Jess

Jess

Hi I’m Jess, founder and Director of Core Autism & Disability Services. I am blessed to be a mother of neurodivergent children and have worked in the disability sector for the last 5 years.

I have worked in the disability sector for the last 5 years and in my previous role I was the Director at NEST Autism & Disability Services and worked as an NDIS Support Coordinator. In this role I discovered my passion for delivering a unique style of service and that is how Core Autism & Disability Services was born.

In my personal life I have more than a decade of lived experience with my own neurodiverse family. I love being a Mum and it is my most important and treasured role. It was during my family's journey that I had opportunities to learn about Autism, ADHD, PDA and many other profiles on the Autism spectrum. I have undergone years of on the job training with therapists and taken every opportunity to do formal training where possible.

I am also the co-founder of Geelong Carers Connect a community carers group supporting carers of people with a disability.

SOME QUIRKY Q&A:

  1. In another life, I'm pretty sure I was a Dog
  2. If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd use the money to go on a holiday and donate money to charity supporting mental health
  3. The best piece of advice I've ever been given is Take time to know yourself. When you know who you are, you can be wise about your goals, your dreams, your standards, your convictions. Knowing who you are allows
    you to live your life with purpose and meaning.
  4. If I could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve Art! A day of doing mindful art all day, drawing, painting and creating.
  5. What advice would you give a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars? Our work is really rewarding and can support change in someone's life.
  6. If I weren't so damn good at my job I would willy wonka, I LOVE CHOCOLATE!
  7. Cats or dogs? Dogs for sure
  8. What's the most inspiring part of your job? Connecting with our clients, they are amazing
  9. The most important thing I learned before high school was I am too old to remember but my Dad always said “never give up”
  10. If I were a superhero, my superpower would be reading people's minds - I am always curious as to what people are thinking.