Previous Experience:

     

    • ING Australia – Executive Assistant to in House Legal Counsel Risk Management
    • Minter Ellison – Paralegal to head of mergers and acquisitions corporate
    • Law Society of NSW – Executive Assistant to President
    • Allbuild Services – Office Administrator/Bookkeeper
    • Cape York Accounting – Taxation Consultant

     

    Angelika Williams

      Advocate   

    Qualifications and Membership

    •  Diploma Management
    •  Cert IV Mentoring Diverse Groups (Indigenous Mentor)
    •  Indigenous Social & Emotional Wellbeing Trainer
    •  Cert III Business Admin

    Knowledge and Expertise

    •  Disability Employment Services (DMS/DES) Team Leader, Employment Consultant, On-The Job Trainer
    •  Job Services – Employment Consultant, Job Coach & Trainer
    •  Complex Case management & individual support
    •  MH Mentor – supporting carers of individuals with a psychosocial disability
    •  MH recovery practice framework
    •  Working with people with Borderline Personality Disorder
    •  Mental Health 1st Aid (2011)
    •  Suicide Awareness & Prevention
    •  Indigenous Social & Emotional Wellbeing (Deadly Thinking)
    •  Cultural Enabler & facilitator
    •  Accidental Counsellor Technician (TACT)

    Currently Studying

    • Advanced Diploma Community Sector Management

    Before starting as an Advocate with Rights in Action, Angelika worked at the Dept Communities Disability Services for 2 ½ years as a Service Advisor in the SAT Intake and Assessment team.

    Angelika also worked as a Wellbeing Mentor for Anglicare NQL for 12months, case managing and supporting Carers and parents to individuals diagnosed with an ABI, a psychosocial or mental illness as well as parents whose young or adult children were diagnosed ASD or Asperger’s. Angelika did a lot of travelling to towns as far south as Tully, north to Thursday Island; out west to Mount Isa, up to Ravenshoe and across the Atherton Tablelands.

    Other jobs Angelika has held over the years include working in a Centrelink Call Centre; as a Legal Secretary for Native Title; she was a Team Leader and Employment Consultant in both Disability employment services and mainstream employment agencies i.e. Job Active and a few short-term roles whilst living interstate in places such as Perth, Darwin, Ingham and Rockhampton.

    With many years’ experience and skills in working with, supporting and assisting people with a disability, Carers and families in our community ~ Angelika is passionate about social justice, equity for all and advocacy on matters where people have been blatantly discriminated against or their human rights have been violated.
    Outside of work, Angelika enjoys glamping (camping in style), is patiently creative on a sewing machine; is unreservedly addicted to social media just for the photos or a good laugh; loves a bargain/sales and prefers to spend time with her family and extended families.

     

     

      

     Mary Klansek  

    Administration Officer   

    Qualifications and Membership

    • Certificate III in Business Medical Administration
    • Certificate II in Business Administration

    Knowledge and Expertise

    • Administration & data collection
    • Computer technology
    • Web design and development
    • Internal auditing

     Currently Studying

    • Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention with Lifeline

     

     

    I was a Medical Receptionist for 8 years before joining Rights in Action, prior to this I was a full-time mum.

    Working in the medical field gave me an opportunity to deal with all kinds of people and situations. Helping people when they were unwell gave me satisfaction knowing that I made their day a little brighter. We also treated patients who had a disability and patients who had mental health issues.

    After working in this field for 8 years I felt it was time for a change and that’s when I joined Rights in Action. I didn’t know what to except when I joined RIA but I was quiet surprised to see the amount of people with disabilities that needs an organisation like Rights in Action to speak up for them on their behalf.

    I have been with Rights in Action for 8 years as the Administration Officer and I have enjoyed being part of an organisation that has helped so many people with disabilities resolve their issues and make their life more independent.