Eagleton Ridge’s Staff Profiles – getting to know us

Eagleton Ridge's Staff Profiles - getting to know us page is so that everyone can get to know us and our team. Our staff profiles give everyone an idea of who is who and what their roles are.

Belinda Furlonger

Belinda-FurlongerState Registered Nurse, Workplace Trainer Cat III, Proprietor & Company Director

After 25years of nursing I started working in the Disability sector. I opened Eagleton Ridge Respite Centre after many requests from carers for respite services. My husband and I owned a small farm 10 kms north of Raymond Terrace and I believed it would make a wonderful place for people to come and stay. 15 years down the track, the "Farm" has become a big part of many families lives and I have a huge family of over 3000 people who come to stay with us. I like to think we are a home away from home. I am very proud of the services offered by Eagleton Ridge Respite Centre and all the enthusiastic and dedicated staff members.

Vince Furlonger

Vince-FurlongerProject Manager, Maintenance Manager & Casual Support Worker

Hi, I am Vince and I attend to the maintenance of the farm. I look after the animals and take people for tractor rides. I also do some casual support with clients and at times help with various activities. I am everyones best friend and love to have a good joke about. Most of my days are filled with farm activities but I also enjoy going on the activities off the farm. I am Belinda's husband and live onsite at the farm.

Robyn Cameron

Robyn-CameronActivities Coordinator.

I'm Robyn and I have been working at Eagleton Ridge since 2003. I started as a volunteer and a short time later started working part time. Most people know me as "Robyn at the shop" as I used to work mainly at the activity centre in Raymond Terrace before relocating it to the farm. I now have a new Activity Centre at the farm and am slowly getting sorted from the big move. I have strong beliefs of high standards of care and support, to enable our clients to achieve high quality outcomes. I believe in working as a team and that all support services be aimed at increasing the quality of our clients achievements. I believe that everyone is better off having a go rather than sitting doing nothing.

Gail Flaherty

Residential Support worker.

My name is Gail and I work mainly at the farm, evening and sleep over shifts. I have worked at Eagleton Ridge for 9 years and before working here, I was working in Disabilities and Aged Care for 20 years. I have achieved Certificate 4 in Disabilities and Certificate 3 in Nursing. I had a family member with disabilities and believe that all people with disabilities deserve high standards of care and support. I really love going to the Tennis and being with my family and friends. My husband has a telescope and I love to do some stargazing too. I love to read and listen to music. I love to have fun and enjoy a really good joke.

Gabby Hickling

image4Service  Coordinator and Administration Assistant

I started working at Eagleton Ridge in 2008 after completing my Higher School Certificate. I have since gone on to complete my Certificate 4 in Disabilities and am currently studying for my degree in Leadership and Management and am now Belinda's right hand man! I now spend most of my shifts working in the Office now but still enjoy the odd shifts I do working with our participants. I plan to stay on working at Eagleton Ridge for the indefinite future. I enjoy music, cars, nostalgic memorabilia, spending time with my friends and family. I like to go to the beach. I LOVE cats and I have a wonderful moodle dog called Storm and a cavy/maltese cross called Frankie who come to work sometimes. They are both really good with all our clients.

Gillian Hickling

IMG_2497      Residential Support Worker

Hi there, I'm Gilly. I started working at Eagleton Ridge in my last year of school. Once I completed my Certificate 3 in Nursing I became a fully fledged member of the Eagleton Team. I love to travel and enjoy time with my friends and family. I am planning on long term employment and furthering my education and training.

Drew Denholm


Residential Support Worker and Training Officer

I mainly worked in individual support prior to commencing employment with Eagleton Ridge Respite Centre in 2014. I have commenced Certificate 4 in Disabilities this year as well as completing Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment. Drew is now our Training officer and provides all in-house training to all of our staff which enables us to ensure all of our staff are trained appropriately for all facets of service. I have a great love of movies and a good focus on fitness and health.

Dale Williams
Dale Williams (1)  Operational Coordinator

Dale lives at Swansea in Lake Macquarie. She has 3 grown children who live away. Dale began her career working in child care before embarking on a career of 30 years in hospitality, both in management and owning both Liquor stores and hotels here and in Queensland. During this time Dale received a diploma in Hospitality management. Dale also holds a certificate IV in training and assessing, Certificate IV in leisure and Health, and certificates in Corporate Governance. Dale has spent time working as a recreation officer with dementia clients before working in operation management with a disability company in Maitland.Dale has joined Eagleton Ridge as Operations Co-ordinator .

Heidi Conley Mascord

image2First Year Graduate Registered Nurse

Heidi has been with us now for a little over a year and has completed her studies at Newcastle University achieving her Diploma of Nursing. Heidi also has a child with Autism so fully understands the needs of people with disabilities and strongly believes in assisting them to achieve their goals. Heidi's children have many differing activities so she has lots of experience in supporting them to achieve their dreams and expectations. Heidi loves movies and shopping or so her husband tells her. Her biggest focus when not at work is her family.

Amelia Lodge

20160814_101649Residential Support Worker

Amelia has recently come on board and has started a traineeship in Certificate 4 in Disabilities. Amelia is bright and happy and has a great deal of enthusiasm for her role. She has a history of working in a Managerial Level in the retail sector and fully understands the importance of high quality care and service. She has a lot of exposure to people with disabilities due to her family involvement in Disability Services. She has taken to working in our team like a fish to water. Amelia like snow boarding, travelling, fashion, music and animals.

Ellen Sheahan

20160812_154952Residential Support Worker

Ellen has also been with us for a bit over a year. Ellen is an Enrolled Nurse and has come to us with some years worth of Disability Support Experience. Ellen is adaptable, happy and bright and has a “can-do” attitude and has become part of our team in a big way. Ellen has long term connections with many people with disabilities and enjoys their company and loves to assist them to achieve their goals. Ellen loves to go out with her friends and enjoys her family connections.

Laraine Turner

IMG_2544 (1)Residential Support Worker

Most people call her Raine. She has also recently commenced her Certificate 4 in Disabilities. Raine has worked for many years in the Health Industry and has finally found the job of her dreams at Eagleton Ridge. Raine brings many life skills as well as lots of experience as a mother and grandmother. She is bright, happy and innovative in her approach to activities and is a great cook who is able to identify recipes that the staff can assist our clientele to achieve. Raine just loves life!

Kerrie Brockman

Kerry Bockman (1)Residential Support Worker

Kerrie's nickname is Kezzie! Kerrie lives at Clarencetown with her partner Matt and their 4 kids. Kerrie loves animals and has s small zoo at home. (4 dogs, 1 horse, birds, chooks and fish). Kerrie recently completed her certificate 3 in individual support and is really enjoying her new career here at Eagleton Ridge.Kerrie has worked as a veterinarian nurse for 17 years but is enjoying her new career change. She has a dog grooming bus that she brings to work to wash and clip our dogs.

Natasha Redriff

Natasha RedriffResidential Support Worker

Natasha lives in Medowie with her husband and her 2 children who both have special needs. She loves to ride motorbikes and play outdoor sports with her kids. Natasha has a great love of birds and hand raises many of them. Natasha has been working in Child care for the past 10 years and is now excited and passionate about beginning a new career in disabilities with Eagleton Ridge Respite Centre

Lee-Anne West

Lee-Anne WestResidential Support Worker

Lee-Anne moved from Melbourne to Newcastle in 2013. She has 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Lee-Anne enjoys spending time reading and doing her craft. She also enjoys knitting and sewing and loves to get out in her garden. Lee-Anne is a fun loving person who enjoys helping people to achieve their best and enjoys her work at ERRC. Lee-Anne has her certificate 3 in disabilities. She also holds a food handlers licence and a truck and forklift licence.

Tammie McDonald

Tammie McDonaldResidential Support Worker

Tammy is Raymond Terrace born and bred who has children - 4 boys and 4 girls. Tammy has just become a grandmother to a very cute baby boy. Tammy loves animals and has 2 dogs, 4 cats, 1 bunny, 1 chicken that thinks the bunny is his Mummy. Tammy loves doing anything that involves her kids. 4 x 4 driving, going to the beach, the park, horse riding and reading. Tammy has her certificate 3 in aged care and disabilities. Tammy was glad of her first aid certificate which came in handy in 2015 when a man had an accident in his car when he had a heart attack.

Emma McDonald

Emma McDonald photoResidential Support Worker

Emma has recently come on board and has recently moved into Raymond Terrace. Emma is quietly working her way into the team. Emma loves animals and has been working in the disability industry for some time.


Eric Furlonger

Eric Furlonger photoGeneral Maintenance and Casual Support Worker

Eric has been doing our garden lawns and maintenance for the last year or so and has show a interest in doing some support work with our participants. He is great for the men who come to stay. He also goes on some of our National and International Tours. We are hoping that he stays on for some time.