Welcome to SuperGrans

The Super Team

 Joanne Baird
Service Co-ordinator & Interim-Manager

Joanne BairdJoanne has come to SuperGrans Mentoring with a background in occupational therapy and support work. With a passion for positive skill-passing and a firm belief in intergenerational mentoring Joanne is looking forward to supporting our wonderful team of volunteers.

As the Service Co-ordinator Joanne's role is meeting new clients and pairing them with a volunteer who will help them reach their goals. Joanne is looking forward to extending her knowledge of the community sector and is excited to be working in this area.

Cynthia Landa
Course Co-ordinator

Cynthia LandaOriginally from Peru, Cynthia brings with her a range of experience from numerous community organisations where she has previously worked with people with special needs, parents and migrants.

As Course Co-coordinator, Cynthia liaisons with our volunteers and the community organisations as well as organising all the different courses we provide to the community. Cynthia strongly believes in the philosophy and ethics of SuperGrans and feels very privileged to work with a bunch of skilled and dedicated volunteers who make the organisation what it is today.

Amy Bothwell

Amy Bothwell

Amy has lived in the Manawatu Region for over twenty years and brings a strong skill set of administration, design and customer service to the team as the new administrator, with compassion and empathy for others at the core of her values.

Hailing from a multicultural background of both NZ and Chinese upbringing, Amy is committed to supporting the localcommunity in many ways with a multicultural perspective to bring to the organisation. With a steadfast belief in helping others, she is looking forward to supporting SuperGrans Palmerston North to her fullest ability.

The Governance Team

Adrian Broad

Adrian has been a chairperson or a committee person of many community voluntary organisations in Palmerston North for over thirty years and is currently the Manager of Manawatu Horowhenua Tararua Diabetes Trust. In his fourth term as a Palmerston North City Councillor and second term as a MidCentral District Health Board member, Adrian is the chairperson of the Economic Development Committee and deputy chairperson within MidCentral of the Healthy Communities Committee and Enable New Zealand.

Adrian's business career includes nine years as General Manager of Manawatu Standard and eight years as Chief Executive of Arohanui Hospice.

Kathriona Benvie

Kathriona has been a SuperGrans mentor since 2014. She enjoys using her life experience and teaching skills to support others. Kathriona is an accredited visitor for Age Concern and spends time with her two elderly clients each week. She also coordinates fruit and vegetable orders at Food Together Awapuni and enjoys networking with the other volunteers and customers who come to the vege hub. In between voluntary activities Kathriona works casually as a First Aid instructor for Red Cross and as a radiographer at Palmerston North Hospital.

Gail Jensen

A grandmother herself, Gail is passionate about helping younger generations. Currently a Mortgage Adviser for Mortgage Link Manawatu, she works hard to help young people purchase their first home. Joining SuperGrans as a Trustee, Gail sees this opportunity as a way to extend that passion, by helping families learn important life skills through mentoring and the ongoing classes offered by SuperGrans Manawatu.