Carmel Crouch, Managing Director of STEPS Group Australia, has been involved with STEPS for almost 30 years. Over the years Carmel has been a leading advocate for disability rights and has been a prominent figure in the disability sector. As a parent of a child with a disability, Carmel’s motivation has always been to provide her son, and others like him, with equal opportunities to independence. Her motivation has shaped and grown STEPS to become a diverse organisation dedicated to making a difference by providing opportunities for individuals, with an emphasis on skilling people with the knowledge and tools that allow them to successfully pave their own path in life. STEPS Pathways College is a long held dream of Carmel’s to provide young people with the disability a true pathway to independence.
Liza is a highly experienced practitioner in the area of disability support services specialising in assisting individuals to achieve their life goals. Throughout her career Liza has worked with Education Qld helping young people in the transition from school to work. She has worked extensively with adults with a disability, including those with severe and persistent mental illness, guiding them to greater independence and improved quality of life through coordinated support and recreational services, and pathways to employment. Liza has been involved in a number research projects aimed at improving support services and outcomes for people with a disability, and her work has earned her several awards in the areas of disability and youth employment. Today Liza coaches and mentors disability support staff to provide quality customer focused support services that enable and empower individuals to make their own choices and decisions in life. Liza sits on the Partnership Council for Headspace as well as the Partnership Council for Partners in Recovery Sunshine Coast.
As STEPS Pathways Program Coordinator, Marie works with students, staff, families and carers to ensure our students have a rewarding experience at STEPS Pathways College, and graduate having achieved their individual study goals.
With a career spanning customer engagement, education and disability support services, Marie is passionate about the role of education in achieving social equality. Marie believes that a creative approach to training is critical to designing and delivering training that successfully engages students and allows them to achieve their personal best.
Her disability sector experience provides Marie with specialist insight into the specific learning needs across the disability spectrum enabling the development of a first class, individual focused training curriculum at STEPS Pathways College.