The Children’s Autism Foundation has staked its reputation within the sector in recruiting and developing a team of trained, motivated and dedicated professionals:
Gera Verheul, Service Manager & Family Consultant
Gera has a Grad. Dip. Arts majoring in Psychology and a BA Honors. She has a certificate in Applied Behaviour Therapy for teaching and intervention and has been a foster caregiver for more than 40 children. Gera has also worked as a Teacher Aide with children who have autism.
Arletta van den Bosch, Family Consultant
Arletta has a 15-year background in social work and has worked with Video Home Training, Families First, Family Constellations and in foster care. Arletta has a Masters Degree in Child Therapy and is qualified to do Stepping Stones Triple P training. She is also is a private practitioner.
Christine Farquharson, Family Consultant
Christine has over 25 years of experience as a NZ registered Occupational Therapist (NZROT) working in health and education in New Zealand and the UK. This included working in special schools with the Ministry of Education and working as an ASD Developmental Coordinator for the ADHB.
Megan King, Family Consultant
Megan has a Bachelor in Speech & Language Therapy and after graduation worked for the Ministry of Education in South Auckland. She is trained in Routines Based Early Intervention, has her Communication Assistive Technology accreditation and is a trained Makaton tutor. She is trained in the Hanen programmes – It Takes Two to Talk & ABC and Beyond. Most recently Megan have been delivering professional development to preschool teachers in Oral Language & Literacy Development.
Jo Sutton, Team Leader
Jo brings a wealth of experience from the commercial sector and leads Operations, Finance and Administration at Children’s Autism Foundation. She has a child with ASD and is passionate about supporting other families with autistic children.
Lynn Morrison, Accounts & Programme Support
Lynn is a Provisional Accounting Technician and Xero Advisor Certified so keeps Children’s Autism Foundation ticking! Lynn has lived experience in autism, auditory processing disorder, dyslexia, dysgraphia, giftedness and coeliac disease. Lynn officially joined Children’s Autism in 2007 after working as a CAF volunteer for many years.
Christine Zubiri, Admin & IT Coordinator
Christine provides essential support to the CAF team and is the go-to person for all our IT needs. Christine has worked as a Teacher Aide at a Special Needs School and was a CAF volunteer before being asked to join our staff. She has a child with ASD.