The Team

Board of Management

The Board of Management of Coastwide Child and Family Services Inc are a team of dedicated and passionate professionals who each bring to their voluntary roles a unique and dynamic perspective.

Geoff Brazel, Chair

As a solicitor at Brazel Moore Lawyers, Geoff has extensive experience in all areas of general practice.  With a career which began as a Legal Clerk in the Office of the Clerk of the Peace, Geoff was admitted as a solicitor in 1979.  He moved to the Central Coast to set-up as a partner in practice in 1981.

Geoff is passionate about governance and excellence in service delivery. Geoff has three adult children.

Lisa Philipsen, Vice Chair

Lisa is a customer service and market research specialist with many years of retail and hospitality experience. Her current role is Project Support Officer, which she combines with her vocation as Marriage Celebrant.

Lisa’s passion for volunteering is fired by a commitment to harness the power of people, to inspire the best outcomes for the business. Both of Lisa’s school-aged children attended family day care, sharing many fond memories and developing a lifelong love of learning.

Kerry Harper, Treasurer

Kerry is a qualified Chartered Accountant with experience working with various accountancy firms, including the ‘Big 4’, the not-for-profit sector and the Federal Government.

Her diverse knowledge and expertise are highly valued. Her passion for excellence in practice has been invaluable as the organisation grows from strength to strength. Kerry has one daughter.

Julia Teale, General Member

Julia is a marketing and communications specialist with over 25 years of experience in not-for-profit organisations, Government agencies and private business.

For several years Julia worked as Media Manager for Family Day Care Australia, the national peal body for family day care, and she continues to be passionate about quality and excellence in the education and care sector. Julia has two school-aged daughters, both of whom excelled in Family Day Care.

Karen Schofield, General Member

Karen has had an extensive career in health management and has a passion for delivering a person centred approach to service delivery. Karen brings skills in strategic management of a large complex service, including governance, risk management, quality improvement, change management, financial management, and developing positive workplace culture.

Karen has two adult children, both of whom used Family Day Care and two grandchildren. Karen has an interest in improving the quality of life for those with a disability.

Tim Davidson, General Member

Tim is a Chartered Accountant with over 40 years professional experience in providing accounting and auditing services to the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors. Tim has held various leadership roles with both local and international organisations and is passionate about assisting not-for-profits in achieving their financial and organisational goals.

Tim is married with two adult children and two grandchildren.

Our Coastwide Child and Family Services Leadership and Admin Team

As a proven Early Childhood Educator and Leader, CEO, Kellie demonstrates a passion for delivering the highest quality community based child and family support services. Leading a motivated team by example, as Nominated Supervisor of Coastwide Family Day Care, Kellie’s commitment to early childhood education and care is demonstrated by her hands on determination to ensure the highest quality implementation of the National Quality Framework within Coastwide Family Day Care.

Kellie’s commitment to delivering positive learning outcomes continues in her leadership of the Supported Playgroups, MyTime and PlayConnect programs, where she strives to ensure our programs deliver services which focus on the individuality and diversity of children and families.

With a proven background in marketing and administration in the not-for-profit sector, Sarah, our Development Manager and 2IC, has a long-term commitment to increasing community engagement and access to quality child and family support services. This commitment is demonstrated by Sarah’s strengths based approach to service delivery and program development.

The dedicated Admin Team; Jane, Jeni, Megan, Mel, Robyn, Rochelle and Vicki, equip our organisation to deliver the highest possible customer service, whilst meeting urgent time frames, unique and diverse family needs and regulatory requirements.

Jane brings to her admin roles many years of admin expertise. With a background in early childhood education and care, Jane recognises the importance of children having access to quality learning experiences. As our newest staff member, Jane is enjoying getting to know her colleagues and the amazing team of Educators she is here to support.

Jeni is our longest serving Admin Team member. Jeni’s attention to detail and research skills are invaluable as is her enthusiasm for supporting her colleagues. Jeni is an advocate for flexible working conditions and continues to achieve whilst working remotely following her family’s relocation to Queensland.

Megan, our Accounts Administrator brings a fresh perspective to the team. With an invaluable background in financial accounting and auditing, Megan is committed to providing best practice contemporary accounts admin support to her colleagues.

Mel’s strengths are fully utilised as our Family Day Care Placement Officer. Her thorough understanding of what families are looking for is a result from her many years as both a Family Day Care parent and a Family Day Care Educator. Mel strives to find the right placement for each and every child, working closely with families and Educators to find to a perfect match.

With a diverse background as a successful small business owner, Robyn’s can do attitude and commitment to excellence in customer service are both valuable assets. She enjoys working in an environment which values individuality and a strong work ethic.

Rochelle, our Reception Admin Assistant, is happiest when working in a challenging and fast paced environment and welcomes the diversity each day brings. Her background and strengths in event management and communication are valuable additions to the team.

Vicki has recently moved across to the Admin Team, seeking a new challenge after many years as Senior Family Day Care Coordinator. Her wealth of experience, insights and compassion will be a valuable addition to the team.

Our Child and Family Services Support Team

Our Child and Family Services Support Team is led by Senior Family Day Care Coordinator, Lisa and Senior Playgroup Facilitator, Amanda. With a wealth of experience in the early childhood education and care sector, Lisa and Amanda share a passion for quality outcomes for young children and their families. This passion is demonstrated by their strong commitment to the diverse and invaluable support services and programs offered by Coastwide Child and Family Services.

Together, they head a team of highly skilled and diverse early childhood professionals; Annie, Jade, Jenny, Karen, Katrina, Lisa, Mandy, Sam, Sharon, Tiffany, Tracy, Vanessa and Wendy.

With extensive experience in early childhood education and care, Annie is a dedicated and passionate advocate for Family Day Care. Based in the Hunter New England region, Annie’s commitment and dedication to Family Day Care is witnessed every day in her interactions with Educators and children.

As an invaluable team member, Jade has made a commitment to making sure each children has access to engaging and interesting play opportunities in all our programs. Her commitment extends to PlayConnect when she facilitates a weekly session for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder like characteristics.

With extensive experience in early childhood education and care, Jenny enjoys working with our team of resourceful and compassionate early childhood professionals. She acknowledges and shares the team’s commitment to positive early childhood outcomes and in particular enjoys supporting some amazingly resilient families within the MyTime program.

Karen, an early childhood educator with almost twenty five years of experience, loves her role as mentor and guide. She is passionate about working in partnership with Educators and is proudest when Educators demonstrate a strongly defined emphasis on social responsibility and a keen respect for the environment in their educational programming and service set-up.

With a passionate for lifelong learning and capacity building, Katrina is a dedicated and well respected team member. With many years of experience in early childhood education and care, Katrina shares her love of baking with her grateful colleagues.

As Educational Leader, Lisa shares her passion for individuality and diversity in her support and implementation of the Early Years Learning Framework. With over twenty years of experience, Lisa works with individual Educators to highlight their strengths and develop their programming to ensure the best outcomes for children.

With diverse experience in early childhood education and care and support services, Mandy demonstrates her commitment to group learning environments facilitating group time at play session with joy and enthusiasm. Her engaging communication style makes her play sessions a favourite with Educators and children of all ages.

Sam has worked in the early childhood education and care sector for several years. She thoroughly enjoys her current role as she is passionate about the pivotal role early education plays in providing a solid foundation for children’s future learning and development, a passion shared by the dedicated team of Coordinators and Educators at Coastwide Family Day Care.

Drawing on her own experience as a Family Day Care Educator, Sharon is our new Educator Trainer and, at each training session, she acknowledge the amazing strengths each new Educator offers children and their families. Her passion for lifelong learning is also demonstrated by her role as accredited Triple P Practitioner within the Supported Playgroups Team.

Tiffany is an intrinsic part of our child and family service support team and she brings a fresh perspective to everything she does. With previous experience as a Family Day Care Educator, Tiffany loves to embrace new ideas and she enjoys facilitating activities which cater to the individual needs of children and their families.

With several years experience as an early childhood educator, most recently as a Coastwide Family Day Care Educator, Tracy is the newest member of Child and Family Services Support Team. Her commitment to building relationships with educators, with children and their families, and with her colleagues has been widely acknowledged.

Wendy joined the team following the dynamic growth of Coastwide Family Day Care in the Hunter New England region. Wendy’s passion for Family Day Care is informed by over twenty five years of experience in the early childhood education and care sector. Her goal as Coordinator is to support Educators to be the best they can be.

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