Our Management Team

Taimi Clinch, Chief Executive Officer

Taimi was appointed CEO of Abacus after 10 years in executive management in the disability sector and a 20+ year career in the human resource management field, which included running her own consultancy. She is using her passion for creating and nurturing great workplaces to deliver excellent outcomes, to keep growing and developing Abacus, so that we can help even more autistic children.


Nina Sutton, Executive Director – Operations

After her studies, first at Flinders University finishing her Bachelor of Education, then at La Trobe to undertake a Graduate Diploma in Orientation and Mobility, Nina spent ten years working with blind and vision impaired clients at RVIB and Vision Australia Foundation. Nina has had extensive management experience including her role as Discipline head, supervising the Orientation and Mobility team and working as Acting Regional Manager at Vision Australia Foundation.

Nina came to Abacus in 2011 starting as an ABA therapist before moving into management then becoming a Director. Nina supervises the overall management of the therapy team and provides information and support to clients around service delivery and NDIS funding opportunities and requirements.

As a member of ABIA and ABAA, Nina works closely with other ABA service providers including her position as a ABIA conference committee member of ABA Today to ensure professional growth and opportunity.


Emma Miller, Clinical Director

Emma has worked in the ABA field since it first came to Australia around 1996. While completing a Psychology Degree at the University of Melbourne, she started work as an ABA therapist, and has since worked in schools, kindergartens and early intervention centres, as well as in home-based programs. Emma has conducted training and information sessions on ABA on many occasions throughout Melbourne, country Victoria and interstate.

Emma is also the Clinical Director of the Learning for Life Autism Centre and worked for many years with Victorian ABA Providers. In these roles she has provided ABA program supervision to families throughout Victoria, and in Tasmania and South Australia. She has supervised school-based programs, run a school behavioural consultancy program, and provided training to schools across these states.

Emma continues to provide training and supervision to the senior clinical team at Abacus Learning Centre to continue to provide best practice ABA therapy to all our students.


Rachel McLeod, Clinical Manager

Rachel has been a member of the Abacus team since 2008. She completed a Bachelor of Primary Education at Monash University in 2011 and left briefly to teach before returning to Abacus Learning Centre. She has completed a Master of Education with a specialisation in Applied Behaviour Analysis at Monash University. After completing additional requirements, Rachel is also a Board-Certified Behaviour Analyst or BCBA.

Overseeing the day-to-day clinical operations at the centres, Rachel leads, mentors and inspires our Program Supervisor team to deliver quality programs for our students. She regularly inspects therapy sessions to ensure best practice ABA, and oversees NDIS report writing and clinical training for all staff, working in conjunction with the Clinical Director to ensure the quality of a total clinical program.



Lynette Cataldo, Program Supervisor / Senior Psychologist

Lynette is one of our ABA Program Supervisors, having worked at Abacus since its inception. Lynette holds an endorsement in Counselling Psychology with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and has over 10 years’ experience working with children in both early intervention and counselling. Lynette’s years of experience has allowed her to provide effective strategies and practices to children, adolescents and families.

Lynette completed her Master of Psychology (Counselling) at Monash University and has been trained in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), Suicide Intervention, Cognitive behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She has also been a member of the Australian Psychological Society since 2013.




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