We would like you to meet our team.
Stephanie Soter, Chief Executive Officer
“At EPIC we imagine with our minds, believe with our hearts and achieve with our mights.”
Stephanie is passionate about empowering people to live well in our community – so she fits right in at EPIC.
As our CEO she provides her skills, knowledge and experience to provide leadership, accountability and governance. With a Bachelor of Commerce, a Master of Business Administration, a Certificate IV in Career Development and years of relevant professional experience, Stephanie brings a lot of skills to the table. She worked in the financial, educational and community engagement sectors before finding her home in community services where organisational values tend to be a good match for her.
Carrie Lewis, Operations Manager
Gratitude – is a choice, it is a way of life. An attitude of gratitude means making it a habit to express thankfulness and appreciation in all parts of your life, on a regular basis, for both the big and small things alike. I choose to live a grateful life!
I previously found my feet in community services working for an aboriginal corporation in Tom Price, this is where the Pilbara found its way into my heart. Moving to Perth and spending another 8 years in the Community Services Sector I realised my passion in this space would only continue to grow. Now, back in the Pilbara, EPIC has given me a fantastic opportunity to do what I love and I am extremely grateful. I am responsible for the Operational Management at EPIC. I work with fantastic teams to ensure we deliver quality services, connect people to their communities and build capacities for all people of all cultures and backgrounds.
Our vision of Empowering people and our mission of building strong relationships is consistently at the forefront of what we do every day; and I love it.
Barrie East, Disability Services Manager
I have been fortunate to work with wonderful staff over the years in large organisations, including, NRMA and Cancer Council NSW, to medium size as Multicap Inc. QLD, to small, such as Anchor Community & Foster Care in Vic. My current role reflects now that I have worked in NSW, Vic, QLD, and WA. I am looking forward to a long EPIC journey, with many challenges and great satisfaction in serving those we truly care about.
My role of Disability Services Manager is responsible for leading staff, covering the Pilbara region with offices in: Karratha; Roebourne; Hedland; Newman; Karratha Respite; and Pilbara Retreat. Staff deliver many valued disability services for our clients. I expect to develop strong united teams that deliver exceptional customer service, that fully support EPIC’s Vision, Mission and Values. Encouraging initiative, and always seeking improvement in every area of work.
I decided to apply for this role, after I read the advertisement, checked the web-site and performed some research. I was very impressed with what had been achieved by the EPIC Team over just 7 short years, and after discussing the prospects with my adult children, I decided to apply. I am very pleased I did.
My EPIC journey of 5,200 kms has not been disappointing, and in my first week, my decision has been reinforced by the support I have received from everyone, at all levels.
I look forward to 2020, where we will grow in strength, team work, and our challenges will allow us to deliver EPIC results.
Vanessa Brown, Community Programs Manager – East Pilbara
There is no fast way to success, we are only as good as the people that surround us, being able to empower people to live their best lives, now that is EPIC in every way!
Having grown up in the Pilbara her whole life, Vanessa’s ongoing commitment to the region shines through in her leadership efforts across Hedland, Newman, Tom Price and Paraburdoo. Her team profile is built on nurturing local partnerships and guiding people towards their potential, through the ongoing management of the delivery of events, workshops and one on one support services within the Jobs and Skills Centre initiative, to provide career development and tailored parenting program activities.
With the ongoing support of her team and family, Vanessa continues to mentor and drive the East Pilbara team to identify individual needs within each community to plan and deliver quality services that recognize our unique regional demographic.
Diana Hall, Community Programs Manager – West Pilbara
Recently returning to Karratha, Diana has lived and worked in the West Pilbara and East Kimberley for the past 10 years. Diana provides exceptional knowledge and experience to EPIC from working for not-for-profit organisations in Youth and Mental Health services throughout her career. Diana is passionate about delivering programs that have meaning and benefit to the community and strives to deliver excellent results.