Andrew has been with Spectrum Space since 2014, starting off as a volunteer, became a Group Leader for our social groups before his current position as Fremantle Group Coordinator. He is a qualified podiatrist, so feel free to direct any foot related questions to him! Andrew very much enjoys engaging with and taking part in activities with participants, sharing many comic book and gaming interests. He has a particular passion for cooking.
Beth has been with Spectrum Space since mid 2020, working as a Group Facilitator with one of our Awesome Groups. Since then Beth has worked as a group facilitator with one of our Step Into Social Groups, and has also worked as a group facilitator and group assistant on our Telethon Holiday Makers Program.
Beth has a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and Law) and a Master of Social Work. When she is not working with our social groups, she works full time as a qualified Social Worker.
Beth loves working with young people and her goal is to contribute towards making our community a better, more inclusive place. Beth is also passionate about literature, cooking and being active in nature.
Cynthia started as a volunteer at Spectrum Space in 2021 and is now running the YES group in Marangaroo. She is on her second year of Psychology at UWA, working hard towards being a Clinical Psychologist. Her passion for mental health is undeniable and she dreams of a time where people’s differences are understood, accepted and catered for.
In her free time she likes to catch up with friends, listen to music and more recently she started doing some woodwork. Those activities help her clear her mind and offer a nice balance in her life.
Jen started at Spectrum Space as a volunteer in an Awesome group in Fremantle in 2018. She has been a co-facilitator of the Women’s Council since its inception in January 2019 and has undertaken other roles at Spectrum Space.
Jen was officially diagnosed, as an adult, with having autism in 2011. She completed Autism CRC’s Research Academy in 2017 and provides feedback to various researchers on their research. Jen also completed Autism CRC’s Future Leaders Program in 2019. She has also been a member of co-design projects for various organisations and has also delivered speeches on autism and her life experiences to various audiences.
Jen holds a Bachelor Degree in Commerce (Accounting and Banking Majors) and a Bachelor Degree in Ministry (with a lot of counselling units). She would like to see more autistic people gain employment in their fields of study and interests, not just in computer tech, software, and cyber security.
Jen is a Christian with interests in tennis and horse riding.
Mia joined Spectrum Space as the Marangaroo Social Group Facilitator in 2020. She is currently completing her Masters in Psychology and is passionate about creating a safe and supportive environment for youth to express themselves. Mia values the strengths-based approach at Spectrum Space and aims to consistently facilitate this in her role! She enjoys music, boardgames (challenge her to a game of chess!) and reading.
Michelle completed her placement with Spectrum Space for her Bachelor of Social Work. She then continued to volunteer for the social groups in term 4 of 2021. This year Michelle facilitates three social groups, Awesome Mandurah, Awesome Rockingham and the SIS Rockingham, she also gets involved in the Telethon Holidays Makers Program. Michelle is in her final year of a Bachelor of Social Work and a mother of two children. Michelle is passionate about social change and feels that Spectrum Space’s philosophy is inline with her values.
Sami facilitates the YES group in Rockingham and a SIS group in South Fremantle as well as one of the Telethon Holiday Makers Program. She is also the Cultural Activities Coordinator, helps in the office and is one of the staff assisting the Autism Connect Helpline.
Sami is a wife and mum of 3 kids aged 7, 8 and 15. The family have a dog (Jersey), a cat (Djuripin which is Noongar for Joyful) and 2 pythons (Crash and Bernie).
Sami is a proud Noongar woman from the Balladong and Willmen language groups. Sami and her husband have some land in Balladong, just next door to York for their kids to develop their cultural connection to Country. They also love to get out on their dirt bikes and then sit around the fire and cook dinner.
Sami brings a wide range of experience from working at Perth Zoo for 9 years as well as personal connections to our community.
Sandhya has been working with individuals on the autism spectrum since 2013. She started with Spectrum Space as a volunteer and now runs social groups. Sandhya has finished her Masters in Counselling and is a registered counsellor. Since then she started running the Street Smart Life Smart workshop with the aim of creating a safe space to allow participants to address personal and social issues without feeling judged. She also works closely with the Youth Advisory Council. Sandhya takes personal pleasure in guiding Spectrum Space participants and monitoring their personal growth.
Valeska is a PhD candidate in Psychology who has been working for Spectrum Space since 2017. After working as an assistant during the Telethon Holiday Makers program, Valeska started running our SIS and YES social groups in Marangaroo. She has presented at our annual Symposium, led the development of the Awesome Productions Company and is passionate about mental health support and research.