Cairns and surrounds

Max Mackenzie

Max Mackenzie

B- Arts, B- Social work
Cert 4 TAE Grad Cert PBSP
Masters Clin. Family Therapy

I Became a social worker in 2004. I am an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and an accredited trainer and assessor.

I am the founder and Director of Resilience Enterprises; a company based out of Cairns.

Resilience Enterprises works in the areas of Positive Behaviour Support, working with trauma and front-line responders and across Intersectional spaces including NDIS service provision. We are a proud Social Worker based service and we have a dedicated and talented team who work across the Mental health and Disability space with a range of people from children to adulthood.  

In my advocacy life, I have won awards in relation to LGBTI-related advocacy. I continue to contribute as an outspoken advocate from an intersectional approach as a peer, a consumer, and an allied health professional. 

I believe in joyful lives, and I believe in the fundamental abilities all of us have to learn within our scope of reference, the power and importance of community, self-determination where possible, and that everyone has some ability to learn.

 I am interested in human resilience, identity, and intersectionality.

I have experience working across and alongside diverse systems and organisations from medical to NGO, self-sourced funding, to government, capacity development and law enforcement. I believe organisations can benefit from a trauma-informed practice approach in considering training needs and growth and development. 



Hi, I am Michelle. I love connecting with new people and working with them on their goals. I have been at Resilience Enterprises for a number of years, in various roles. I am currently a Behaviour Support Practitioner, studying my honours year in Psychological Science which I find very exciting. I enjoy working with a variety of people, with a focus on mothers.


Kate Flint

Kate is a keen explorer of both the mind and the natural world. If she is not reading or listening to a recent podcast concerning mental health, then you might find her hiking on a local trail, planning the next big adventure, or weeding and developing her tropical garden.
Kate has a degree in both nursing and social work; and has spent many years working with children, adolescents and families with a variety of organisations in most states and territories of Australia. Kate is enthusiastic to support others to create change where desired, in a manner that is gentle, respectful and perhaps even fun.


Marika is a proud first nations woman from the Girramay/Warramay nation and Mitakoodi nation.
Marika also has family out west and north and has a strong interest in family and cultural identity and building up connections within wider communities.

Marika loves to work with people and is the face of our organisation, providing administration support.
Marika is fitness and family oriented, loves sport, is a mad keen NRL fan and loves touch.

Darcy Verevis

Administration Assistant

Darcy has worked in the support industry both in the office as an IT Support Officer and in the community as a Disability Support Worker. Combining that experience and more, she now enters the next stage of her career as an Administration Assistant, working to help the people who are helping people and making a difference in the community.

As a queer trans woman Darcy is heavily invested in the LGBTQIA2S+ community and loves to see people being their authentic selves and lifting each other up.

Darcy stays fit through pole and aerial dancing but is also a bit of a gaming nerd

Aisleen McBeath

Allied Health Assistant

Hi! My name is Aisleen (Ash) and I am an Allied Health Assistant based in Toowoomba. I have studied Accounting and Bookkeeping which I used within my family business, worked in administration and retail roles, and have a Bachelor of International Relations. I love to help people and look forward to working with individuals and helping them to live their best lives.  I have a young family, many pets and enjoy anything to do with chocolate.

Chey Wood

Allied Health Assistant

Cheyenna has worked in behaviour support for over 6 years as an Allied Health Assistant, she has worked from the Sunshine Coast up and currently based here in Cairns.

Chey loves adventure and is keen to explore tropical North Queensland. Loves meeting new people and she takes pride in being able to help people achieve their goals.

Sam Pascoe

Allied Health Assistant

I am an allied health assistant based in Wollongong NSW. I am currently studying a bachelor of Psychology (hon) and bachelor of Neuroscience. I have a keen interest in the cognitive sciences, specifically, in learning how amazing and talented all of our brains are! 
When I'm not working or studying, I enjoy visiting my family and also love spending time with my friends, usually at the beach or enjoying taco Tuesdays!

Kelso Tavares

Allied Health Assistant

Hi, my name is Kelso, and I am part of the Allied Health Assistance team, based in Cairns.

I am currently working towards a Bachelor degree in Social work. My back ground is in the education, community and disability sector.

I am an empathetic person and have an easy-going personality, who loves animals and nature. I find solace in nature during tough times or just when I want to escape busy life. I have a wicked sense of humor but can never remember the punch line!

When I’m not spending time with my kids and pets, I enjoy tinkering in the garden and cooking up a storm.

Katelyn Walford

Behaviour Support Practitioner

Hey, my name is Katelyn and I am a new behaviour practitioner at Resilience Enterprises.
I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and have been working in the disability and community sector for over two years where I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of clients. I love working with people to achieve change and support people to achieve their goals.
When I am not working, you will find me exploring the Cairns area, going to waterfalls, hiking, and fishing. I love reading and have been following along with the Reese’s Book Club

Gary Hill

Behaviour Support Practitioner

I’m a Behaviour Support Practitioner at Resilience Enterprises.

I have an MSc in Applied Psychology and have been working in the disability sector for several years. Born and raised in New Zealand, I’ve been living in Cairns since 2007. In my spare time, I enjoy DIY, hanging out with my dogs, getting out into nature, and getting together with friends to play music.

Cecily Gakinya

Finance and Admin Officer

Hi Im Cecily and I grew up in Kenya and moved to Australia 8 years ago. My work background is in disability and finance, and I have done work as an inclusion support assistant and support worker.

I have a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and Diploma in Business Administration. I like to read, travel, cook, spend time with family and friends and I am a firm believer in Ubuntu African philosophy (I am because we are or humanity towards others).


Sarah Clark-George

B. Comp Sci (Hons)
"The Website Therapist"

With the tech problem-solving skills to build anything and the people skills to listen and learn what tools people really need built, I'm in a unique situation to create custom software for Resilience Enterprises.

My responsibilities in this role are primarily website-related. I designed and built both the public website and also private team training mini-sites so if you have trouble accessing any of it or spot a page that needs correcting, I'm happy to hear from you.