Deb is EPIC’s longest serving staff member, and the first female staff member to reach the milestone of 20 years. Deb decided to make the career leap and begin her journey with disability employment after her husband was involved in a workplace accident. During her 20 years, she has worked across an extensive portfolio of supports, including spearheading EPIC’s NDIS program. Deb started as a casual support worker in North-West in June 2002. She was quickly promoted to a full-time position as an Employment Consultant and continued to climb the ranks to become a team leader. When North-West transitioned to Ability Tasmania Group, she was appointed State Manager and took charge of their NDIS program. In 2016, Ability Tasmania Group and EPIC Assist merged, and Deb continued on as the Operations Manager for Tasmania.
Marie Claire Abbott
Regional Coordinator- Hobart
“To encourage, nurture, enable and inspire our participants to achieve their goals to meaningful employment and community engagement. “
Marie Claire Abbott
Marie Claire (Claire) started working at EPIC in mid-2022 as the Regional Coordinator for Hobart and surrounds. Claire has a background in sales and marketing, with a focus on community events and small business. She started her career in DES as a Marketing Coordinator in Tasmania and has also worked as an Employment Consultant in South Australia. In between jobs, she qualified as an Equine Vet Nurse and educated final year Veterinary Students on the finer points of treating and handling horses. Her passion lies in making meaningful connections and resources for participants and stakeholders, to recognise their potential in becoming valuable contributors to their community.
Employment Consultant- Hobart
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
Emma has been working at EPIC for over 10 years. Her background is in hospitality where she worked at Mures Upper Deck, Rockefellers, T42 amongst others. She has a passion for training and honed her considerable skills on the job. Emma started her career as an Employment Consultant within the DES framework and now works across ESS and DMS contracts. Emma’s passion is assisting and training participants to be able to complete tasks to the employer’s satisfaction. She is keen to assist them to feel like they are a valuable part of a community.