Our People

We are extremely proud to have a team of highly skilled staff and committed volunteers. Our team shares a common interest of making a meaningful, positive impact on our communities.

  • Patsy Wilshire, General Manager
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    Patsy has a background in Tourism, Aged Care, Community Services and Not-For-Profit organisations.  Promoted from Office Manager to STAR General Manager in July 2016, Patsy is a local with 5 generations actively living in the Redlands.

    “As the General Manager I have an open door policy for both Staff and Clients”

  • Warren Doyle, Transport Manager
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    Aeronautical Engineer in the R.A.A.F with a background in business prior to retirement. Found that life’s challenges cease when retired and elected to contribute back to the community by driving for Star.

    A past president of Capalaba Rotary and is the founder of the Bayside Blues Festival and programs such as police Officer of the Year. Married and lives in Cleveland.

  • Melissa Bannerman , Care Services Manager
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    Melissa has a passion for working with people with intellectual disabilities and has worked in the Human Services sector for 23 years including disability, mental health, aged care and community services sectors. Melissa started her career as a residential care worker and has over 10 years’ experience in managing high quality, client focused services in both government and non-government organisations. Melissa is currently studying a Bachelor of Counselling and Coaching and is thrilled to join the STAR team.  

  • Peter Mann, Business Development Manager
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    Peter has a focus on supporting STAR’s continued entry into Home Care, NDIS, and other funded packages, plus contributing to the STAR preferred pathway of partnership and merger with other similar minded organizations, which provide services to our local community.

  • Colleen Johnston, STAR Care Coordinator
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    Colleen has worked in the Aged Care Industry for more than 30 years, starting off as a personal carer. She is also an experienced diversional therapist and respite coordinator. Colleen is a mother of four sons and grandmother of seven.

  • Jacqui Jumisic , Coordinator Home Maintenance Program
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    Jacqui is a psychologist, workplace trainer, English teacher and business process evaluator. She worked for the state government for over 35 years. She is best known in Redlands for working with community based organisations to deliver services such as counselling, family support, neighbourhood centres as well as project managing construction of Capalaba Community Centre and re-modelling the Redlands Domestic Violence Service. She has assisted almost 300 Redlands organisations to secure just over  $2M in grant funding from Redlands City Council. She is passionate about lifetime learning, quality customer service and developing positive working relationships with stakeholders

  • Nectaria Chronopoulos, Office Manager
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    Nectaria has more than 15 years of experience in Aged Care. A bachelor in business and HR, Nectaria has also owned and managed her own business. Nectaria focuses on supporting management , ensuring office functionality and is project manager for the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative. 

  • Julie Jones, STAR Call Centre Supervisor
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    Julie started her career as a hairdresser. After 25 years of hairdressing, she took up the opportunity of working with STAR. Julie manages the Call Centre which is the hub of STAR. She and her team of 15 volunteers, handle over 350 calls per day. Julie is a mum of two.

  • Shalene Osvatics , Head Scheduler
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    Shalene is one of the longest standing staff members of STAR. She joined STAR Community Transport shortly after it was formed in 1996. Shalene is involved in the organisation of Social Day Tips, and liaison with clients. She is involved in a number of local community events and activities.

  • Kylie Hartley, CODI Coordination Officer
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    Kylie has worked with CODI/STAR for more than 5 years. As a Coordination Officer, Kylie is involved in administration, banking, scheduling and a range of other tasks. Kylie enjoys working with a variety of people and personalities. She believes community organisations like STAR are very beneficial to the community because they support the elderly and people with disabilities live their life to the fullest.

  • Paul Barnes , Finance Officer
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    Paul has worked as an accountant for over 35 yrs. He is involved in a number of local organisations. He is Chairman of the Redlands Seniors Week committee and Chairman of the Queensland Malt Whisky Society- Redlands. He is also involved as treasurer with a number of not for profit organization’s, such as the Donald Simpson Community Centre Ltd and RDCOTA Inc.

  • Karen Spethman, Receptionist
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    Karen began volunteering for STAR as a part of the Call Centre team in 2015. She has extensive experience in the area of Safety and Workplace Rehabilitation and training. Karen is a mother of two and grandmother of four. She loves talking to people, spending time with the family, going to the movies and travelling.

  • Barbara Clay , Intake Officer
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    Barbara has a background in the higher education, government and not-for-profit sectors, working primarily in human resource, policy, research and writing/editing roles. A committed learner, Barbara has studied in a range of fields including business, communication, strategic foresight, psychology, and currently, human rights.

  • STAR Volunteers
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    At STAR, we firmly believe that Volunteers are the backbone of our community. More than 100 volunteers dedicate their time and efforts to STAR and give back to the community.

    Volunteer Positions at STAR include:

    • Companionship Volunteers
    • Volunteer Drivers
    • Volunteer Call Centre Staff
    • Volunteer Reception Staff

    For additional information including available positions contact STAR Community Services on 07 3821 6699.

    Other Volunteering Opportunities. If you would like to volunteer but don't see anything here that strikes your interest, please visit www.volunteeringredlands.org.au and register to volunteer.