Meet The Team

Danielle Moosajie, Director

Danielle, known to us as Dani, is a social worker with a Masters in Social Policy and Management from UCT who has over 10 years experience working with children and families on the Cape Flats. She’s worked in corporate in the field of change management, lectured and been involved in community projects.

Dani is a wife to Randall, a mom of two boys and survives on caffeine and chocolate. Her happy place is enjoying Cape Town’s nature while eating good food and her passion is making sure that every child knows that they are loved by God and challenging South Africans to connect with each other outside their comfort zone.

Robyn Jacobs, Family Centre Manager

Robyn is a clinical pyschologist who oversees the Family Centre, helps with adoption advocacy and runs the Train-the-Trainer workshops with Dani. Robyn previously worked in private practice on the Atlantic Seaboard and several government hospitals in Port Elizabeth and Kimberley, before joining the Arise Team five years ago.  

She is a wife, mom of two and avid chocoholic who loves a good book, a well organised plan and has a heart for seeing families thrive.

Alexa Russell Matthews, Adoption Support Manager

Alexa is a social worker with a Master’s degree in Play Therapy who has worked in corporate and clinical settings, including her own private practice, in Mozambique, Gauteng and Cape Town. At Arise she oversees adoption advocacy and helps with the family strengthening and preservation programmes. 

Alexa & her husband have two boys who love to climb trees and be outdoors.  Alexa enjoys hiking, one on one conversations vs big crowds and believes that all children and families regardless of where they live, should be able to thrive. 

Naomi Smith, Administrator

Naomi aka ‘Mama-Naomi’ is so much more than the friendly voice that answers the phone when you call Arise. She has been part of the Arise team for over nine years and currently manages all of our daily administration and runs our open parents support group every Tuesday morning.

Naomi is well known in the Manenberg community where she has been involved in ministry for over 20 years. Naomi loves family braais and watching football with her son and she is passionate about community upliftment and to see every child loved, nurtured and cared for in a thriving family. 

Nicolette Vigeland, Programme Facilitator

Nicky joins the team with fifteen years experience of working with young people and families, a special interest in adolescent behaviour management and an Honours degree in Psychology.

She has a passion for transformation, believing that with love and support people can change and that if young people are able to remain in school and given skills to navigate life in a positive manner, they are empowered to reach their dreams.

Nicky is a wife and mom of two who loves the outdoors and relaxing with a book. 

Tara Manoek, Counsellor

Tara has been with Arise for two years and started out as an intern with a view to doing her masters in psychology in 2021. Tara’s role at Arise is to run the school programmes with Kaylin and assist with the programmes that we run at the Family Centre.

Tara is the only daughter in the Manoek family and is doted on by her two older brothers. Tara loves sneakers, listening to music and has a passion for seeing families strengthened and children protected.

Kaylin Van Niekerk, Counsellor

We first met Kaylin when she joined the team as our social work student in 2018 and we’re glad she decided to stay! Kaylin loves running our groups in the local schools and working with young teens.

Kaylin enjoys spending time with her family, watching series and helping her mom cook some good hearty meals for the family. She lives in Heideveld, where our Family Centre is based, and sees the need for children to be protected and grow their sense of belonging in their families.

Julie Kynaston, Communications & Events

After being a long time fan of Arise, Julie has joined the team in a part time capacity to manage communications and the ever increasing events calendar.

Julie is a mom of three through adoption and works as a corporate event management consultant when she is isn’t with us. She also blogs about the about the adventure of parenting and the joy of adoption in South Africa. She loves family hugs, Sunday afternoon snoozes and hot tea, in that order.