Meet the team and board members
Keryn Roderick – Executive Officer
I’m Keryn Roderick. I began as Executive Officer at Age Concern Taranaki in 2018. I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in public health, compliance and management. At Age Concern Taranaki I lead the operations team to provide quality services for older people. I enjoy conversation, smiles, laughter and empathising with any person whom comes in our door or phones us. I lead with integrity and family values. Outside of work I spend a lot of time with family and animals and standing like a tree, lying as a cobra – I absolutely love yoga.
Pauline Julian – Service Coordinator – AgeConnect North Taranaki
Pauline has worked for Age Concern Taranaki since 2016. Her role involves planning, implementing, and delivering Social Connection Programmes and Activities. Pauline has a background in Nursing and has always worked in the health sector, with experience in Health Promotion which allows her to apply such skills along with her creativity and music and reach out to our older population enabling them to improve their status of health and prevent social isolation.
Estelle Barnes – Service Co-Ordinator – AgeConnect South Taranaki
Estelle Barnes is our Service Provision Lead in South Taranaki and Stratford Districts and joined Age Concern Taranaki in 2021. Estelle is fully committed to the health and wellbeing of older people from a community perspective. Estelle lives in Hawera with her husband Ken, they have 3 children, 10 grandchildren. and 3 great grandchildren. Her working life was in the finance industry, but since retiring to Hawera she has been involved in volunteer work with Grey Power South Taranaki Inc.
Sinead Thomas – Social Worker – Elder Abuse Response Team
Kia Ora, My name is Sinead Thomas 😊 I was raised in Stratford and attended high school there. I studied my Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Social Sciences (Social Work) at Western Institute of Technology in Taranaki (WITT) and graduated in 2015.
I have a background working in domestic violence prevention and Youth work prior to moving into the role of the Elder Abuse Coordinator at Age concern Taranaki (ACT). I have been with ACT for almost 3 years now and I’ve been privileged to watch the role grow.
I love being able to complete most of my work out in the community and work closely alongside older people in the Taranaki community. I believe our external networks are extremely important to the role and the community we serve. I enjoy being able to join in on any events involving members and other staff here at ACT.
Aimie Stahnke- Early – Social Worker – Elder Abuse Response Team
My name is Aimie Stahnke-Earley and I am part of the Age Concern Taranaki Elder Abuse Response team, joining Age Concern Taranaki in 2021
A bit about me, I’ve lived in New Plymouth my whole life where I enjoy raising my now teenage daughter and our many pets. In my spare time I enjoy Gardening, Creative Projects, Reading and playing Squash.
My passion for working alongside people brought me to completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Social Science (Social Work).
I have a background in working with older people and have spent the last 4years working as an Activities Coordinator in a local Care home. I am now excited to take my passion back into our wider community.
My Vision alongside with Age Concern Taranaki is that of promoting an inclusive society where older people are able to live a valued and fulfilled life.
Rochelle Jakeman – Clinician – Elder Abuse Response Team
Kia Ora, I’m Rochelle, a proud māmā of three wonderful tamāriki – from teens to toddler. Whānau is everything to me: inspiring personal growth; teaching patience and consideration along the way; and aptly moving forward through life making sure together we are all well supported. I have a wealth of recent nursing knowledge and am privileged to have acquired community, mental and public health experience since graduating with a Bachelor of Nursing at WITT, NP in 2016.
I am on a journey of self-discovery, live in coastal Taranaki and join the Elder Abuse Response Service (EARS) team with vigour and a willingness to learn on the job. As a mature professional, I am looking forward to asserting and promoting the rights of older people, working alongside a dynamic team of experts in their respective roles and contributing to quality service delivery already prominent in Age Concern Taranaki.
Belinda Burke – Clinician – Elder Abuse Response Team
My name is Belinda Burke and joined Age Concern Taranaki as a clinician in the elder abuse response service in 2022. I am a NZRN and have worked in the aged care sector for over 37 years. My passion lies with the elderly and the opportunity to continue to serve and support them in our community is something I am very grateful for.
My family are all grown up and we have 5 Grandchildren, whom we are very proud of. My husband and I enjoy getting away in our motorhome, so my new, part time role is perfect.
Antonia Smith – Service Coordinator – Accredited Visiting Service, Health Promotion and Digital Literacy
Hi I’m Antonia I wear many hats, overseeing the Accredited Visiting Service, Steady As You Go fall prevention classes, Staying Safe Driver Refresher courses, Digital Literacy Lessons, and our health promotion workshop series. I joined the Age Concern Taranaki team in 2021
I have over 10 years’ experience in customer and stakeholder relations and enjoy working with people from all walks of life. Outside of work, I am an actress, singer, and semi-professional stand-up comedian, I love cooking, rock climbing, and quality time with friends and family.
Alongside my role at Age Concern Taranaki, I am a part-time postgraduate student of health science and psychology with Massey University. My passion for wellbeing fuels my study, and I’m very happy to apply my knowledge to help enhance the livelihood of Taranaki’s elderly community.
Bex Caldwell – Office Manager
I am the office manager for Age Concern Taranaki. My days are kept busy with a wide variety of tasks, from funding applications, general administration, supporting my work colleagues and our older people.
I have a varied administration background from large businesses to smaller sole charge administration roles. As well as working in administration, I also worked as a Nanny caring for many children in Taranaki over the years. I have 2 children and family who keep me busy outside of work. I love supporting people in our community so the opportunity to work for Age Concern Taranaki is one I really cherish.
Robyn King – Administration Assistant
I have been employed at Age Concern Taranaki as an assistant to the busy administration team.
You will find be behind the reception desk on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It is my aim to make all who enter the building to feel welcome, and I will endeavor to help you with your needs.
I enjoy the company of elderly and just having a chat, I look forward to meeting many more of you and getting involved.
I have previously worked in the education sector since 1988, spending the last 22 years at Frankley School here in New Plymouth. I have two adult children whom I love to spend time with along with the rest of our large extended family.
David Gibson – Chairperson
Alison Brown – Vice Chairperson
I was born and raised in South Taranaki and now reside in New Plymouth. I have close connections with both the rural and urban sectors within Taranaki. I am a mother of five children, grandmother of nine and great grandmother of two.
I was employed by Taranaki District Health Board for over 40 years in various nursing roles, both locally and nationally. I was awarded Honorary Life Membership to New Zealand Nurses Organisation for services to nursing. I am currently an elected member of the Taranaki District Health Board and a Committee member of Grey Power New Plymouth.
My aim is to continue to work with people from all walks of life to make a positive difference.
Marianne Pike, Master of Arts Health Social Work 1983, is the Family Violence Intervention Programme Coordinator at Taranaki District Health Board (TDHB), New Plymouth. Marianne has a 30 year career in Health Social Work and has worked in many area’s in the health sector in South Africa and New Zealand(since 1994). Since 2014 Marianne leads the Family Violence Responsive Practice Programme (VIP) in TDHB. Marianne is married to Pieter and together they have 4 adult children and one grandchild. Other recreational activities that I love is gardening, tramping, reading and music.
I was born in England and trained as a nurse at Guy’s Hospital, London. As a young adult I came to New Zealand on a two year working holiday, and stayed. I am married with two adult daughters and have four grandchildren. Early 2018 I retired from nursing after almost 50 years, most of that time at Taranaki Base Hospital. Over the years I have always been active in the community – Plunket, school Board of Trustees, Lions Club, and other various committees and organisation. My main hobby is singing. I sing with Taranaki Harmony Chorus. I joined Age Concern Taranaki in 2018 and am an active member of Aqua-walking, which I enjoy. Having been elected to the Board of ACT, I look forward to working with the team so ensure the ongoing support of older people in Taranaki.
My name is Heather Grant. My interests included croquet and golf. I am the president of the Inglewood Croquet club, and a member of the CTI (Croquet Taranaki Inc ). I have a huge interest in the care of the aged in our community. I am a volunteer for Aged Concern Taranaki and joined the Board in 2019.