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.
Eddie Mercy – Service Development Officer
Eddie is a proud local Gumbaynggirr man of the Mid North Coast of NSW.
Eddie is a valued member of the Windaan Team and is our Service Development Officer. His cultural, family ties and experience allow him to unpick the complexities of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and communicate this to families to empower them to make informed decisions and exercise choice and control to get the most from NDIS supports.
Eddie brings 10 years of experience in community services, including roles in youth work, drug and alcohol and disability support. He also has formal qualifications and training, including a Diploma in Community Services.
Eddie believes the NDIS is a wonderful opportunity for Aboriginal people living with a disability, and their families and carers, to get support to make a positive difference in their lives. He wants to focus on empowering his community to get the culturally appropriate support they need, in the way they want it.
Eddie is a positive role model who is passionate and believes strongly in the importance of culture and its role in personal and community strength, resilience and improving health and wellbeing.
When Eddie isn’t working, he is busy fishing and spending time on country.