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Our people

Disability Information & Support has a dedicated team of staff who are passionate about providing quality support.

Melissa Lethaby

Photo of Melissa LethabyBA (Otago)

Manager

Melissa joined the team at Disability Information & Support in 2002.

In her role as Manager, Melissa is responsible for facilitating an environment where students with impairments are provided with equitable opportunities to achieve their individual capabilities and participate in all aspects of tertiary education life.

In addition, Melissa is the Co-President of ACHIEVE, which is a national network, established to ensure equal opportunity and access to post-secondary education and training for people with impairments.

Contact

Tel:  64 3 479 8549
Email:  melissa.lethaby@otago.ac.nz

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Jackie Fox

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Learning Support Manager

Jackie joined the team at Disability Information & Support in 2006.

In her role as Learning Support Manager, Jackie is responsible for overseeing the provision of learning support for approximately 800 students annually. Jackie is passionate about leading the Learning Support Team to provide quality support services, in an equitable manner, that allow students to reach their academic potential.

Contact

Tel: 64 3 479 8791
Email: jackie.fox@otago.ac.nz

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Peter Zessin

BSc (Griffith University, Brisbane)

Administrator

Peter joined the team at Disability Information & Support in 2013. He is responsible for the effective administration of the Disability Information and Support office from both an operational, and financial management perspective.

Peter has a background in Environmental Science, Corporate Finance and Financial Management.

He enjoys providing support to our team to ensure the office runs efficiently and is passionate about being part of a team which contributes to the success of students with impairments.

Contact

Tel:  64 3 479 4370
Email:  peter.zessin@otago.ac.nz

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Eileen O'Regan

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

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Eileen joined Disability Information & Support in 2006.

She is the first point of contact and assists in the administration of the office's various activities, including the arranging of one to one appointments with Student Advisors.

If you have any enquiries about Disability Information & Support, please do not hesitate to contact her.

Contact

Tel:  64 3 479 8235
Email:  eileen.oregan@otago.ac.nz

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Emma Holt

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BA, DipTour, MCom (Otago)

Student Advisor

Emma returned to the office in 2009 after an eight years absence. Having studied at the University of Otago through to Masters level she understands the challenges of university study.

She has an appreciation of the issues postgraduate students often face and works closely with students studying from a distance.

She is motivated to put in place supports to enable students to study independently and achieve their academic goals.

Contact

Tel:  64 3 479 4004
Email:  emma.holt@otago.ac.nz

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Jenny Weeks

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BA, PGDipArts Education (Otago)

Student Advisor

Jenny has been involved with the University of Otago since 2005 as an undergraduate and postgraduate student and as a staff member.

She has worked in a variety of health and education support positions in the UK and NZ.

She has been a Student Advisor with our office for the past four years and enjoys working with students to achieve their learning goals.

Contact

Tel:  64 3 479 8320
Email:  jenny.weeks@otago.ac.nz

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Rebecca McFadyen

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Student Advisor

Rebecca first joined the team at Disability Information and Support in 2012 as a Note-Taker Administrator.  After seeing first-hand how a little academic support can go a long way to help students with impairments thrive in the university environment, Rebecca was inspired to work as a Student Advisor. Rebecca is passionate about providing support to enable students to achieve their academic goals.

Contact

Tel:  64 3 479 8245
Email:  rebecca.mcfadyen@otago.ac.nz

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Toni Patterson-Gallagher

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Toni joined the team at Disability Information & Support in 2012.

The Note-taking team work in conjunction with Student Advisors to coordinate and ensure the delivery of lecture notes as a study aid for students with impairments.

Toni has a background in IT and Training, and Administration; and she enjoys being part of a team that helps students to reach their goals.

Contact

Tel:  64 3 479 9785
Email:  toni.patterson-gallagher@otago.ac.nz

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Meghan Kruskopf

BA (Otago)

Note-taker Administrator

Meghan joined the team at Disability Information & Support in 2013, first as the Note-Taker Administrator Assistant, but has moved into the full time Administrator role, as of 2016.

The note-taking team work in conjunction with Student advisors to coordinate and ensure the delivery of lecture notes as a study aid for students with impairments.

After being both a student and part of the team at DI&S, she has perspective and understanding of the role she plays within the University, from both sides. She enjoys using her student past to aid present students in achieving their academic goals.

Contact

Tel:  64 3 470 4681
Email:  meghan.kruskopf@otago.ac.nz

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Ali Charlton

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Tutor Co-ordinator

Ali joined Disability Information & Support in 2012 as Tutor Co-ordinator on a temporary basis and at the beginning of 2014 took up the role permanently.

Working within the Learning Support Team, her role is to coordinate a professional tutorial service for students with impairments.

Ali enjoys liaising with a wide range of people around the University and gains great satisfaction from assisting students to reach their full potential.

Contact

Tel:  64 3 471 6212
Email:  ali.charlton@otago.ac.nz

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Rachel 'Aluesi

Photo of Rachel 'AluesiStudent Support Co-ordinator

Rachel joined Disability Information & Support in 2012.

Rachel works with the Learning Support Team and contributes to the retention and success of students with impairments studying at the University of Otago by co-ordinating the Alternative Arrangements for Terms Tests.

Contact

Tel:  64 3 479 5874
Email:  rachel.aluesi@otago.ac.nz

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Kerry Twemlow

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Administrative Assistant

Kerry joined Disability Information & Support in 2012.

Kerry works with the Learning Support Team and provides administrative assistance to the note-taking service.

In addition to our staff listed above, we have a large and enthusiastic team of support people who provide specialist support.

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