Our team

For carers

Parkside has a friendly and motivated team, with a broad range of experience in service delivery. We encourage you to contact us if you are interested in using the service or if you have a general enquiry about support services to meet your needs.

Anne Summers

Anne Summers

Position title: Business Manager

My career with Parkside began in 1997 when I was employed as an Administration Officer. I am now Parkside’s Business Manager and in this role help develop and maintain administrative and business operations and provide support to the CEO and Management team. I have Diplomas in Business Management, Business and Business HR.

Prior to working with Parkside, I worked for a children’s charity, a human relations firm, politicians, restaurants, a holiday resort and an interior decorator, to name a few.

In my spare time I enjoy an active lifestyle on the beach where I live, and enjoy reading, gardening and being creative.

Belinda Smith

Belinda Smith

Position title: Chief Executive Officer

My name is Belinda Smith but everyone calls me Bel.

I have worked in various roles within the disability field since 1991. I was originally employed as a support worker with The Parkside Foundation when it first opened in 1995. Since then I have worked as a Coordinator, Service Manager and Operations Manager.

In January 2012 I was appointed CEO. It has been a great experience and pleasure to watch Parkside change and grow over the years.

In my leisure time I enjoy reading, crossword puzzles (although I rarely complete them) and being with family and friends.

Stephen Shirley

Stephen Shirley

Position title: Chief Financial Officer

I joined The Parkside Foundation in January 2015 as the Chief Financial Officer.

My background is in accounting and related fields working for the Tasmanian State Government until I retired in 2013. This position provides me the opportunity to use my financial skills to assist the good work of The Parkside Foundation.

I am married and have two adult daughters and two grandchildren. I am a keen golfer.

Leesa Prasek

Leesa Newell

Position title: Administration Officer

I have been working at The Parkside Foundation since January 2010 as a part-time Administration Officer.

Before that I was employed at Parkside Training Services for 2 years, and Aurora Energy for a whopping 21 years!   For many years I volunteered as the Secretary and Events Coordinator of the Greyhound Adoption Program,  I have had several greyhounds since then, and have adopted Tash and Daisy over the last couple years.
I live near the beach so spend lots of time walking and swimming with the kids . I love being outside, pottering in the garden, and family life.  For my mid-life crisis I brought an old MX5, so love Sunday drives now! LOL.

Lucia Pace

Lucia Pace

Position title: Service Coordinator – Aged Care

Ciao – My name is Lucia Rocchina Pace. I am of Italian origin but born in Hobart. I have travelled to Italy, Europe and many other countries and speak fluent Italian.

My career began with The Parkside Foundation in 2001 as a support worker, working with people with disabilities and older people living in the community, some of whom are from Culturally and Lingustically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds. In 2008 I became a Service Coordinator with the Aged Care Team. This gives me the opportunity to use my Italian language skills to help deliver quality care to older people in the CALD community.

In my leisure time I relax and enjoy being with my family and friends. I enjoy walking, bike riding, cooking and listening and dancing to music.

Maria Petterd

Maria Petterd

Position title: Administrative Officer

I joined the Admin team in September 2010 in a part-time role.

Before coming to work with Parkside, I worked at Anglicare and K&D Warehouse as an accounts officer.

I like spending my spare time with family and friends, watching my grandson play football and spending time with my grand daughter, curling up on the couch with a good book, especially during our cold winter months, or listening to my collection of CDs.

Kellie Chamberlain

Kellie Chamberlain

Position title: Client Engagement Coordinator

I have worked in a variety of roles in the community services sector for over 15 years and have Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, and Diplomas in Community Services and Youth Work. I have worked for The Parkside Foundation for 7 years in various roles from being a support worker to my current position as Client Engagement Coordinator.

I have a passion for working with people with diverse needs, and providing a high quality service to people whom I support and their families. In my personal time I enjoy spending time with my children and family, and snorkelling, camping, gardening, holidaying and relaxing.

Kate Sullivan

Kate Sullivan

Position title: Administrative Officer

My role at the Parkside Foundation is an Administration Officer. 

Previously I worked in retail for several years before gaining a traineeship through Parkside and completing my Certificate III in business.

In my spare time I love to go out with family and friends, shopping and swimming. I have two Border Collies. They are very spoilt and love the beach!

Jessica Norton

Jessica Norton

Position title: Service Manager – Aged Care

I started working as disability support worker at Parkside in 2010, whilst I was studying at university. I have been a Program Officer for the Young People and Age Care programs and I now work as an Aged Care Service Coordinator.

In my spare time I love to do things that are creative and make me happy. I love to cook, exercise, and spend time with my family and friends. I have coeliac disease and an allergy to egg; because of this I started a hobby business called “Eat Safe Live Well” to help people like me cook and eat out.

I really enjoy working here at Parkside. I have loved seeing our clients grow and challenge themselves. Keep smiling.

Kjersti Melsom

Kjersti Melsom

Position title: Service Coordinator

I was born in Norway but have lived in Australia for nearly 20 years. First in Perth where I worked as a Teacher Assistant, before moving to Tasmania with its cooler climate.

I joined The Parkside Foundation in 2012. For three years I worked as a Support Worker before starting as a Program Officer in 2015 for the Community Access team. This is a varied and interesting job but also a challenging one. I enjoy interacting with Parkside’s many participants, facilitating programs and providing opportunities for learning and fun.

In my spare time I enjoy walking, knitting, digital scrapbooking and a good book.

Adele McGuinness

Adele McGuiness

Position title: Service Coordinator 

My name is Adele. I have worked in various roles with Parkside. I started my career within the sector in 2010, working directly with people who have disabilities. I came from an Administration background and working at Parkside was a well-needed career change for me, which then opened other opportunities working as a Program Officer and now as a Team Leader.

I have a passion for working with people and supporting people to reach their full potential and obtaining their goals.

I spend my spare time with my family and friends and we love the football season, having three sons who all play for Lauderdale. I also love to read, cook for my family and babysit my beautiful grandson.

Yan Nicholas

Yan Nicholas

Position title: Administration Officer

I have worked at Parkside since early 2014 as an Administration Officer. During this time, I have enjoyed being part of a friendly Admin Team and helping to keep the office running smoothly. I am also a proud member of the “Parkside Family” and love meeting our diverse range of clients that we support.

I live on the Eastern Shore with my husband, two dogs and adorable son, who is going through the challenging but also very rewarding toddler years – he keeps on our toes! I also have family members in Adelaide as well as Singapore.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending quality time with my family, going to the gym and reading books. I also love to cook and enjoy good food and fine wine. My ultimate treat is a shoulder and back massage… simple pleasures of life!

Graeme Finlayson

Graeme Finlayson

Position title: Service Coordinator – Individual Support.

I have recently joined the Parkside team as a service coordinator in the individualised support area.

I’ve been working in the disability sector since 2006 in various management, coordinator and training roles. Prior to joining the disability sector I taught in a variety of Tasmanian Primary and District High Schools as well as 18 months teaching in London. I’ve completed a Bachelor of Education, a Master of Business Administration and numerous certificate qualifications.

I have a keen interest in workforce development for disability support workers and the employment of people with a disability. I’m currently in the early stages of setting up a business that supports people with a disability to start up their own microenterprise.

I spend the majority of my free time at my hobby farm in Kempton, either re-establishing the farm, restoring the old house and tending and expanding the massive cottage and vegetable gardens. I attempt to keep fit by getting to the gym as often as I can.

Kylie Green

Kylie Green

Position title: General Manager – Client Services – Disability

I have dedicated 27 years to working within the disability sector with a focus on bettering the lives of people living with a disability. I have worked in the NDIS as Senior Provider and Markets Officer and have experience in the contract, project, case and change management fields.

I am excited to join the team at a pivotal point under the NDIS and look forward to spending time with participants checking out the wonderful work The Parkside Foundation is undertaking.

I am a full-time mum of two teenage boys, board member of the Clarence Junior Football Club and in my spare time an avid reader, bushwalker and beachgoer.