Our Staff

MANAGEMENT

NICOLETTE RIPEPI
DIRECTOR

SHERELLE CORAIZIN
PRINCIPAL

ADMIN & FINANCE

Celine Langford

ADMINISTRATOR & FINANCE
CELINE LANGFORD

LAUREN DE VILLIERS -FALSEBAY STUDENT (ADMINISTRATOR)a

ADMIN ASSISTANT
LAUREN DE VILLIERS

EDUCATORS

TOHIRAH JOHNSON

LUCINDA PLATO

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RYAN OKKERS

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LESLIE-ANN CUPIDO

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MEGHAN MEYER

THE AUTISM CONNECT TASK TEAM

The task team consists of the Programme Implementer, Occupational Therapist, Speech & Language Therapist and the Principal.  This team is responsible for the implementation of the curriculum, monitoring & evaluation, and training of educators.

Sherelle Coraizin

Sherelle became the first principal of Autism Connect on the 1st of July 2019. She joined the organisation as the Programme Implementer in September 2018. She completed a B.A Psychology Honours degree at the University of the Western Cape and is currently doing a P.G.C.E in foundation phase course at UNISA.
Her experience within the special needs sector includes Learner facilitation and tutoring at Reach Autism, training workshop at centre for Play and Learn for Autistic learners and Learner facilitator at Beautiful Minds Learning Centre with a cerebral palsy learner. She also has experience as an educator within a mainstream school, teaching Grade One for 4 years at Bellville Christian Academy. She has tutoring exposure with ADHD as well.

She has completed many courses including First Aid Level 1 & 2 and Tiny Hands Level 1 Sign Language course prior to her position at Autism Connect.

She is married and has two beautiful kids, a daughter and a son.

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Adea holds a Diploma in E.C.D level 5 and has worked as a grade R educator for 7 years at Duneside Primary School. She works as the School readiness class educator and was promoted to Programme Implementer in June 2019. She currently runs both roles simultaneously.

She enjoys every aspect of teaching and believes that “children can teach us as much as we teach them”. She is in the process of her application for a degree in Bachelors of Education. She has a good relationship with all the learners and is quite creative with classroom activities.

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Lauren graduated with a B.Sc Degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of the Western Cape in 2015. She completed her community service at Springbok Hospital in the Northern Cape. She worked in various institutions including hospitals, clinics, day care centres and treated all age groups.

In 2016 she worked for the Northern Cape Department of Education where she served schools in the Namakwa District, working in the inclusive Unit. In this role she treated an array of diagnoses and gained experience in developmental paediatric disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Down Syndrome and Developmental delays. This is where she truly found her deep passion for children. She briefly worked at a paediatrics practice in Durbanville in 2019. 

She is driven to find unique and fun ways to support leaners, thereby helping them to achieve their optimal functioning. This is turn helps to establish relationships with parents and caregivers to empower them and work together to achieve their children’s goals.

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Liza completed a B.A English and Linguistics degree at UNISA in 2013 and a BSCHONS Speech and Language Pathology at U.C.T in 2016. She is fully Bilingual in English and Afrikaans. She currently manages her own private practice called Chatterbox Therapy and serves as a Clinical Supervisor at the University of Cape Town.

Her work experience includes 9 years of teaching English in Taiwan and working at a private practice where she provided ward care and support to practice patients. Conditions treated included language and learning difficulties, articulation disorder, stuttering, dysphagia and acquired neurological disorders, voice disorders as well as special conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder (A.S.D.).

She believes for therapy to be effective and that parents need to be on-board and feel supported.

SUPPORT STAFF

ANTHENA KOLBE
KITCHEN ASSISTANT

BYRON STEVENS
FREELANCER