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Our People

We are a team consisting of:

  • Our Board of Directors who provide governance and oversight – Leon Bakker, Daryl Gregory, John Bushnell and Veronica Aris
  • Our Senior leadership team consisting of the Chief Executive (Maree Inder), Operations Manager (John McIntyre) and Clinical Managers (Kirsty Louden and Roger Shave)
  • Our Contractors who work across the different programmes delivered by CASA
Amanda Christian
Amanda ChristianClinical Advisor CPRS
Amanda Christian
Amanda ChristianClinical Advisor CPRS
  amanda.christian@casa.org.nz
  021 552 949

  Registered Psychologist P.G.Dip Soc Work; M.Ed.Psych(Hons); P.G.Dip Ed Psych

I am a registered psychologist; Educational and Counselling scopes. I bring Lived Experience to the CPRS Clinical Advisor role, having lost my own daughter to suicide. This compels me to reduce suicide in our communities; be a voice for and connect with bereaved others. My intention is to educate, inspire, be strength focused, and hopeful.

Ben Te Maro
Ben Te MaroClinical Advisor TWB
Ben Te Maro
Ben Te MaroClinical Advisor TWB
  bentemaro@casa.org.nz
  021 839 786

  Registered Occupational Therapist BHSc (OT), PGCert Allied MH, NZROT

Kia ora. Ko Ben Te Maro tōku ingoa. I’m an occupational therapist with a background in mental health. I’m interested in social equity, and CASA provides me with opportunities to assist rangatahi and their whanau realise their full potential. When I’m not working you can find me exercising, baking/cooking and exploring outdoors.

Cheryl Em
Cheryl EmClinical Advisor TWB & CPRS
Cheryl Em
Cheryl EmClinical Advisor TWB & CPRS
  cheryl.em@casa.org.nz
  021 837 156

  Registered Occupational Therapist BHSc (OT), PGCert Allied MH, NZROT

Kia Ora, I am an Occupational Therapist with a background in mental health. I am a Clinical Advisor on the TWB and CPRS teams. My passion is working alongside young people and their whanau. Outside of work I love hanging out with my hubby and our two little kids, being outdoors, and enjoying the sunshine.

Gabe Couch
Gabe CouchClinical Advisor TWB & CPRS
Gabe Couch
Gabe CouchClinical Advisor TWB & CPRS
  gabe.couch@casa.org.nz
  021 837 191

  Registered Clinical Psychologist MA; DipClinPsych; MNZCCP

Kia ora, I am a Registered Clinical Psychologist based in Auckland and work as a Clinical Advisor on the TWB team. My motivation has always been in working with young people and their whanau to improve wellbeing and mental health. Outside of work I spend my time enjoying my three young children, whanau, friends, food, music and the great outdoors!

Jane Haste
Jane HasteClinical Advisor TWB
Jane Haste
Jane HasteClinical Advisor TWB
  jane.parsons@casa.org.nz
  021 837 868

  Registered Social Worker MPhil, BSW, MANZASW

Kia ora, Ko Jane Haste toku ingoa. I am a Social Worker and have been with CASA as a Clinical Advisor since 2010. My passion is for youth wellbeing and the professional support and development of social workers and our profession. I am from the Manawatu where you will find me with my whanau sharing Kai.

John McIntyre
John McIntyreOperations Manager
John McIntyre
John McIntyreOperations Manager

I am the Operations Manager for CASA and work behind the scenes supporting the team. When I’m at play I find joy in either riding my horse through beautiful New Zealand countryside or busying myself with nurturing my garden.

Kirsty Dempster-Rivett
Kirsty Dempster-RivettClinical Advisor TWB & CPRS
Kirsty Dempster-Rivett
Kirsty Dempster-RivettClinical Advisor TWB & CPRS
  kirsty.dempster-rivett@casa.org.nz
  021 839 944

  Registered Clinical Psychologist M.Soc.Sci. PGDipClinPsych. NZPsS

I am a Clinical Advisor and Clinical Psychologist in the TWB and CPRS team. I also provide training to the amazing people who walk alongside young people in care. To recharge my batteries, I watch movies with friends and family, eating wonderful food before, during and after.

Kirsty Louden
Kirsty LoudenClinical Manager TWB
Kirsty Louden
Kirsty LoudenClinical Manager TWB
  kirsty.louden@casa.org.nz
  021 837 032

  Registered Clinical Psychologist MA(App) Clin and Comm Psych, MNZCCP

Kia ora, my mahi with CASA has mostly been as the Clinical Manager of the TWB team. As a Clinical Psychologist, working with and for youth has always been a passion for me and when not working I am hanging out with my own three youth and hubby, enjoying the beach and to-ing and fro-ing from 101 sport activities!

Liesje Donkin
Liesje DonkinClinical Advisor TWB
Liesje Donkin
Liesje DonkinClinical Advisor TWB
  liesje.donkin@casa.org.nz
  021 837 919

  Registered Clinical Psychologist, BSc; MSc(Hons); PGDipHlthPsych; PGDipArts(Dist); PGDipClinPsych; PhD; MNZPsS; MNZCCP

I choose to work as a clinical advisor with TWB because I enjoy working with youth and helping them during tough times. Outside of TWB, I work as a clinical psychologist in Auckland and like baking, travelling and spending time at the beach with my dogs and whanau.

Lauren Gaffaney
Lauren GaffaneyClinical Advisor TWB
Lauren Gaffaney
Lauren GaffaneyClinical Advisor TWB
  lauren.gaffaney@casa.org.nz
  021 837 174

  Registered Clinical Psychologist PGDipPsych(Clin), MNZCCP

I'm Lauren and I am a Clinical Psychologist on the TWB as a Clinical Advisor and Trainer. Working with young people and their families is a passion of mine. I love spending time with my kids and family, tramping, and exploring NZ and the world. My favourite quote is "Oh the places you'll go" - Dr Suess

Leigh Harrington
Leigh HarringtonClinical Advisor TWB
Leigh Harrington
Leigh HarringtonClinical Advisor TWB
  leigh.harrington@casa.org.nz
  021 837 478

  Registered Clinical Psychologist PGDipPsych(Clin), PhD

I was raised in Wellington, trained there in clinical psychology, and have been consulting for TWB since 2002. I now live with my family on a small cooperative farm under the umbrella of the Anglican Church. I’m happy running in the Tararuas, swimming in the local river with my kids, and digging spuds. Tui tui tuia.

Linda Bowden
Linda BowdenClinical Advisor TWB
Linda Bowden
Linda BowdenClinical Advisor TWB
  linda.bowden@casa.org.nz
  021 834 392

  Registered Occupational Therapist BHSc (OT), MHsc (OT), NZROT

Kia ora, I am an occupational therapist with a background in mental health and suicide prevention. I believe in the hauora and wellbeing of all and enjoy working collaboratively to achieve systems change. When I am not working at CASA you will find me chasing toddlers, at the beach or with my whānau.

Maree Inder
Maree InderC.E.O & Training co-ordinator
Maree Inder
Maree InderC.E.O & Training co-ordinator
  maree.inder@casa.org.nz
  021 837 685

  PhD, PGDipSW, MANZASW

I am the Chief Executive of CASA have been with CASA since the beginning. My work has always been in mental health including as a social worker, clinician, manager and researcher. I enjoy working in areas where there is the capacity to develop creative, effective approaches which is why I love working for CASA. Other important parts of my life are my family and friends, exploring the beauty of our world, enriching myself through yoga and enjoying photography and gardening.

Nicola Cribb
Nicola CribbAdministrator
Nicola Cribb
Nicola CribbAdministrator

I have worked for CASA since 2006 and currently work as the administrator for the whole of the CASA team. I enjoy working with a great bunch of people and supporting the great work they do. In my down time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, reading and walking the dog.

Nikki Coleman
Nikki ColemanClinical Advisor TWB, CPRS & CDS
Nikki Coleman
Nikki ColemanClinical Advisor TWB, CPRS & CDS
  nikki.coleman@casa.org.nz
  021 552 943

  Registered Social Worker BSW, MHSc, PGDipCBT, MANZASW

I am a Social worker and Clinical Advisor on the TWB, CPRS and CDS teams. I enjoy working in our teams and with other agencies to make a difference in the wellbeing of youth and families in Aotearoa. I live on the land outside Christchurch and love adventures with my family and friends.

Pania Thompson
Pania Thompson Clinical Advisor TWB
Pania Thompson
Pania Thompson Clinical Advisor TWB
  pania.thomspson@casa.org.nz
  021 552 941

  Clinical Psychologist P.G. Clin Psych; M.A. (Hons)

I am from South Auckland and the East Coast, and work in the TWB and Training teams as a Clinical Advisor. A Clinical Psychologist by profession, I came to this mahi through my whanau and that’s what keeps me going. I am a total believer in whanau ora. Mauria te Pono – Believe in yourself.

Rachel Moriarty
Rachel MoriartyClinical Advisor TWB
Rachel Moriarty
Rachel MoriartyClinical Advisor TWB
  rachel.moriarty@casa.org.nz
  021 837 102

  Registered Clinical Psychologist MA; DipClinPsych; FNZCCP

I am a Registered Clinical Psychologist from Wellington. I love working with CASA and have worked in TWB and in other training programmes we provide. It's a privilege to be able to support people who are working so hard for the communities wellbeing. When not working I enjoy gardening and keeping up with my three boys.

Rebecca Petrie
Rebecca PetrieClinical Advisor TWB
Rebecca Petrie
Rebecca PetrieClinical Advisor TWB
  bex.petrie@casa.org.nz
  021 837 185

  Registered Social Worker BSW(Hons), PGDHS-CAMH, MANZASW

Kia Ora. I'm a Social Worker with background in mental health. As a Clinical Advisor for TWB I enjoy working alongside social workers with the mahi they do. Outside of work you'll most likely find me at the beach, chasing my toddler and having a laugh

Roger Shave
Roger ShaveClinical Manager CPRS & CDS
Roger Shave
Roger ShaveClinical Manager CPRS & CDS
  roger.shave@casa.org.nz
  021 552 950

  Registered Clinical Psychologist MSc (Dis); PGDipClinPsych; MNZCCP

I’m a Registered Clinical Psychologist with 20 years’ experience particularly in trauma management and recovery. I’ve worked as a Clinical Advisor with CASA since 2007 applying psychological knowledge to benefit others. Starting 2017 I am the Clinical Manager for the Community Postvention Response Service (CPRS) and the Coronial Suspected Suicide Data Sharing Service (CDS). My work highlights to me the taonga that is whanau and friends.

Sandra Palmer
Sandra PalmerClinical Advisor & CDS
Sandra Palmer
Sandra PalmerClinical Advisor & CDS
  sandra.palmer@casa.org.nz
  021 552 945

  Registered Psychologist MA (Hons), MNZPS

I am passionate about post-vention and the difference it can make for individuals, whanau and community. I am a member of CDS and the Senior Leadership Team. Professionally I am a Registered Psychologist. I embrace wellbeing in all its aspects and my own wellbeing is enhanced by being with family and friends, engaging in outdoor activities, practicing and teaching yoga, and playing/singing with my ukulele group.

Suze Malcolm
Suze MalcolmClinical Advisor TWB
Suze Malcolm
Suze MalcolmClinical Advisor TWB
  suze.malcolm@casa.org.nz
  021 837 960

  Registered Clinician Psychologist MNZCCP BA (Hons); MA; PG Dip Clin Psych

I am a Clinical Psychologist and I work as a Clinical Advisor for TWB. I also work part-time in private practice. I relish the challenges and rewards from working in mental health as part of a team of similarly passionate individuals. When I am not at work I enjoy time with my family and friends.

Tracey Barnfield
Tracey BarnfieldClinical Advisor TWB
Tracey Barnfield
Tracey BarnfieldClinical Advisor TWB
  tracey.barnfield@casa.org.nz
  021 837 068

  Registered Clinical Psychologist, MA(Hons). PGDipPsych(Clin), FNZCCPsych

I am a Registered Clinical Psychologist and work on the help desk of the TWB programme, providing support and consultation to both Oranga Tamariki Social Workers and my Clinical Advisor colleagues. I’m motivated by work that improves people’s wellbeing and relieves distress. I love travelling and learning about other cultures.

Tracy Murdoch
Tracy MurdochClinical Advisor TWB
Tracy Murdoch
Tracy MurdochClinical Advisor TWB
  tracy.murdoch@casa.org.nz
  021 552 944

  Registered Psychologist PG.Dip.Ch.Fam.Psych; MNZPsS

I'm a Clinical Advisor (Registered Psychologist) for the TWB team, based in Christchurch. I love being part of a team that enhances and promotes individual wellbeing and passion for life. In my world, family, friends, reading, and dancing keep me sane.

Leon Bakker
Leon BakkerChairman of CASA Board of Directors
Leon Bakker
Leon BakkerChairman of CASA Board of Directors
  leon.bakker@casa.org.nz

  PhD Psychology in Psychology; Doctor of Psychology (PhD) Psychology

Having been involved in the TWB pilot, I have been working with this great team for over 10 years. My faith means I am committed to making the world a better place through whatever opportunities present themselves. Having had a variety of roles, I enjoy identifying what works, and evaluating and using information to inform decision making. As Chair of the CASA Board I work closely with our Chief Executive to ensure that governance and management are well aligned to CASA's vision and strategic goals.

John Bushnell
John BushnellDirector
John Bushnell
John BushnellDirector
  john.busnell.casa.org.nz

  BA; MA(Hons); PGDipClinPsych; PhD; FNZCCCP

Kia Ora. I spend most of my time establishing a lifestyle block near Greytown , where Liz and I relocated and renovated an old convent building as our home. My clinical psychology work involves supervision and teaching, and I am a member of the Psychologists Board as well as the Board of CASA. I try to add an academic perspective to the work of CASA as I feel that we can be more visible and have more impact by showing evidence of the effectiveness of what we do.

Daryl Gregory
Daryl GregoryDirector & Kaitakawaenga for CPRS
Daryl Gregory
Daryl GregoryDirector & Kaitakawaenga for CPRS

The Mana and Tapu of all people make us unique as individuals and I believe that we are created to be connected to others. I am passionate about encouraging whanau to provide a lifestyle, which encourages and nurtures personal, corporate and spiritual growth within the communities they live in. Kia ora I am from Waikato Tainui living in Christchurch and a current Board member of CASA. I am married we have a son who is working hard as a musician in the Wellington scene to make his mark. In my spare time I am interested in making short documentaries of interesting characters I meet every day. I enjoy travelling, good food and cold ale with my lovely wife Rose.

Veronica Aris
Veronica ArisDirector
Veronica Aris
Veronica ArisDirector
  BSc (Hons); Dip M MCIM

With over 15 years in senior level positions overseeing marketing, sales and brand strategy, I bring a commercially focused approach to help support community organisations. I am passionate about providing communities with suicide prevention services in addition to supporting general wellbeing. I am a professional yachtswoman and was a member of the winning crew in the 2011/12 Clipper Round the World Yacht race. I continue to sail and coach others in the sport. I am married with one daughter.

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