Our Board

It is with great pleasure that we introduce the backbone of our co-operative – a collective of passionate and dedicated individuals with lived experience of disability.

Each board member brings a unique perspective, expertise, and unwavering commitment to empowering our community. Their visionary leadership has been instrumental in shaping our co-operative’s mission. Each come from diverse backgrounds and experiences contribute to the richness of our cooperative’s discussions and decision-making.

Together, this dynamic team is dedicated to fostering inclusivity, advocating for accessibility, and championing the rights of individuals with disabilities.

Their collective expertise and lived experiences serve as a guiding force, ensuring that our co-operative remains a vibrant and supportive community for all.


Leanne Galpin


Bio coming soon.


Kym Mercer

lived experience

I am a single mother of a 21-year-old daughter with disability and I also live with a disability. 

I work as a counsellor and I mentor people on how to get the best and most out of their NDIS packages and the Scheme overall. I am a qualified support coordinator supporting people with their NDIS plans. I host an online Centrelink group of nearly 64,500 people. 

I am involved a lot in community work to help people live the best life they can. I believe in sharing my knowledge and skills and giving back to help others.  

Abi Wheeler

Carer's SA REpresentative

With a consistent record of delivering fit for purpose solutions that drive improved business performance, Abi has over 18 years of experience in the HR sector, with roles across recruitment, HR general management and organisational development. More recently coming from a large global manufacturing company as Group Manager, Employee Experience, Abi has a passion for inspiring, engaging and enabling collaborative people and business focused solutions across all areas of business. 

Abi holds a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Leadership and is currently undertaking a Master of Business Administration.


Peter Rutter

Beyond Bank Representative

Bio coming soon.

Raphael Murphy
Lived experience

Bio coming soon

Rebecca Jones

Lived Experience

Bio coming soon

Cassie Yang

Support Coordinator

In addition to Master of Social Work, I have Bachelor of Human Resources Management, Certificate III in Disability and Certificate III in Aged Care.

I am a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). I have 6 years employment experience in the mental health and disability fields.

I am competent at establishing and maintaining professional relationships with people through applying therapeutic communication skills, person-centred approach and social work theories. 

Natalia Palacio

Marketing Coordinator

Specialist in marketing and communications with 10 years of experience in corporate and digital marketing agencies environments.

Natalia is passionate about marketing and working with organisations to help them build, growth and develop their online presence to reach out to more people. She’s in her final year of her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) at Torrens University.

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