At SASI we pride ourselves on our values based recruitment and retention of skilled and experienced staff. Our philosophy ensures that our staff share and display our core values of Integrity, Empowerment, Innovation and Expertise.
Agency staff are only used in emergencies and make up less than 1% of our staffing support, we achieve this through being an employer of choice within the Disability Sector.
Our focus and specialty with clients with ASD ensures that our staff are across the latest development in this area and ensure that our focus is on Positive Behaviour Support,
which enables us to provide high quality, evidence based supports for clients with high and complex needs who frequently present with behaviours of concern.
Our qualified specialized multidisciplinary teams use a person centered framework to provide holistic and meaningful supports to clients with ASD. Our staff are able to take
an evidence-based approach through Positive Behaviour Support and our Goal Mastery to increase our client’s quality of life and decrease the frequency and severity of their behaviours of concern.
Kath Ferry (CEO)
Kath joined SASI in 2012 and is an Occupational Therapist and Ergonomist by profession. She has worked across a broad range of health settings over many years, working clinically in the rehabilitation, primary and tertiary care with a broad range of medical conditions. Moving to management she has been CEO of a range of organisations in both the Government and not for profit space including vocational rehabilitation agencies, Veterans Affairs, GP Networks and now the disability sector. Kath has a strong interest in mental health and is committed to ensuring everyone has equal access to everything on offer in the local community. She is a keen runner and tai chi student, loves the beach and walking the dog.
She is President of the Frankston Business Network, Vice President of Emerge (ME/CFS), Committee member of the AICD Healthcare committee and Company Secretary of SASI.
Dip COT, BAppSc (OT), Grad Dip OH&S, Grad Dip Ergonomics, MAICD
Chief Operations Officer / Deputy CEO
Teena is passionate about achieving great outcomes for people.
Her skills include change management, strategic planning,
leadership, policy development, risk management and compliance.
She joined SASI in 2011 after 18 years with Department of Health
and Human Services in various roles. Her last position was as
Sector Manager DHHS Disability Accommodation Services.
General Manager / Services HR Advisor
Matthew joined SASI in 2015 and was previously General Manager Foresite Training
(a private RTO). Managing SASI’s HR function, he has extensive operational skills
in team management, dispute resolution, staff development and training,
policy development, government relations, fleet and facilities management,
risk management, compliance and financial control.
BBus (HRM), MAHRI
A dedicated, conscientious and result-driven finance professional, with an extensive experience within disability sector, Irena joined SASI in 2014 to manage the organisation’s finances. She was previously Regional Business Manager, CCS Disability Action Auckland Inc. and has strong skills in financial and management accounting, asset management and office administration.
BEcon (Accounting and Analysis of Economic Activity)
General Manager People and Culture
Lisa has over two decades of experience in the public and not for profit employment services sector, with a reputation for providing strategic leadership, innovative change management, service design, business planning and risk management solutions. Lisa is committed to working in a collaborative, transparent and inclusive manner. Throughout her career Lisa has worked extensively with all levels of government to influence policy and advocate best practice principles informed by the sector. Lisa has formal qualifications in Human Resource Management, Investigation, Critical Incident Management, OH&S and is an accredited Safety Officer
Quality and Compliance Manager
Andrew joined SASI in 2017, and is a qualified Social Worker with over 20 years’ experience in volunteer management, workplace training, student counselling, TAFE teaching, quality auditing, and leading service delivery. Andrew has worked in government, education, health and welfare services. Andrew’s focus on improving the quality of client’s lives through service change and review is led by a passion for social justice and client outcomes.
BSW, DipCSCommDev, CertA&WT
Manager SASI Active Choices Beachlynn (Seaford)
Sarah joined SASI in 2013 from her position as program
coordinator of two day services at Alpha Autism. Her
strengths are in change management, team building,
developing public profile, networking and behaviour
Adv Dip Disability, Dip Business
Manager SASI Active Choices Gippsland
Amanda is a ‘hands on manager’ and brings many skills to her role, drawing
from her diverse career background. Her teaching experience allows her
to coordinate multiple programs to suit individual client needs and is able
to tailor specific goals to create learning outcomes. Amanda has served 20
years in the disability sector including direct support with various needs
clients in both group homes and day services before joining SASI in 2011.
She also has a diverse background in teaching, beauty, hospitality and retail
from which she draws a wealth of knowledge and experience when organising
the daily running of the SASI Gippsland day service.
Adv Dip Disability, Cert IV (Training and Assessment
Manager SASI Active Choices CroydonKathie is person focussed and passionate about empowering people to live
inclusive lives. She joined SASI in 2006 following roles as residential support
worker at Wesley Mission Melbourne and day service support worker at Melba Support Services.
Adv Dip Disability, Certificate IV (Disability)