I was born and raised in South Taranaki and moved to Wellington as a teenager to attend university. I have had a long involvement with the sexual abuse field. In the late seventies I helped set up Wellington Rape Crisis and was one of the first workers employed by Wellington Rape Crisis as a student employment job to set up systems and the telephone support line.
After leaving university I had a few other jobs: labourer, cook, bus driver, parks assistant. Later I was employed by Wellington Sexual Abuse Help Foundation, first as an educator and then as a counsellor. I also joined the board of the newly formed Wellington STOP (now WellStop) as the survivor agency representative. I left Help in order to complete my clinical psychology training at Victoria University of Wellington.
I worked as an ACC registered counsellor. In my last year of training I was approached by WellStop to assist in setting up the first adolescent treatment programme. I joined WellStop as an intern psychologist and have had the privilege of working alongside Hamish Dixon and others to grow the organisation. I was first employed as a psychologist on the Youth Programme, then as we developed a team I became the Team Leader. As WellStop grew larger I moved into the Clinical Leader role and am now the Chief Executive Officer.
I am passionate about the possibility of creating change in our communities and have focused WellStop more towards a closer relationship with the community, especially starting to provide prevention services.
I am very fortunate to have had the opportunities provided by WellStop – to develop an agency, to create a model of therapy, to develop national and international relationships.
On a personal level, I live on the south coast of Wellington with my partner and the youngest of our three children – the other two having now left home. I enjoy tramping and other fitness activities, travelling, and am currently learning Te Reo.
Mark King - Operations Manager
Ko Hauturu te maunga Ko Manaia te awa Ko Mataatua te waka Ko Ngati Pukenga te Iwi Ko Ngati Maru te hapu Ka Maaka King toku ingoa
Tena Koe, I am the Operations Manager for WellStop. My role is to oversee the day to day operations of our clinical teams, play a strategic role in developing resourcing and to support WellStop to maintain the highest of standards around service delivery.
I have managed services within the not for profit/health/public and disability sector for over 15years, both here in New Zealand and Australia.
Supporting people to achieve goals and enhance positive life outcomes is what drives me to work for WellStop. I am a passionate rugby supporter, with loyalties in both the Chiefs and Hurricanes camps and support all Kiwis in all sports.
Lyn White - Practice Manager
Ko Putauaki te maunga Ko Tarawera te awa Ko Koraunui toko marae Ko Pakeha te iwi Ko Scottish, English, Swiss te hapu Ko Lyn White toko ingoa
Kia ora, my name is Lyn White and I grew up in the small town of Kawerau in the Bay of Plenty within the Tarawera valley at the foot of Putauaki, also known as Mount Edgecumbe.
In my role as Practice Manager at WellStop I support our passionate clinical staff to deliver assessments and interventions that are in line with the latest research and best practice.
The focus of my role is on the clinical delivery of services to children and youth as well as services to those harmed by sexual abuse across all of our regions.
Prior to working for WellStop I worked as a medical scientist and then made a career change to counselling. I have a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Psychology and have worked as a counsellor at Rimutaka Prison, Hutt Valley Stopping Services and in private practice.
My role at WellStop means that I get to work with an exceptional team of highly skilled professionals who share a vision of community well-being and safety through working towards the elimination of sexual abuse in our regions. We really do want the best for our clients and will do whatever we can to help them to thrive and to live healthy lives free of sexual abuse. This is what has kept me at WellStop for 16 years.
When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time with my family and especially my grandchildren, walking my dogs, being in nature and keeping chickens. I love animals and have been a vegetarian for many years and through the vegetarian society enjoy going to regular vegetarian potluck dinners and functions. I’m also passionate about mindfulness and teach classes in my community.
Caroline Burns - Practice Manager
Tena Koe. My name is Caroline Burns. I grew up in the beautiful West Country of England and have made New Zealand my home since 1998.
My first profession was teaching and I later retrained in social work. I have worked in a women’s collective managing refuges for women and children and, as a Probation Officer both in the UK and New Zealand. Prior to joining WellStop, I was a Rehabilitation Worker and group facilitator in a special treatment unit in Rimutaka Prison.
I have been with WellStop since 2004 and my current role is Practice Manager for adult services throughout the agency. I highly value the worth and potential of all the people I come into contact with - clients and their whānau, WellStop staff and our colleagues in other agencies and am proud of the work WellStop does.
My family, friends and pets fill up most of my life outside of work and I love my garden, the bush and the sea.
Hamish Lindstrom - Accountant
I am the Accountant at WellStop, and am responsible for financial reporting and budgeting, as well as overseeing the day to day accounts functions such as payroll and accounts payable.
My work at WellStop allows me to contribute to an organisation that is helping to make positive changes to New Zealand communities, while also providing me with opportunities to develop professionally and personally,
When I’m not crunching the numbers at WellStop, I can usually be found in the gym, out for a run, riding my motorbike, or supporting the Hurricanes. At home I live with two cats, a pile of unread books, and am a keen cook.
Kelly-Maree Liberona - Human Resources Consultant
The role of the Human Resources Consultant at WellStop can be described as an advisor, developer, influencer and reporter. The role is largely focused on organisation development and operations. Projects focus on building capability, culture development and performance. On an operational level, this could be creating a new contract, through to facilitating an employment investigation, providing process and legal advice.
I graduated from Victoria University after completing an undergraduate Certificate in Management and post graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management. Recently I have achieved certification as a Brain-based Coach with the Australian Neuro Leadership Institute.
My background spans widely in the fields of Operations Management and Human Resource Management across a number of different government agencies and not for profit. I have run my own Coaching/Human resources business since 2015.
I joined WellStop for a number of reasons, including the size of the agency and my ability to influence change and sustain relationships across the agency. At a deeper level, the purpose of the agency hit a chord personally – knowing people who have been affected by sexual abuse in my life and how the work the staff do, can prevent repeat behaviours.
Outside of WellStop I run my own coaching business – I'm passionate about working with people and teams to help them unlock their human potential. I use brain-based methods to optimise people’s ability to learn and grow.
On a personal note, I really enjoy the outdoors – I like fishing, running and training for adventures like cycling touring across Tibet, Chile and New Zealand. I love to sing & dance and am looking to get back into The Barbershop Quartet or begin Latin American dancing in 2019.
Michele Johnston - Executive Assistant to CEO
My role at WellStop is Executive Assistant to the CEO, as well as Board Secretary. I have a strong EA background and have worked in the public and private sector.
I choose to work at WellStop because of the amazing group of people who work here, the work they do in providing support, information and education for families with a focus on healthy, safe communities, and because I gravitate towards organisations like this which help people, usually within the health industry.
I love learning and furthering both my personal and professional development. Outside of work some of the things I am passionate about are health and nutrition, cooking, spending time with family and our dogs, meditation and yoga, travelling and experiencing new cultures, both in New Zealand and overseas.
Eugenia Rodriguez - Team Leader, WellStop Wellington Youth and Children's Team
I am a clinical and organisational psychologist. I have more than 15 years of clinical experience and have also worked as an organisational consultant and operations manager.
I work at WellStop as team leader of the Children and Youth Programme. The role consists of looking after the team members providing them with the tools, support and guidance so they can perform their work as clinicians at their best, within an environment where they feel safe and identified with the organisation. Hence providing good quality service to clients and working towards their best interest. I also provide supervision to staff and therapy with clients.
I am passionate about the work that I do at WellStop because it allows me to put into practice both sides of my career, the clinical and the organisational side. I also enjoy very much working with people.
Growing up as a kid I always had pets at home. I love animals. I am originally from Costa Rica, and my country inspires me to mitigating climate change and work towards conservation.
Elizabeth Waddington - Team Leader, WellStop Wellington Adult and Family Team
I am the Team Leader of the adult team in Wellington. I am lucky enough to work as part of a dedicated team of clinicians who believe in people's abilities to make meaningful change and develop the skills, insight and tools needed to live good and happy lives.
I have 20 years’ experience working as a psychologist in the mental health, offending behaviour and disability sectors. It is the respect I have for my clients, and the desire to walk alongside them on their journeys of change that motivates me.
The work we do within the community and with clients who live in supported care is meaningful, important and rewarding. The process of change is different for everyone and we are able to tailor the treatment we provide at WellStop to meet our client's needs and learning styles.
We work alongside the families and support systems of our clients to ensure honesty, understanding and accountability. At WellStop we value working collaboratively with other professionals and agencies to provide treatment, education and support to promote safety.
I grew up in Sydney, trained in Queensland and moved to Wellington 14 years ago. I have grown to love my adopted country, even the weather, and think I New Zealand is a very special place. I strive to find a balance in my life and to not take myself too seriously.
Deanna Hollis - Manager WellStop Central
As the manager of the Central Region my role is diverse and varied. It not only includes the clinical management of staff and services, but the overall management and development of services in the central region, including key stakeholder relationships.
Having a background in clinical social work in Mental Health and Addictions has contributed to a strong focus on delivering a comprehensive clinical service, along with the recognition that a holistic approach ensures the best outcomes for our clients.
I am very passionate about the work that we do at WellStop and am proud of the outcomes we achieve that contribute to the prevention of sexual violence in our community. It is very rewarding work, and no two days are the same, and working with a team of like-minded people also continues to stimulate my drive and enjoyment of the work.
In my private life, I enjoy spending time with family, friends and gardening to keep me grounded. I also love music and attending concerts when time and money allows.
Tina Gulliver - Manager, WellStop Taranaki
I worked as a Social Worker at Taranaki Safer Centre for 4 years before becoming the manager for a further three years. When WellStop opened in Taranaki in 2015 I became the Team Leader and recently due to the expansion of our service I have become Manager for Taranaki, Taumarunui and South Ruapehu.
I completed my training as a Social Worker at Witt in 2006 and from then I began my journey working in the field of sexual violence.
The work we do at WellStop is necessary to the wellbeing of the communities/families we work within. There is nothing more satisfying than being able to support, educate and provide therapy for those who have been affected by sexual harm and to provide them with hope for a future free of sexual harm.
Working within the team at WellStop has provided job satisfaction and I really look forward to going to work each day.
When not at work I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren. I also strangely enough love mowing lawns. Reading, fishing and hanging out with my Jack Russell terrier Daisy are some of the other things I like doing and strive to do regularly to create a good work/life balance.
Rowena Orpet - Manager Hawkes Bay
I am the Manager of our Hawkes Bay branch, located in Napier. Our team works with both Adult and Children concerning harmful sexual behaviour, sensitive claims as well as a considerable dedicated part of our work in a prevention programme in our community.
I was born in Palmerston North, and studied the Bachelor of Social Work and Social Policy (Hons) Degree at Massey, the Post Graduate Health Sciences at Victoria University and then did my Psychotherapy training at the Tavistock and Portman in London. I have worked in both NZ and London in Psychotherapy, and Social Work with a considerable part of my career working to improve the lives of young people and adults who are dealing with behavioural, emotional and mental health issues.
My passion for life, besides spending time with my beautiful loved ones, is getting out and about in our beautiful countryside, and having time for my hobbies yoga, gardening and riding my Ducati.
Andrea Haisman - Manager WellStop Te Tairawhiti
Greetings from Gisborne!
My name is Andrea Haisman. I am the Manager for Te Tairāwhiti region, Wellstop. Our region includes Wairoa, south to Mohaka, Gisborne and the East Coast north to Hicks Bay. My role is to ensure excellent service delivery of harmful sexual behaviour services, sexual abuse counselling services and prevention and education services in the region, including sexual harm crisis support services in Wairoa.
In small rural/regional communities it is crucial to have a “working together” attitude where relationships are valued and respected at every level. We are a small but strong team and an important part of my role is to ensure we have strong and positive relationships with our stakeholders and the communities we live in and work in. I have worked in various social work positions for the last 26 years all of which have focused on children and families. I understand what works for us here in Te Tairāwhiti and what it means to provide a safe, confidential and beneficial service to those who need us.
I was born and raised in Gisborne, it is a privilege to be raising my own children here and to lead Te Tairāwhiti team, contributing to the goal of safer communities for all in Gisborne and Wairoa.