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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.

Lindie Brengman - Consultant

Lindie Brengman started working at CRU in 2019 as a consultant in the Families for Inclusive Education project.  Lindie is an Occupational Therapist and mother of 4, including a teenager with a disability.

Lindie was a founding member of the Queensland Collective for Inclusive Education (QCIE).  She has written and presented from a parent perspective and on the attributes of teachers that contribute to quality inclusive educational practice.  She enjoys connecting with other parents who dream big dreams for their children.

With her husband, four kids, dog, cat, fish, and chooks, Lindie can’t remember when she last read a book ‘for fun’, so luckily she finds her work fun.  And hobbies…hmmm…there’s an unfinished cross stitch stashed away in the laundry that’s 17 years old.

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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 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.

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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.

Meegan Hardaker

Meegan Hardaker - Fee for service consultant

Meegan Hardaker has worked at CRU since 2015 as a Casual Administration Assistant, and in 2019 took on the Part Time role of Fee for Service Consultant. Meegan’s role involves investigating and coordinating applications for any grant opportunities that may arise, fielding and responding to requests for CRU’s services, liaising with external contractors, and working collaboratively with the CEO and other members of the team and Board to further evolve the work of CRU, while maintaining its relevance and potency.

While Meegan’s studies were in the area of Environmental Management, her interests are in the strength of the community to create a more socially and environmentally just future. Having recently completed an Honours research project, and with professional experience as a Research Assistant, her skills are very helpful to CRU as we transition in the emerging NDIS environment.

When not at work, Meegan cares for her young daughter, plays piano accordion and volunteers for a local environmental group.

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.

Kim Jensen

Kim Jensen - Office Manager

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.

Sonia Brown-Diaz - Administration Officer

Sonia Brown-Diaz started with CRU in July 2019 as the Administration Officer working on the Families for Inclusive Education Project.  This role combines her passion for social justice with her extensive administration and project management experience.

Sonia was first introduced to CRU and its work when her now 14 year old daughter was born with a disability.  Sonia recognises the value of CRU’s role in assisting and educating families, workers, organisations and the broader public.

Sonia is also a qualified Yoga Instructor, teaching marginalised community members, and specialises in teaching trauma-informed yoga.  Sonia is an avid reader and enjoys practising yoga (not just teaching it) and when free time avails itself playing in nature and summer are her absolute favourite things to do.

Kathleen Flemming

Kathleen Fleming - Administration 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.

Mercy Kyosiimye - Administration Officer

Mercy Kyosiimye started work at CRU in July of 2019, working as an administration Officer for three days a week.  Mercy has completed studies in business and social administration and is a qualified and experienced English/Swahili Interpreter, having worked for government and non-government organisations (including CRU) in Australia.  Mercy worked with CRU in the development of a film for Queensland’s Swahili speaking communities to inform them of the NDIS and why it could be important to them.

Mercy’s professional and personal experience has fostered her desire to see that people in our community that might not be seen as important are given a platform and opportunities.  Mercy has worked with the CALD Community, particularly with refugee arrivals and has engaged to ensure they have all the necessary support to begin their journey of inclusion in our society.

When not cleaning up after her two children, Mercy enjoys music, dancing, volunteering and occasionally selling African inspired clothes and jewelry at vintage markets.

Kerrie White - Administration Officer

Kerrie White joins the CRU Administration Team after relocating to Brisbane from the Northern Territory. Her recent background is in Arts Administration, but Kerrie has also been in the corporate sector, and the management of a not for profit organisation. Moving to Queensland has allowed her to become more involved in the life of a family member with a disability, and better understand the importance of being able to “live a good life” for everyone.

Outside of work Kerrie enjoys drawing and painting, and hopes to set up a ceramics space and kiln when her home renovations are complete.