Meet our team of trainers

Anissa Thomas

With 12 years experience and a Bachelor of Vocational Education and Training, Anissa aims to help students gain a better understanding of the communities in which they live, and how vocational training can best serve their goals and aspirations.


Anissa believes her continued success as a trainer comes from her natural communication style and passion for all to have access to education. Anissa strives to help her students achieve personal growth through building confidence, skills and knowledge. 


Specialties: Business, Individual Support (Disability) and Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN).


Gil Sabarre

With a Master of Educational Administration, Bachelor of Arts and a variety of other qualifications, Gil is an experienced trainer with more than 6 years of experience teaching students across Australia about Individual Support.


As a trainer, Gil loves inspiring his students to learn new things, enhance their skills and transform not only their own lives but the lives of those around them through individual support.


Specialties: Individual Support, English Skills, Educational Administration


Renee Vella

With a Bachelor of Behavioural Science and a Diploma in Alcohol and Other Drugs,  Renee has been working in the mental health and disability sector for more than 17 years.

Renee initially started her career as a support worker in a clinical/residential setting before advancing to management roles. She now holds just over 10 years of experience in disability & mental health management roles, much of which she spent at breakthru working with customers and training new staff to deliver quality care.


Specialties: Individual Support, Mental Health, Community Outreach, Behavioural Support


Margaret Stacey

A certified Trainer, Paramedic and Nurse, Margaret has extensive experience providing individual care and support across a range of different settings.


Margaret was drawn to a career in training as she enjoys supporting students to become effective members of their community. She enjoy building a rapport and trust with her students, so that they can in turn have trust in themselves to care for someone professionally and reliably.


An advocate for education and training, Margaret is a firm believer in the term “it’s never too late to learn”, and strives to make sure every student she teaches goes on to find meaningful employment.


Specialties: Paramedic, Nursing, Individual Support


Patricia Irvine

After earning her qualification as a certified trainer in early 2016, Patricia has since trained hundreds of students in a wide variety of locations across the North Coast of NSW.


Initially starting her career in Aged Care, Patricia went on to become an experienced Team Leader and eventually Care Coordinator where she was in charge of all facility aspects from staffing to stock control, workplace health & safety, accreditation and more.


As a trainer, Patricia enjoys meeting new students. She loves watching her students grow into confident, skilled carers and actively gives advice to students looking to gain meaningful employment.


Specialties: Management, Individual Support, Aged Care


Barbara Taylor

An Enrolled Nurse with a Certificate II, II and IV in Aged & Community Care, Barb has been teaching the next generation of support workers for a number of years and has loved every moment of it.


After making the change from nursing to education later in her career, Barb is now intent on helping people with a kind and caring nature to develop their skills so that they can make a difference in the lives of people with a disability.


Specialties: Nursing, Individual Support (Disability), Aged Care, Community Care


Katrina Hammond

Over 15 years experience as a training professional and coach in subject areas including VET Certificate III in Individual Support and Certificate IV in Business, Certificate  II, III & IV in Business Administration, Computer Skills, Communication, Personal Development, Digital Knowledge and Sales/Customer Service. 


Katrina has worked as a disability support worker and coordinator of support for the past 4 years, an industry she is passionate about, as she is assisting individuals to realise their goals and dreams. She prides herself on her professionalism and providing a fun, supportive and innovative adult learning environment.


Katrina encourages her students to bring their life experiences to training and to never stop wondering and asking questions.


Formal qualifications include Bachelor of Social Science, Certificate IV in Disability (CHC43115), Certificate IV in Business (BSB40515), Certificate IV Training and Assessment (TAE40116)


Specialities: Disability, Community Services, Business, and Customer Service 


Suzanne Kent

Over the last 15 years of her working life, Sue has been a trainer in community services specializing in disability, and she recently worked as a case manager for a not-for-profit disability support organisation. 

She is passionate about social justice and can't help but believe that she is either part of the problem or part of the solution,so felt compelled to become involved in the disability sector.


She says "It gives much such great joy to work with students to help them understand how they can be part of the way forward and engineer change within society".


Specialities: Disability, Community Services, Management

Jennifer Anderson

Having worked in the aged care industry for 8 years, coupled with just over 6 years of disability experience, Jennifer joins the breakthru team as a seasoned industry worker and trainer.


A passionate and caring person by nature, Jennifer was drawn to her work as a trainer out of a desire to help the next generation of carers become the best they can be in their chosen career.


"I love to see learners get excited about the subject they are studying. I want to see my students use their passion to become excellent carers so they can provide outstanding support to those who most need it". 


Specialities: Aged Care, Disability


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