Di Willis – Ministries Director

Di was one of the co-founders of the ministry along with her husband Hugh and close friend Margie Willers. She works fulltime as the Ministries Director in a voluntary capacity and is very involved in the Drop In Centre in Auckland. Her training as an Occupational Therapist has given her valuable insight in her development of teaching resources and information booklets used for training and educating others about people with disabilities.

Joy Pollock — Drop In Centre Coordinator

Joy co-ordinates the Drop In Centre Team, which includes Melissa, Tanya and Hanna. The Drop In Centre is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Mt Smart Rd, and aims to give disabled people spiritual encouragement, guest speakers, creative activities, prayer, outings, outreach, fellowship and support in a warm friendly atmosphere.

Jirah Tuituuga – Activities Coordinator

Jirah is responsible for the activities and Bible study programme in the Drop in Centre.

Kathie Pace – Operations Manager

Kirsty Anderson – Community and Partnerships Coordinator

Kirsty oversees promoting the Elevate Ministry in the larger community. This includes the relationships we have with Churches and Christian ministries, making sure they are supported in their efforts of inclusion for people with disabilities. She also develops and updates our educational resources and training seminars, and assists in organising many of our camps.

Teremoana Va’a  (Tere) – Receptionist

Tere assists with operational administration for the drop-in centre and National Office. She is responsible for guided tours, customer service and visitor orientation. She is the face you’ll see at Reception.

Mariana Onofia — National Office Administrator

Mariana is our administrator, and IT support. She coordinates day-to-day administration at the National Office. She assists the Ministries Director facilitating communication and correspondence. She also produces alternative accessible formats for our publications.

Alison Roberts – Kitchen

Alison oversees the smooth running of the kitchen, including morning tea, afternoon tea, and lunch for our clients.

Onne Hiemstra – Finance Manager


We have a wonderful group of volunteers, many of whom have been with us for years now. These people are crucial to helping our staff do what they do. We are greatly blessed by having such faithful servants!