My Way Team

Board

Dr Garang M. Dut

Dr Garang M. Dut - President of the Boards, My Way Community Alliance

Garang is a doctor with experience in clinical medicine, public policy, and healthcare consultancy. He was trained at the Royal Melbourne Hospital Clinical School, and worked in health services across Australia, contributed to research which impacted national policy in Australia, and has engaged in international health advocacy at the United Nations in New York, NY.

Garang is a Fellow in Health Systems at the Australian National University and has been Policy Fellow at Australia’s Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. In 2012, he was John Manson Visiting Scholar at St. Stephen’s Hospital in New Delhi, India, and has experience evaluating and scaling health services across settings of varying resources. He has been mentor on healthcare innovation initiatives, including for the University of Oxford based European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) Health PhD translation fellows, and HCL-Microsoft Better Health Hackathon. He has guest-lectured at professional conferences, including the biennial Melbourne-Harvard Festival of Ideas and University of Oxford’s Technology & Management Centre for Development, and featured on topical interviews for The Age, Herald Sun, and Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Garang is John Monash Scholar, and was Frank Knox Fellow at Harvard University, Saïd Foundation Scholar at the University of Oxford, and an officer of the renowned Oxford Union. In 2007, he was named Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholar by the University of Melbourne, and was VMIAL Scholar at Ormond College, University of Melbourne. He holds Bachelor of Biomedical Science (BBiomedSc) from Monash University, Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the University of Melbourne, Master of Public Health (MPH) from Harvard University, and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Oxford. He is also a fellow of Leadership Victoria’s acclaimed Williamson Leadership Program.

David Ajak Ajang

David Ajak Ajank - Board Director - Secretary General

David Ajak Ajang is a grassroot Community advocate who is enthusiastic and has a deep understanding of Multicultural Communities as well as the “mainstream” communities. He has worked in the community sector for over twenty years in different capacities supporting the social and economic development of refugees and migrants to settle and integrate into their adopted country Australia. He has worked with the department of education, health, the police, and the community services in different capacities in NSW. He currently coordinates the Communities in Cultural Transition (CiCT) program where he leads a high performing team. David specialised in governance and leadership in the not-for-profit sector.

David was the inaugural Chair of The Social Outfit. A non-profit community organisation supporting women from communities of refugee and migrant backgrounds with training and employment pathways in the fashion industry. David stepped down from the Board in December 2015, having been involved in the organisation’s development since late 2012.

David holds a Master of Not-for-Profit and Social Enterprise Management and a Post Graduate Certificate in Art Management from the University of Technology Sydney and a Bachelor of Business Accounting from Western Sydney University. David participated in Sydney leadership, a flagship social leadership program of the Benevolent society in Sydney in 2006.

Somo Denge

Somo Denge - Board Director - Vice President

Mr Somo Denge, the vice president—generally offers support for the board chair, CEO and other leadership when needed. The Vice President of the Board is considered as the future leader of My Way Board. Somo has following Qualifications:

- Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) UWA 2019

- Grad Cert in Social Impact – UWA 2018

- Grad Certificate in International Relation - UWA 2018

- Bachelor of ART Philosophy - Catholic University - 2005

Somo experiences can be summarised as financial assistance in Holly Wood Private, and currently working as auditor in the office of Director General, public Audit in NSW. As a Vice Chairperson of My Way Board of Directors, Somo is tasked with the following responsibilities and roles:

- Assist in driving the strategic direction of the organisation.

- Working with the CEO to enable the organisation to implement the organisations’ strategic objectives

- Reviewing reports and monitoring the performance of the organisation

- Assist organisation fulfill their mission

- Fulfill legal and fiduciary responsibility

- Attending meeting and actively participating in the committees - Communicating with the executive’s directors and other board members

- Supporting program initiatives

- Embody organisation’s mission and been loyal ambassadors for the cause

- Serve in the committees

Sahana Srirangam

Sahana Srirangam - Board Member

Sahana is passionate about helping people to live a meaningful life despite the challenges that confront them. She currently works as a psychosocial clinician at Canteen in a counselling role, providing supports to young people with a cancer experience. Pervious to this role, Sahana was working as an NDIS specialist support coordinator at My Way Community Alliance, supporting and coordinating the needs and recovery goals of people with disability and their families.

Sahana graduated from Edith Cowan University with master’s in counselling and Psychotherapy. She also has a bachelors and honours in psychology from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, where she lived for 4 years prior to embarking to Australia in 2019 to study.

Sahana is enthusiastic and passionate about her work and it’s potential to have a lasting impact on lives. Above all, she works from a standpoint of care, genuineness, and empathy and strives to bring all these qualities into the work that she does into the roles and responsibilities of Board member.

Executive Management Team

Peter Mapior

Peter Mapior - Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Peter Mapior is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Founder of My Way Community Alliance.

Peter has 10 years’ experiences, business acumens, and wealth of knowledge in Community Services delivery/coordination, Practice leadership, Contemporary management, professional coaching, and mentoring expertise.

He demonstrated strong past performances and commitments as Operations Manager, Disability, Psychosocial and Aged care services; Program Manager for Disability and Mental Health Services, where he provided intensive coordination and leadership for individuals with disability and families from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities; and as a support coordinator for Partners in Recovery (PIR); commented as energetic, trustworthy and committed in Individualised Community Living Strategy (ICLS) program as Recovery Coordinator.

Peter has high emotional intelligence skills with a flair for planning, designing, creating, innovative and practical knowledge in psychosocial recovery coaching, person-centred practices and choice and control, hence has great understanding of the needs people with disability, their families, and carers.

Mark Tan - People & Culture Manager

Mark Tan - People & Culture Manager

Mark is an all-rounder with a wide range of skills. He has two Master degrees from the University of Western Australia, and a Diploma of Christian Counselling from the Australian Institute of Family Counselling. As a lifelong learner, he is also on track to complete a Diploma of Human Resources.

Mark takes pride in being a People and Culture leader and is committed to seeing My Way grow and surpass the needs of both participants and staff. Apart from his primary People and Culture duties, Mark is also keen on helping in other areas, such as strategic planning, operations and administration, marketing and sales, and IT.

Mark’s motto is to give his best and maintain military-standard discipline in the organisation while demonstrating integrity and adhering to social justice principles.

Akuol Akuien - Finance Manager

Akuol Akuien - Finance Manager

Akuol Akuein is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Her other qualifications include Bachelor of Business and commerce majoring in accounting from Western Sydney University, Advance Diploma of Accounting from Australian Business Academy, Tax Agent Skill set from Reality College of Commerce. Akuol has over 10 years of experience in accounting and business services. Akuol is a finance Manager in My Way Community Alliance Inc.

Kristy Wong- Practice Manager - Recovery Coach-specialist support coordination

Kristy Wong - Practice Manager (Recovery Coach/specialist support coordination)

Kristy graduated from UWA with a Master of Social Work. She has been working as a social worker in the aged care setting and then working as a specialist support coordinator in the NDIS field. She prides herself on the respectful attitude to all the people she encounters. Advocacy for the vulnerable people is the utmost important outcome in her career. Kristy approach is strongly person-centred and being flexible to fit the needs of the participants. Kristy is highly motivated and self-driven in achieving consistent quality and great outcomes for the participants, families, and My Way organisation.

Nicole Fredman - Administrations and Office Operations Manager

Nicole Fredman - Administrations and Office Operations Manager

Nicole comes from am Corporate Customer Service and Administration background, which has helped create the role of a more inclusive Administration and Customer Service Department, as she is the main contact for both participants, their families, carers, and Service Providers.

Nicole is a warm, sociable, and intelligent person to work with. She brings substantial skills and tastes of corporate customer and business acumen into the admin and operations team

She is passionate about leading my team to work in line with My Way values to benefit our participants and their families.

Therapy Support Services Team

Henrietta Ireland

Henrietta Ireland - Allied Health Manager - Regions

Henrietta is originally qualified in South Africa as a physiotherapist, she has worked in NZ and Australia in private practice - specialising in Musculo - skeletal injuries and rehabilitation, then moved to geriatrics in residential aged care and NDIS community service in the recent years. With 30 years of experience in Musculo - skeletal injuries, rehabilitation, hydrotherapy, and respiratory dysfunctions, she has brought a high level of clinical expertise to My Way

Having worked in three different countries with a wide variety of population and health challenges her passion is getting people active and mobile with effective pain management.

Allison Petrou

Allison Petrou - Allied Health Manager

Allison is a Physiotherapist, experienced in the Private Practice, Community and Aged Care sectors. Graduating from Melbourne’s La Trobe University, with a Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Physiotherapy practice in 2016, she’s had up to 6 years’ experience in the industry.

Over the past 3 years, Allison has also been involved in Clinical Education, Clinical Coaching and Allied Health Management. Allison is also in the process of completing her Post Graduate Master’s Degree in Women’s Health Physiotherapy.

Allison brings extensive knowledge and experiences as Allied Health Manager at My Way Community Alliance.

Finance Team

Karin Sbeeh - Account & Payroll Officer

Karin Sbeeh - Account & Payroll Officer

Karin has Legal/Laws background, Certificate 4 in Accounting and Bookkeeping, and currently pursuing further studies in Graduate Diploma in accounting and finance.

Karin has done support works and service coordination in the previous years. And currently in My Way she works as a Plan Manager, Account and Payroll Officer, and with more than 2 years’ experience in Payroll, Account receivables and Payables.

Karin is people person and with tremendous passion, motivation and self-drive in everything she does. Karin loves and enjoys doing doing her job in My Way.

Specialist/Support Coordination & Recovery Coach Team

Deborah Woon - Psychosocial Recovery Coach / NDIS Specialist Support Coordinator

Deb is a Psychosocial Recovery Coach and Specialist Support Coordinator with My Way Community Alliance. Deb is a Registered Counsellor with the Australian Counselling Association.

She has postgraduate qualifications in Counselling, including a Master of Counselling. Deb is an experienced counsellor, who runs a counselling private practice, and is passionate about mental health recovery. She is passionate about developing clients’ coping skills vis-a-vis barriers (psychological or circumstantial) they encounter in their lives. Deb is also passionate about trauma recovery and PTSD, as well as supporting clients and their families with processing difficult situations and diagnoses.

Deb works empathetically, collaboratively, and compassionately with her clients in a person-centred manner, in a space of safety and understanding, employing a self-kindness and strengths-based approach, integrating it with relevant evidence-based approaches.

Deb is passionate about valuing and supporting client goals. Deb looks forward to journeying with you and your family.

Anntoinette de Clifford

Anntoinette de Clifford - Psychosocial Recovery Coach / Specialist Support Coordinator

Anntoinette has a Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling, and currently studying Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Social Work. Anntoinette has extensive work experiences and knowledge in the other sectors such as Department of Child protection and family support services, Youths in care, Drug & Alcohol services, and worked closely with many stakeholders such as NDIS planners and LACs, Aboriginal organisations, elders, and practice leaders, Wanslea and Department of Human Services.

Anntoinette is knowledgeable and experienced in delivering trauma-informed support services and use creative approach to find solutions to participants and families to achieve their goals.

Anntoinette works alongside participants and families in using an explorative approach to identify individuals’ potentials and strengths. She is passionate about encouraging individuals to develop life skills and assist the individuals on their personal recovery journey.

She comes from a strength and positive perspective to assist participants to design person-centred supports which is driven and self-directed by participants and family interests, and choice and control.

Anntoinette is an easy-going person, and her non-judgemental perspective always provides a friendly and welcoming interactions. She is an empathic and active listener, with strong advocacy skills and really focused on the goals to get things done. Anntoinette is an independent hardworking person in a fast-paced environment.

Anntoinette is a great asset to My Way, and you will achieve many goals, and get things done if you are coached and guided by Anntoinette.

Ernest Ndagijimana

Ernest Ndagijimana - Specialist Support Coordinator

Ernest is husband, a father and a grandfather. He is a highly experience humanitarian worker that has works with asylum seekers, refugees and disadvantaged people like people with disabilities in Africa and Australia over the past 20 years. Ernest enjoys working in challenging and complex situations now enjoys working with challenging and complex participants that are funded by National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Ernest was a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) for 7years at Disability Services Commission now Department of Communities Disability Division in WA. Ernest’s diverse multicultural skills help him to achieve set goals with people/participants he works with. Ernest strives to do better always and learn every day to achieve best possible outcomes. Ernest as a humanitarian person, is humble, social and ready to help all times in all situations if required.

Ryan Al Jabiry

Ryan Al Jabiry - NDIS Support Coordinator

Ryan is a humble, compassionate, resilient, and intelligent person. It is a rewarding experience to be able to work closely with people with disability, and to assist families, or carers in strengthening their understanding of the NDIS, and build capacity to navigate supports, both funded and non-funded mainstreams support services. From the very beginning of Ryan’s working experiences in the NDIS sector and community services at large, she has enjoyed working alongside individuals, families, and allied health professionals, to navigate NDIS space and assist participants to achieve their support goals. Ryan has supported participants with complex needs and language barriers to be linked in with right support services in the community. Ryan speaks both Arabic and English fluently, and all the Arabic speaking participants and families have benefited enormously from her support coordination. Ryan’s professional development in the NDIS sector has been phenomenal and has learned valuable sets of skills. Looking into the future, it would be great to build upon my knowledge and add a few additional languages other than Arabic and English.

Service Coordination Team

Regina Nshuti

Regina Nshuti - NDIS Service Coordinator

Regin is one of the experienced NDIS Service Coordinators in My Way. She has a wide range of knowledge and holds a Bachelor of Criminology majoring in Criminal Behaviour and legal Studies.

She is also working towards a Post Graduate Certificate in Mental Health so that she can provide the best care to participants and families.

Having begun working in the disability sector as a support worker, she is passionate about ensuring supports provided is of the utmost quality.

Regina is also passionate about community service and enjoys assisting people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to better navigate support services and embrace their Australians society while maintaining their connection to their cultures and identity.

Frances Chen - NDIS Service Coordinator

Frances Chen - NDIS Service Coordinator

Frances is deeply passionate about creating a society where everyone can live positively, confidently, and happily in their day-to-day life.

As a service coordinator, she gets to bring my passion to work and make sure our participants get the best level of care they deserve. Frances is an active listener and get a deep understanding of our participant’s needs and goals. And together, Frances and her team develop a personalised services plan that ensures our participants get the support they need when they need it.

Previously, Frances had previously worked in various customer-facing roles to provide tailored services for both internal and external stakeholders. In addition, she worked as an account assistant after attaining a Bachelor of Accounting from Curtin University.

John Ceu - NDIS Service Coordinator

John has qualifications in Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Political Science, and he has Key Job experience in Community settlement service. He has worked in Inventory coordinator and team leader (BGC Windows), and as an Interpreter (National Accreditation for Translators and Interpreters).

Being a community settlement officer, assisting clients with less fortunate, from a variety of background for the last ten years give me a great experience.

As an NDIS services coordinator, John always wanted to bring his experience and apply in current role to contribute with Love, Integrity, and Fairness.

John has a deep passion to build and maintain a meaningful relationship, establish a good rapport and affinity towards our most valued participants. John abides by the principle of respect and maintain participants or families Choice and Control to have best result.

Admin Operations Team

Olaf Kruger - Referrals Intake Coordinator

Olaf Kruger - Referral Intake Coordinator

With extensive multicultural experiences, Olaf Kruger brings an understanding of different cultures and background knowledge.  This understanding imparts Olaf with an advantage to provide effective communication, emotional support, and the ability to sympathize and associate with individuals and their circumstances.

Olaf is currently endeavouring an Undergraduate Teaching Degree from Murdoch University.  He strives to improve himself through education.

Olaf acquired hands on experience and the ability to provide individualized customer service through his role as a business owner in his previous business ventures which spans for over 10 years.  Olaf also worked in Customer Service and Sales Representation for an International Airport in Western Australia.

As the Referral Intake Coordinator, Olaf Kruger is the first point of contact new Referrals will meet.  His Role is to provide new Referrals a smooth transition and onboarding into becoming one of My Way's valued Participants.

Olaf Kruger ha strong faith and believes that through supporting individuals with disability and families, he can demonstrate and live out his passion of assisting and advocating for others.  The individuals and families might be going through difficulties in finding right supports and right Service provider, therefore, Olaf is passionate about providing assistance and necessary linking in with My Way great Team.

People & Culture Team

Messi Mulugeta

Messi Mulugeta - People and Culture Officer

Messi has Nine years of experience in Community Services Work in human services. She has Degree in International and Development from Murdoch University, and a Diploma of Community Services Work from TAFE.

Messi has got passion for social change regarding the disadvantaged communities being empowered especially people with disability, families, and carer. Messi heavily involved in doing community voluntary work in WA during her spare time. Messi is a great asset to My Way.