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Meet the EPIC Sunshine Coast 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 hanging out with friends and family.
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Meagan Lee

Acting Regional Coordinator
“At the end, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.”
Meagan Lee
Meagan started at EPIC as an Employment Consultant in 2021, before progressing to a Senior Employment Consultant and now an Acting Regional Coordinator. She has eight years of past experience in employment services. Meagan loves the team, culture, and support she receives in her career progression at EPIC. She comes to work every day to make the world a better place and bring more awareness and acceptance for people with disability. She uses her expertise to draw out a job seeker’s interests and passions, build on their skills, and work towards a future goal. In her spare time, Meagan enjoys reading, op-shopping, and spending time with her three children.
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Karen Navie

Acting Senior Employment Consultant
“One has to remember that every failure can be a stepping-stone to something better…”
Karen Navie
Karen joined EPIC in April 2021. She comes to EPIC with 18 years experience in employment services including Job Active and DES. Karen most enjoys the atmosphere of working at EPIC and the friendly, hard working colleagues. In her spare time, she enjoys reading non-fiction books, such as histories of the world.
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Mariana Heringer Sadde

Job Taster Coordinator
“May the karma bless us all!”
Mariana Heringer Sadde
Mariana started her journey with EPIC as a Masters of Social Work student placement. She decided to join the disability sector because of her previous support worker experience and passion for helping people. She believes giving back to others fulfils your sense of gratitude. What she enjoys most about EPIC is how staff all work together as a team supporting each other on the daily challenges. She feels embraced and part of this strong chain. The most rewarding part of her job is to see her participants succeed. Mariana absolutely enjoys seeing the smile on their faces when they overcome a barrier and improve their lives.
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Craig Spalding

Employment Consultant
“It’s great to be part of a company and team that changes lives daily for the best.”
Craig Spalding
Craig has been with EPIC since the beginning of 2021. He enjoys the daily challenges and seeing the positive life-changing results that are taking place to our participants’ lives. Craig enjoys hiking, surfing, and anything sporty.
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Haydn Coulton

Employment Consultant
“EPIC gives me great opportunity to unlock the potential within people who have disabilities and overcome one’s greatest barrier: expectations.”
Haydn Coulton
Haydn joined EPIC in 2022. He comes to EPIC with previous experience working in employment services running pre-apprenticeship programs for youth and middle-aged students and placing candidates into apprenticships and traineships. Haydn enjoys having the capability at EPIC to form new relationships with his participants and helping them to achieve their working and independence goals. He loves working with people with disability as it gives him a sense of achievement – being able to help people find their passions and unlock skills and capabilities they thought they never had. The most rewarding part of his job his when he finds sustainable employment for job seekers. In his spare time, Haydn is very active and his hobbies include fishing, surfing, socialising, going to the gym, and spending quality time with family and friends.
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Teneal Kirby

Employment Advisor
“The quality of relationships is the quality of life. I love seeing people grow and become all they can be.”
Teneal Kirby
Teneal started with EPIC as an Employment Advisor at the Kallangur office in October 2021. With over 18 years’ experience in the employment services industry in various roles through Job Active, Transition to Work, and now DES, Teneal brings an infectious energy and positivity to her role. Teneal loves to work with employers and participants to see them connect and grow. Most of all, she loves the moment when a participant commences employment. Teneal is a people person who loves building relationships with people, meeting them where they are, and guiding them on their journey towards meaningful employment.
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Evan Schuil

Employment Advisor
“Well done is better than well said.”
Evan Schuil
Evan joined EPIC in 2022. He comes to the team with 12 years of experience in the disability and community services sector in New Zealand. Evan uses his experience and connections to understand his job seekers and find meaningful employment. He’s passionate about meaningful employment’s ability to create a sense of belonging and improve lives. Evan loves the team culture at EPIC and particularly enjoys meeting new employers, building connections, networking, and exploring the area. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, getting outdoors, cooking, and music.
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EPIC disability employment services in the Sunshine Coast

Visit or find out more about our EPIC Sunshine Coast disability employment services in Nambour, Caloundra, Maroochydore, and Noosa.

How Brett’s job gave him the cutting edge

A lot can change in six months when you’re in the right role in a supportive workplace. Just ask Brett.

When Brett moved to the Sunshine Coast looking for employment, his verbal communication skills were minimal, and when he was able to speak, he had a severe stutter. Six months later, Brett is in charge of the forklift operations at Cutting Edge Cabinets.