Meet the team

Meet the KidsLink family

Michele Yock

Founder, director and ideas lady

The idea for KidsLink has been bubbling away in Michele’s heart and soul for a long time. When her Principal at Red Beach School (Lesley Tait) created a list of people in the local area who worked with children, Michele could see that the need for this kind of list was not just relevant to Red Beach... it is needed everywhere! So www.kidslink.co.nz was created and it is so much more than a simple list.

Thanks to her background as a classroom teacher, in South Auckland and more recently on the Hibiscus Coast, Michele is passionate about making sure all children can reach their potential by accessing the help they need. Michele co-ordinates the “Help for Kids” programme – KidsLink’s philanthropic arm, connecting children with the help and support they need to grow and achieve. Every week new children, teens and families across Auckland are benefiting from her work!

Michele meets with schools who will partner with KidsLink. She organises SENCo meetings and co-ordinates the KidsLink events. She is always on the lookout for service providers that will be great on KidsLink and wants KidsLink to become a nation wide resource.

With her people skills and passion for new ideas, Michele is the KidsLink creative genius and emotional heart.

Phone: 09 959 0531
Mobile: 021 173 6422
Email: michele@kidslink.co.nz

Julie Whitcombe

Co-founder, director and systems lady

As a classroom teacher, Julie was often asked “Do you know anyone who can help my child with...?” or  “We’ve had an assessment done, what do we do next?” so when Michele came up with the idea of creating KidsLink, Julie loved it straight away.

When Julie thinks about KidsLink, she holds the image of a mother in her head – it’s 11pm, this mother is worried about her child and wants to find someone in the local area who can help. Julie is excited because, thanks to KidsLink, the mother can now sit in the privacy of her own home and search for specialist providers who are passionate about helping kids. This Mum doesn’t have to go through the grating process of a google search – she can go to kidslink.co.nz and know that the information and service providers she needs will be there – all in one place, all in the same easy to use format. What Julie loves about KidsLink is that this Mum can find the help she needs, she can contact the service providers straight from the site and go to bed knowing that she has taken action – it’s going to be OK.

As an educator, Julie first started her career teaching in the early childhood sector, and then went on to teach in primary and intermediate schools. In 2001, Julie was seconded by the Ministry of Education to be a Numeracy Facilitator, where she introduced the Numeracy Project to schools across Auckland. She has since presented at national conferences and day courses across New Zealand.

With her organisation skills and attention to detail, Julie is the KidsLink team manager and office admin queen!

Phone: 09 959 0531
Mobile: 027 245 3870
Email: julie@kidslink.co.nz

New Business Team

Julie Bourne

Loves KidsLink and dynamic new business development lady

Julie’s enthusiasm for KidsLink is infectious. She is the bubbly and excited member of the team - she just loves coming to work! She joined the team in 2013 and is dedicated to filling kidslink.co.nz with quality service providers who do amazing things for kids. Julie enjoys meeting with professionals who work with children and teenagers; seeing how they can work with KidsLink so parents and families, teachers and schools can find them and use them.

For Julie, KidsLink is an amazing resource. The articles, videos and seminars add so much to what KidsLink offers. She loves being involved in “getting kidslink.co.nz out there” and wants everyone to know all about KidsLink!

Julie and her husband Warwick have 4 girls, so she knows firsthand the range of needs parents and families have and loves that KidsLink has something for everyone.

Phone: 09 959 0531
Mobile: 021 336 419
Email: jbourne@kidslink.co.nz

 

Carolyn Atkinson

All round team player

Carolyn has been working with children and their families for more than 22 years and is a total people person. She has worked in early childhood education as a teacher, supervisor and co-ordinator for home-based edu-carers. Carolyn has a very tall teenage son and is glad to be part of KidsLink as he grows - especially when our event topics are about teenagers! Carolyn helps us co-ordinate the events, manages the day to day accounts and generally keeps the wheels turning!

Phone: 09 959 0531
Email: carolyn@kidslink.co.nz

Jess Yock

Good runner and clever web girl

KidsLink is truly a family affair! Yes, Jess is Michele’s daughter and is the youngest and fittest member of the KidsLink team. Jess is our web girl – she loads up the service provider pages and makes them look amazing.

She buzzes out when a new service provider tells her they LOVE their KidsLink page and is excited to share the new pages at team meetings. Jess manages all the internal processes for new service providers, the bookings for the KidsLink events and the bookings for the video sessions.

In her spare time, Jess plays soccer and trains for international half marathons – wow!