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Meet our Employment Specialists



Maria Julkunen - IPS Employment Specialist

027 538 8938


Maria joined TeAM in 2020 and enjoys connecting with people to find ways to support their employment goals. Maria's background is in the creative industries, managing people in non-profit organisations, and tutoring adult learners as well as experience from Early Childhood Education and Community Support Work. Maria has a Bachelor of Design qualification and is working towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Business (Human Resources Management) and a Health and Wellness qualification. 


Katelyn Millar - IPS Employment Specialist

027 274 5520


Katelyn moved to Nelson and joined TeAM in 2022. After completing her degree in Environmental Management and Psychology, Katelyn gained experience working on a Healthline and in Recruitment. Katelyn likes spending time in nature/camping and is excited to be in a role where she can directly help others in a way which will have a positive impact on their wellbeing.


Susan O'Connell - IPS Supervisor and Employment Specialist

027 227 9352


Susan previously worked for over 15 years as Manager and Administrator of a local NGO that supports families and whanau who have a family member living with mental illnesses/addictions. She was also involved with a local peer-led day activity service.

Susan is excited to work in such a positive role supporting our Employment Specialists to help tāngata whaiora achieve their employment goals.  Susan is an active relaxer who  plays squash, mountain biking, hiking and golf.



Katie Mincher - IPS Employment Specialist

027 214 4312


Katie joined TeAM in 2021 and has a background in retail (including management) and teaching, so brings to her role a wealth of knowledge about working with people. Katie is currently working towards a Psychology qualification. 

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Tasman IPS Employment Specialist

We are currently seeking a full-time Employment Specialist.


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Chris Lippiatt - IPS Employment Specialist

027 432 4235



Chris joined TeAM in 2018 and has a varied employment history, including; professional cookery, warehousing and logistics, bottling line management and youth work. Chris has a Diploma in psychology and is working towards a degree. Chris is also involved in the Top of the South Film Society.


Sandy Stowell - IPS Employment Specialist

027 336 6311



Sandy is currently providing parental leave cover, but originally started with TeAM in 2012. Sandy loves the Marlborough region and has worked in a variety of industries and has supported a huge number of local people. Sandy enjoys the rapid and intensive job search aspect of IPS employment support and has connections with many local companies and employers.

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Hayden Fenemor - Employment Specialist

027 768 6802



Hayden has a busy role, covering a wide geographical area. Hayden has experience providing employment support in the disability sector and has well-established connections with a number of agencies, organisations and employers on the West Coast.


Hannah Bailey - Employment Specialist

027 558 8010



Hannah has a background of over 8 years with the recruitment sector both on the West Coast and in the United Kingdom. Hannah’s most recent role in Greymouth has allowed her to build excellent relationships with businesses and clients across the West Coast.

In her spare time Hannah enjoys spending time with whanau and getting out in the great outdoors.

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West Coast IPS Employment Specialist


We are currently seeking a part-time Employment Specialist.