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Simone Molenaar - Chief Vision Officer: BSocSci, Post Grad Cert Mmgt St, CELF Alumini

Simone joined the MSASS team to help move the organisation forward with a new team, enhanced service direction and community engagement.  Simone has a background in operational and strategic management and is a visionary servant leader that embraces change management.

Simone has held senior leadership roles as chief executive and general manager always within the for purpose sector where her passion is creating high quality experiences for people accessing services.  Simone leads from the heart and is passionate about supporting her team to be the best they can be through values driven and purposeful leadership.  

Simone is a trustee for CELF:  Community and Enterprise Leadership Foundation, a Waikato initiative to build connected leadership across the for purpose and for profit sectors.  

A middle child of 3, Simone was born in Rotorua, is of Dutch and NZ European decent and is very connected with her family in the Netherlands.  Simone lives in Hamilton with her partner, 3 children and mother.  In her spare time she enjoys watching movies, live music, crocheting, walking and gardening.

simone@msass.org.nz     022 699 5152

Ash Puri - Practice Lead BSW, Post Grad Cert Sup, NZASW

Ash is a Registered Social Worker who believes in the advocacy and empowerment of her clients. She enjoys working with people from all walks of life. She has worked with all sorts of different ethnicities, migrants, and refugee clients. Ash is originally from India and has lived in New Zealand for the last 13 years with her family. She has completed her Bachelor of Social Work and her postgraduate certificate in professional supervision from New Zealand. Prior to coming to New Zealand, she also completed a Master of Psychology degree in India.  Ash is currently completing a masters degree in counselling.

Ash can speak three languages; Hindi, Urdu, and English and can understand Punjabi as well. She has completed a certificate course in working with Grief and Loss to improve her capabilities in terms of helping and understanding her clients.

Ash has worked in Mental health, Family Violence, Community Work, and Care and Protection areas of social work. In the process of social work, she tries to create a space where her clients can feel valued and respected. Ash believes in a collective community approach to form mana-enhancing relationships with people.

She lives with her husband, two children, and one dog. Ash enjoys cooking, gardening, and reading books. She is also passionate about animal protection and caring for dogs.

ash@msass.org.nz     027 208 7930

Richelle Sexton - Administrator/Executive Assistant

Richelle started as the Administrator at MSASS at the beginning of 2019, after having her second child. She feels very fortunate to work with an amazing team of professionals, and to meet those who come through our service. If you come to visit us, Richelle will be more than happy to make you a cuppa and have a chat!  Outside of work Richelle enjoys spending time with family, friends and her 2 furbabies.

richelle@msass.org.nz     021 211 1330

Suzi Gallagher - Crisis Response Social Worker BHSc, MAppSW

Suzi has been working in the realm of social work for nearly 10 years, starting her career in West Auckland working with rangatahi. She has also worked with older adults, offenders, children, and families typically within the realms of family harm. Suzi was born in Kirikiriroa, raised in Tamaki Makaurau, and has been back in the Waikato for nearly five years. She completed her Masters of Applied Social Work in 2019 and is now a fully registered Social Worker. Prior to this, she also completed a degree in psychology and applied mental health. Suzi is passionate about walking alongside people as they reclaim their lives after trauma.

She lives with her husband and two children and enjoys crafts, baking and gardening in her spare time. One of her greatest achievements (aside from her tamariki) is nursing her beloved Nanna through the final stages of her life. She was, and remains to be, one of Suzi’s key motivations to share her aroha and awhi with others. 

suzi@msass.org.nz     027 204 2386

Waiata Rifle - Crisis Response Social Worker BSW

Ko Tainui me Te Arawa oku iwi. No Kirikiriroa ahau.

Ko Waiata Rifle toku ingoa.

A great sense of joy is witnessing people discover their self-worth, develop their confidence, and live their lives in such a way that they feel in control of themselves again.  This is a journey I may have only contributed1% toward, but if it helps to empower one aspect of a person’s world, this translates into 100% satisfaction in being a social worker in Aotearoa.  My professional background is in social work, mental health, disability care and probation.  I currently facilitate an online perinatal anxiety and depression course for Mother’s Helpers, it amazes me how much women can spend so much time devaluing their contribution to their whanau and the world around them.  Yet, given the opportunity to heal and rediscover 'themselves'; they have their 'a-ha' moments in their own space of time.

Newly married, I am a mother of four grown children, grandmother of nine precious moko – my contribution to any mahi I have engaged in has been grounded and motivated by the aroha I have for my whanau and community.

waiata@msass.org.nz     027 309 9557

Erin Majurey - Crisis Response Counsellor BCing, BComms, DipJourn

Erin has just completed her Bachelor of Counselling at Bethlehem Tertiary Institute in Tauranga and joined our team 08 November 2021. Originally from Hamilton, Erin has been living in Rotorua for the past 7 years with 2 of her 3 children and is excited to be moving home to work in the role of Crisis Counsellor.  Erin also has a degree in communications and feels very passionate about creating positive change within the community. Erin has spent years working in the community as a youth worker and volunteering for organisations such as Women’s Refuge, Victim Support and numerous homeless action groups. A personal survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault, Erin is dedicated to working with other survivors on their journey of healing, and providing preventative education within the community.  

erin@msass.org.nz     027 255 6630

Jenna Fraser - On-Call Crisis Response Support BSocSci, MAppSW

Jenna is a registered social worker who has been part of our call out team for the past two years. She feels a strong sense of responsibility to carry on the legacy that the women of MSASS (formerly Rape & Sexual Abuse Healing Centre) have built over the past four decades.

She is passionate about working with survivors and is constantly amazed by the fortitude they show in coming forward; she feels humbled to be allowed to walk alongside them during what is such a personal and difficult time.

Jenna keeps herself busy outside of work commitments, taking care of her husband and five children. She enjoys anything vintage, cooking big Sunday meals for her family and friends, and working around her house, including gardening.

Rochelle Ward- On-Call Crisis Response Support MSWApp, BArts, Post Grad Cert Prof Sup, Cert A&T Teaching

I am a registered social worker with over 15 years of experience. I am passionate about working with the under served and under privileged of todays society. I also have a keen sense of social justice. My work at MSASS is as a crisis support worker. Supporting those who are going through the process of an evidential medical exam. I’m a safe person to talk to and can support people through this process.

 

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