Our Team 

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Our dedicated team is made up of individuals with an array of skills and qualifications.

More importantly, our team is passionate to see our kids succeed in all aspects of their life. 

 
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Annie Lane

Founder and Director

After many years of trying to be the perfect employee in the corporate world, trying to be the perfect friend, trying to be the perfect wife and trying to be the perfect mother to a 15 year old son with ASD and a 10 year old daughter, I finally had a 'breakthrough'. Most in the medical profession would have diagnosed me as having a breakdown, but for me it really was the breakthrough I needed. It forced me to stop. It forced me to really consider what I wanted from my life and it sent me on a search for 'my life purpose'. 

I packed up my family, leaving the beautiful Samford Valley behind us, put them on an airplane and we traveled the world together. Off we went in search of my life purpose. Apart from the fact that we had the time of our lives, it was a most enlightening time for us all. During the trip I realised that there was so much more to life than trying to be the perfect person for everyone else.

 

On our return, armed with a lifetime of learning in the school of hard knocks, it occurred to me that I have been given so much in my lifetime that now was my time to give back. 

 

My passion for understanding people and how they think, ignited during my corporate days, led me to make the decision to go back to study. 

 

Completing studies in Psychology, Counselling and holistic practices has provided me with the formal qualifications enabling me to fulfill my life purpose of helping others.

 

​I created the W.I.L.L program out of necessity, for my own son. The differences we saw in him led me to extending the program to others. Seeing the incredible growth in all of the participants left me with no choice but to make this program available to as many as possible!

 

 
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Allison Choyce

Business Administration Manager

 A lifetime ago, life prior to becoming a single mother raising two young Autistic children, aged 8 and 9, I spent my days in a laboratory as a Medical Research Scientist.

However, it seems life had a different plan for me, and I now find myself drawn to working in a field near and dear to my heart. The opportunity to develop and support neurodivergence, meeting Autistic teens 'where they are at' and nurturing their strengths, is what drew me to the W.I.L.L program. 

My background in Business Management and number crunching enables me to support the team, allowing them to focus their energies on the most important thing, the teens and their families in the program.

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Renae Chater

Administration

Being a mother of 4 super energetic boys, aged 16, 14, 8 and 4, I am well versed in the trials and tribulations of living in a household with ASD. My 14 year old son was diagnosed ASD at the age of 8. Our journey to get through these 14 yrs has been a challenge to say the least. We managed to survive mainstream primary school, not without hurdles, it took many a meeting, many suspensions and a poor attendance record, but we made it. High School however was a completely different story! Despite the behavior plans, extra teaching support provided and moving schools multiple times, it was just not working. My son started getting caught up with 'Gangs' and it was only a matter of time before he ended up in serious trouble with the police.

 

 As a single mother I constantly questioned myself, am I doing the right thing, have I found the right support network, where can I go for more support and many many more questions! My son was accepted into the W.I.L.L program in mid 2019, after being asked 'politely' to leave his 5th school, and there has been no looking back. Due to our personal success, I wanted to be a part of the program so I could assist other families to get the support I was so desperately seeking for myself. 

Being trained in Nursing and holding positions in Early Education and Allied Health practices, I have brought to the program a level of passion and compassion that can only be found in someone who has walked the same journey as our clients. 

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Melissa Conlan

Education Support and Therapist

I have been directly associated with, and had a strong passion for, people on the autism spectrum since I became a carer for a 9 year old boy while I was completing a Visual Arts Degree at USQ at 17years old. I went on to complete a double major in Psychology at the University of Queensland.  During this time I began work at Autism Queensland at Sunnybank. Autism QLD was very small, intimate, fairly new and ground-breaking program when I first began and I absolutely loved it.  I worked with a very talented team of passionate, like minded people and gained valuable practical on the job learning.  While I learnt so much from my colleagues at AQ my main learning was from the children and adolescents themselves.   

During this time it became very obvious that to get any real results you had to get to know these individuals on an intimate level.  A one hour consultation was going to be almost impossible to get any real results and so after completing my Bachelor of Psychology I enrolled to do a Bachelor of Education (Further Education and Training) at USQ.  After completing this Bachelor I began working fulltime at Autism QLD  as a Teacher Therapist at Brighton.  I worked at AQ until I went on to maternity leave with my first child and went on to have 2 more children. 

I have heard the same stories, the same battles, the same heartache and desperation from the people closest to these children over my 25 years in this field.  I strongly believe that one size DOES NOT ever fit all and that children on the autism spectrum will reach their full potential in a supportive, knowledge and evidence based environment where the people around them know them and provide them with individual opportunities for success.  100% I believe that autism spectrum does not and would not have the same impact on individuals lives and those who love and support them if this individualised approach to learning was applied.

I am so proud and excited to be part of Annie’s Program and this gifted, unique and passionate team including our Allied Health partners.  We are seeing some phenomenal results!

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Katherine O'Brien

Support Worker

Dedicated mother of two teens on the Spectrum, Kath brings to the program her experience as a teachers aid, working one on one with high needs children. 

Kath is extremely knowledgeable in the management of diabetes and anaphylaxis allergies.

Our resident hairdresser and much loved 'Mum' figure in the program, Kath is the loving and gentle guidance our teens turn to when they need a 'not hug'.

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Komisi 'Misi' Gale

 Support Worker

Father of five beautiful children of his own, Misi has been supporting the participants at W.I.L.L for the past two years. Fondly known to all as 'the man who can do everything, even fly', Misi's deeply engrained 'Island culture' provides our teens with a role model every parent dreams of. 

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Steve Moore

 Support Worker/All things Gaming 

Steve's skill and love for creating games provides him with a segway into the minds of our incredible teens. Together with the kids, Steve takes their imaginations to the next level by turning their greatest fears, emotions and passions into  fun games for all to enjoy.  The greatest therapy of all, and they don't even know it is happening! 

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Eneliko 'Liko' Tuliau

 Support Worker 

The baby of our team, Liko is the big brother everyone wishes they had.

Sometimes teens just want to hang out, no pressure, and just have fun, Liko is the man for the job. Liko is an incredible role model, respect and family mean everything to him, and he practices what he preaches.

All our participants love him and really look up to him.

It's impossible to be as cool as Liko! 

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Sandi Dai

Community Support Worker

Sandi's experience working with child protective services has provided her with the passion and compassion our families need to get them through the most challenging of times. Sandi provides our families with much needed in home supports, giving them the break they need and a solid shoulder to lean on. 

 
 
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