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Janelle Irvine, BSLT (Hons), MNZSTA – Manager and Speech Language Therapist

Janelle joined the START team in 2009 and has been Manager since 2012. A graduate of the University of Canterbury, Janelle worked as a Speech Language Therapist for the Ministry of Education for many years before coming to START. With a special interest in working with children, Janelle still sees some of our youngest clients, although most of her time is now spent in her management role improving the reach and influence of START.

Voon Pang, BSc (Speech Pathology), MNZSTA – Speech Language Therapist

Voon joined START in 2011, after a move across the Tasman from Perth. Since graduating from Curtin University he has travelled extensively to attend workshops and internships to be better equipped at helping those who stutter. Voon sees many of our school age and teen clients.

Dr Anna Hearne, PhD – Speech Language Therapist

Anna has been specialising in the treatment of stuttering in all ages for over 15 years. During this time she completed a PhD at the Australian Stuttering Research Centre and worked at clinics and universities in Australia and NZ. She initially joined the START team in 2007 before moving to Australia for a number of years. She re-joined START in 2015 and is based at Massey University‘s SLT clinic. Anna works with clients of all ages.

Frances Lucca – Funding Administrator

Frances’s career spanned banking and law for many years. Since 2006, Frances has managed the trust and foundation applications for START. Frances finds this work hugely rewarding and her diligence with this process has been very successful for START.

Richard Baines – Consultant Psychologist

Richard is a registered psychologist who is contracted by START to work with clients who have issues such as anxiety that may be hindering their progress in speech therapy. He has a special interest in social anxiety, a topic that is often relevant to people who stutter. Richard is employed by the Ministry of Education.