Meet the team
The Windaan mob is a team of well-respected individuals with strong profiles within their own, and other Aboriginal communities. They’re skilled and trained in disability service provision and are committed to empowering Aboriginal families to make informed decisions and exercise choice and control to get the most from NDIS supports and more.
Joseph Archibald – Manager Aboriginal Service Development
Joseph is a proud Gamilaroi man living on the Mid North Coast of NSW, with extensive connections in the Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Armidale regions.
Joseph is the Manager of Aboriginal Service Development at Growing Potential and within his role, Joseph manages the Windaan Aboriginal Services portfolio. This role involves working collaboratively with foundational key partners to develop cross sector models of service that recognise and reflect the individual and cultural needs of Aboriginal people. It also includes management and oversight of the Windaan Social Enterprise Development and Windaan Business Consultancy divisions.
Joseph has spent the last eight years working in the disability sector, with five years spent working for Australia’s disability peak National Disability Services (NDS) as Aboriginal Regional Coordinator establishing employment and service pathways for Aboriginal people in the disability sector. With extensive sector experience as well as service provision experience, Joseph has developed a first-hand knowledge of the challenges of delivering quality disability services to Aboriginal families and communities.
Joseph’s passion remains the empowerment of Aboriginal communities through the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). However, Joseph acknowledges that this is a challenge that requires collaboration with a broad range of partner organisations. This need to build real cultural capacity in the NDIS disability sector is the passion that drives the Windaan Business Consultancy Division.
When Joseph isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three young daughters. Joseph is also passionate about passing on Aboriginal traditions and culture to young Aboriginal people. In particular, he loves teaching Aboriginal dance to young people. Aside from traditional dancing, Joseph also likes playing rugby league, touch football and going to the beach.
Loretta Donovan – Early Childhood Intervention Officer – Allied Health
Loretta is a proud Gumbaynggirr woman of the Mid North Coast of NSW.
Loretta is a valued member of the Windaan team and is our Early Childhood Intervention Officer. Her cultural connections, warm personality and positivity enable her to support families through their transition into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). She is also committed to ensuring they receive appropriate allied therapy support as early as possible to improve outcomes later in life.
Loretta strives to be a great role model, independent and a positive woman for her children and for other Aboriginal children and families. She brings 15 years of experience working in child care centres across QLD and NSW. In 2015-2016, she had the pleasure of being part of the Department of Education in Queensland Indigenous and Non-Indigenous children literacy and numeracy programs.
Loretta has always had a passion working with children and young adults, mentoring and coaching them through life challenges and helping them develop the necessary life skills. Loretta knows every child is unique and believes it’s important to be fair, open, friendly and kind. Loretta is proud to help guide our next generation on the right path to success as well as nurturing and supporting families into the NDIS pathway.
When Loretta isn’t working, she is busy looking after her five children, playing touch football, netball or oztag.
Ramona Robinson – Support Coordinator
Ramona has recently joined the Windaan team as a Support Coordinator.
Ramona has worked in the Community Services Sector for about 10 years and has gained great experiences working with people with a disability and in Aged Care. She has worked as a LAC ( Local Area Coordinator ) for 2 years and has previous experience with the NDIS.
Ramona also has a background working with homelessness, working as the Aboriginal Caseworker for New Horizons with independent people and families to find suitable and affordable accommodation in the private rental market and to assist with applications to Housing NSW. Whilst working full time, Ramona also completed a Certificate IV in Mental Health.
Her passion is helping people at their most vulnerable and being able to give them the opportunity to make their own choices, with a bit of information, advocacy, advice and support.
Tahlia Bartley – NDIS Support Facilitator
Tahlia is a proud Wiradjuri women living and working on Darug land.
Tahlia has recently moved from a family support worker at Ngallu Wal Aboriginal Child & Family Centre to Windaan. Tahlia’s new role is a NDIS support facilitator for Windaan. Tahlia is still based in Western Sydney at Ngallu Wal’s centre in Doonside.
Tahlia is Passionate about providing culturally appropriate services to help close the gap in service delivery for Indigenous Australian’s. Tahlia is also passionate about helping families and children to better their future outcomes.
Tahlia has a Diploma in community services and case management, Mental health first aid, First aid and CPR qualifications.
In her spare time, Tahlia loves to cook, bake, garden and spend time with her family.