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Margaret Rodgers –  Chief Executive Officer

Margaret Rodgers’ commitment to people with disabilities began in a L’Arche community in India in the early 80′s. For thirty years, she has enjoyed working with people with a disability and their families in Queensland in a variety of organisations; many involved in family support and most in the non-government sector. She first worked for CRU in 1996, coordinating the Leadership Development program for 4 years. When her children were young and also while living in Cairns she undertook a variety of part time and short term roles.

In recent years she co-ordinated the Building of Informal Networks project with the Mamre Association where Circles of Support were used as a key strategy to assist adults move into homes of their own. In 2009, Margaret was engaged by Disability Services Queensland to further the implementation of person centred practice. During this time she became involved in the issue of improving the lives of people caught in the cycle of Emergency and Crisis. Marg returned to CRU to take up the position of Director in August 2009.

When she is not at CRU, Marg can be found at her old house in a small town outside Brisbane. Marg finds that a good book and planning the next trip away are perfect renovation-avoidance techniques.

Lisa Bridle

Lisa Bridle –  Senior Consultant

Lisa Bridle started as a Senior Consultant at CRU in 2010, with responsibility in the area of Leadership Development. CRU has a long-standing interest in fostering leadership for social change. Lisa’s role includes the development of strategies and programs which promote and sustain leadership towards positive change in the lives of people with disability.

Lisa is a social worker who worked previously in community development and domestic violence prevention and support. She has lived in the inner southside for almost 30 years. Since the birth of her son, Sean, 19 years ago, Lisa has been an active member of a number of disability advocacy and family organisations. She is a “recycled” CRU team member and has also held positions at Queensland Advocacy Inc. and Queensland Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disability, as well as undertaking sessional teaching at University of Queensland and Griffith University. Lisa has a keen interest in bioethical issues impacting on people with disability, and in 2004, she completed her PhD, examining the ethical implications of prenatal diagnosis.

As a family member whose vision of a positive life for her own son was inspired and nurtured by attending CRU events, reading CRU materials, and by the relationships formed with others who uphold the right of people with disability to live a full rich life in community, Lisa is passionate about promoting those same opportunities to other families.

Suellen Welch

Suellen Welch – Consultant

Suellen Welch works at CRU as a consultant. Her work focuses on CRU’s goal of promoting; strengthening and defending person centred and directed responses.

Suellen’s previous work experience in the sector was at A Place to Belong, a small mental health agency, as a community connections worker and team leader and as a Key Worker at Mamre Family Support. Prior to that she held diverse roles in the arts, education and hospitality sectors ranging from community dance artist to lecturer, governess, event organiser and waitress.

Suellen believes in the importance of community and the need to work intentionally to build, grow and sustain healthy communities that are welcoming for everyone. She is passionate about the power of personal stories and working to give voice to people whose stories are often ‘silenced’.

As a Mother of three children, one of whom has a disability, Suellen loves the idea of sleeping in and reading (and finishing) novels. She enjoys good coffee, good wine and the company of good friends.

Hugh Rose-Miller

Hugh Rose-Miller – Information Consultant

Hugh Rose-Miller is no longer the newest member of CRU having started in the role of Information Consultant in January of 2013.  In this role Hugh is responsible for the production and dissemination of information via online mediums and developing and managing interactive technologies.  Hugh’s role is to resource people with up-to-date and relevant information that enables people with disability to belong to and participate in community life.

He was first introduced to CRU as part of his first Social Work placement in 2009 and is very pleased to now be part of the team.  Hugh grew up in regional Queensland, and then lived in country NSW and Victoria.

As the token Gen-Xer (almost Gen Y) Hugh brings a range of tech-skills including desktop publishing, web publishing and new media.  He is passionate about using these skills to engage people from across Queensland in discussions, especially those who would not normally be able to come to CRU workshops or conversations.  It is his hope to create the means through which a broader range of people can be involved.

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Catherine Laherty – Consultant

Catherine Laherty joined CRU as a Consultant in January 2015, as part of the team working on the NDIS Participant Readiness project.

Her professional background has largely been in membership-based social change organisations, working at the Services Union (the ASU) through the Queensland Pay Equity case and national Equal Pay campaign for social, community and disability services workers, and at Amnesty International Australia. Catherine is also a member of the Steering Committee for Tenants Queensland.

Catherine believes everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy the good things in life and feels very lucky to work at places and with people that pursue this.

Catherine is a sister to three brothers, one of whom has a disability and all of whom live and work in Toowoomba.

Jen Mouritz – Consultant

Jen Mouritz joined CRU in July 2015 as part of the team working on the NDIS Participant Readiness project.  She will work with other team members to organise workshops and courses and to resource people with up to date and relevant information.

While studying visual art and secondary education Jen was a part-time support worker. Since then she has worked  directly with people with a disability and their families using self-directed approaches to support and in mainstream and special school settings as a learning support teacher. Outside of work Jen wrangles two busy little boys and when she has the time loves to make art, specifically printmaking, where she makes and sells her own line of Ipswich-related homewares based on the suburbs of Ipswich.

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Danielle Mason – Consultant

Danielle Mason has returned to CRU after taking leave in 2016. She will be working part-time as a consultant developing CRU’s Fee for Service stream and responding to requests for work. Danielle is pleased to be back in the CRU office in a slightly new role and is excited about the opportunities that this will bring.

After studying psychology Danielle became a support worker, thoroughly enjoyed the work and decided on a career in the disability field. Danielle’s previous work experience was with SeQual Association, a small service that works alongside people living in long stay public health facilities. This experience has led to an interest in promoting typical lives for people with disability living in ordinary communities.

Working for CRU in 2015 further developed her understanding of the barriers that are faced by people as they endeavour to have access to the good things of life, as well as the possibilities for people when expectations are kept high and we are intentional in our efforts. Danielle is excited to once again to be part of effecting change in the sector, particularly through the development of young leaders.

Bobby Noone

Bobby Noone – Administration Officer

Bobby Noone has worked at CRU since February 2010 as a part time administration officer and project worker. Bobby brings to CRU experience in small business and both government and non government roles in the disability sector. As the parent of two women who live with disability, Bobby also has a wealth of experience working on projects and serving on committees to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Bobby believes in investing in her local community, with a specialty in street parties!  Home grown slow food and bush escapes keep her going and make her the envy of her workmates.

Kim Jensen

Kim Jensen – Administration Officer

Kim Jensen has been at CRU since March 2011, working 3 days per week as an Administration Officer. With a background in Environmental Health, Kim has previously worked in government and non government health services in Australia and the UK.  Before coming to CRU, Kim juggled caring for young children with running a small business which makes her extremely well qualified to manage the many and varied tasks that land on the Admin Officer’s desk at CRU.

When not at work, Kim enjoys camping, travel, bushwalking and spending time with her family.

Kathleen Flemming

Kathleen Fleming – Administration Support Officer

Kathleen Fleming joined the CRU team as an Administration Assistant in 2006.  Working one day per week, Kath is the person behind the scenes who photocopies handouts; fills folders and makes the name tags for all the CRU workshops.

Kath is an accomplished artist and you will see some of her work on the walls at CRU as well as on the signal boxes in Yeerongpilly and Corinda.  She contributed the artwork that was used for the branding for our 2016 conference:  Claiming a Positive Future – The Power of Possibility.

Kath also loves dancing and going to the gym.