Jeder Institute is a ground-breaking, dynamic organisation who brings people together to realise their full potential and build on their existing networks and community strengths! We believe that everyone has abilities and everyone has something to contribute to their communities because there is no one we don’t need!

Jeder Institute’s Directors are Dee Brooks  and Michaela Kennedy who, with associates, possess a unique set of skills and who seek to collaborate with a range of partners and associates to provide quality training and deliver dynamic events.


Bron Dyason


This young addition to the Jeder family is a passionate and enthusiastic breath of fresh air. Bron has facilitated and supported community change from the ground up, and with training in the Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations that Matter, … Continue reading →

Dee Brooks


Community Enthusiast and Chief Hugger
Dee Brooks Director of Jeder Institute, Pathways to Leadership, is a passionate and highly energetic community engagement and development consultant

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Jason Emmins


For the past 10 years, he has enjoyed working in the disability sector, particularly with people from rural and remote locations, individuals with complex support needs and building productive teams.

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Kelly Cox


Kelly is passionate about disability and human rights. Her strong focus on social justice and the social model of disability have informed her personal and professional work, including a pivotal role in grassroots advocacy and peer support during the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

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Kerry Hartigan


Kerry is a highly vivacious and supportive practitioner who thrives on new challenges and innovative initiatives. Kerry is a rights and values driven ‘can do’ change agent who enjoys stretching expectations about what is possible. Her approach has resulted in ground breaking projects and extensive networks across many fields. She is an Art of Hosting practitioner and has worked for more than 20 years in the areas of community capacity building, working with young people, and people with disabilities.

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Maree Hasanabadi


Maree is a vibrant and empathic Independent Person Centred Planner and Facilitator who is passionate about supporting and working with people with disability and their families, empowering them in their unique journey towards self-direction and the creation of enriched, meaningful, and inclusive lives.

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Michaela Kennedy


Executive Director Michaela’s extensive experience in the disability sector and passion for all people to be valued citizens makes her a committed and highly regarded director of the Jeder team.  She is dedicated to sharing her experiences (professionally and personally), … Continue reading →

Michelle Dunscombe


Michelle Dunscombe from MAD Consulting is an enthusiastic community development practitioner, facilitator and trainer. She is passionate about strengthening regional and rural communities, developing community leadership capacity, building community resilience and supporting community members to take action.

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Peregrin Chiara


Peregrin (Pere) has worked with people with disability, their families and support networks for over 10 years and is passionate about change that gives people control of their own lives.

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Rachael Eyles


Rachael brings extensive experience within the Community Services sector and has worked with people across the lifespan (2 -64 years old) for over 20 years in a range of roles ranging from Support Worker/ Senior Case Manager and Manger for Government and Non-Government organisations. Over this time, she has worked on the Central Coast, in the Hunter areas as well as on the Mid North Coast andin Sydney Metropolitan. She is familiar with these areas including the community supports available for people.

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