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Our people

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


Management Team

Melissa Lethaby

BA (Otago)

ManagerPhoto of Melissa Lethaby

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)

Learning Support ManagerPhoto of Jackie Fox

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
Mob:    +64 21 0221 8790
Email:  jackie.fox@otago.ac.nz

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Learning Support Team

Rachel 'Aluesi

Student AdvisorPhoto of Rachel 'Aluesi

Rachel has been part of the Disability Information and Support team since 2012. Her role as Test/Exam Coordinator contributed to the retention and success of students with impairments studying at the University of Otago and was a point of inspiration for her decision to become a Student Advisor in 2020.

Rachel enjoys working with students to enable them to achieve their academic goals and reach their full potential.

Contact

Tel:      +64 3 479 8320
Email:  rachel.aluesi@otago.ac.nz

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Emily Chatfield

BA, PgDip, MA (Otago)

Student Advisor

Emily joined Disability Information and Support in 2020 as a Student Advisor. As a former University of Otago student, she knows and understands some of the challenges that students can face.

In her role a Student Advisor, she assists students by finding ways to improve their learning experience.

Having conducted research and volunteered in the field of mental health, she is passionate about improving student wellbeing.

Contact

Tel:      +64 3 479 4370
Email:  emily.chatfield@otago.ac.nz

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Emma Holt

BA, DipTour, MCom (Otago)

Student AdvisorPhoto of Emma Holt

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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Rebecca McFadyen

Student AdvisorPhoto of Rebecca McFadyen

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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Ali Charlton

Tutor Co-ordinatorPhoto of Ali Charlton

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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Janette Hart

Test/Exams Co-ordinator

Janette joined Disability Information & Support in 2020.

Janette 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.

She has both studied at University of Otago and worked as a Professional Staff member for 9 years. This experience has given her a first-hand appreciation of how challenging study can be, and she is dedicated to helping students achieve their full academic potential.

Contact

Tel:      +64 3 479 5874
Email:  janette.hart@otago.ac.nz

 

Meghan Kruskopf

BA (Otago)

Note-taker Co-ordinatorPhoto of Meghan Kruskopf

Meghan joined the team at Disability Information & Support in 2013, first as the Note-Taker Co-ordinator Assistant, before moving into the full time Co-ordinator 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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Toni Patterson-Gallagher 

Photo of Toni Patterson-GallagherNote-taker Co-ordinator

Toni joined the team at Disability Information & Support in 2012 and has worked within the department as an Administrator and Note-taker Co-ordinator. As a Note-taker Coordinator, Toni works within the Learning Support Team to co-ordinate a professional 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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Administration Team

Our Client Services Administration team are responsible for providing effective administration support to Disability Information and Support staff and is the first point of contact for students, staff and visitors to our service.

Contact

Tel:      +64 3 479 8235
Email:  disabilities@otago.ac.nz

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Kelly Alexander

Client Services Administrator

Maria Apii

Client Services Administrator

Julie Black

Client Services Administrator

Kerry Twemlow

Client Services Administrative Assistant

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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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