Chief Executive OfficerKathy Dine has been an employee of IDEAL Placements since 1999 taking over management of the agency in 2006. At that time the agency had 1 program Disability Employment Services with staff of 6 and 74 participants, today we have 5 programs including Disability employment, NDIS, Transition to Work, Ticket to Work and a training arm, we have over 500 participants and over 60 staff. To say the least this has been a huge growth period for both Kathy and IDEAL. Kathy is also a current committee member of the IDEAL governance committee along with other likeminded committees in her spare time.Operations ManagerJeannine has worked in both the profit and not-for-profit sectors and has more than ten years’ experience working in senior Management roles in the complex and dynamic sectors of disability and aged care. Jeannine has a Master of Business Management (Swinburne) and also holds Prince2 project management certification. In my role as Operations Manager my aim is to inspire and encourage my team to fulfil our mission and improve people’s lives and quality of life through the delivery of high quality employment services.Corporate Services ManagerSue leads the administration and training teams for IDEAL Placements. Her role also incorporates ensuring all activities that IP undertake meet the compliance standards that we work to. That includes quality management and financial management. Sue is also responsible for sourcing the funding programs that allow IP to deliver the different programs that we do to our participants.Regional Manager - WhitsundaysSam has been working for IDEAL Placements for 9 years, commencing her career as an administration trainee and has steadily progressed during her time with IDEAL. Sam has extensive knowledge in Employment Services (DMS, ESS and TtW) and working with local community agencies. Sam runs the Whitsunday’s region managing three offices.NDIS Services ManagerAs the NDIS Manager,Tracy's role is assisting people with a disability to navigate their way through the NDIS journey and ensure their supports are reflecting their NDIS goals. Tracy has over 20 years’ experience in the disability sector and works with other service providers in the area to enable true choice and control for the participant.TEAM LEADER - DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT SERVICESLeanne has been with IDEAL for six years and has provided valuable encouragement and support to participants in finding sustainable employment. She finds her work very rewarding and believes that there is a job out there for everyone. She has witnessed how gaining employment has changed participant’s lives, their attitude towards life and improved confidence.JOB COORDINATORRhonda is a local person from a rural background - cattle and sugar cane with 20 years’ experience in employment & recruitment. Rhonda has a broad range of industry knowledge/experience - including mining, engineering, manufacturing, building construction, retail, hospitality, health and business. Rhonda joined IDEAL Placements in 2010.Job Coordinator - Ticket to WorkKim has been with the IDEAL Placements team since 2014. She really enjoys working with the participant’s diversity that we get through our doors daily and helping to improve their lives. She runs the Ticket to Work program and enjoys being involved in this program, helping the students transition from school to work, which is the next important step in their lives.Intake CoordinatorCharlie has been working in DES for over a year now. She finds her degree in Social Work helps her to provide excellent service to participants when she assists them to complete all the paperwork necessary to sign up with IDEAL Placements. Her daily experience as a sight impaired employee also helps her to better understand the challenges of finding employment for participants with employment barriers and the reward of a having a job and doing it well.Customer Service OfficerRichard possesses extensive experience in assisting participants in gaining employment and providing ongoing support. Richard has been with IDEAL Placements for 10 years commencing as receptionist trainee progressing to working in administration, job coordinator and now is our Customer Service Officer.Job CoordinatorKym has been working with IDEAL Placements for around 7 years as a Job Coordinator. She is committed to achieving participant and employer goals for a better transition into employment. She is very enthusiastic about her role at IDEAL and likes the rewarding feeling when her participants succeed.Job CoordinatorRay has worked in the Disability Employment Sector for eight years, building relationships with employers and supporting participants to find employment. Ray has experience in a broad range of programs when not supporting participants in Mackay is out in the western region on behalf of IDEAL Placements.Job CoordinatorStewart has a trade background in the food industry. He has also worked in fisheries, the building industry as well as IT. Stewart’s interests away from work these days involve lawn bowls, occasional fishing trip, good food & good friends.CULTURAL COORDINATORPaul has recently joined the IDEAL Placements team as a Cultural Coordinator. Paul has background in Child Protection and Local Business. Being in the role of Cultural Coordinator, Paul bring's with him, wonderful relationship's with the local Indigenous people of Mackay's growing multi-cultural communities. Paul spend's most of his spare time with family, and also coaches young people in football, after a long sporting career.JOB COORDINATORJOB COORDINATOR TRAINEEAngelique has recently relocated to Mackay from the Whitsundays and will be working in the DES team and assisting Ticket to Work whilst doing a Cert III in Community Services.Team Leader – Transition to Work ProgramTonie works with young people so they can achieve their employment and education goals. Tonie started with IDEAL in August of 2016 and now oversees the team of Youth Coordinators in the Transition to Work Program.Youth CoordinatorApril has been with IDEAL Placements since 2016 and has established strong ties to the Mackay community. April is focused on building a young person’s skills, confidence and readiness to enter sustainable employment.Youth CoordinatorCherry provides a great service and supports young people aged 15-21 on their journey to employment. Cherry provides intensive, pre-employment support to improve the work-readiness for young people and helps them gain sustainable employment (including apprenticeships and traineeships) or education.Youth CoordinatorMontana recently joined IDEAL as a Youth Coordinator in March 2018 and brings with her experience in retail sales, team leadership and a high level of customer service. She is looking forward to utilising her networks and skills to help people gain long term sustainable employment in the Transition to Work program.YOUTH COORDINATORTyrone has immense interest in working within the Youth Industry, wanting to gain and excel his knowledge and to do his part in instilling inspiration and confidence to the youth within the community. Tyrone has spent the last 2 years being a personal trainer and running a gym. Tyrone has a solid interest in Rugby League, hence his move to Mackay to fulfill his Rugby career. Tyrone also loves all kinds of sports, outdoor activities and long walks on the beach by the sunset.Youth CoordinatorWith intense motivation and determination to be better successful in her life, Keahne has landed a career at IDEAL Placements working towards being a Youth Coordinator. With being able to help the youth in the Mackay community and to help find their pathways and effectively get them placed into jobs, is a huge goal that Keahne would eagerly love to achieve. Outside of work Keahne love's photography, animals, and the beauty sides of things.TrainerJennifer comes to IDEAL Placements with over 30 years collectively in the Community Services. Jennifer joined IDEAL Placements as a trainer in October 2017 Jennifer currently up skills our participants in the Ready for Work classes and is currently training Certificate III in Individual Support. Jennifer’s many skills are helping the participants achieve their career goals.TrainerTeena came to IDEAL Placements with a training background and hospitality experience. Having worked with participants in her own business, it seemed a natural progression to move to IDEAL Placements. Since joining IDEAL Placements Teena has conducted the Becoming a Worker classes for the NDIS participants, coordinated the SQW projects and formed a partnership with an RTO. Teena has a motto “look at what someone can do not what they can’t”.TRAINERNDIS ADMINISTRATION OFFICERSENIOR ADMINISTRATORSnr Admin/Payroll OfficerQuzie is a Mackay local who has been employed in Administration roles for over 30 years. Quzie has been employed with IDEAL Placements since September 2009, commencing as an Administration Assistant then moving to Senior Administration Coordinator. Quzie has completed Cert IV in Business Administration & Frontline Management and currently studying Cert 4 in Human Resources.Administration/Accounts AssistantReinette started out with IDEAL Placements by doing 2 months of work experience to complete a Certificate III in Business. After showing dedication and commitment, when an administration position became available she was offered the position. Three years later She has moved up to not only administration but also accounts and IT. Reinette never would have thought that participating in volunteering/ doing work experience would have turned into a career.Administration AssistantPeta started her journey with IDEAL Placements with work experience which then lead to part time Admin Traineeship. Studying a Certificate lll in Business helped her build confidence while learning skills within the reception/administration area. She has now been with IDEAL for a year and a half and gained her qualification.Personal Assistant to CEO/Human Resources OfficerShelley possesses extensive experience in all facets of human resources management and more recently provided HR consulting services to small and medium businesses. She joined IDEAL in 2017 as the Personal Assistant to the CEO but also handles much of the human resource function of the organisation.ADMINISTRATION TRAINEECalista has recently just started at IDEAL Placements after graduating school last year (2017). Calista is now doing her certificate III in Business Administration after doing Certificate I & II High School. Calista is hoping to one day go into a higher role with Admin or IT work.Administration TraineeAiden is pursuing his chosen career interest of business and having finished high school in 2018, he is currently doing a traineeship at IDEAL Placements in business admin. Aiden is a keen cyclist and enjoys physical activities when he isn't working within the IDEAL team. Business was not the only career he had in mind and having tried various other pathways including spray painting, boiler making, fitting, retail, fast food and sales he has decided to pursue a career in business in which he enjoys and finds fulfilling. Aiden says “It’s good to work for a company that does such great work within the community”.Administration TraineeNDIS Service Delivery CoordinatorStacie came to IDEAL with strong administrative skills and experience as a support worker which she uses in providing coordination of our service delivery for our NDIS participants. Stacie also provides support to our participants.NDIS Support CoordinatorNDIS Support CoordinatorPlan Manager’s AssistantIn 2016, Tamika began her Business Traineeship with IDEAL Placements studying a Cert III in Business. She began her traineeship on reception learning all about administrative duties and the services IDEAL Placements provides. With the continuous support from her manager and colleagues, she is now an NDIS Administrator and Plan Managers Assistant.NDIS Support WorkerIsabella has recently joined IDEAL Placements (May 2018) and has started a traineeship studying a Certificate III in Individual Support. Coming from working in hospitality and retail, Isabella find's her new work a very unique job in which she is enjoying. Isabella love's working amongst the different people, as well as being able to assist those who need it most.AdministrationJodie has an extensive history in Administration, Customer Service, Sales & Accounts. Jodie is a great all-rounder with expert multi-tasking skill set, perfect for her ever evolving role here with the IDEAL Team.Administration TraineeTEAM LEADER - DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT SERVICES & JOB COORDINATORKaryn joined IDEAL Placements in 2016 in the Bowen office. She has a background in Local Government and Business Administration/ Management. Karyn is enthusiastic and always seeking a challenge and constantly striving to reach her full potential. She is actively involved in community outreach programs to contribute to the development and personal growth of the participants within the Bowen & Collinsville Communities.Job CoordinatorJob Coordinator“Banitska has been working within disability employment services for over two years. She has lived in the Whitsundays for over 10 years and has worked in a variety of industries. Banitska uses her valuable experience and networks to assist participants achieve their career goals.”Youth CoordinatorCasey has 10 years’ experience working within the employment services industry, holds a Certificate III in Child Care, A Certificate IV in Disability Services and a Diploma in Employment. Casey has previously worked for IDEAL in Disability Employment Services and is now working with our youth in Bowen under the Transition To Work Program.NDIS Support WorkerI’m a social person who likes spending time with my family and friends. Music is definitely my passion. I play the bass, rhythm and electric guitar and often spend my weekends playing in bands around the Mackay area. Although I don’t play any physical sports I am a rugby league fan and enjoy watching the games on TV and love catching a live game occasionally too. I also enjoy fishing especially when you are catching lots of fish. I used to work in construction but three years ago decided that I would have a career change and have been supporting people ever since. I thoroughly enjoy helping people achieve their goals no matter how big or small. I like to joke and laugh a lot. Laughter breaks down barriers and is a great therapy.NDIS Support WorkerI enjoy helping participants achieve their goals. I enjoy exercise, reading, dancing, singing. I also enjoy walks along the beach and am an avid lover of animals. I have the attitude of no task is too hard. I believe I have a good sense of humour and enjoy making people laugh. I am a positive, outgoing role model. I have completed work experience within a nursing home however IDEAL Placements is my first job role as a Disability Support Worker.NDIS Support WorkerI am a mature aged female who is young at heart and always has a positive outlook on life. I am also a volunteer at Meals on Wheels, Homefield Aged Care Facility and the Tourist Information Centre and hope to continue with these commitments. My interests in life include travel, movies, dancing (rock n roll, line dancing and ballroom), gardening, music (wide variety), theatre, art galleries, walking, running (I run 6 km every Saturday) and have done a couple of triathlons and run 10 km on the Gold Coast a couple of years ago which was exciting. I also love walking on the beach and visiting restaurants to experience a wide range of cuisines. I love to explore new places and things and have a quest for life to enjoy every day and my mission in life is to share my blessings and do things to improve the life of others. I like to joke and laugh a lot. Laughter breaks down barriers and is a great therapy. I have had a varied working career which included administration, public life, farmer, mail contractor which allowed me to show flexibility, adaptability and an attitude to always seek new challenges in life with a quest to learn new things.NDIS Support WorkerI was born in Sydney but I have lived in Mackay for the last 15 years. My father has been wheelchair bound for many years due to injuries which have changed not just his life but my own. Since the injuries I have learned in great ways many life skills such as how to sit down with people and talk about things what are bringing them down, I understand how hard it can be at times when people are getting frustrated which has taught me what I believe is one of the best skills to have in life and that’s patience. I have many hobbies I enjoy, from fishing, motorbike/quad bike riding to bowling, dancing and reading books and cooking. I enjoy working on cars, I have built a car to try something new, when I got the car I knew nothing about mechanics, the car I bought was just an old empty shell, now through my own research and all my own work the car is what I drive myself to work in. I also do a fair amount of volunteer work with the Mackay State emergency services. I am a really easy going approachable guy who loves nothing more than a laugh and a good time, though when it’s time to be serious I am. The last few years I have worked at a few restaurants such as sizzler, ribs and rumps, the vintage room and Tuscany’s I also used to work through an employment agency which meant I had a lot of different jobs to do, I have worked from building houses and shops, tiling, installing pallet racking, washing cars, packing shelves, to many other trade like jobs. I hold quite a few qualifications such as, first aid, cert II in surface extraction, cert II in construction, cert II in commercial cookery.NDIS Support WorkerI love animals, comics, video and board games, hanging out, watching movies or going shopping. Then there is the old lady in me who loves to cook, bake, try new recipes or just having a cup of tea and a good chat. I don’t like going clubbing and I don’t drink alcohol. Other than that I am more than happy to try anything at least once or twice. Oh and I really don’t like snakes or spiders. Some of my hobbies are swimming, going to the beach with my dog, creative and contemporary art and making things like sculpting, wire work and woodwork. I am what most people would call an ‘old soul’. I like to learn new things and try different things. I am a very fun loving, friendly, open person and I like to meet new people.NDIS Support WorkerAfter recently finding myself with a non-work related injury that potentially could take months if not years to heal, I have had to revise my career prospects that up to this point had been primarily physical labouring. I would like to take this opportunity to follow a path that allows me to make positive changes in my community and follow a passion of mine. I have always been passionate about working with young people and have taken on a leading and guiding role in the lives of not only my younger siblings but also cousins and friends. Furthermore, in the last few years, I have become particularly interested in men’s issues, ranging from high drug dependency to high male youth suicide rates. I am a quick learner and prepared to commit myself to study any courses that will be needed to improve my capabilities of a youth worker/support worker.NDIS Support WorkerI have a couple of hobbies when I have the time to pursue them, I like computer online gaming or Xbox gaming on my off time, though I do prefer to be outdoors with my family and friends. I like to think of myself as a bit of a budding photographer at times ranging from scenic, portrait to glamour, I love it all. I have other interests like restoration of vehicles, drag racing and my favorite one of all, pampering my two adorable cats. I’m a 54-year-old dude living out my 20’s and 30’s again, I’m owned by a lovely wife and have two fantastic children, my motto is you’re never too old, the body breaks but the mind stays young, so NEVER dismiss a person if they have a broken body, because let’s face it, you’re talking to their mind, NOT their body. I have worked in many industries though focused on heavy industry being the main source of income, age 54 came around and I wanted more, I wanted to feel like I made an impact in someone else’s life, to have helped a little to help others, my philosophy is if you make one person smile for a split second, you’ve made a spark of happiness for a day. If I were to talk about what I can do, that would range anywhere from driving cranes, to tipping sugar bins in a sugar factory, I have been a detailer in my time as well as being a laborer and trades assistant. I am a stickler for SAFETY first.NDIS Support WorkerI am married with a blended family of 5 adult children and 13 grandchildren. I’m a sensible, reliable, well presented and spoken person, who enjoys new and challenging opportunities. My Likes and Hobbies are recreational fishing, such as sitting on the bank of a river relaxing and catching the ones that swim by, I love Old Cars especially vehicles from the 50s 60s and early 70s and have a Thirst for town and country History. I Like Vegetable and native gardening including Landscaping, I enjoy Travelling, Four Wheel Driving, Cruise Ships, Theatre, Stage Shows and going to the movies, also all types of food especially Seafood, Asian and Indian. My Dislikes are loud and Self-opinionated people, Political mismanagement, unnecessary noise, people who don’t try to smile and overpricing especially on food items, I don’t like seeing rubbish in the streets or mismanagement of public facilities. I’m always keen to be actively involved in the workplace, possessing good work ethics and a flexible approach to work tasks and hours. I have acquired many skills and gained experience in various diversified fields that gives me the opportunity to adapt these skills into a wide scope of workplace practices. I have workplace Management skills from Owning my own business as a School service and Charter Bus Operator for a period of 20 years, I have also held accreditation with Lifeline for 10 years.NDIS Support WorkerFishing, kayaking, bushwalking, gardening, cooking, camp style cooking on an open fire, music, playing musical instruments (singing, guitar, bass, drums) all sorts of music, movies. I’ll give any sport a go or any outdoor activity. I am not into computer games or social media. I prefer to experience real life. I am a single dad with a 12-year-old daughter. I can use authority when needed. I am fun to be around, easy going always joking around, while still responsible. I am very independent and have been told by my friends I have an infectious positive personality that makes people feel good about themselves.NDIS SUPPORT WORKERNDIS SUPPORT WORKERTrisha is a caring, professional Support Worker who has a passion for improving the quality of individuals life. Trisha's hobbies include, swimming, hiking, gardening, shopping for bargains, bowling, going to the movies, the beach and music, which is a big part of her life. Trisha loves to have a good laugh over a cuppa and cake and is a massive animal lover, with a love for the country and what it has to offer.NDIS SUPPORT WORKERNDIS Support WorkerI like to do gardening, play Words with Friends and Candy Crush, and Sleep. Caramel Tart, Chocolate and Coca Cola. I consider myself to be a kind, caring and compassionate person. I like to help people. My work experience is quite varied. I was a Support Worker with HCC. I delivered meals to participants, assisted with domestic duties, and helped with Respite Care. I worked as a Medical Receptionist at the Dysart Medical Centre. I was a Supervisor at K&D IGA. Sadly, the store closed due to the down turn. I have spent many years working for the Education Department as a Classroom Teacher Aid, in both Primary and High School. I have also worked in both school libraries.NDIS Support WorkerI like spending time with family, camping, fishing, cooking. I feel that I am Positive, kind, patient.NDIS Support WorkerMy hobbies consist of fishing, listening to music, reading, gardening, and being around friends and family. I have a dog; she is very energetic and gets into mischief, but she is very spoilt. I am a mother to 2 grown children and 3 grandchildren. I am very family orientated person. For me being a support worker is very rewarding, as I grow personally with assisting participants to achieve their goals, whilst achieving mine. I enjoyed the personal care position, with working with persons in aged care and disabilities. I enjoyed this role as it was personally rewarding to me.NDIS Support WorkerMy name is Charity Mudimu-Mtombo, I have been working in Community Services for over 7 years. I hold cert IV in Disability Work as well as Training and Assessment. I have a Bachelor’s degree and am currently studying to attain a Graduate Diploma in Domestic Violence and Family practices. I enjoy working with people of any race, gender or creed. During my career life, I have taken people living with disabilities and early school leavers on excursions, helped students understand their assignments (both TAFE and University) so that they are able to meet their goals. I also assist participants with basic computer skills and I am an Assessor for Cert III Disability Work/Individual Support. I can also identify participant needs and prepare them for work in the mainstream employment system. I enjoy cooking on the stove or outdoor grill, I like being adventurous when I go on holidays, reading good books, studying and applying professionalism wherever I am. I don’t enjoy the company of dirty, loud and rude people. I also don’t like people who judge books by their covers. I have an easy and friendly personality, very cheerful and flexible. My hobbies include, exercise, fishing and watching movies. Since I don’t like to eat junky food I prefer growing my own vegetables and eat organic.NDIS Support WorkerI have 2 beautiful children—beauty comes from the heart—Jessee, 19 and Jack, 22. Jack is on the autistic spectrum and Jessee is an overachiever. I live with my partner Kath in her home. Kath is a nurse of some decades and works at Bowen and Proserpine Hospitals. We have 3 dogs. I love animals. I love to read. I love gardening. I was only ever going to be a vet. Truly, I am a compassionate person who will help at any moment. I have a tremendous passion for those who are DIFFERENT. I love to laugh and I love making people laugh. I try and make my time with my participants as fun as possible. I believe strongly it is about them and NOT about me.NDIS SUPPORT WORKERNDIS SUPPORT WORKERNDIS Support WorkerNDIS Support WorkerNDIS SUPPORT WORKERChairpersonKate Bone is a solicitor at Beckey, Knight & Elliott Solicitors. Kate was admitted to practice as a solicitor in 2010, and being a Mackay local, returned to Mackay in 2014 after living in Canada and the United Kingdom for two (2) years. Kate works as a volunteer with the Mackay Community Legal Centre on a regular basis, providing members of the public with free legal advice. In her professional capacity, Kate is the President of the Mackay District Law Association and member of the Committee of the North Queensland Law Association. Kate has an active sporting life playing basketball in the Mackay competition. Kate has been a member of the Ideal Placements Governance Committee since 2015. She is compassionate and ready to assist those in need.TREASURERAndrew Duck has been working tirelessly as Treasurer on the committee since 2005. He brings to IDEAL his experience as a CPA and diligently oversees the finances of the Agency. Andrew started as a cadet at Brown and Bird and is now a partner of the firm.SECRETARYChris has been our Secretary since his election in 2013 and is very dedicated to IDEAL and its growth.COMMITTEE MEMBERTony has been serving on the Governance Committee since 2009 as the Employer Representative. Tony is the General Manager of Jennmar Queensland and comes from a Mechanical Engineering background. Jennmar Queensland employs approximately 50 people including 3 ex IDEAL Placements Participants. Tony’s management expertise provides a valuable contribution to the governance of the organisation.Committee memberDavid Conway is the participant representative for IDEAL Placements. He has a wide knowledge of the disability sector and the NDIS. I have taken it upon myself to learn as much as I can about the NDIS as I can, as it personally helps me out, but also helps out anyone who may have questions regarding the scheme. I am a presenter for accident prevention and safety in the local schools. I also am an artist. I have experience in Environmental Management, Public Speaking, Motivational Speaking, Advocacy, and as an access advisor.