Cherie – Autism NT Executive Officer
I’m Cherie, I joined Autism NT in 1999 when my son was diagnosed on the autism spectrum. I started volunteering with Autism NT and created the first social group for young people like my son, so they had friends to hag out with. In 2004 I became the Executive Officer of Autism NT and ever since I have been working to increase supports to the growing autism community in the NT.
I moved to Darwin with my family in May 1975, we were supposed to be here in December 1974 fortunately our move was delayed, and we missed cyclone Tracy. I have 2 adult children living and working here in Darwin. I have worked since I was 13 years old afterschool in the children and family industry. Working and volunteering in Territory childcare centres, schools, and non-for-profit organisations.
With my lived experience and lifelong experience working with families, individuals living with disabilities I find it ease to assist our members. I have obtained qualifications in Business management, Customer Service, Community Services and working toward counselling with AIPC.|
Raising my children in the NT, we have enjoyed camping and four-wheel adventures across the NT. These days I enjoy quiet weekends at home, gardening, house maintenance, my adventures have upgraded to a 5 star and a spa😊|
I am proud to present Autism NT’s staff profiles.
Niki - NDIS Support Coordinator
My name is Niki, I am the Support Coordinator at Autism NT. I currently have 12 years’ experience in the disability and education sector working alongside children and teenagers learning to find their strengths and abilities.
My Husband and I have lived in Darwin for 27 years, I have two teenage children living in the rural area. I spend my weekends attend sport activities with my very active teens.
I have worked as an NDIS support Coordinator for 3 years, my experience with the NDIS has increased during working with AutismNT, some days are challenging for our participants, and I like to assist them to build capacity with the NDIS and in their lives.
I possess qualifications conducted here in Darwin at CDU in Community Services, Business and Education Support. I love my role as Support Coordinator not only to assist with navigating NDIS and much needed services and support individually but to support all the families within Autism NT.
As a motivated family person, I accept the challenges people are faced with daily and find myself adaptable working alongside individuals and families finding new ways to unlock and achieve their full potential.
With a good sense of humour and a can-do attitude, will work together within the community to enhance the lives of others.
“Walk alongside others until they reach their destination”
Zoe - NDIS Administration Support
Hi, my name is Zoe I am the NDIS Administration Support Officer to Niki - NDIS support Coordination at Autism NT. I have learnt so much working in this role and I enjoy assisting participants to implement their NDIS services.
My partner and I have 3 children and he run his own business from our rural block. We love fishing and visiting family in Katherine as often as possible. We have a very busy life with 3 young children and work is my respite 😊
I have qualification in Business Administration and Customer Service. I love my role at Autism NT, I enjoy assisting clients/families in receiving supports and everyday items that they require. I work closely with Niki to ensure that everything is run smoothly for our participants.
I am a fun, outgoing, kind and respectful person who enjoys helping others. I look forward to working with you and your family and am always available to help in any way possible.
Wendy - NDIS Administration Support
I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Wendy, and I am the an administration assistant working alongside Niki and Zoe in the role of NDIS support Coordination at Autism NT
My partner, children and myself love fishing, camping and bike riding we try to get away most weekends to enjoy the Top End.
I have qualifications in Business Administration and Education support. I also have previous experience with community groups, customer service and special needs.
I have a passion for helping people and especially interested in working with youth to allow them to be more socially connected and achieve their goals. My active and sporty nature has led me to being involved with various sporting activities, outdoor learning and adventure education.
I am committed to providing individuals and families with the support and services they need and making a positive difference in their lives.
Jamie – ANT Active Hub Facilitator
My name is Jamie, and I am proud to say the I am the Autism NT, Active Hub Facilitator. I am very passionate about this position, as I love helping people achieving their goals, no matter how big or small, and importantly the journey to those goals. I love watching people surprise themselves when stepping out of there comfort zone, but most importantly I love people thriving with the right support.
My main inspiration and motivation for wanting to support people and be in this line of work is my son. Kris, now 24-year-old who was born with multiple disabilities is now living a life once not thought possible. He is my proudest accomplishment in life and brings me joy every day. To watch what he has endured, overcome, and fought for is nothing short of amazing. He is inspiration and the motivation behind me being so determined that Autism NT’s Active Hub is continuous with the amazing support it provides.
I have been working in home care support for NDIS clients for over 5 years, which I thoroughly enjoyed making a positive difference to each individual lives, focusing on person centred care.
I have qualifications in Individual support obtain with Charles Darwin University, along with Promoting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural safety. I have received a Dementia Essentials certificate obtained through Dementia Australia and looking forward to furthering my study in Mental Health.
My Partner and I have found a new weekend activity, four-wheel driving with amazing friends on the weekend to see more of the rare beauties of the Territory. On quieter weekends we enjoy the Darwin social life, finding new spots to check out, and catching up with friends. I do enjoy a good trivia night as well.
Tara – ANT Connect Facilitator
My name is Tara, and I am the ANT Connect Facilitator. I have been with Autism NT since May and am loving my role.
My husband and I decided it was time for a ‘sea change’ over 20 years ago and Darwin was our destination. We were drawn to the laid back, down to earth lifestyle that the territory had to offer. My husband and I have a combined family of 6 girls and 1 son….yes a big family! We also have 6 beautiful grandchildren who are the apple of our eye.
I first became involved in the disability sector, 21 years ago when I first moved to the Territory. I came across Riding for the Disabled and became a Volunteer Coach and never looked back. I have worked as Inclusion Support Assistant at a local school for the several years, gaining many qualifications within the disability sector along the way. I have since worked in several other areas such as a Flight Attendant, Marketing, Employment and full circle, being back to the Disabilities sector.
My passion is working with children. I am absolutely loving my new role with Autism NT and enjoying the challenge of this new position. I feel this program is make a difference in both students and families lives for those that are on the spectrum. I look forward to growing and moving forward with Autism NT working with schools and families within the education setting of students on the autism spectrum.
One the weekend I love the outdoors, fishing, quad riding, motorbike riding, horse riding and gardening. I also have a huge love for my, 2 horses and 4 Labrador Retrievers. They love me unconditionally and they listen.