We have a combination of part-time and full-time staff at the ECIA NSW / ACT office.

Margie O'Tarpey

Chief Executive Officer

Margie O’Tarpey has been a CEO in Professional Association Management for over 25 years, primarily in and with government at all levels, health, community and industry sectors. Her academic background is in law, social sciences, arts and nursing.

She has a strong interest and experience in strategic and business planning, change management, social justice policies and programs and human resources development.

Margie has managed multiple and complex programs, projects and consultancies in her professional career. She also has expertise in professional development and training, as well as experience in quality organisational reviews, national standards and credentialing programs.

Margie lives in Sydney, with her partner Mark.

Libby Forsyth

Professional Development Manager

Libby is an experienced Program and Project Manager, with more than 15 years’ experience working in the Not for Profit Sector. Before starting with ECIA NSW/ACT in early 2016, Libby was a senior manager with Cancer Council NSW managing programs such as Patient Accommodation, Transport to Treatment and Home Help. Libby has a degree in Economics from the University of Sydney with majors in Human Resources and Industrial Relations and is a qualified Trainer and Assessor. Libby is a passionate advocate for supporting not for profit organisations through change to better support their members.

Emma Pierce

Transition to School / Inclusion Coordinator

Emma has worked in the non-government disability sector for the last 18 years. She has developed and facilitated training and resources for parents and professionals across NSW and presented papers at national and state conferences. Emma was previously the Manager of Building Blocks® Early Intervention Service at Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect). Emma also lectures casually at Western Sydney University and works as an independent consultant to Early Childhood Intervention services. Emma is the main author of ECIA NSW’s Transition to School Resource and has worked for ECIA NSW/ACT since 2013.

Jane Martin

Office Administrator

Jane is the Office Administrator for ECIA NSW/ ACT. Jane has been working for ECIA NSW/ACT since 2003. Jane previously worked for 11 years with ANZ as a Business Banking officer, QBE as a Customer Service Officer and other varied Admin roles.

Catalina Voroneanu

Inclusion Program Coordinator

Catalina has over 8 years experience in capacity building in the not-for-profit sector, specifically in the areas of health (tobacco control) and early childhood. She was the project manager of Early Childhood Australia’s National Quality Standard Professional Learning Program and managed the Focus on Early Childhood Inclusion Project for ECIA NSW/ACT. She has a Master Degree in Policy Studies and a strong interest in supporting the inclusion of all children.

Kayleen Lenzo

Manager Business and Support Services

Kayleen has broad experience in Financial and Operational business management from a history which includes working as a Business Analyst for Westpac to managing the Operations and Finances of various not for profit organisations in the Child care sector. Most recently Kayleen was the Finance and Operations Manager for The Australian Institute of Project Management where she also did a 4 month stint as the interim CEO.

Kayleen is a 2016 Community Directors Award Program Recipient, Women’s Leadership Institute of Australia and Institute of Community Directors Australia, which is enabling her to study for her Diploma of Business (Governance).

Lorraine Heywood

Sector Development Manager

Lorraine is an experienced policy and program management professional with a proven track record in the tertiary and higher education, community regeneration, and disability sectors. Before joining ECIA NSW/ACT in August 2015, Lorraine was a senior manager in the NSW Government Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care. Lorraine has a Masters in Public Administration, and is a graduate of Social Leadership Australia.

Nicole Walker

Membership Manager

Nicole has over 14 years experience in association management and has extensive knowledge in both membership and professional development. Nicole has worked in professional associations as well as those with a health focus and brings a wealth of experience to ECIA on how to ensure both our individual members and new organisational members receive the most from their membership.

Sarah Zerounian

Administrative Support, Professional Development

Sarah has worked in project and policy officer roles in the government sector for over 15 years. This included over five years in various roles at the Department of Ageing, Disability and Homecare. She joined ECIA NSW/ACT in October 2015 to support the implementation of the Professional Development Program.

Lee Edmondson

Communications & Marketing Manager

Before ECIA, Lee has worked for various Associations as the Marketing & Communications Manager including the Australian Institute of Project Management and the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors. Lee has worked within the Government sector in communications and developer roles, including the National Queensland Driver Licence (NQDL) Project.

Lee has worked in the educational sector, including developing online learning packages for TAFE QLD and as a Graphic Design & Multimedia Teacher. Lee has also worked within the creative industry for many years and has experience across a wide variety of industries including information technology, finance, mining and product development.