Meet The Team

Tina Mongston

Tina is the Manager of QLFC and has had over 15 years experience working with the NGO sector.  She has a strong focus on child protection, family and sexual violence and also has strong business skills and experience.  Tina has had years of experience in delivering children’s safety programmes, parenting through separation programmes, individual support, court support and advocacy for overall systematic changes and improvements.

Tina has resided in Queenstown for 20 years and is a mother to three children.

Maria Frewen

Maria trained as a New Zealand Registered Comprehensive Nurse and went on to complete Graduate Certificates in Advanced Mental Health Nursing and Health Sciences endorsed in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Maria joined the QLFC team in 2008. Maria runs the Home Based Parent Support service. Maria also offers support to post-natal mothers assisting to build the relationship between baby and mother. Maria also provides parenting support to families with adolescents.

Maria is married with two children and was born and raised in Queenstown.

Maria Hendry

Maria is the current senior Social Worker for the age five and over service, she joined QLFC in 2011. Maria studied Psychology and Criminology in the UK and gained her Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work and Community Work with distinction from Otago University in 2013. In addition to this Maria is a full member of ANZASW and a fully registered New Zealand Social Worker. Maria works through a strength perspective that all people have the ability to change, grow and learn.

Maria has over 17 years of experience working with children and young people, beginning in Youth Justice and residential homes for children in the UK.

Maria has lived in Queenstown since 2005 settling here to have her family.

Heather Clay

Heather is a social worker trained at Massey University and has worked in mental health services, including child and adolescent mental health for the last 25 years in the Canterbury and Southern DHB’s.

Heather has post graduate qualifications in mental health science, alcohol and drug disorder and clinical rehabilitation.

Heather moved to Wanaka 10 years ago but has had time back in Canterbury in child and adolescent mental health following the Christchurch and Kaikoura earthquakes. Heather returned to Wanaka in May 2016.

Heather has specific interests and experience in developmental disorders including Autistic Spectrum disorder and Intellectual disability.

Heather is married and has two adult children is very into the great outdoors and snow sports hence the attraction to living in this area.

Romi Romagnoli

Romy graduated with a Bsc Social Work in the UK in 2012 where she lived for most of her life and gained her experience as a Social Worker.

She has a strong passion in working with children and families. Her previous experience includes child protection work, working with children with disabilities, in youth offending and setting up new services. Romy joined the QLFC team in 2017 where she has been able to fulfil her aspiration to work within the NGO sector. She believes that children should be at the centre of all interventions and should always have the right to have their voices heard. Romy is a strong advocate for children, she enjoys building relationships with families and working alongside parents and carers to help them support their child’s unique needs and to help children develop into confident, capable and caring individuals.

Romy was born in Brazil and has an interest in languages, travelling, hiking and off-roading. She fell in love with the natural beauty and friendly life style of Queenstown, where she has lived since 2016 with her English boyfriend and their Landcruiser.