Meet Our Friendly Team of Support Coordinators

Our dedicated team of professionals is here to ensure that the people we support can live the best life possible. 


Meet Our Founders, Donna & Ray

Donna & Ray started up Geelong Disability Services after Donna, who has MS became so frustrated at either having a different worker each week or no worker at all that she decided to start their own business with workers who are constant, reliable and provide a quality service.

Who We Are

Using her background in Quality Assurance within the Aged Care sector, Donna began the registration process to become a provider under the NDIA. 

Whilst doing this she also undertook a Certificate IV in Mental Health and Disability.  Ray who had 20 years as a Police Officer, was already working as a Support Worker for St Laurence at the time Donna was getting the business started.

Ray and Donna have 4 daughters and have just recently become grandparents.  Outside of work Ray enjoys gardening and listening to music, Donna enjoys spending time with family and friends and also loves live music.

Meet Our Team

Our team is dedicated to promoting independence, well-being, and inclusivity. We continuously update our skills and knowledge to stay at the forefront of disability support practices, ensuring that our clients receive the best possible assistance.

Support Coordinator

Meet Donna

Donna has a vast knowledge of NDIS and everything that is related to it.  Coming with experience as a participant rather than a Support Worker background, Donna realized that if she were to start a business in the field, she needed to be qualified so she went at did a dual certificate IV in Disability and Mental Health.

Donna loves spending time with her family, visiting local wineries and hotels to listen to live music, watching teary movies and making a positive change in peoples lives.

Support Coordinator

Meet Ray

Ray has spent his life in community service.  He started his career in the Police Force where he stayed for 15 years located in Melbourne.  

Since his move to Geelong in 2012, he has been a carer for his Father-In-Law who was unlucky enough to get Motor Neuron Disease (MND) then upon his passing, decided he wanted to continue in the ‘Carer’ role so went and did a Cert III in HACC before working with St Laurence and from there starting his own Provider business, Geelong Disability Services with his wife, Donna in 2015.

Ray is a real home body who loves nothing better than spending time in the garden, being with family, listening to music and reminiscing about his VFL career at Box Hill back in the day. 

Support Coordinator

Meet Fay

Fay has many years supporting and caring for clients, she comes with a nursing background and has extensive mental health knowledge and experience. Fay enjoys working with clients’ individual plans, placing supports around the client’s plan and goals. Fay is passionate about making a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities, helping them to build independence and skills.

Fay describes herself as bright, bubbly and chatty always respectful of client’s needs. Outside of work Fay loves making cement pots and gardening.

Registered Nurse

Meet Jessica

Jessica is new to the coordination role but very keen to support you in your journey!  Some backstory on Jess- She has worked in the health sector for over 15 years.

Jobs have ranged from working as a support worker with Karingal whilst she completed her Registered Nurse training, to experience in acute, psych and aged care settings.

On a personal note, Jess is a mother of two girls, two pugs, big fan of the ocean, the Red-Hot Chilli Peppers, documentaries, and loves a chat!

Support Coordinator

Meet Greg

Greg has been working in the community sector since 2016. He has many years’ experiences working as a support worker and has recently taken on a role as a support coordinator.

Previously Greg lived in Tasmania and worked as a carpenter (16 years) and as a fish farm technician (15 years)- Greg outside of work enjoys the outdoors, good food and movies.

Support Coordinator

Meet Alana

Alana comes to us as a fully qualified Registered Nurse specialising in Neo-Natal Intensive Care nursing, also known as a NICU nurse.  Having this experience brings both empathy and knowledge to the Support Coordination she provides her participants covering both the Melbourne and Geelong regions.

Outside of work, Alana loves spending time with her Cavoodle Furbaby, Peanut & her partner, visiting waterfalls and loves hiking out in nature.

Support Coordinator

Meet Lisa

Lisa has been working in the community sector for many years.  She has extensive knowledge in the health sector and has been a support coordinator and a support worker for many years.

Lisa has a Bachelor of applied Science, intellectual disability, and Health Science Naturopathy, she is also a registered Naturopath.  Lisa loves water and movement therapies.

Support Coordinator

Meet Tessa

Tessa joined GDS in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science. Tessa took some time off to travel in 2022, before returning with GDS in 2023. She is passionate about empowering her participants to achieve their goals and to reach independence.

Tessa enjoys helping others and enjoys taking a creative approach to developing new skills. She is an approachable, honest and compassionate person who looks forward to building strong connections with participants and their families. 

Tessa enjoys the beach, camping, cooking and her dog, Pip, and she describes herself as reliable, adventurous and energetic.



I moved back to my hometown Geelong some years ago as a single mum of four to give my children study and employment options.   I spent my teen years in Portland.   I have been employed in the community sector for over 25 years.    I started my career in residential disability, which then moved to working with children out of home,  managing staff and the houses.  During those years I have been fortunate to put all my knowledge and experience into my community roles spending  the majority of my years working with vulnerable clients. I then went into the aged care sector and have since returned to disability.  Working closely with clients and support workers. I enjoy spending time with family,  traveling especially overseas and the garden and have been known to take boot loads home instead of groceries. Oh, and love chocolate. 



I have worked for over 25 years in accounting roles with companies in a range of industries such as the dairy, salt, and beauty industries.  My current role at GDS allows me to use my skills and experience in a business that is having such a positive impact on their clients and the community.  My daughter has cerebral palsy so also have experienced the NDIS from a user perspective.  Outside of work I like to spend time in the garden, reading and I recently took up beekeeping.  Playing cricket has developed into a family affair with my wife now a keen player alongside myself and our 2 boys.  


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