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.

Adam Flack

Adam Flack

Position title: Service Manager – Community Access
Contact:
03 6243 6044 or email aflack@parkside.org.au

I have been with Parkside as a Service Manager since July 2007 and I am responsible for daily management of a range of Community Access programs. Prior to this I was a child care worker. A previous role with Disability Services gave me insight into the needs of people with disabilities, the types of support they require and a knowledge of funding issues. I enjoy working with the Parkside clients and staff and look forward to meeting the changes across the broader disability sector.

I have a young family – and the sleepless nights to go with it.

Alex Yong

Alex Yong

Position title: Service Manager – Aged Care
Contact:
03 6243 6044 or email Alex.Yong@parkside.org.au

I worked in insurance for 28 years but a move to Hobart in 2005 and a career change led me to Parkside where I was trained and subsequently worked as a Support Worker.

Later I became a Service Coordinator in Aged Care and then a Service Manager for Parkside’s Disability Day Centre. Circumstances have led me back to Aged Care and I am thoroughly enjoying the change and the challenge.

I was born in Malaysia and went to study in the UK where I met my wife, Liz, and raised 2 wonderful children. We now have 2 even more wonderful grandchildren.

Anne Summers

Anne Summers

Position title: Business Manager
Contact:
03 6243 6044 or email asummers@parkside.org.au

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
Contact:
03 6243 6044 or email bsmith@parkside.org.au

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
Contact:
03 6243 6044 or email Stephen.shirley@parkside.org.au

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 Newell

Leesa Newell

Position title: Administration Officer
Contact: 03 6243 6044 or email Leesa.Newell@parkside.org.au

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

Prior to this I was employed at Parkside Training Services for 2 years, and Aurora Energy for a whopping 21 years! For many years I was the Secretary and Events Coordinator of the Greyhound Adoption Program. I have a greyhound who was the face of GAP and is called Reba after the country and western singer Reba McIntyre.

I live near the beach so spend lots of time walking and swimming with the kids (and dog). I love being outside, gardening, my Sunday drives, and my family life.

Lucia Pace

Lucia Pace

Position title: Service Coordinator – Aged Care
Contact:
03 6243 6044 or email Lucia.Pace@parkside.org.au

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
Contact:
03 6243 6044 or email Maria.Petterd@parkside.org.au

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
Contact: 03 6243 6044 or email Kellie.chamberlain@parkside.org.au

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.

Michelle Oates

photo of Michelle Oates

Position title: Support Coordinator  
Contact: 03 6243 6044 or email michelle.oates@parkside.org.au

I am a Support Coordinator within the Parkside team and love the diversity and challenging nature of this position. I have worked in the Disability Sector for over 20 years in both Residential and Day Services and joined the Parkside team in 2011.

I am a passionate advocate for participant rights, achievement of goals and gaining outcomes. I also enjoy the challenge of coordinating services for more complex participants.

Out of work I love to spend time with family and friends, being outdoors, reading and cooking.

Kate Sullivan

Kate Sullivan

Position title: Administrative Officer
Contact: 03 6243 6044 or email kate.sullivan@parkside.org.au

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!

Rachel Hedeq

Rachel Hedeq

Position title: Service Coordinator
Contact: 03 6243 6044 or email rachel.hedeq@parkside.org.au

I began working within the disability sector in 2005 before joining the Royal Australian Navy as a Steward. I spent 24 months on HMAS Darwin taking part in the exercise “Talisman Saber”, sailing alongside USS George Washington.

I returned to the disability sector in 2014, completed my Diploma in Disability and have worked since as a Community Access Team Leader and most recently coordinating Person Centred Services at Life Without Barriers.

I thoroughly enjoy working with people and envisage myself working within the sector for many years to come. I have loved meeting the people from so many different walks of life and forming friendships with people whom became my family. My spare time is spent with my family and friends and keeping fit.

Jessica Norton

Jessica Norton

Position title: Service Coordinator - Aged Care
Contact: 03 6243 6044 or email jessica.norton@parkside.org.au

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
Contact: 03 6243 6044 or email kjersti.melsom@parkside.org.au

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.