Goal Mastery

Your life. Your way. Your choice.


Our Staff

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 centred 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

Kath Ferry


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

Teena Ferguson

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.

Adv Dip Disability and Business

Mathew Kerr

General Manager Services

Mathew joined SASI in 2016 and has a strong commitment to working with individuals from diverse backgrounds. His skills include project management, research and analysis and conflict management. He has a wealth of experience in the Community Services sector, his last position being Senior Functional Manager for Forensic Disability Services.

Irena Lyashov

Finance Manager

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)

Matthew Harvey

HR Advisor

Mathew 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.


Penny Wearne

Recreation Activities Manager

Penny joined SASI in 2015 and brings with her experience and skills in program coordination, leadership and quality systems development. Previously a Peninsula resident for 24 years Penny has a wealth of knowledge of our local and surrounding areas. She was previously the Team Leader for Ozchild’s flexible respite program.

BA Social Science Adv Dip Criminal Justice

Kathie Gorman

Manager SASI Active Choices Croydon

Kathie 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)

Sarah James

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 support interventions.

Adv Dip Disability, Dip Business

Amanda Grumley

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)

Andrew Kauler

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