Our staff are not only qualified and experienced, but passionate and love to make a difference in the lives of all of our participants.
Centre Manager – Leone Gye-Collishaw
My introduction to APRDA was in 2011 with vocational placement while studying Community Services at Ashmore Tafe. I was quickly immersed into the joys of supporting participants and families within the APRDA community. I took on the role of the Management Committee President in 2013 and stood aside from this position in 2018, I learnt so much in those 5 years and could not of achieved so much without the support of a great team of people. In 2018 I was offered a paid role as the Centre Manager, and still reside as a general committee member. I consider myself to be very fortunate to work alongside so many dedicated people and amazing horses.
Centre Supervisor – Katrina McEldowney
I was volunteering as a teachers aid in a local school when in 2013 I decided to combine my love of horses and helping children by volunteering at APRDA for 4 days a week while my children were in school. I have been employed as a staff member since 2015. My role is to oversee the day to day running of the centre activities and office accounts.
Reception / Volunteer Coordinator – Kaitlyn Beaver
RDA Coach / Carriage Coach / ASDAN Facilitator – Hilary Stubbs
After a break of 7 years, I happily returned to APRDA in 2017 and was invited to train as a riding coach, qualifying about a year later. As an existing carriage driving coach I was also keen to get the driving restarted at APRDA and thanks to the support of the committee and great volunteers, have now achieved this goal. Having a background in vocational education, I also have been fortunate to start an educational/life skills program known as ASDAN. I feel very lucky to have found such a wonderful role and workplace.
RDA Coach / Horse Handler – Gaye Yeowart
RDA Coach – Rhiannon Hutchings
RDA Coach / Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator – Robyn Wickham
Horsemanship Development Facilitator – Chris Baxter
RDA Trainee Coach – Stephanie James
RDA Trainee Coach – Katie Lister
RDA Trainee Coach – Jayne Whelan