Hearts & Minds Team

Carol RyanChief Executive

Carol Ryan

As Chief Executive of Hearts & Minds my work has been complimented by my business background and more than 20 years experience in the community sector. I have a passion for working with people who are committed to making a tangible difference, see the potential and value in all people and a world full of possibilities for creating new pathways for healthcare delivery, social inclusion and sustainable living. By being involved with many boards and working parties, currently chairperson of Shared Vision North Harbour, interim chairperson for Health Link North (Ex Community Health Voice North Shore), and Waitemata PHO Board Director, I am provided with opportunities to view the world from a variety of lens that inform and interconnect with the work of Hearts & Minds.

Amberlee WhartonOperational Manager

Amberlee Wharton

Hearts & Minds' focus on inclusive wellbeing for individuals, families, and communities motivates and inspires me. One of the most rewarding aspects of my role is measuring the positive outcomes achieved when people and communities are informed, resourced and connected to achieve their full potential.

I am passionate about the vital role the community sector plays in strengthening social outcomes and gain great joy from the synergies generated when the talents, perspectives and hopes of diverse populations come together to achieve shared goals. My educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in English and Sociology, followed by an Honours Degree (1st Class) in Sociology. I am a passionate lifelong learner and delight in the insights and learnings gained from the rich diversity of individuals our organisation connects and engages with on a daily basis. The Hearts & Minds belief in the intrinsic value of all people and communities resonates strongly for me, and I am pleased to be a part of a diverse and dynamic team that is passionate about making a positive difference for all people at a community level.

Julie WalkerWellbeing and Resilience Programme Manager

Jilie Walker

I was born in Auckland and love this city, and our nation. At Hearts & Minds I am able to use all of the skills gleaned from a career which has been quite varied in content, and I feel privileged to be working in the the community sector where I can do ‘my little bit’ to benefit the people of Auckland. I am blessed to be a mother of three young adult sons, and hold a First Class Honours degree in Psychology, along with a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling. As Wellbeing and Resilience Programme Manager I keenly listen to what the needs of the Waitemata communities are, and plan our programme of Wellbeing Support Groups accordingly.

Xiaoying ZhangAccountant

Xiaoying Zhang

Ni Hao! Hi, I am Xiaoying. I was born in Qingdao, China. I arrived in Auckland in 2004 with my family. I have extensive voluntary experiences where I was a volunteer librarian in China and a volunteer treasurer in NZ.

Learning is a crucial part of my life. I graduated from Shandong University in 1989, majoring in Archive Management. I got my Accountancy Degree from Massey University twenty-three years later. Now I am a CPA qualified accountant.

I enjoy my work. I am passionate about contributing my time and knowledge to the community.

Brigid FurnessSupport and Health Navigator

Brigid Furness

My role as Health and Support Navigator is extremely rewarding. I'm constantly learning about organisations providing invaluable support to people who are experiencing challenges in their lives. Community Development and Wellbeing are areas of work that I am very commited to. I have a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Industrial Psychology) and a Bachelor of Arts (Social Work and Psychology). After working in Financial Services for several years, I moved into the Community Sector and thoroughly enjoy being part of this Industry.

If you are part of a Community Organisation and need help for a client or someone you know or if you feel you are not thriving in your own life, please contact Heats & Minds for support.

Sylvie TierneyNorth Shore Strengthening Families Coordinator

Sylvie Tierneyl

I qualified as a registered nurse and worked for a number of years at the ADHB as well as abroad in various disciplines. I also gained Project Management and Change Management certification.

The role of Strengthening Families coordinator consolidates all my varied skill sets and life experiences, allowing me to stay focused on supporting and empowering families.

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