Our Staff

The team at Down Syndrome Queensland is committed to ensuring that people with Down syndrome, their families and the people who work with and care for them are informed, empowered and supported.  Please feel welcome to contact us if you would like more information about what we can do to support you. 


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Darryl Steff

CEO and Board Member

Darryl is responsible for providing leadership, the management of the Down Syndrome Queensland team, and oversight of all ongoing activities of the association. Advocating at the highest levels on issues affecting Down Syndrome Queensland members, Darryl works to develop improved disability policy and practice across all areas and levels of government. Darryl is often out and about in the community raising awareness of Down syndrome, building partnerships and developing business networks.

Darryl joined the Board as Chairman in 2015 and was appointed as CEO in August 2017 at which time he stood down as Chairman. Darryl has a finance background gained in over 15 years’ experience in executive and management roles in large corporates including BHP Billiton and WorleyParsons and more recently as owner/operator of his own business. Darryl has three children including a daughter Bella with Down syndrome. This background gives Darryl a solid knowledge of the opportunities and issues facing Down Syndrome Queensland and the Down syndrome community more broadly. 

Darryl can be contacted at [email protected]

 

Julia Fry

Family Support Officer

Julia is responsible for ensuring that Down Syndrome Queensland members feel connected and supported, regardless of where they live in Queensland. Julia can also source information and services, answer questions, and provide ideas and strategies. 

Julia can be contacted at [email protected]

 
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Yuka Yamaoka

Youth & Adult Support

Yuka is available to provide information about a range of different opportunities that are available to young people transitioning out of school or adults with Down syndrome in their local community. Yuka can connect families with resources and services, and can also assist with sourcing supports that allow the person to pursue meaningful employment and recreational pathways throughout their life.

Yuka can be contacted at [email protected]downsyndromeqld.org.au

 
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Georgie Greaves

Administration Officer

Georgie is responsible for all of the administration of Down Syndrome Queensland. This includes memberships, processing of online sales, packaging of resources, distribution of flyers, managing RSVP’s for events and conferences, invoices, banking, mail and much much more!

Georgie can be contacted at [email protected]downsyndromeqld.org.au

 
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Lynsey Kennedy-Wood

Education Consultant

Lynsey's role is to improve educational outcomes for students with Down syndrome, by providing support and training to educational professionals and parents.

Lynsey can be contacted at [email protected]downsyndromeqld.org.au

 
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Maria Caputo

Fundraising and Events Co-ordinator

Maria organises our fundraising activities and events.

Maria can be contacted at [email protected]downsyndromeqld.org.au

 
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Debbie Martin

Continued Education Program (CEP) Teacher

Debbie is the Teacher of the Continued Education Program, which runs every Friday during the school terms.  Debbie assists the students in their education beyond their formal learning at school and into adulthood, and builds on the students’ learning strengths. 

Deb can be contacted at [email protected]downsyndromeqld.org.au

 
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Deb Mc Nair

Continued Education Program (CEP) Teacher

Deb is a Teacher of the Thursday class of the Continued Education Program.  Deb assists the students in their education beyond their formal learning at school and into adulthood, and builds on the students’ learning strengths. 

Deb can be contacted at [email protected]downsyndromeqld.org.au

 
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Kate Fletcher

Music Therapist

Kate runs the DSQ Music Therapy program on the Monday mornings with the little ones and the Together Red Choir with our youth and adults on the Wednesday evenings.

Kate can be contacted at [email protected]downsyndromeqld.org.au

 

Kerri Nixon

Finance Officer

Kerri is responsible for all of our bookeeping, banking and payroll.

Kerri can be contacted at [email protected]downsyndromeqld.org.au

 

Niky Scott Carrigan

Administration Assistant

Niky provides administrative support to all staff members and helps keep the office running smoothly and efficiently.

Niky can be contacted at [email protected] 

 
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Brad Cresswell

Teacher Aide

Brad works closely with the CEP Teachers to provide a wide range of supports to our students to participate in educational activities and achieve learning outcomes in the classroom as well as supporting our Education Consultant. 

Brad can be contacted at [email protected]

 
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Emma Bennett

NDIS Support Coordinator

Emma is responsible for all NDIS Support Coordination for families who are using this service through Down Syndrome Queensland.  

Emma can be contacted at [email protected]

 
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Andrew Dower

Program Manager

Andrew is responsible for coordinating and running existing social programs and activities including the DSQ Club, Challenge Weekends and the NYE Ball.  In addition, Andrew is developing and piloting new capacity building programs for children and young adults.   

Andrew can be contacted at [email protected]downsyndromeqld.org.au

 
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Shaena Jones

Communications and Marketing Officer

Shaena is responsible to develop, implement and evaluate DSQ’s communications and marketing strategy. She will be produce DSQs regular communications including the monthly eNewsletter, direct emails, promotional material and social media content.  Shaena will leverage media opportunities to increase awareness of DSQ resources and services.      

Shaena can be contacted at [email protected]downsyndromeqld.org.au

 
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Cassandra Dinkelman

Education Support Officer

Cassandra is responsible to support our Education Consultant in ensuring that resources are readily available to those involved in the education of people with Down syndrome.  

Cassandra can be contacted at [email protected]