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 full-time 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 Manager

Joy oversees the Drop-In Centre Team. The Drop In Centre is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the school term in Mt Smart Rd, Onehunga, and aims to provide fellowship and support in a warm friendly atmosphere.

Sarah Houston – Activities Coordinator

Sarah 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.

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.

Manuele Teofilo – Social Media Coordinator

Manu has come on board to develop our social media presence. He oversees our public Facebook page, private Facebook groups, and social media campaigns.

Mariana Onofia — Office Assistant

She assists the Ministries Director, facilitating communication and correspondence. She also produces alternative accessible formats for our publications and oversees the database for The Encourager magazine.

Alison Roberts – Kitchen Manager

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!