E tūtaki ana ngā kapua o te rangi, kei runga, kei runga te Mangoroa e kōpae pū ana || The clouds in the sky close over, but above them spreads the milky way

PADA

Ngā Kaimahi | Our Team

About us

Ngā Kaimahi | Our Team

General Manager

Treena Cooper

After working as a corporate travel agent for 12 years, and a mum to two teenage boys, I bring valuable organisational and personal skills to my part-time role as General Manager. I started work in 2013 as the administrator and it is so exciting to see what PADA has achieved over the years.

A large part of my role is facilitating training and education through the PADA seminar series and online chats, along with overseeing the PADA team, connecting with stakeholders and reporting to the PADA Board.

Communications Manager

Stefanie Dixon

Having been affected with PND after the births of my children, I volunteered for Little Shadow (formerly PND Wellington) in order to create online networks for mothers to connect with and support each other. I combine this experience along with my background in corporate, finance, fundraising, Playcentre Aotearoa and NGO work, with my passion to end stigma around maternal mental health.

Perinatal distress affects the whole whānau and wider community, and I love working with the team at PADA to embrace the power of social media to connect, and equip healthcare providers to improve outcomes for lives of whānau affected throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

Originally from the UK, I now live in Wellington with my kiwi husband and two primary school aged children.

Fundraising Manager

Denise Graham

I am responsible for managing fundraising activities with a focus on grant submissions, events, and, partnerships that develop the organization’s capacity and capability.

I have a background in corporate and business management, finance, and fundraising, and I use these skills to contribute to the amazing mahi that PADA does throughout Aotearoa.

It’s great to be part of a dedicated and hard-working team who are committed to raising awareness, reducing stigma, and, delivering quality and equitable services to new parents suffering from anxiety and depression during those first 1000 days.

I have 6 children (3 inherited), and lots of grandchildren who are all an integral part of my life, and every spare moment is spent with them. I love writing stories and am a published author. My husband Alan and I also enjoy camping, boating and fishing, cooking, and gardening.

Financial Administrator

Kate Harris

My role as the Financial Administrator is to provide financial coordination for all PADA activities and staff. I am a Chartered Accountant, with 6+ years experience spanning professional services and corporate environments.

Originally from Wellington, I have lived in San Francisco with my husband and three young children for the last 10 years. We relocated home to Wellington in October 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are loving exploring this beautiful country with our children. Having experienced infertility challenges, miscarriages and perinatal depression & anxiety first hand after the birth of my children, I have developed a keen interest in women’s health. I am so excited to be involved with PADA and the vital services it provides to professionals and the wider community.

Office Administrator

Laura Virgo

With decades of experience in the travel, finance and conference management industries, my organisational skills have been well honed over the years, serving me well as Office Administrator for PADA. I am responsible for adding valued support to the team in their day-to-day management of the organisation.

While motherhood came late for me, with my son being born just before my 42nd birthday, I was lucky enough to have a smooth and happy experience. However, having suffered depression myself in the past, I am very empathetic to the struggles new parents can endure with this life-changing event.

My son is a teenager now; growing like a weed and obsessed with basketball. When I’m not courtside cheering him on, I am a fan of quizzing, dancing, impressionist art and movies.

About us

Ngā Kaiako | Our Educators

Kaiako Māori | PADA Educator Māori

Joanne Rama

Ko Joanne Rama taku ingoa
Ko Pirongia me Taupiri aku Maunga
Ko Waipapa me Waikato aku awa
Ko Kahotea taku marae
Ko Ngati Apakura taku iwi
Ko Ngati Hinetu taku hapu
Nga mihi mahana ki a koutou

I am the partner of John, mother to 11, godmother of 2, and Nanny Jo to 13 mokopuna. I am a daughter, sister, aunty, and cousin to many.

I graduated as a registered nurse in 1990, and as a midwife in 1992. I was one of the first LMC Māori Midwives to practice in South Auckland and spent 18 years providing care for Māori whānau, during this time I was a founding member of Putea o Pua trust that created what is now know as Turuki Health Care in Mangere. I was Hapūtanga Kaiārahi for Ngati Whatua ki Orakei 2014- 2020 and I also helped establish Nga Maia which is the National Māori midwives organisation.

My passion was and still is to restore traditional Māori birth knowledge and wisdom to whānau. My other passion is Maternal Mental Health. I have lived experience with perinatal depression as do my daughters and nieces.

I also work as a alcohol and drug professional at the social detox at The Auckland City Mission, I contract to ADHB to provide community, pregnancy and parenting programmes. I am excited about supporting PADA to continue shining the light on the dark little corner of Maternal Mental Health through the creation and provision of our Hine Tu Hine Ora program. I am the current Kaumātua and Cultural Advisor to PADA.

Kaiako Pasifika | PADA Educator Pasifika

Jasmine Davis

Ko Hikurangi me Sili Sili te Maunga
Ko Waiapu te Awa
Ko Ngati Porou me Siufaga, Savaii Samoa te Iwi
Ko Jasmine Davis toku Ingoa

Talofa lava, I am a New Zealand born and raised Samoan, Māori and European Teine/Wahine who has grown up in the vibrant and cultural South Auckland. This upbringing of rich culture sparked my passion to work alongside, understand and support our Pasifika brothers and sisters navigate the many obstacles they face adjusting to life in New Zealand. I am a mother to one with another blessing on the way.

I completed a diploma in Youth Work and more recently, a Bachelor’s degree in Youth Development. I enjoy empowering young people with the tools, resources and support around exploring and acknowledging their roots, identity and potential.

I work for a Pacific organization, Fonua Ola, as their Youth Worker, working alongside social work team, counsellors and the Hala Ora Wellbeing team who work specifically around mental health. We are intertwined and use a wraparound approach.

Being part of PADA provides a great platform to share, educate and be able to allow genuine exposure and real experiences to be shared around perinatal and postpartum depression, realizing that myself and many of my own family, friends and clients had lived through it without knowing what it was or how to get help.

I am privileged to be part of the PADA team and being able to contribute towards this movement of shedding more light around maternal mental health.

Kaiako | PADA Educator

Liora Noy

Liora is a Registered Nurse and Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), with a Masters in Public Health and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology. She has most recently worked as a Tamariki Ora (Well Child) nurse. Liora runs breastfeeding and parenting support clinics in Wellington and in the Hutt, and teaches antenatal childbirth and breastfeeding classes. She is also an accredited facilitator of the Circle of Security parenting programme.

Originally from Mexico, she has lived in Israel, California and Hawaii and has worked with a variety of ethnic populations and refugees. She has three children, ages 13-22. She is passionate about supporting parents affected by Postnatal Distress, having been deeply affected herself by PND. She has been a peer counsellor for Little Shadow (formerly PND Wellington) for 7 years, facilitated SPACE groups for mums with PND, and now as PADA’s educator regularly conducts presentations about perinatal mental health to a variety of providers and groups.