The team at the Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW working behind the scenes supporting the implementation of the program.

Cassie Hatton
Mentor

Cassie is our Safeguarding Mentor and has been an assistant SML Concept designer and training content writer and presenter. She holds a Degree in Psychology and a Certificate 3 in Education Support. Cassie has over 20 years experience in the youth and disability services sector as a counsellor, case manager and family support worker. This includes 15 years’ experience as the Manager of a not-for-profit Youth Service in Sydney. She has served on Boards and working groups for several government and non-government organisations (child and youth focus) and for a non-government school. Concurrent with her role in SML Cassie is employed as a School Support Officer within the Department for Education, South Australia.

Cassie is also a trained facilitator in "What's the Buzz?" - a social and emotional literacy program for children and teens. She has a sound and current knowledge of Autism Spectrum Condition, Reactive Attachment Disorders, ADD/ADHD and Trauma Informed Practice. She also has extensive experience providing supervision and training to staff acting in various roles as well as experience writing policies and procedures, which she has done for SML throughout the codesign stages. Cassie has current Working with Children and Reporting Abuse and Neglect clearances which is verified by the SML National Program Manager and the CEO of the Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW.

Noel Browning
Website Programmer, Quality Assurance

Noel is working in the SML Team in three roles: systems designer, programmer and administrator for the SML portal; senior sound engineer; and quality assurance officer. The SML Portal has greatly benefited from Noel's more than 30 years' experience working with information and communication technology. He is a whizz at coding in many computer languages, and has been employed as an ICT professional in the public service, private sector and in not-for-profits. Noel's vast experience with sound recording, sound editing and design using a variety of equipment and software will help to support our team of editors in SML. His skills in quality assurance are equally as impressive. He is well acquainted with intricacies of delivering large volumes of podcast content across states using remote teams, whilst also ensuring adequate workflows and guaranteeing standards of recording and content quality.

Odysseas Kripotos
Radio Mentor, Radio Strategy Leader

Odysseas Kripotos is our Media Mentor and Consultant Media Trainer. Odysseas is a sought after media and public relations professional who has worked as a journalist in both Greece and Australia. He has extensive experience as a radio producer and presenter including with SBS and 3ZZZ. He has delivered multiple projects in the CALD space, produced two podcast series, and has authored and delivered several communication and engagement strategies (including providing advice to SML). Odysseas is familiar with the Speak My Language (SML) model, as he was a Bi-Lingual Facilitator for the SML - Ageing Well program. His content and contributions were so outstanding he was one of a select few chosen to showcase the SML model and represent the SML brand during an extended interview session with the then Commonwealth Minister for Ageing, Hon. Ken Wyatt AM. MP.

Odysseas holds a Bachelor's Degree and a Masters Degree in Communication and Media, and a Masters of Teaching.

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