Meet our people.
At Maroba, we have around 180 full-time, part-time and casual staff to provide personal care, nursing, hospitality, administration, maintenance and gardening services to our community residents.
Approximately half of our staff have been with Maroba for over five years, providing an extremely stable environment for residents, families and friends. We can’t name them all but below you can read about some of the key people you’ll meet at Maroba:
Viv Allanson | CEO
With an extensive background in leading well known organisations, including CEO of Maroba, a Director of the Hunter Business Chamber, Director of Aged & Community Services and Director of International Association of Homes & Services for the Aged, Viv has devoted herself to caring for people in need her entire career.
Recently accepting APAC Insiders 2016 CEO of the Year Award, Viv’s vision of leadership is delivered from the heart. She is inspirational, charismatic, a shaker and mover who wants to make a difference.
25 years ago Viv shifted careers from the Public Health Sector to Aged Care, allowing Viv to bring her nursing experience to the role and this has enabled her to maintain focus on the clinical and care issues whilst progressing Maroba’s business performance.
The focus now is to diversify the range of accommodation and services provided by Maroba to ensure it continues to be a relevant and dynamic organisation.
This is Viv’s Philosophy of Leadership: “You must always remember, you’re not here to serve me… I’m here to serve you. I’m here to give you the tools, resources and the products to convert our residents into ‘raving fans’. My role is to create an atmosphere where we’ll want to serve each other with a smile in our hearts, to create a positive and joyful work environment.
Angela Carey | Director of Clinical Excellence
Since graduating from university as a registered nurse, Angela Carey has been committed to her career in aged care. She has worked in senior management roles in both residential and in the community.
Angela was appointed as our Director of Quality and Community Services in February 2015. Her vision is to create a cohesive, empowered group of ambassadors for aged care who are dedicated to excellence, and who lead effectively and efficiently as they strive to meet Maroba’s strategic goals.
Angela holds a Diploma of Health Sciences (nursing), a Bachelor of Nursing, a Graduate Certificate in Aged Care and a Case Co-ordination diploma. She is also qualified as a return to work facilitator and as an external trained assessor.
Melinda Abell | Director of Care
Melinda was appointed as Director of Care in 2016.
Before joining Maroba, Melinda has enjoyed a varied career as a registered nurse, teacher and midwife. Her most recent experience was as an ACFI manager for a large aged care organisation.
Her decision to dedicate more time to nursing in aged care came about whilst supervising students, Melinda decided this area of nursing held many challenges and rewards to making a difference in people’s lives.
Melinda has worked in larger aged care organisations and contributed to senior management decisions within these roles.She is a Registered Nurse, Midwife, has a Diploma of Aged care management and a Post Graduate Certificate in Vocational Education and Training.
Melinda’s goal is to progress the vision, mission and values of Maroba by supporting staff to achieve best practice nursing to ensure positive outcomes for residents.
Pamela Pearson | Chaplain
Pamela was born and raised in Blacktown – west of Sydney and is married with three children and has three grandchildren
Pamela brings a lifetime of experience to her position as chaplain and is a qualified counsellor, has been a Bapist Minister in three churches before coming into the Chaplaincy role in 2001. In her spare time Pamela says she likes to cook, read, go to garage sales and spend time with granddaughters
Pamela says her Life Goal is: “To continue to discover truth, wholeness and love and to help others to do likewise”
John Zammit | Maintenance & WHS Manager
John has been with the Maroba team since 2009. He genuinely loves working within Aged Care and takes his role as Maintenace and WHS Manager seriously.
He is responsible for the maintenance across the entire facility. This includes Maroba’s 55 bed Hostel, 23 Self-care Unit Terraces and the Manor which has 100 high-care beds available. He enjoys conversing with the residents and getting to know them and their life stories.
Ann Power | Service Manager
Ann has been part of the Maroba family for 24 years, starting as part of the Hospitality team when The Lodge was first opened in 1993.
Currently, Ann is the Service Manager at Maroba, overseeing the cleaning and laundry services and liaising with the catering team to ensure an excellent service is provided to all of our residents. Ann also looks after the Volunteers and is always eager to welcome new people to the team.
As well as working with the Green Team, Ann is continually building Maroba as an environmentally friendly and sustainable place to live and work.
Ann has a passion for working with the elderly and it brings her joy to see their happy faces. She is a very friendly and motivating member of this team and we embrace her positive and upbeat approach to her position.
Tracy Walker | Director of Community Services
With 25 years in the Aged Care Industry, across multiple service streams including community service, residential aged care, service apartments and self-care, Tracy’s background showcases extensive knowledge needed to introduce Community Services here at Maroba.
Kick-starting the new service stream, Tracy is focusing on consumer and community needs to achieve the best outcomes to maximise independence, wellbeing and quality of life. Beginning with the Wellness, Reablement and Restorative Programs that promote individual health, socialisation, well-being and Home Care Programs that provide additional support for people to remain living in their home.
Tracy’s ability to motivate and connect with people demonstrates how well she fits in with Maroba’s values.
Clinical Governance Manager
Tracy joined the Maroba team early 2016 bringing many years of experience in the Aged Care sector. As the Clinical Governance Manager she is responsible for the everyday running’s of Quality Improvement, Audits across the facility as well as Policies and Procedures.
Obtaining several qualifications throughout her career including Diploma in Leadership & Management, she has also obtained Certificate IV’s in numerous area’s including Aged Care, Training & Assessing, and Frontline Management. She has also completed first year University Studies Law, first year University Studies Mathematics and 18 months undergraduate Registered Nursing.
Tracy is passionate about Aged Care, with specific interests in improvements throughout.