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Meet the EPIC Burnie team

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Michael Kelly

Regional Coordinator
“The work we do at EPIC does actually change people’s lives, and I really enjoy seeing how having a job can make a huge difference to the people we help. “
Michael Kelly
Michael started work with EPIC in August 2002, back when it was known as Ability Tasmania. He achieved 20 years in DES in 2022 which he is very proud of. Prior to joining EPIC, Michael had worked at Centrelink in Burnie for 23 years, so he likes to say he tends to stick around! Michael really enjoys getting out in the community talking about what we do at EPIC, and welcoming people into our programs on their employment journey. He also enjoys the team of dedicated people he works with and says we employ the best people. In his spare time, Michael spends a lot of time working in my garden; he seems to spend all his weekends either pushing or riding mowers – lucky he likes doing it!
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Laura Dobson

NDIS Regional Coordinator
“If you can dream it, you can do it.”
Laura Dobson
Laura has worked at EPIC since 2009, starting out as a job trainer and then moving to an Employment Consultant. She really enjoys the discovery process and loves when her participants find their place in the workplace. Laura loves that her job allows her to be in the community working with participants and employers to achieve long term paid employment.
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Debbie-Lee Douglas

Employment Consultant
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Debbie-Lee Douglas
Debbie-Lee joined EPIC in May 2013. She comes with prior experience working as a Teacher’s Assistant for high need students. Her favourite part of her job is working with participants to be successful in whatever they do. She loves seeing a participant be successful and reach their goals. In her spare time Debbie-Lee enjoys cooking and camping.
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Terry Atkins

Employment Consultant
“My employment reflects a part of my personality. I enjoy being in a team environment of dedicated professionals who work tirelessly to support people with disability to reach and create their own best life.”
Terry Atkins
Terry joined EPIC at the end of 2022. He brings with him experience as a support worker, TTW case manager, social worker alongside men exiting prison, and coordinator of the Grandparents Raising Children program. Terry enjoys providing assistance to people who need a little support to reach their self-directed goals in life, with an employment focus. He believes employment provides diverse opportunities, such as community access and social inclusion, financial benefits, and engagement with the broader community. He walks alongside the job seeker to gain an idea of their goals and assists them to identify and locate sustainable and engaging roles. Terry and his partner are new permanent foster parents to an amazing teenager. Their spare time is spent supporting him to settle into their home and develop routines while they all get to know each other better.
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EPIC disability employment services in Burnie

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