Our staff

Clinical Staff

Sharon Baldacchino

Sharon Baldacchino

Director, Listening & Spoken Language Services

Jenna Golab

Jenna Golab

Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Manager (Canberra Centre Manager)

Ha Thanh Wojcik

Ha Thanh Wojcik

Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Manager (Liverpool Centre Manager)

Danielle Lam

Danielle Lam

Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Manager (Wollongong Centre Manager) and Teleintervention Manager

Joanna McAdam

Joanna McAdam

Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Manager (Macquarie Centre Manager)

Sharon Baldacchino

Sharon Baldacchino

Sharon is the Director of our Listening & Spoken Language Services and has been a practicing Speech Pathologist with children with disabilities for 20 years. Sharon was previously the Principal Manager Listening and Spoken Language Therapist at The Shepherd Centre. She leads the Senior Clinical team of Listening & Spoken Language Specialists, Child & Family Counsellors and Audiologists to implement programs across the centres. Sharon has a strong interest in public health and policy and completed her Masters of Health & International Development in 2006. She has worked for a number of national and international non-government organisations including Australian Red Cross & UNICEF. Her expertise in policy is being utilised through the lead out of the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme for the organisation. Clinically, Sharon continues to have a special interest in the use of technology for children with communication difficulties.

    Jenna Golab

    Jenna Golab

    Jenna graduated from a Bachelor of Speech Pathology with Honours from Flinders University in 2009 when she then worked in early intervention in Mildura with children and families with a range of disabilities. After moving back to her hometown of Adelaide she began working with children with sensory impairment (vision and hearing) and developed a strong interest in how children with hearing loss develop listening and spoken language skills. Jenna moved to Canberra at the start of 2013 and started work with The Shepherd Centre which she says is her ‘dream job’. At The Shepherd Centre she has undertaken many different roles over the past three years while focusing on growth and development of the Canberra centre. Jenna is currently the Manager of Listening and Spoken Language for Canberra. Her areas of interest include supporting children and young adults to become confident conversationalists. She is also passionate about working with children to develop theory of mind and has a special interest in teaching others about hearing loss/parent guiding and coaching.

      Ha Thanh Wojcik

      Ha Thanh Wojcik

      Ha is a certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist, Manager at The Shepherd Centre, Casula and a practicing Speech Pathologist. She joined The Shepherd Centre in 2011 after completing her degree in Speech Pathology at the University of Sydney where she developed a love for working with children and families. She has worked across the Wollongong, Sydney and Liverpool centres and is passionate about building relationships with other organisations and people to support children in the local community. Being bilingual, Ha provides Auditory Verbal Therapy to  families in English and Vietnamese and supports the clinical staff in the Casula centre on a day to day basis. Working alongside families and celebrating their triumphs (big or small) has been the most rewarding part of her job.

        Danielle Lam

        Danielle Lam

        Danielle Lam is the Senior Listening and Spoken Language Manager at The Shepherd Centre based in Wollongong. Danielle manages the LSL team in Wollongong and has a keen interest in equity of access to service for all families. This interest led to Project Coordination of Rural & Remote Residential Workshop Programs across NSW for many years, and now Teleintervention Manager for families accessing the service from regional and remote areas of NSW and Tasmania.  Danielle is a Certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist and Speech Pathologist, and has a key role in the training and mentoring of Listening and Spoken Language Therapists toward their professional certification. Prior to joining The Shepherd Centre, Danielle has worked as a Speech Pathologist in a variety of community health and hospital settings.

          Joanna McAdam

          Joanna McAdam

          Joanna McAdam is the Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Manager at The Shepherd Centre at the Australian Hearing Hub and is a Certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist and practicing Speech Pathologist. Joanna joined The Shepherd Centre in 2007 after completing her Masters of Speech and Language Pathology at Macquarie University. Joanna feels very proud to work in an environment that supports each family’s vision for their child while continually breaking new ground in supporting children with hearing loss.