Administrative & Clinical Team

Administrative Team

Mary Muirhead, BVSc, OAM

Mary Muirhead, BVSc, OAM

Chair, Director, Co-founder and Fundraising Coordinator (honorary) with over 20 years experience in Melbourne’s ASD community.

Boroondara Volunteer of the Year Award (2012), KVF Jubb Community Achievement Award (2013), Medal of the Order of Australia (general division) for service to people with disabilities and their families (2014). Mary is married to Tom Gleisner, is a retired veterinarian and they have two children. Her interests are music, pets and dancing. She has worked with the Autism Behavioural Intervention Association as a past Board Member and is a current member of the ABA Today conference committee.

Pam Roy, B.B.A. – Accounting

Pam Roy, B.B.A. – Accounting

Executive Officer with over 20 years experience in ABA therapy delivery and therapist team management/development.

Pam arrived in Australia in 1997 to deliver ABA programs to families in Victoria who had no other access to ABA. She has also delivered ABA therapy and supervision for over 30 families in Queensland as well as training therapists through supervisory levels.

Carol Barclay

Carol Barclay

Office Manager

Carol has supported the ASD community since she began working as the Office Manager for AMAZE, formerly known as Autism Victoria, in 1999. With her experience in operations supervision in the computer division at Tattersalls, training-program organisation for the Commonwealth Fireboard and small business bookkeeping/accounting, Carol brings a diverse range of operational support skills to L4Life.

Celeste Sullivan

Celeste Sullivan

Administrative Assistant to our Clinical Director and Timetable Co-Ordinator

Celeste has worked the past 10 years in the customer service and hotel industry. She recently returned from living 2 years in London, where she worked as a Guest Relations Manager in Park Plaza Westminster Bridge and travelled in her spare time. Her favourite places visited were Bruges, Belgium and Krakow, Poland. Apart from travel, she’s a huge foodie and can be found at brunch most Sunday mornings.

Victoria Crane, LLB (Hons), BComm

Victoria Crane, LLB (Hons), BComm

General Manager – Operations

Victoria is an experienced banking and legal professional having formerly held roles with ANZ Institutional Bank and Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens Linklaters). Victoria is a former board member of Learning for Life and a current board member and Treasurer for Regional Arts Victoria. In addition to her finance, risk and legal skills, Victoria brings experience and knowledge from her active involvement in the early education sector, including through her role as President of a community kindergarten.

Clinical Team

Pam Roy, B.B.A. – Accounting

Pam Roy, B.B.A. – Accounting

Clinical Consultant and Business Manager with over 20 years experience in ABA therapy delivery and therapist team management/development.

Pam arrived in Australia in 1997 to deliver ABA programs to families in Victoria who had no other access to ABA. She has also delivered ABA therapy and supervision for over 30 families in Queensland as well as training therapists through supervisory levels.

Emma Miller, B.A., B.Sc.

Emma Miller, B.A., B.Sc.

Clinical Director with over 20 years experience working with children with ASD, ABA therapy delivery and therapist team management/development.

Emma was a finalist in the 2014 Victorian Disability Sector Awards for Excellence in Improving Learning and Development Outcomes.

Sarah Wood, B.A., P.G. Dip. Psych, M.Ed. Psych, M.A.P.S.

Sarah Wood, B.A., P.G. Dip. Psych, M.Ed. Psych, M.A.P.S.

Educational and Development Psychologist and Clinical Supervisor with extensive clinical and research experience in the area of ABA.

Sarah provides behavioural consulting for children, families and educators throughout the Melbourne school system and into rural Victoria. She is also responsible for coordinating L4Life’s research program in addition to running L4Life’s Psychological Assessment Testing program. Sarah frequently presents at conferences on Autism and ABA-related clinical and research topics.

In October 2019, Sarah presented at the Applied Behavioural Analysis International Convention in Stockholm.

Claire Taptil, MEd (ABA)

Claire Taptil, MEd (ABA)

Clinical Supervisor

Claire joined L4Life in 2007 as an ABA therapist. For several years now, she has conducted workshops in therapist training and school integration in addition to directly assisting numerous children with ASD and their families.

In July 2019, Claire presented at the ABA Today Conference.

Samantha Boyle, B.Sc, P.G. Dip. Psych, M. Ed. Psych, M.A.P.S.

Samantha Boyle, B.Sc, P.G. Dip. Psych, M. Ed. Psych, M.A.P.S.

Psychologist and Clinical Supervisor

Sam has worked with many children with ASD in their homes, kindergartens and schools since starting with L4Life in 2011. She frequently provides behavioural consulting for families and educators in schools, conducts a range of assessments and runs the Secret Agent Society (SAS) social skills program. Sam also provides regular training for L4Life staff.

Read Sam’s articles:

Anxiety Strategies For Kids With ASD.

Strategies for Managing Mealtimes for Kids with ASD

Sara Allen, B.Sc., P.G. Dip Psych, M. Clin. Psych, M.A.P.S.

Sara Allen, B.Sc., P.G. Dip Psych, M. Clin. Psych, M.A.P.S.

Psychologist and Supervisor

Sarah started as an ABA therapist with L4Life in 2010 and, since then, has worked with various children on the Autism spectrum and their families across a number of environments, including their homes, kindergartens and schools. Sara also provides behavioural consultation for educators within the school system. She frequently runs workshops in therapist training, school integration and social skill development.

Jodi Harris, B. Hs. (Psych & Dis)

Jodi Harris, B. Hs. (Psych & Dis)

Clinical Supervisor

Jodi has widespread experience working with children with ASD in various locations including homes, kindergartens and schools. She also holds the position of L4Life’s University Placement Coordinator. Jodi joined the L4Life team in 2011 after completing a Bachelor of Health Science in Psychology and Disability. From 2012-2015 she also held the position of L4Life’s Timetable Coordinator.

Read Jodi’s article: Tips for Preparing Kids with ASD for Starting School.

Tiffany Poljakovic, B.A., G. Dip. Psych

Tiffany Poljakovic, B.A., G. Dip. Psych

Clinical Supervisor

Tiff has worked with various children on the Autism Spectrum. She has worked as a supervisor and as an ABA therapist across various environments including homes, kindergartens and schools. She also frequently runs training programs for new therapists, teachers and aides.

Nilushi Goonetilleke, B.A. (Psych)

Nilushi Goonetilleke, B.A. (Psych)

Clinical Supervisor at L4Life and currently studying Speech Pathology at Australian Catholic University.

Beginning as an ABA therapist with L4Life in 2013, Nilushi has worked with many children with ASD in their homes, kindergartens and schools. She coordinates the L4Life Certification Training Program for staff, regularly conducts seminars for new therapists on ABA theory as well as practical training.

Read what Nilushi said about becoming an ABA therapist.

Read Nilushi’s article: Imitation & Autism: The Importance of Imitation Skills in the Process of Learning.

Elisha Mont, BSocSc(Psych), MEd(ABA)

Elisha Mont, BSocSc(Psych), MEd(ABA)

Clinical Supervisor

Elisha joined L4Life in 2010 as an ABA Therapist. In addition to working with children and families in both home and educational settings, she also regularly conducts ABA theory seminars and practical training for new therapists and families.

Read Elisha’s articles:

Skills For Socialisation
Why Transitions Can Be Difficult For Kids On The Spectrum

Emma Davies, BA OccThy; MTeach (Inclusive Ed)

Emma Davies, BA OccThy; MTeach (Inclusive Ed)

School Behavioural Consultant with L4Life, providing one-on-one consultation as well as running Inclusion Works Programs and Secret Agent Society Social Skills groups.

Emma has been working in the ABA field since 2013, but has been working in disability since 2008. Since joining the L4Life team she has completed her Masters in Primary Teaching with a focus on Inclusive Education. She is particularly passionate working with families and education settings, as they provide ongoing support for their children/students. In and out of these roles, she runs workshops in therapist training, school integration, social skills, and managing challenging behaviours.