Our Staff


Bernie Smith


With over 40 years in social services in NZ, PNG & Australia, Bernie has extensive experience of child protection and foster care, disabilities, seniors and now 10 years in housing, homelessness and poverty. Bernie believes strongly in empowering individuals and families to stand tall in their culture, faith & community where they can be valued members of their community.



Beth Waudby

Operations Manager

With twenty years of being in Customer Service and Operational Management roles, and having had 
five successful years in the service sector as a Regional Operations Manager and National Manager 
in Customer Services, Beth will be an asset for Monte Cecilia Housing Trust commencing January 2019.  
Beth holds a Masters in International Hospitality Management and a Post Graduate Certificate in Business Management,


Vincent Aries Ortiz

Administration Manager

For the last 15 years, Vincent has had roles in administration services and customer service providing positive outcomes. Vincent joined Monte's team in late 2018 and has a B.Sc in Psychology and Cert in HR Management


Dennis Sanga

Social Services Team Leader

Dennis came to Monte Cecilia highly skilled, the last four years as a Multi-Systemic Therapist, but had been with the same employer here in NZ for the last nine years. He has previously been a Lecturer and Tutor 

Dennis has a Masters in Social Work - with Honors, BA in Philosophy, MA in Pastoral Ministries and certificates in Maori Mental Health & Small Business Management 

Menny Ng Chok

Housing Services Team Leader

Menny had worked for HousingNZ for 21yrs, coming to Monte Cecilia with strong skills in Housing and Tenancy Management, having been in the Mangere HNZ service center the largest rental property portfolio in the region with 4500 properties.

Menny has a Cert in Middle Management