Meet Our Team
MICAH Inclusion staff are passionate and committed professionals who have chosen to work in this field. We are all continuous learners and seek to understand and support every child to achieve their potential. Many of us have lived experience with Autism and disability and extensive experience.
Liz is the Director and Principal Behaviour Analyst at MICAH. She is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst, completed a Masters of Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis and is a Level 3 Classroom teacher with over 20 years’ experience. Inspired by her boys, Kai and Micah, Liz has dedicated her life to finding evidence-based therapy that could reduce the disabling features of their autism and nurture their unique strengths. The incredible success of Kai and Micah’s progress has led Liz to sharing her knowledge and passion with other families, teachers, educators and therapy providers. Liz is a passionate autism and inclusion advocate. She has facilitated carer networks, presented workshops across the state, and now exclusively works in supporting children and their families on their journey with Autism.
Emily is a Senior Behavioural Therapist at MICAH. She is also a Special Needs Teacher, and is currently completing her Masters in Applied Behavioural Analysis at Monash University. Since 2014, Emily has provided support work and respite care for children with autism and other learning difficulties and disabilities. Emily is an Alternative Communication Advocate, and uses Key Word Sign and other communication devices. She is working with local councils to make our community more inclusive. Emily is creative, organised, hardworking, flexible and dedicated. She loves her 4 fur babies, food, Harry Potter, reading and learning.
Kyran is a Senior Behavioural Therapist at MICAH. She has been an Early Childhood Teacher since 2015, and is currently completing her Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis through Monash University. Kyran observed our Director Liz in action at her Childcare Centre, and immediately knew this was the field she wanted to be in, and set out on her path to being a Board Certified Behavioural Analyst. Kyran has a two-year-old son named Beau and enjoys playing volleyball and travelling. “I am passionate about working with children of all ages and helping them to reach goals and live life to its full potential”.
Amy is a Therapy Assistant at MICAH who has experience as an early childcare educator and has hands-on experience with children on the spectrum, as she has a child with ASD of her own. Amy has a special interest in early intervention services and ABA therapies, and it is her passion to help children achieve their goals and meet their needs. In Amy’s spare time you will find her at the beach either swimming, fishing or snorkelling with her family.
Ceridwen is a Therapy Assistant at MICAH. She has a Certificate IV Allied Health Assistance, and she is currently completing her Speech Pathology degree online through Central Queensland University. Ceridwen has 2 years ABA experience in home, day-care and school settings, and 5 years’ experience in the healthcare industry in the Pilbara and South West. She is enthusiastic about expanding her knowledge and skills in this field, and is particularly passionate about speech and language in young children.
Katherine is a Therapy Assistant at MICAH, and she has 16 years experience working in disability services in Scotland and Australia. She has a Certificate IV in Personal Training, and she supports kids to be active and engaged in their learning, when they are struggling with the traditional desk and paper approach. Her passion is inclusion across all areas of life. “What I love about my job is the smiles on the kids’ faces when they grasp a new concept or skill and the pride they feel in their achievements. Nothing beats that.”
Nikki is a passionate Therapy Assistant and Support Worker at MICAH and is currently studying occupational therapy at Curtin University. She supports every child to reach their full potential and get the most out of their lives. She is enthusiastic and creative and incorporates this energy into her sessions and resources to keep children engaged and motivated. “I have chosen this career because of my love for working with children and families and supporting them to achieve their goals in a way that suits them. I honestly believe I have the best job in the world!”
Sandy is a Therapy Assistant and Support Worker at MICAH. Before moving to Australia in 2017, Sandy was a Kindergarten teacher in South Africa, and a Primary school teacher in Ireland. Sandy has 20 year’s experience working with children aged 6 weeks to 13 years. Sandy’s focus has always been on building close relationships with children, listening and giving them a voice. She is passionate about play-based learning, energetic, friendly and committed to developing a great future for all children. Sandy is married with 3 grown up children and 3 grandchildren. She loves camping and socialising with family and friends. Her hobbies include knitting and crocheting. “Our role working with young ASD children is so important, as we are setting them up for a positive learning experience and success in life. I love teaching and never stop learning from other professionals, colleagues and the children.”
Sarah is a Therapy Assistant and Support Worker at MICAH. She is currently studying certificate III in Disability Supports and is preparing to study Psychology at ECU next year. Sarah has significant lived experience with children with Autism being the mother of 4 children, 3 being on the Autism Spectrum. She has implemented early intervention and Applied Behavioural Analyse strategies in her own life and family. Sarah is warm and fun loving, and is passionate about supporting families on their journey with Autism, as there wasn’t much help around when her eldest son was diagnosed 15 years ago. In her time off Sarah loves to immerse herself in nature by taking her family camping regularly and loves creating all things art, the brighter and sparklier the better! She loves cooking with her family and unwinds by taking her incredibly huge rescue dog, Myrtle for walks around Australind.
Sharlene is a Therapy Assistant at MICAH, and she is currently completing her Bachelor of Primary Education at ECU, in addition to an Individual Support (Disability) Traineeship with Corporate First Aid. She has five children of her own, and experience working with community groups during her past work with the Harvey Shire. Her dream is to be a teacher. She and her family enjoy bonfires and cooking sausages and marshmallows on the campfire. In her spare time she loves gardening, reading and paper craft. “I love that the work I do has the ability to enhance a child’s potential.”
Tanya is a Therapy Assistant at MICAH and has 10 years’ experience as a special- needs education assistant. Her passion is early intervention, and she uses ABA strategies and practices. This combined with her calm and patient nature makes her a great match for any child with behavioural challenges. Tanya is knowledgeable in sensory needs and basic Auslan, and she is an advocate of inclusive schooling for all students, particularly those with additional needs, gender diversity or trauma, to make each child feel safe and calm at school. Together with her partner of 28 years we have 3 adult children, and they love spending time together, eating out, at the beach or touring the South West. To keep her sanity, Tanya does Muay Thai ladies boxing twice a week and enjoys running when she has the motivation. “I love seeing these kids grow and have success when given the opportunities they deserve.
Analies is a Support Worker at MICAH. She has a Diploma in Early Childhood and Care and a Certificate II in Business, and is currently studying Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) and a Bachelor of Psychology/Bachelor of Commerce. Analies has 2 years experience working in daycare, and has been working with MICAH for over a year. Analies is passionate about equality and everyone getting the same chance in life. She is very family oriented, and loves to read, write, play with her dog, and hang out with friends and family. “I believe communication is the key to providing the best experiences.”
Ngapera is a Support Worker at MICAH. She has 3 years’ experience working on a special needs bus, and she has also completed a Cert II in Tourism and Cert I & II in Kitchen Operations. She loves this field of work because it is exciting, and she makes sure all children she supports, both verbal and non-verbal, have their needs heard. Ngapera likes to draw, play the guitar and piano, and play volleyball and basketball, and travelling to New Zealand.