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.

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.

Liz Callinan

Liz Callinan

Projects Coordinator

P.  09 845 5921 (202)  E:  liz@msakl.org.nz

Liz joined our team as Projects Coordinator in February 2019.

Liz has previously worked in the not-for-profit sector as well as in support services and event management for the education sector, and in a past life as a Park Ranger! Needless to say Liz loves the outdoors, especially anything to do with supporting the health of our oceans.

Liz is committed to supporting the MS community by helping heighten awareness, support the services and raise funds for those affected by Multiple Sclerosis. Liz is intent on helping to make a difference and is looking forward to meeting all the amazing people throughout the MS community.

Nga mihi

 


In the field

Priyanka Kumar

Priyanka Kumar

Mobile: 021 845 903    Phone: 09 845 5921 Ext: 220
Email:  Priyanka@msakl.org.nz
Office hours: Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm

Area Covered: All of south Auckland plus east and south central areas of Auckland.

Priyanka joined MS Auckland in February 2019.  Priyanka's background is in Biological Sciences, specifically immunology, also previously involved with research in the areas of microbiology and stem cells. 

Priyanka's family is originally from the Fiji Islands and moved to New Zealand when Priyanka was very young, Priyanka considers New Zealand very much her home.

Priyanka is looking forward to getting to know everyone and her journey with the MS Auckland Society.

 

 

Luminita Apostol

Luminita Apostol

Mobile: 021 959 187    Phone: 09 845 5921 Ext: 222  
Email:  luminita@msakl.org.nz
Office hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Area covered:  Central Auckland and the North Shore

Luminita started at MS Auckland in January 2019 after many years of experience in the Community Development and Social Housing field. Luminita is passionate about empowering people and building communities that allow hard questions and honest conversations through dialogue and aroha.
Luminita was born in Romania and came to New Zealand with her family 15 years ago. Her journey has taken her through working alongside professionals from Homeless Team and ADHB Community Mental Health Centres. Also being part of the Auckland Council’s Arts, Communities and Events Department as a Social Housing Advisor.

 

 

 
Andrea Kortas-Ray

Andrea Kortas-Ray

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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