The Speak My Language state and territory coordinators are responsible for implementing the program in their state or territory.
Teresa has worked in clinical and nursing management for 20 years. Recently joining the National Team for ‘Speak My Language – Living well with disability’ and as NSW/ACT Coordinator, she also has extensive program and change implementation experience in the public and private sectors.
Denisse currently works in the Multicultural Council of the Northern Territory (MCNT) and is the Speak My Language Coordinator for NT. She is originally from El Salvador and has worked in community engagement projects with international students, as well as completed community development and policy internships with Aboriginal organisations. Prior to joining MCNT, Denisse assisted individuals with their mental health recovery journey, and helped humanitarian entrants settle well in Australia. She recently completed Master of Social Work.
Hanaa Grave is the Speak My Language State Coordinator in South Australia. Hanaa commenced working for the Multicultural Communities Council of South Australia (MCCSA) in late 2020. Prior to this, she worked as a disability projects coordinator in Melbourne where she gained extensive experience around community development in the disability space. Hanaa has a background in working with refugee and asylum seeker communities across several countries. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies and a double Master’s Degree in History, Sociology and Anthropology.
Nihal Iscel has more than 20 years of experience working in the multicultural and disability sectors, and currently works for the Ethnic Communities Council of WA in her role as the Speak My Language Coordinator. Nihal's professional experience involves supporting people from refugee, humanitarian entrant and migrant backgrounds including people with disability, to help them to break barriers and contribute to making positive systemic changes to improve their lives.
Rajan has worked in the community development sector from an early age in his home country Nepal. He has completed a Bachelors of Social Work from Tribhuvan University (Nepal), and worked with various organisations in the humanitarian and social service sectors. Rajan is currently working with Multicultural Council of the Northern Territory (MCNT) on a variety of programs, including as the local Speak My Language Coordinator.
Following his one-year stint as Speak My Language (SML) traveller in Queensland and the National Team, Kumchong Lee continues his journey as State Coordinator for the SML program, with the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland. Since arriving in Australia in 2009 as an international student, Kumchong has always been grateful for the opportunity he has been given and therefore hoping to return the favour to the community. Kumchong believes in the power of communication and storytelling, through which he hopes to contribute to a more inclusive society.
Osman Mohamed is employed with the Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria as a Coordinator of the Speak My Language program. He is excited to be part of a valuable program that provides CALD and indigenous people the opportunity to talk about how they positively live with their disabilities and acquire information about inclusive places, activities and services in the community. Part of his work role is to recruit, induct and mentor inclusive minded Travellers (Bilingual Facilitators) who will be appointed to interview the storytellers and guest speakers in their community languages to break language and cultural barriers for people with disabilities to support greater inclusion.
Jenny has a long history working with CALD background people firstly in education as an EAL teacher then in healthcare. She was the Cultural Diversity Coordinator at Mater Health Services for ten years. Prior to that she managed a project developing a best practice model of maternity care for women of a refugee background. This service was co-designed and continues to be highly valued by the community after 12 years.
Jenny's partner was an arm amputee who worked in disability organizations advocating for change to improve accessibility and inclusion of people living with a disability. Jenny is passionate about social justice and human rights of all individuals to be able to live a life which enables them to thrive.
Multicultural Community Development Manager Nico van Leeuwen is the coordinator for Speak My Language for the Multicultural Council of Tasmania (MCOT).