Project Implementation Team
Project Implementation Manager
Bachelor of Commerce, Cert IV in Training & Assessment , Cert IV in Human Resources
Stephanie Press is responsible for managing the Project Implementation Services and team. Her goal is to use a strong partnership approach to lead project planning and delivery, and project support services, allowing for high quality outcomes for the team and the organisation.
Before joining the Summer Foundation in 2016, she worked in finance, human resources and operations for both the public and not-for-profit sectors.
Monique de Costa
Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Monique de Costa joined the Summer Foundation in 2017 and is the Design Lead in the Project Implementation team.
In her work in the Project Implementation team Monique supports people with disability to share their experiences of the disability, health and aged care systems. This work gives people with disability an opportunity for their voice to be heard, which can influence policy making and empower others to avoid or leave aged care.
Monique has a background in physiotherapy and has worked in hospital, rehabilitation and aged care settings. Through this experience she saw how difficult it was for people with disability to tell their stories.
Gina Fall has been with the Summer Foundation since early 2012. In her role as Curator in the Lived Experience Team she supports people with disability who have a story to share and also provides administration for our projects.
The stories, which are captured in digital and written forms, are used to support submissions, influence policy-makers and to give people with disability a voice.
Bachelor of Arts
Masters of Teaching
As a curator Louise Bradley works alongside people with lived experience of disability to share their insights to inform Summer Foundation projects.
With her team, Louise is managing the Staying Connected webpage, gathering participants for a number of policy and research projects and developing a series of digital clips to promote the SDA model of housing.
Louise began working at the Summer Foundation in 2012 and while studying, worked in the Research then Ambassador and Story-telling teams until 2016. After 4 years of teaching, living abroad and travelling, she is now back where her career began!
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
Emma Gee’s role encompasses the sharing of valuable insights as both a provider and recipient to better educate and inform the Summer Foundation’s work. She has worked on building important capacity tools for the TAC/State Trustee’s Project.
Before joining the Summer Foundation, Emma was an occupational therapist working with neurological outpatients. Emma survived a stroke while she was in her 20s, later working at the Stroke Foundation as a project officer. She also owns her own business, is an inspirational speaker and author of ‘Emma Gee’.
Adv Dip Business (Public Relations/Event Management)
Dayanna Torres supports Summer Foundation teams to keep projects on track with deliverables, grant agreements/requirements and budgets.
Dayanna has worked in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors in events, administration and project support. She has been at the Summer Foundation for more than 3 years.
Information Services Consultant
Certificate IV Disability Work, Graduate Certificate in Human Services
Kelly has over 15 years’ experience in the disability sector, working in housing and support services, leadership, customer engagement, case management and training. Kelly us a strong advocate for people with disability and specialises in the NDIS and SDA.
Diploma of Events
Alana Dobra is responsible for managing and coordinating all aspects of events conducted by the Summer Foundation.
She has worked for 9 years in events and hospitality. After completing a Diploma of Events at Swinburne University in 2016 Alana further developed her skills in event operations and management for corporate and gala events.