Our Employees

Samantha Jenkinson
Executive Director

Samantha Jenkinson

Samantha commenced as Executive Director in November 2014.

Samantha has been an advocate for the rights of people with disabilities since the early 1990’s, and throughout her professional life as a Social Worker. Through this time she has worked and advocated in the areas of employment, housing and support, service co-ordination, individualised funding and person centred planning. Samantha has worked for community organisations, service providers and state government in a variety of roles from case management to CEO.

Highlights of Samantha’s work have been her time with Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, her involvement in development of direct payments as a funding option for people with disabilities in Victoria, writing a monograph on trends in disability services for the Disability Services Commission in WA for their State plan ‘Count Me In’, developing a forum and DVD on self directed services in the community sector in WA and speaking on community inclusion to people with disabilities and service providers in the disability sector.

Throughout her career, Samantha has been involved as a volunteer with many community organisations on management committees and Boards of governance, including being a past chair of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, and past chair of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability in Western Australia. Samantha is a former Local Government Councillor for the City of Stirling

Brianna Lee
Individual Advocacy Service Manager

Brianna is passionate about human rights and social justice. Brianna has worked as an advocate for the rights of trafficking survivors, older people and people living with a disability. Brianna enjoys making change at a systemic level and seeing how it improves the lives of those I support.
Specialties: Research and Policy; Human Rights; Individual Advocacy

Faye Hicks
Project Manager

Faye joined People With disabilities WA (PWdWA) team in February 2015.  Faye has a BSC Hons and an MBA. Since Faye has begun work with PWdWA she has worked on a number of projects such as the NDIS My Way Experiences, Abuse and Neglect Task Force and writes consultation submissions. Faye has a lived experience of disability and has a passion for moving the sector forward.

Lisa Hook
Individual Advocate

Lisa Hook began work in the disability sector in London twenty years ago working across various projects for people with intellectual disabilities. Upon returning home to Perth she completed a Bachelor degree in Sociology and Anthropology at Edith Cowan University. While studying Lisa continued supporting people with disabilities in a number of roles. Lisa then went on to become a therapy assistant in a rehabilitation service for people with acquired brain injuries. Lisa joined PWdWA in November 2006.

Rachel Cox
NDIS Appeals Advocate

Rachel joined People With disabilities WA (PWdWA) in 2015. Rachel is passionate about working alongside people with disabilities, or assisting people in a process of rehabilitation, to overcome barriers and reach personal goals.

Natalie Turner
Individual Advocate and Project Officer

Natalie has worked for People With disabilities WA (PWdWA) for many years and has assisted many people as an Advocate.

Elisha Johnson
Individual Advocate

Elisha is working on several projects at People With disabilities WA (PWdWA) as well as being an Advocate.

Glenda Bye
Individual Advocate

Glenda has brought her skills and abilities to People With disabilities WA (PWdWA) where she is working at an Advocate alongside people with disabilities.

Michelle Frost
Individual Advocate

Michelle is passionate about advocating for the rights of people who are socially disadvantaged, preventing homelessness, advancing human rights, promoting equity, enabling social inclusion, and assisting vulnerable people to take control of their lives.

Sonya Gozuacik
Administration Assistant

Sonya has a Diploma in Business Administration and Management, General. Sonya has volunteered in various roles and joined People With disabilities WA (PWdWA) in 2017 providing Admin support.