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Erin Scarlett ONeill – Executive Director/Founder

Erin is the mother of a son who has struggled with an addiction to methamphetamine. Because of her own experience, she is passionate about supporting other families in similar situations and providing educational seminars for all whanau, particularly parents of secondary school children.

Originally from Auckland, with a background in business ownership, events and marketing Erin is currently working full time on Brave Hearts NZ in Tauranga.

Kelly Faile – Client Services Manager

Kelly is delighted to be a part of the Brave Hearts team.  In 2020, after seeing the impact of Covid19 on our community’s mental health, along with an increase in addiction, domestic violence, and family well-being, Kelly made the life-changing decision to leave her corporate role and embark on a year of studying Mental Health and Addiction along with Business Management and Leadership.

Kelly has lived experience in Mental Health and Addiction, having experienced Postnatal Depression after the birth of her three daughters, which led to an unhealthy relationship with alcohol. She is deeply aware of how difficult it was to overcome this even with the benefit of having strong financial and emotional support, so she is extremely committed to helping people and their families, who may or may not have the same support, or who feel like there is no hope.  Because there is always hope.