Our Staff

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Bernie Smith

CEO

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.

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Reona Jarvis

Practice Manager

Reona joined the Monte Cecilia team in 2017. She has been a social worker for over 20 years and has a Bachelor of Social Work and Post Grad Diploma in Child and Adolescent Health. Much of her career has been spent working in residential and foster care with children and adolescents. She is passionate about enabling people realise their potential in life.

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Sandy Williams

Housing Services Manager

Sandy joined Monte in 2017, she has worked in various senior and middle management positions.  She works alongside companies, private landlords to source housing stock and charity groups to assist families/whanau from varied ethnic backgrounds.  She is also a self-employed business owner.