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Our people

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

Melissa Lethaby

BA (Otago)

Photo of Melissa LethabyManager

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

BA (Otago)

Photo of Jackie FoxLearning Support Manager

Jackie joined the team at Disability Information and Support in 2006.  In her role as Learning Support Manager, Jackie is responsible for overseeing the provision of learning support for approximately 1,500 students annually.  Jackie enjoys leading the Learning Support team to provide quality support that meet the needs of students, promotes their well-being, and enhances their tertiary experience.

Contact

Tel: 64 3 479 8791
Mobile: 64 21 0221 8790
Email: jackie.fox@otago.ac.nz

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Emma Holt

BA, DipTour, MCom (Otago)

Photo of Emma HoltStudent Advisor

Emma has worked at a Student Advisor in the office since 2009. 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

BA, PGDipArts Education (Otago)

Photo of Jenny WeeksStudent Advisor

Prior to joining Disability Information and Support as a Student Advisor in 2010, Jenny studied education and psychology at undergraduate level and completed a PGDipArts in Education at Otago.  Jenny has a wide experience of working in the health and education sectors in the UK and NZ.

Jenny works enthusiastically and empathically with students, organising academic support to enable them to reach their academic goals and fulfil their potential.

Contact

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

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Rebecca McFadyen

Photo of Rebecca McFadyenStudent 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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Rachel Gartly

Student Advisor (part-time)

Rachel joined the team at Disability Information & Support in 2017.

In her role as Student Advisor, Rachel works to enable students with impairments to study independently and achieve their academic goals.

Contact

Tel: 64 3 479 8235
Email: rachel.gartly@otago.ac.nz

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Toni Patterson-Gallagher 

Photo of Toni Patterson-GallagherNote-taker Administrator 

Toni joined the team at Disability Information & Support in 2012 and has worked as both an Administrator and Note-taker Administrator in the department. As a Note-taker Administrator, Toni works within the Learning Support Team to coordinate an effective note-taking service for students with impairments. 

Toni enjoys liaising with a wide range of people and is motivated to support students to reach their full potential.

Contact

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

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Meghan Kruskopf

BA (Otago)

Photo of Meghan KruskopfNote-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 3 479 9785
Email:  meghan.kruskopf@otago.ac.nz

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Ali Charlton

Photo of Ali CharltonTutor 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 'AluesiTest/Exams 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 Tests and Exams.

Contact

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

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Carole Scott

Client Services Administrator

Carole began working for the University of Otago in 2003.

Before moving to Disability Information and Support, Carole worked as the administrator for Student Learning Development and was the peer learning and support programme coordinator.

As a Client Services Administrator, Carole is responsible for providing effective administration support to Disability Information and Support staff and is the first point of contact for students, staff and visitors.

Contact

Tel: 64 3 479 4370
Email: carole.scott@otago.ac.nz

 

Julie Black

Client Services Administrator

Julie joined the University in 2019 as a part time Client Services Administrator. She is the first point of contact and is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the office.

Julie has experience working in different office environments from corporate to clinical. She especially enjoys working with people and finds it a privilege to be working in such an important department at the University.

Contact

Tel: 64 3 479 8235
Email: julie.black@otago.ac.nz

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Kerry Twemlow

Photo of Kerry TremlowAdministrative Assistant

Kerry joined Disability Information & Support in 2012.

Kerry works with the Learning Support Team by providing administrative assistance.






 

 

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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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