We enrich the lives of people with a disability.

Our People

These are just some of our exceptional, well trained staff, whose dedication truly make the difference in enabling our participants to live a life of their choice. 
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Meet Sheryl

 

Sheryl joined Rural Lifestyle Options Australia in March 2003 as a Lifestyle Support Worker. Her favourite aspect about working for the organisation is the knowledge she has gained advocating for participants while supporting them to achieve their goals. Sheryl notes that she loves "how the organisation supports participants to engage in activities within the community". Outside of work, Sheryl enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching movies, bush walking and painting.  Sheryl possesses a Certificate III in Disability and Certificate III in Aged Care.  

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Meet Raven

CertBA, AdvDipBus

Raven joined Rural Lifestyle Options Australia in May 2019 and is the Assistant Accountant. Raven joined the organisation with over 20 years experience in finance related roles across Australia, England and Ireland. Her favourite aspect about working for Rural Lifestyle Options Australia is “knowing that together the team is making a difference within communities” further stating that she is “passionate about being of service to Participants and Lifestyle Support Workers within this finance role”. Raven is a member of the Australian Bookkeepers Association. Outside of work, Raven loves connecting with her medicine drums, meditation, working with Mother Earth and expanding her life to the way of the Shaman.

Monil, Social Worker
Meet Monil

BAppPH, MSocWk

MAASW

Monil joined Rural Lifestyle Options Australia in August 2018 as a Lifestyle Support Worker and is now a Social Worker. Monil is passionate about "providing informed quality services to our participants while maintaining social equality and equity." He further notes that he is "grateful to be part of a team that delivers positive change and that brings a smile in other people's lives." Outside of work, Monil enjoys playing basketball, spending time in nature, hanging out with friends, going on adventures, exploring new places and meeting new people. 

Lisa, NDIS Intake Officer
Meet Lisa

Lisa joined Rural Lifestyle Options Australia in April 2021 and is an NDIS Intake Officer. Lisa is responsible for raising the profile of the organisation in New South Wales through network building, community engagement and ensuring the smooth facilitation of intake for new participants signing up to our services. Lisa’s passion is people and notes that she "was drawn to the close-knit family feel of the organisation and its ability to be responsive and flexible in facilitating positive outcomes for people with disability”. Outside of work, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, writing, kayaking and hiking.

Cara Matthews
Meet Cara

CertIVDis

Cara joined Rural Lifestyle Options Australia in October 2016 as a Lifestyle Support Worker and is now a Service Coordinator. Cara is passionate about supporting others and truly believes that “we have the most amazing participants” further noting that she feels “blessed to be a part of their lives”. She notes that she loves “being able to help participants achieve their dreams” and enjoys being part of the process of “assisting in helping them set their goals – whether they are short term or long term”. Outside of work, Cara enjoys spending quality time with her son, going out for lunch or having a BBQ with her family, trying new restaurants with her friends, going to the beach and camping. Cara also possesses a Certificate III in Business Administration and a Certificate II in Community Services.

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Meet Melinda

CertIVHR, CertIVWHS, DipHRM
MAHRI

Melinda joined Rural Lifestyle Options Australia in April 2019 and brings over 15 years’ experience in the Human Resources space to the People and Culture Coordinator (Generalist) role. Melinda provides advice and support to employees, supervisors, and managers across a range of different People and Culture related strategic and operational initiatives including Recruitment and Selection, Induction and Probation, Wellbeing and Employee Assistance, Industrial Relations, Performance Management, Workplace, Health and Safety and Learning and Development. Melinda notes that her favourite aspect about working for the organisation is the “assisting people settle into their new dream role within the organisation”. Outside of work, Melinda enjoys spending time with her family, camping, gardening, motorbike riding and relaxing by the pool. 

Tom, Roster Officer
Meet Tom

Tom joined Rural Lifestyle Options Australia in February 2019 and is a Lifestyle Support Worker. Tom was drawn to his current role within the organisation due to his “passion for rostering” further noting that he “loves helping people and working within the disability industry”. Outside of work, Tom enjoys playing guitar, working on cars, video games and spending time with friends and family. Tom also possesses a Certificate III in Hospitality and a Certificate III in Business.

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Meet John

CertIVFIMn, DipCommServ

John joined Rural Lifestyle Options Australia in March 2019 and is a Lifestyle Support Worker. John notes that he is passionate about “empowering participants to experience things they didn't realise they could do”. He acknowledges that his “strengths are in connecting with the participants to listen and to give them space to grow” further noting that he sets out every day to "try and support the participants he supports to be the best version of themselves". Outside of work, John enjoys Indian food, being among nature, camping, kayaking and fishing. 

Celena Bolton
Meet Celena

AdvDipComSecMgt

Celena joined Rural Lifestyle Options Australia in November 2018 as a Lifestyle Support Worker and is now a Service Manager. Prior to joining the organisation, Celena held roles in Aged Care, Events and Hospitality and Creative Special Effects Make Up. Celena notes that her favourite aspect about working for the organisation is “the participants” further noting that it is an “absolute highlight watching them achieving their goals”. Celena is passionate about “working for a purpose” stating that “making the change from working in events for people to working with people, is a huge plus for me”. Outside of work, Celena enjoys water sports, nature, fitness, yoga, spending time with her family and her dogs Milo and Maple. Celena also possesses a Certificate III in Disability and Certificate III in Aged Care.

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Meet Annett

AdvDipComSecMgt
MAIOP

Annett joined Rural Lifestyle Options Australia in May 2017 and is the Office Manager. Prior to joining the organisation, Annett has held several people focused roles and recently worked in a program that supported parents and carers of children with Autism. Annett notes that her favourite aspect of working for Rural Lifestyle Options Australia is meeting the participants and learning more about them. Outside of work, Annett enjoys playing board games with her children, cooking, socialising with friends, listening to music and watching movies.

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Meet Dillon

CertIVDis

Dillon joined Rural Lifestyle Options Australia in April 2017 as a Lifestyle Support Worker and is now a Roster Officer. His favourite aspect about working for the organisation is being able to support participants in achieving their goals and engaging in the wider community. Prior to joining Rural Lifestyle Options Australia, Dillon used to visit schools to promote the development of Rugby League among rural communities. Dillon notes that he is very family orientated and enjoys spending time in the community and classic car events. He is an accredited Level II Australian Rugby League Referee, Level II Australian Rugby League Coach and has a Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management and a Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing). 

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Meet Kara

BA(Gov&Socy)

Kara joined Rural Lifestyle Options Australia in March 2019 and is a Service Manager. Prior to joining the organisation, Kara held several roles in the community services sector and is passionate about this space. In 2014, Kara commenced her journey in the disability industry, which she has held roles in ever since. Kara notes that her favourite aspect about working for Rural Lifestyle Options Australia is “working within a team who are dedicated to participant outcomes” further stating that she “enjoys being a part of the process of assisting participants in reaching their goals and establishing new abilities”. Outside of work, Kara likes to go on adventures with her family, in particular she enjoys spending time with them going boating, fishing and camping. Kara also possesses a Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance (Client Support Stream). 

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Meet Cindy

 

Cindy joined Rural Lifestyle Options Australia in December 2019 and is a Support Coordinator for the Northern New South Wales region. Prior to joining the organisation, Cindy held roles in both the community service and education sectors which supported people with a disability in the community. Cindy notes that her favourite aspect of working for Rural Lifestyle Options Australia is “seeing participants happy and achieving their goals”. She also enjoys the “friendly staff” and the feeling of “being apart of a team”. Outside of work, Cindy enjoys spending time with her family, arts and crafts, going to the beach, cooking and entertaining.   

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Meet Helena

DipFit

Helena joined Rural Lifestyle Options Australia in November 2015 and is currently a Lifestyle Support Worker for the organisation. Helena’s favourite aspect about working for the organisation is the variety of participants and the things she learns from them. Helena notes that she also enjoys making a difference in improving the quality of life of our participants. Outside of work, Helena enjoys animals, rescuing wildlife and motorcycle riding. 

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Meet Sally

 

Sally joined Rural Lifestyle Options Australia in March 2018 and is a Customer Service Assistant. Prior to joining the organisation, Sally accumulated over 15 years experience in a variety of roles across both the administration and retail industries. Sally notes that her favourite aspect about working for the organisation is the people, both participants and staff alike. Outside of work, Sally enjoys watching movies, spending time with her family and camping. Sally possesses a Certificate III in Business Administration.