OUR
TEAM

We are committed to you. We use a team approach to ensure that our Psychosocial Recovery Coaches are there at the right time with the right skills.

Our team comes from a background of lived and learned experience. That means we are always professional but we have an understanding that runs deep. We’ve been there. We get it.

As well as hearing your specific requirements, our team of coaches has an understanding of NDIS planning and mental health. We’re essentially your very own cheer squad, advocates, leaders, and motivation managers. We believe in you.

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Kollen

Co-Founder 

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Kollen has decades of leadership and education experience and is now known for building effective, modern service organisations under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Kollen’s passion is to create empowering places to work because he knows these environments attract the best people and lead to the best outcomes for clients. Respect, trust, accountability, and walking alongside people on their own journey are central to his approach.

Kollen is a co-producer at OG*D (along with Sam). Kollen has oversight of Direction, Connection and Culture.

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Sam

Co-Founder

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Sam has been working in mental health and human services for over 15 years. From working in front-line service delivery roles, leading operational teams, and holding senior executive positions – including for the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). His passion is contributing to building more inclusive communities and providing quality services for people with ongoing support needs. 

Sam is a co-producer at OG*D (along with Kollen). Sam has oversight of Tools, Rules and Treasury.

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Lisa

National Manager Recovery Coaches

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Lisa has loads of experience at a senior management level for service delivery organisations. She draws on her own experience and passion for inclusive communities to deliver outstanding services to the people we support.

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Uani

Senior Recovery Coach

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With over 15 years’ experience providing mental health, wellbeing and recovery support, Uani uses a combination of lived and learned experience to support others. She understands how important it is to be heard, and how empowering it can be to be able to identify and communicate your needs to a support team. Uani creates a space of mutual respect, safety and trust to support her clients and set the foundations to happiness and wellbeing.

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Mimi

Recovery Coach

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Mimi is one of our Melbourne based recovery coaches. Her experience at Adult Prevention and Recovery and Community Housing in Frankston has given her an invaluable perspective on psychosocial challenges and how life-changing it can be to get the right support and guidance. With a degree in social science specialising in psychology, Mimi brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding about the value of mental health support in the community.

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Nick

Senior Recovery Coach

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Nick brings his lived experience of mental ill-health and Complex PTSD to his role as our Senior Recovery Coach  for NSW. As a qualified counsellor, Nick believes psychosocial disabilities are superpowers. He works with his clients to harness their superpowers to be the best version of themselves because he knows how important it is to feel supported. Nick is a proud Aboriginal man currently working towards a PhD in psychology and can be seen on the speaking circuit around Australia sharing his recovery journey to audiences of all ages.

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Sam

Recovery Coach

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Sam is passionate about creating spaces for people with psychosocial disability where they can be and express themselves. Sam’s person-centred approach draws on her valuable lived and learned experience from her time as a support practitioner, and also living with mental health issues.  

When she’s not working alongside One Good* Day clients, Sam organises events for the Melbourne Neurodiverse Social Club.

 

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Jarrett

Recovery Coach

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Jarrett is all about fostering strengths, safety and trust with the people he works alongside.

Jarrett brings a powerful combination of his current post-graduate studies in counselling and his lived experience of mental health and substance use recovery. 

Jarrett’s favourite quote is from John Bradshaw: “It’s okay to make mistakes. Mistakes are our teachers – they help us to learn”.

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Dr Dov

OG*D Thinker

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A practising medical specialist with lived experience of mental illness, Dov volunteers as a mental health advocate for SANE Australia and Beyond Blue. With a passion for destigmatising mental illness both within the medical community and wider society, he brings a unique and empathetic perspective to the OG*D team having experienced both sides of the fence as a medical practitioner and as a patient.

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Carly

Recovery Coach

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Carly has her own lived experience of navigating the mental health system as a consumer, and has previously worked as a Peer Worker in Community Care Units. She has supported the recovery of many different types of people by using her own experiences.

Her work centres on making meaningful connections and developing rapport so that she can support people in their own recovery journey.

Carly’s favourite quote is by Prince, “we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life” – it’s never too late for a new beginning. She likes doing things that remind her to be in the moment – spending time with her animals, painting and drawing, gardening, playing guitar and swimming in the ocean.

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Farina

Recovery Coach

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Farina uses her NDIS expertise, gained from her time working as an NDIS Local Area Coordinator (LAC) in Melbourne and in Brisbane, to support the best outcomes for the people she supports.

Farina sought out One Good* Day because she’s passionate about better mental health services and bringing recovery-oriented practice to the NDIS.

Farina is a big believer in personal development and spiritual growth, and she empowers the people she supports through her belief that we are ultimately the masters of our own destiny and we can get just about anywhere our hearts desire with the right support and encouragement.

Her many hobbies and passions include sailing, dancing, gardening, rock-climbing and yoga which she uses to stay motivated and smiling.

 

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Emma

Recovery Coach

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Emma has a Diploma of Community Services, which she has been using to support excellent outcomes for people with mental illness for over 5 years.

Emma’s relationships with the people she supports are based on trust and mutual respect. Emma is passionate about using a client-centred, strengths-based and holistic approach to empower people to make lasting positive changes as they continue their recovery journeys.

Emma’s favourite quote is: “we have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak”.

Everyone has a different story to be heard and Emma is here to support others to write the next chapter in their lives.

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Minalda

Recovery Coach

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Bio to come.

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Dr Maz

OG*D Thinker

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As a Copywriter & Creativity Coach, Marion believes in the power of creativity to help us heal and grow. She’s passionate about starting a new conversation around mental health – one that’s grounded in posttraumatic growth, a concept she explored in her PhD research.

Marion brings years of experience in the creative industries to the OG*D team and an enthusiasm for the hopeful stories we can tell about healing and recovery. 

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Denise

Learning & Development Partner

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Denise and the Academy of Mental Health Counselling provide all foundational and ongoing in-house training to our team to make sure we are up to speed on the best knowledge and practice skills.

Our team believes in you and will do whatever-it-takes, notwithstanding what their official job description may be. We are here for YOU.