Staff

In the office

Ingrid Minett

Ingrid Minett

General Manager

P: 09 845 5921 M: 021 464 408 E: ingrid@msakl.org.nz

Ingrid joined MS Auckland on the 1st of December 2015. She has a strong background in management in the health and the not for profit sector and loves working with people. After many years working in Diabetes, Oral Health, Community Health and Social Services and Smokefree, Ingrid is excited about learning more about MS and working with the MS community.

She would like to see that all people affected by MS are able to continue to enjoy a long, happy and fulfilled life. Her favourite quote to live by is from Mahatma Ghandi – “Be the change you want to see in the world” – and she strives to make a difference.

Mark Blackie

Mark Blackie

Business Manager

P: 09 845 5921 E: mark@msakl.org.nz
Mark is a man of many talents and he proves this everyday with the smooth running of our very busy office. As a small not for profit members of the team wear many hats and Mark is no exception. With the juggling of accounts and other administrative duties Mark is also in charge of grant applications.

Kirsty Whitehouse

Kirsty Whitehouse

Events Co-ordinator

P: 09 845 5921 E: kirsty@msakl.org.nz
Kirsty is the first voice you hear when you call our office so make sure you say hello! She has quickly found out the value of multi-tasking as no two days are the same. Kirsty is ready and willing to put her hand up to help out and has already made herself at home in our busy little office!.

Becky Tucker

Becky Tucker

P: 09 845 5921   E:  becky@msakl.org.nz

Becky joined MS Auckland in March 2016 to help with our wonderful volunteers and administration duties.
Having a background in Account Management and Customer Services, Becky will do her utmost to ensure everyone is happy!
Being a mother of three girls, has taught Becky to multi task which has come in very handy for our office.
If you have any questions about volunteering for MS Auckland, Becky will be happy to answer.


In the field

Dianne Bartlett

Dianne Bartlett

Mobile: 021 845 903    Phone: 09 845 5921 Ext: 220
Email: dianne@msakl.org.nz
Office hours: Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 4.30pm and Fridays 8.30am to 12.30pm

Area Covered: South Auckland from Mangere, Mangere Bridge, Onehunga, Ellerslie, Penrose, Mt Wellington, Eastern Beaches, areas east including Pakuranga, Howick and Botany and all areas south of those areas to Kaiaua, the Awhitu Peninsula, and as far south as Tuakau and all areas in between.

I have been a Field Worker with MS Auckland since 2008 and have a background in nursing. I have a down to earth approach with my clients and treat them the way I would like to be treated; with respect and dignity. I find that my experiences coming from a large family, as a mother of two grown women and now 5 grandchildren, help keep me grounded and able to relate to people from all backgrounds.

I see my role as one of providing information and support to my clients and their carers and families, to enable clients to make informed choices and manage their disease and to remain as independent as their life allows. I look forward to meeting with any new clients in the future.

 

Diane Hampton

Diane Hampton

Mobile: 021 859 187    Phone: 09 845 5921 Ext: 219
Email: diane@msakl.org.nz
Office Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm

Area Covered: North Shore from Devonport to Long Bay including Albany and Greenhithe.

I am a registered nurse and have worked in a variety of health settings in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. I joined MS Auckland as a Field Worker in May 2004.

I became interested in MS after my sister in law developed the condition and enjoy working in the community with People with MS, their families, carers and friends.

As a Field Worker I provide support and information to People with MS enabling them to make informed choices about the management of their condition. This helps them to remain as independent as possible living a full and meaningful life.

Whether you are newly diagnosed with MS or have had the condition for some time, MS Auckland is here to support you.

Carol Andrews

Carol Andrews

Mobile: 021 959 187    Phone: 09 845 5921 Ext: 222 
Email: carol@msakl.org.nz
Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8:30am – 4:30pm

Area Covered: Central Auckland, Eastern Bays and Waiheke

I joined Multiple Sclerosis Auckland as a Field Worker in May 2013. Most recently I worked for Alzheimer’s Auckland initially as a Field Worker and then in a management role overseeing Field Services. I also have experience as a Needs Assessor for Mental Health Services and as Service Manager at Wesley Homecare (now known as Lifewise). I began my career as an Enrolled Nurse working extensively in both public and private hospitals for many years.

Having worked with community based services for several years, and through meeting many clients and families facing the challenges of various illnesses and disabilities , I value the opportunity to provide support, advocacy and up-to-date information about MS as I know the difference this support can make to people’s lives. Having a close friend with MS has given me a personal insight into the challenges living with MS can bring.

My role is to listen, offer advice and help people to manage their MS to the best of their ability and keep informed about the choices they have and what additional help is available to them.  

I am practical, down-to-earth and am very committed to my role of supporting people with MS, their families/whanau and friends.

Andrea Kortas

Andrea Kortas

Mobile: 021 959 189               Phone:  09 845 5921  ext 221
Email: andrea@msakl.org.nz
Office hours:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9.00am - 4.00pm 

Area covered:  West Auckland and Rodney

I joined the MS Auckland team in July 2016. I have worked both as a volunteer and employee/contractor in the disability community since I was 15 years old, inspired through having had a sister with multiple, profound disabilities. My training is in Speech and Language Therapy, which I have worked in for 3 years. Prior to that I have worked in a similar Field Worker role at Epilepsy New Zealand, covering both the Counties Manukau DHB, and Waitemata DHB, during my time there. This gave me valuable experience working in the community, with people from a wide range of socioeconomic areas and ethnic backgrounds.

I first became interested in MS several years ago, when one of my best friends from school was diagnosed with MS. However, what really inspired me to work for MS Auckland, was my own personal experience with managing a chronic illness, which has made me passionate about helping others in similar situations. I see my role as providing education, support and advocacy for clients with MS (plus their families and communities), empowering them to access the best information and care/support services possible, but also providing a listening ear in times of need. I understand the importance of social contact with people who “get it,” and will do my best to facilitate social connections between our members, as appropriate. While I do not have MS or understand what it is like to have MS, I hope that my personal experience with chronic illness shines through as a genuine empathy and understanding of many of the issues people with MS have to face on a daily basis.

I look forward to learning more about MS, and I believe there is no one better to learn from, than the people who have MS themselves.


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