Human Resources Manager - Jasmine O'Meagher

Jasmine started at CHESS Connect at the beginning of 2017 working in DES Administration, Finance and the Human Resources departments before being promoted to Human Resources Manager in 2019.

Jasmine is drawn to the diversity of her role and her ability to support CHESS Connect employees who are working in such challenging yet rewarding roles. CHESS Connect’s values align strongly with her own so she is proud to work for an organisation with strong connections to health, wellbeing and resilience.

When Jasmine is not at work she is busy looking after her two young boys and training at the local crossfit gym.

Emily Dever - Workplace Wellbeing Specialist

Since 2018 CHESS Connect Workplace Wellbeing Specialist Emily Dever has been developing and refining wellness seminars and workshops for local businesses, as well as nurturing and promoting wellness within the CHESS Connect workplace.

After gaining her Bachelor of Psychology with First Class Honours from Southern Cross University and winning the University Medal, she began working in disability employment, and at CHESS Connect, has held a variety of managerial roles in employment, social and psychosocial support over her 10 years of service. Emily is passionate about creating shifts in workplace cultures to support resilience, reduce stress, give people the skills they need to look after each other, and create greater wellbeing for everyone in the organisation from the frontline staff to the CEO.

When she’s out of the office Emily enjoys spending time with her friends and young family.

Heather Hammond - Marketing Manager

Heather has been CHESS Connect Marketing Manager since 2016, bringing a decade of digital marketing and business management experience to her role. Guiding the legacy of CHESS Employment through a brand transformation in 2018, Heather is responsible for the overall strategic direction and delivery of CHESS Connect marketing activity.

Heather is passionate about driving growth and engagement through brand storytelling, showcasing the life-changing work the CHESS Connect team deliver across the region. She enjoys the diversity and challenges of her role, supporting her team mates, connecting with community and continuing to develop the diverse program brand of CHESS Connect.

When she’s off duty Heather can be found wrangling her two children or in quieter times, with a book and a good coffee.

Michael Sullivan - Project & Performance Manager

Michael started with CHESS Connect in early 2014 as Site Manager for the Woolgoolga and then Coffs Harbour offices, managing teams delivering the Disability Employment Service Program. Michael now works as a Project and Performance Manager primarily for the Disability Employment Service and ParentsNext Programs. During his time in this role, Michael has also been involved in other managerial projects, such as the CHESS Connect Leadership Forums, which commenced in 2018.

Michael has worked within the Human Service/NFP industry for 17 years in a variety of roles including in-home support, community living support, day program supports, Transition to Work, return to work employment supports and Disability Employment. Michael is driven to utilise the experience and skills learnt during this time to guide and support CHESS Connect staff who work directly with customers.

Michael enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 young boys, which keep him busy outside of CHESS Connect, including the occasional trip to Canada to visit family.