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Meet the EPIC Bundaberg team

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Emily Wallace

Operations Manager
“Persistence beats resistance every single time. It means never give up – keep pushing, keep adapting, keep evolving till you achieve what you want to achieve cause if you are persistent in achieving your goals you will beat a quitter every time.”
Emily Wallace
Emily has been in the employment services sector since 2005 and joined EPIC in February 2013 as an Employment Consultant in Bundaberg. She was promoted to Regional Coordinator in March 2013 for the Bundaberg ESA. Emily loved being involved in a start up site and watching it grow and develop over the years. She became the Employment Services Manager in 2014 and has been in that role (across various titles) ever since. Emily enjoys spending time with her teams and watching them achieve amazing results. She loves the dedication and commitment her teams have to supporting people with disability to realise their potential and it is why she comes to work every day. Emily loves to spend her spare time cooking and being with friends and family.
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Kelly O’Brien

Regional Coordinator
“I come to work each day to support my local team who are some of the most passionate people in the industry.”
Kelly O’Brien
Kelly joined EPIC in 2014 as an Employment Consultant and transitioned into the role of Regional Coordinator in January 2016. During her time with EPIC she has had the pleasure of helping numerous job seekers transition into employment and realise their vocational goals.
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Liam Fitzgerald

Employment Consultant
“I come to work because I want to help people.”
Liam Fitzgerald
Liam comes to EPIC from a short career in NSW Health and HR in the mining sector. He moved to Bundaberg for a sea change with his partner and wanted to find a more rewarding career which he believes he has found with EPIC. Liam is a people person and loves connecting with the participants. He is motivated by the positive change he can make in their lives while working here.
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Mandy-Lee Bury

Employment Consultant
“I believe in looking at the ability, not the disability.”
Mandy-Lee Bury
Mandy comes to EPIC with 30 years experience in the hospitality industry and having been singing and performing in Bundaberg for the same amount of time. She believes in looking at the ability, not the disability, and with the right support and guidance anything is achievable as long as you believe. Mandy has found her forever job and believes there is no better feeling in the world than seeing a smile on a face of someone on their first day of work.
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Michele Cottam-Starkey

Employment Consultant
“Working really hard is what successful people do.”
Michele Cottam-Starkey
Michele comes to EPIC after 20 years of working in special and mainstream education. After making a sea change with her husband, She is new to Bundaberg and Queensland – bring on the sunshine! Michele has experience working with people who have additional needs and providing them with guidance and support, and is keen to put those skills to good use. She gets a lot of satisfaction from working with people who push through their disadvantages and obstacles to achieve their goals and further their dreams. Michele looks forward to learning and understanding the participants as well as the local labour markets.
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Andrew Keen

Employment Advisor
“Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.”
Andrew Keen
Andrew commenced with EPIC in Bundaberg in November 2022. Although he has limited experience in the disability sector, he recently worked in a similar position marketing job seekers to potential employers. Andrew’s background is in sales and marketing with major food manufacturers. He intends to use his experience in business engagement and mentoring to assist job seekers with barriers to gain employment. Andrew loves the Bundaberg team’s amazing drive, dedication, and passion. His ultimate ambition is to create positive relationships with local employers to assist participants into long term, worthwhile employment.
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EPIC disability employment services in Wide Bay

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