Board Members

  • Shannon Hennig (Chair Person)

    Shannon Hennig (Chair Person)

    I joined the ANTAZ board of trustees in November 20219 and became Chairperson in 2021 when Jessamy Bell stepped down. I deeply believe in our strategic plan and the strength of this board. It is exciting to work collectively to bringing quality PD to our members and the wider community. We are focusing on increasing awareness and advocacy work as well. We are proud to see so many therapists seeking their CAT Level 1 accreditation. Please keep letting ATANZ know how we can support you to support access to quality assistive technology in Aotearoa New Zealand!

  • Helen Bayldon

    Helen Bayldon

    I am an SLT passionate about Augmentative and Alternative Communication and literacy. Having worked in medical rehabilitation, special schools and private practice for more than 20 years I have experience working with people with a range of abilities. I currently work at Central Auckland Specialist School with students who have complex communication needs. I have recently completed my Masters in Speech Language Therapy. This involved research on literacy intervention with children with complex physical, cognitive and sensory needs who use partner assisted scanning to access augmentative and alternative communication. I have presented at international conferences on partner assisted scanning. I believe communication is a fundamental human right and am excited about assistive technology, AAC and access to communication for people with complex communication needs. I am excited by the ATANZ mission to promote excellence in assistive technology service provision in New Zealand.

  • Anita McDrury

    Anita McDrury

    I joined the ATANZ board of trustees in June 2021. I look forward to contributing to the organisation and continuing to develop excellent supports for those working in the assistive technology field in New Zealand. My passion is finding ways for people with complex needs to communicate to the best of their ability. I am a Speech and Language therapist and have worked for TalkLink since 2011 and have recently been appointed as a Clinical leader. I am based in Christchurch and currently travel to Nelson / Marlborough, South Canterbury and have clients in Canterbury region. I have previously worked as a Speech Language Therapist in Private Practice, in a Special School, and in a high school learning support unit.

  • Hannah Barnes

    Hannah Barnes

    I am a Speech-language Therapist at Spectrum Care. In my current role, I work adults with intellectual disabilities. I work alongside individuals, whānau and support staff to meet communication support needs, as well as designing and improving services and systems which proactively identify and meet people’s communication needs. I have worked in multiple roles where I have supported people who use high and low tech AAC, including as a support worker and a teacher aide. This experience means I bring a practical approach to my role at ATANZ. Communication is crucial to the way we all connect, interact with the people around us, build relationships and make decisions about our lives. I have joined the ATANZ board as I am excited to be part of the work to advocate for the communication needs of all people, and making information about AAC more widely accessible. I am passionate about setting people up to be lifelong successful communicators.

  • Pariya Behnami

    Pariya Behnami

    Tēnā koutou katoa, ko Pariya Behnami tōku ingoa. I am a SLT based in Christchurch and have recently left my role at TalkLink Trust as a Clinical Leader to work as an independent contractor. I'm currently contracting to Astech Rehabilitation & Therapy Services, working with children, adolescence and adults that have experienced and are living with brain injuries. I come with over 11 years of experience in AAC & AT assessment and provision, and am now focused on the day-to-day implementation of AAC in people's lives amongst other areas of SLT. I have both CAT 1 & CAT 2 accreditation which are valid until 2024. In my personal life, I am married to Brad, and mum to Fletcher (6) and Miles (4) along with my fur-baby Hendrix (10 year old Lab). I was born in Iran and immigrated to NZ with my family when I was 5 years old. I speak fluent Farsi. I have also recently joined the board of Kidsfirst Kindergartens and am excited about joining the ATANZ board and being able to give my time to another organisation that I'm passionate about.

  • Rebekah Corlett

    Rebekah Corlett

    I joined ATANZ in June 2021 as a parent/whanau representative from the Kāpiti Coast. My 13 year old daughter Sophia is autistic and uses AAC to communicate. I would love to see access to assistive technology become more equitable in the health and education system, so more children with communication needs can find their voice. I am also a member of the Altogether Autism Consumer Advisory Group, Inclusive Education Action Group (IEAG) governing committee and an admin for an online community with over 4000 members called VIPS Equity in Education.

  • Michelle Chamberalin

    Michelle Chamberalin

    My journey as a Speech Language Therapist began when I moved over from Australia in 2016 where I competed my degree at the University of Queensland. Since then, I have been working at Parkside Special School in Pukekohe supporting those who have complex communication needs and recently started up a small caseload of private clients. My passion is in the areas of literacy and Augmentative and Alternative Communication. I have my CAT level 1 accreditation and strongly believe that each person should receive systems which meet their individual needs. I joined the ATANZ board of trustee's in June 2021 and I am excited to be able to be part of this wonderful team empowering and supporting the growth of those who work in the area of assistive technology as well as advocating for those using Augmentative and Alternative Communication systems and their whanau.

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