Our Team

We have a team of passionate and professional people ready to help. We will work with you to provide the information and support you need. We listen, we understand and we help. Call us: (02) 9841 4444
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CEO

Jennifer Evans

Jennifer Weatherstone

Operations Manager

Jennifer Weatherstone
Jennifer is our Operations Manager, working through day to day operations and systems, including finances and across all projects Down Syndrome NSW is involved in. With a background of 25 years of senior administrative and manager positions across diverse health & disability projects,  Jennifer enjoys working closely with the community and our members, including UP!Club and weekend camps for both adults and teenagers.

Ryan Blunden

Fundraising and Events Manager

Ryan Blunden
Ryan is our Events & Fundraising Manager, overseeing our major events including Scrapheap Adventure Ride and StepUP! for Down Syndrome. Ryan enjoys working closely with our members and supporters to develop new initiatives that support the community. Ryan also manages a number of our social connection programs for people with Down syndrome including UP!Club, weekend camps, as well as Staying Connected, our online platform for creating and maintaining social connection.

Bernadette van Wijnen

Family Support Manager

Bernadette van Wijnen
Bernadette provides information, support and training to people with Down syndrome, their parents and professionals. With a background in Nursing (Developmental Disabilities) she has over 20 years’ experience working with children and adults with a disability and their families in frontline and advisory roles – both In the Netherlands and in Australia. Passionate about empowering families, Bernadette provides practical, evidence informed information so families can make informed decisions that are right for their child and for them as a family.

Miriam

Behaviour Advice/Professional Training 

Miriam Philomena
Miriam Philomena is the behaviour specialist at DSNSW. Miriam is a passionate advocate for people with Down syndrome and their families. She draws on her knowledge as a Social worker, her lived experience as the mother of a thirty-year-old daughter who has Down syndrome and is a talented artist, and fifteen years of working with our families. She has a wealth of knowledge on the NDIS and planning processes. Miriam provides training workshops on understanding Down syndrome in all settings across all life spans.

Kathryn Hammond

Community Events Coordinator

Kathryn Hammond
Kathryn is our Community Events Coordinator, looking after the various events and activities that Down Syndrome NSW offers. This includes our Up, Up Away program, workshops, conferences and seminars. With a background of 30 years in Community Development, the last 10 of those in a disability role, Kathryn is always keen to hear from members about new initiatives and activities.

Ellen Hester

Admin Assistance

Ellen Hester
Ellen is our Administration Assistant and is involved with data entry, administrative support to all staff and helps keep our office running smoothly.  She is also a valued team leader at UPClub and teen camps.

UP!Club Admin

Sophie Cuthbertson


UP!Club Coordinators

Emma Screaton

Emma has been an Up!Club coordinator with Down Syndrome NSW for over 5 years, as well as helping with the running/organisation of Up!Club weekend camps. She has a background in Disability Services spanning across 13 years. These days mainly focusing in the social & community sector. Emma is passionate about advocating for social inclusion for people with a disability.   

Atlanta Finch

Atlanta is a coordinator of Down Syndrome NSW Up!Club events and Up!Club weekend camps. Atlanta is studying Occupational Therapy and has over 5 years experience as a disability support worker. Atlanta is enthusiastic about promoting a more accepting and inclusive community for people of all abilities.

Up, Up & Away Coordinators

Melissa Cotterill

Melissa Cotterill

Melissa is a coordinator on our Up Up & Away team.  This program, which started in 2018, brings children who have Down Syndrome together along with their siblings and parents.  Melissa is passionate about families and seeing them socialise, network and have fun together.  Melissa has a teenage daughter who has Down Syndrome and is an active member of the community connecting with other parents and children. Melissa has organised fundraising events for Down Syndrome NSW to help bring about awareness of Down Syndrome in the local community. 

Jessica Veira