Kalev Crossland is a past chairperson of McKenzie Centre Trust and has sat on the Trust Board since 2004. He has four daughters. Kalev works as a lawyer. Kalev has learnt a lot about special needs children from a zero base through the camaraderie of the multi-disciplinary team.
I was Business Manager at McKenzie Centre from August 2006 to February 2011, when I left my employment to study fulltime and finish my Law degree, which I had been working toward part-time. It was and is a privilege to be associated with McKenzie Centre, and I am pleased to be able to continue that association through Trusteeship. I now practice law with a specialty in disability law, assisting differently abled people and their families.
Aside from working as a lawyer I am a busy mother with two sets of twins. Two of my children are autistic, which is the reason I switched careers from the business world. I am originally from New York City, but I left there in 1988 to live in Denmark, and came to New Zealand with my family in 1995. The result of this is that the six people in my family have a total of 13 passports from three different countries! We love New Zealand are Kiwis now.
David Newman is a Developmental and General Paediatrician working from the Child Development Centre at Waikato Hospital. David has been a Trustee since 2007. Joanne and David have three adult children, one of whom has Dyslexia.
David was the inaugural Developmental Fellow at the Mater Children’s Hospital in Brisbane Australia and has spent time working in The Outback of South Australia alongside the Royal Flying Doctors Service. David is the current President of the Paediatric Society of New Zealand. He is committed to the medical assessment, management and support of children with special needs and their families in the context of a multidisciplinary team. David believes that one of the most powerful tools for families is knowledge and understanding.
Renee joined the Trust in June 2014. Renee is a Physiotherapist and currently works part time at Anglesea Clinic Physiotherapy as a Lymphoedema Trained Therapist. Renee has twin boys Tamai and Lucan. Tamai has been diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome and as a family they have been attending Mc Kenzie Centre since September 2012. The whole Mc Kenzie Centre experience has been beneficial, not only to Tamai, but to the family as a whole, at home and at the kindergarten the children attend. Renee’s gratitude for the help that she and her whanau have received led to her joining the Trust as a parent representative, so that she could give back to the Centre in some way. Her expertise and perspective as both a medical professional, and most especially as a mum, are particularly valued by the Trust.
In 1998 Julie trained as an Early Intervention Teacher (EIT), in 2001 she was lucky enough to be employed by McKenzie Centre as an EIT, a job she thoroughly enjoyed. She felt very privileged to spend a short time as the Centre Director but her family circumstances changed and she moved to another position within the Early Childhood sector. She believes so strongly in the way the children and families who attend McKenzie Centre are supported that she wanted to continue her association with them. So at every opportunity she pops along to this lovely place and gets in touch with the wonderful people who help to govern and work here.
Julie is married, has 3 adult children, and is a very proud ‘Poppy’ to five beautiful grandchildren who live in Perth.