Our Staff

Management & Administration

Bernie O'Regan

General Manager

I am Bernie, I have been with Connections since 2018 leading us into the NDIS environment where we are continuing to strive and deliver new services. I have a strong commitment to the wellbeing of people in our community who are in need of disability and mental health support.  My interests include sports cars and Gym. I have a Degree in Psychology  and a Diploma in Workplace Trainer and Assessor, as well as training in Quality Auditing and Mediation.  

Lisa Denham

 Operations Manager

Hi, I’m Lisa. I have worked for Connections for 15 years and oversee the day to day operations of the organisation including Human Resources.  I have a Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, Other Drugs & Mental Health). I have 3 Beautiful children and am passionate about Mental Health and I am encouraged when seeing our participants growth and determination to reach their individual goals.


Rostering Coordinator

Hi I’m Nikita. I started with Connections in 2019. I have a Bachelor of Business majoring in International Business & Tourism, Leisure, and Event Management. I love helping people and organizing their days. Reading is my meditation and I love to try new things. I love animals and have a beautiful little dog who has Anxiety, and another who loves everyone & everything!



Hi, I’m Teaghan! I am the receptionist of Connections who answers all your phone calls and welcomes you on your way through the door.  My favorite thing about working at Connections is seeing positive outcomes from our participants.

Support Coordinators & Psychosocial Recovery Coaches


Senior Support Coordinator

Kia Ora/Hi, I’m Shirley.  I have been with Connections since 2015.  I am a mother to 5 beautiful children; I hold a Diploma of Community Services and I am also passionate about mental health. I love all animals, enjoy outdoor adventures as I feel nature helps me reset and I love spending quality time with my loved ones. 


 Senior Support Coordinator

Hi, I’m Tamara.  I am a mum of three young children, a newly enrolled psychology student & aspiring yogi who loves adventure, paddle boarding and challenging my comfort zone with new experiences. My down time includes watching movies, reading nonfiction books and spending time with my family and friends.


Support Coordinator

My name is Maddi, and I have working with Connections since 2019. I have a bachelor’s degree in Behavioural Science for University of Queensland. I love being a support worker to help participants reach their goals. I enjoy cooking, art and animals and having a chat with everyone.


Support Coordinator

Hi I’m Cheryl, and I am passionate about supporting those with disabilities and mental health challenges.  I am eager to learn and create positive outcomes for clients that I am providing support for. In my downtime I enjoy all genres of music, concerts and a good biography. 


Support Coordinator

Hello my name is Jayden.


Psychosocial Recovery Coach

Hi, I’m Reve I have been working for Connections since 2012 and I love it. I am a mum of one and part of a wonderful, blended family. I love art, music and working out.

Allied Health Practitioners


Behaviour Support Clinician

Hi, I’m Clare. I work with both adults & children. I develop interventions and implement behaviour support plans for improving quality of life & minimising challenging behaviours. I hold a Masters in Education & Leadership from the Australian Catholic University (ACU) & Teach for Australia. I have worked in leadership positions in various regional & remote towns of WA to develop programs in education & wellbeing for students from backgrounds of trauma & disability.


 Behaviour Support Clinician & Psychologist

Hi, I’m Dan.


 Behaviour Support Clinician

Hi, I’m Kristalee.


Specialist Behaviour Therapist, Counsellor & Psychosocial Recovery Coach

Hi, I’m Helen. I work with NDIS and private clients, aged 7 to 99. I develop Positive Behaviour Support plans and interventions using collaborative, proactive strategies. I am neuro-affirming and have a special interest in autism, ADHD, and anxiety. I have a Master’s degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis and I am about to complete a Master’s degree in Autism and a Master’s degree in Counselling.

Support Workers


I’m Alison, I am passionate about mental health and helping people achieve their individual goals. I also have three beautiful teenage children. I really enjoy being at Connections and having the opportunity to work with our amazing participants. I love reading, nature, learning, music, arts/crafts, swimming, and fishing is definitely my happy place.


Hi, my name is Barb. I’m fairly new to Connection’s but i’m really enjoying my new role as a support worker. I’m married, a Mum of 4 and have 6 beautiful grandchildren. I believe my strengths are: my positive attitude, my communication skills and my natural ability to interact with people. I love the outdoors, cooking, scrapbooking and spending time with family and friends.


My name is Barbara.  I moved to Australia from New Zealand in August 2021, and I have been a Mental Health Support Worker for Connections since September 2021.  I have three boys and one girl, and I love music, dancing, reading, watching talent shows like The Voice and Netflix Korean Dramas


Hi, my name’s Briana but everyone calls me Bree. I love meeting and getting to know new people. In my spare time, I enjoy going to the beach or hanging out with my friends and family.


Hi I’m David. I’m currently doing my placement with Connections. You may see me around on supports.


My name is Hayley.  In my spare time I enjoy reading and being outdoors, camping and exploring is my favourite way to spend holidays, I have three kiddies and a dog named Evy. 


Hi, I’m Kristy. I have a background in Community Services, Pharmacy and Psychology. I love supporting people to live a fulfilling life. I have two daughters. I love cats, the beach, gardening and being out in nature.


Hi I’m Linda.  I’m a mum of 3 grown up sons. I spend my spare time getting out in nature, whether it be climbing a mountain or a casual stroll. I love photography, scrapbooking, and card-making. Nature is definitely the best therapy!  I also enjoy baking and coffee! 


Hi my names Mandi, I’ve been working with Connections since 2019 with a background of nursing / disabilities all my working life.  I get great job satisfaction helping others reaching their goals and making people smile. I am a proud mum and nan to my daughter and 2 yr old twin grandsons. I have a variety of interests and always happy to try something new and believe that no problem is too big to be worked out or solved.


Hello, my name is Melissa.  I love spending my free time with family and friends. I enjoy fishing, sightseeing drives or walks. I am told I’m pretty easy going and love to have a laugh.

Mia L

Talofa/Hello my name is Mia.

I am a mum of 3. I have been working at Connections since Feb 2021. I love being outdoors, whether its walking in a nature reserve or swimming at the beach. I like to maintain my fitness by walking or using the outdoor gyms at the park. In my spare time I love going on bike rides with my dog Sampson & enjoy playing cards, board games & doing puzzles. I enjoy doing art & crafts like painting, rock-painting & card-making and I love to help cook freezer meals & finding new cafes to try their coffee & cakes.

Mia S

Hey, I’m Mia. In my spare time I like to spend it with family or making music with friends.  I’m looking to create more harmony within my community and hoping to bring about change in a more positive direction with everyone I come across.



Hello, my name is Rachel.  I am a mum of two who is studying Psychology at UQ. My interests are art (drawing/painting) photography, bush walks and coffee. I also have personal and professional knowledge/experience working with autistic adults.


Hi, my names Rhylie. I have been working with Connections since May 2019. I enjoy spending my free time with family and friends. I have 3 fur babies – two cats, Pablo & Stinky. And dog, Buddha. I also enjoy all things Indoor Plants (Fun Fact: I have over 100+ plants). 


Hi I’m Ruth, I am a mother of 3 and have 5 grandchildren. I like reading, craft and sewing. I have a background in age care and enjoy working as a support worker.


My name is Sharon. My passion is aiming to make a small difference in the world. I am fortunate to support people on their journey to achieve their goals. My interests include walking, swimming, family, and friend days and forever learning


Hi , I’m Steve. I’ve been part of the Connections family for over 10 years, with a few breaks in between for travel adventures. When I’m not at work, you’ll find me camping, fishing, or cooking up a feast in the kitchen. I’ve got a real passion for supporting people and working with them to find ways to achieve their goals and improve their quality of life. Let’s work together on this journey to brighter days! 🌟🤝🌈


Hi my name is Tina.




Hi, my name’s Gabriella, I have been with Connections since 2014. I like making homemade cards for family and friends.