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Key Personnel

President

Allan Vidor
Director since 2006

Appointed as Director on 29 June 2006.

Mr Vidor is the Managing director of the Toga Group of Companies, a property development, construction, investment and hospitality management group. He graduated from the University of NSW with Bachelor of Commerce and Laws degrees in 1985 and was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW in 1986. Prior to Mr Vidor joining the Toga Group where he is responsible for the Group’s strategy and operations, he worked in the banking and finance sector.

He was appointed to the Board of JewishCare in May, 2006 having had strong earlier communal involvement with the Keren Hayesod and the United Israel Appeal.

Other directorships include the Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) and the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC).

Allan was elected President of JewishCare in 2011.




Hon. Treasurer

Jason Sandler

Director since 2016

Jason Sandler is the Chief Financial Officer at TDM Asset Management (TDM), a private investment firm founded in 2004. TDM has a long-term investment philosophy, focusing on companies with attractive growth profiles run by outstanding management teams.

Prior to joining TDM, Jason worked for Investec Australia Limited in Property Investments and Private Equity where he was responsible for finance and operations in those business. Prior to Investec Jason worked for PwC in assurance and business advisory services.

Jason holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales. Jason is a Chartered Accountant and a Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.



 


Members of the Board

Shirli Kirschner
Director since 2013

Shirli has a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Law (UNSW) and is a Nationally accredited mediator.

She worked as a lawyer for six years before founding Resolve Advisors in 1996. Resolve provides services resolving disputes, assisting group decision making and process design to a wide client base in Australia and Internationally. Shirli holds the position of dispute resolution adviser for the National Electricity and wholesale gas markets, an appointment as a sessional Lecturer in the Masters of Law Program at UNSW, a part time Registrar for the Federal Circuits Court.

Shirli currently sits on a number of National and International mediation panels. She has held positions on the Board of the Shalom Institute, the ADR committee of the Law Society and the Board of BRC (the Brain Resource Company) which specialises in brain functional analysis.



Darron Lonstein
Director since 2013

Darron holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computer Science from UCT.

He was one of the founding Directors of the network technology company, Com Tech, which was later sold to the global technology organisation, Dimension Data. During his time at Com Tech, Darron served as its Technical Services Director, responsible for all service and support activities as well as being involved in the strategic direction of the company.

Since then Darron spent several years as Executive Chairman of Controlled Climate Logistics, a logistics business focused on warehousing and distribution for confectionary and allied industries. Darron now invests across a range of property and equity assets and also has a number of private equity investments in start-up enterprises.

Darron has worked with JCA for many years and has been a member of the IT, Allocations, Planning and Executive Committees.



David Morris
Director since 2015

David was appointed as the Chief Strategy Officer at Cochlear Limited in September 2011, having served as President of Cochlear Bone Anchored since September 2005. David joined Cochlear Limited in December 2002 as Senior Vice President, Business Development.

Prior to joining Cochlear Limited, David worked with Accenture in strategy and operational consulting, and has extensive International and Australian experience in the healthcare, consumer products, utilities and financial services industries.

David has a Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor of Applied Science from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He has also completed the Advanced Business Management Program at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University in Chicago, USA.

David was the Mission Leader for the Australian delegation to BioMed and MEDinISRAEL 2013, a showcase of some of the most innovative solutions in Life Sciences and Medical Technology from Israel and all over the world.

David was the Chairman of the Medical Devices Industry Action Agenda from 2005 to 2008. The Medical Devices Industry Action Agenda was an initiative of the Australian Government (Department on Industry, Tourism and Resources) aimed at maximizing the future growth and development of the Medical Device Industry in Australia.



Mark Teperson
Mark Teperson Director since 2015

Mark hold a Masters of Management, and MBA degree from MGSM.

Mark was appointed Director of Multichannel at RCG Corp Ltd in 2012, an investment holding company which owns and operates a large number of footwear and apparel businesses in the performance and active lifestyle sectors. Mark’s is responsible for eCommerce, CRM, Digital & Multichannel strategy & execution across the group.

Prior to joining RCG Corp Ltd, Mark co-founded the Shoe Superstore a chain of comfort and lifestyle footwear stores which he later sold to RCG Corp Ltd in 2009.

Mark has been involved in several communal organisations and initiatives for many years including CSG and Big Brother Big Sister program.



Michele Goldman
Michele is CEO of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, an organisation which provides learning programs to equip social entrepreneurs with the knowledge, skills and networks to establish and scale sustainable social businesses.

Prior to this, Michele was CEO of the Asthma Foundation in NSW where she led the evolution of the organisations strategy, developing innovative services to increase organisational reach and impact.  She played a key role in driving the merger of the NSW and QLD Foundations.

Michele began her career in marketing with Nestle, before moving to the not-for-profit sector due to an emerging interest in social marketing.

Michele has a Bachelor of Business from UTS, and is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  She participated in Sydney Leadership in 2010.

Michele is Chair of the board of The Housing Connection, an organisation committed to supporting adults with an intellectual disability to lead more fulling and inclusive lives in the homes and communities of their choice.



Llana Atlas

Director since 2017

Ilana Atlas is a non-executive director of ANZ Banking Group Limited, Coca-Cola Amatil Limited, Westfield Corporation Limited and Treasury Corporation of New South Wales. She is on the boards of the Human Rights Law Centre, Jawun and is also a Fellow of the Senate of Sydney University.

Her last executive role was Group Executive, People, at Westpac, where she was responsible for human resources, corporate affairs and sustainability. Prior to that role, she was Group Secretary and General Counsel. Before her 10 year career at Westpac, Ilana was a partner in law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now known as King & Wood Mallesons). In addition to her practice in corporate law, she held a number of management roles in the firm including Executive Partner, People and Information, and Managing Partner.




Key staff

Claire Vernon

Chief Executive Officer since 2007.   

Claire started her career as a social worker in the 1970s and worked for ten years as a caseworker. She then moved into NSW Health to run Statewide programs and quality reviews and develop policy in diverse areas such as women’s health, NGO funding reform, violence against women and helping victims of crime. Claire moved to the Attorney General’s Department to head up the NSW Strategy to Reduce Violence Against Women and was then Director of Victims Services for five years.   

Claire moved to NSW Ageing Disability and HomeCare and as a senior executive worked across portfolios relating to Attendant Care, closure of large residential institutions, allocation of HACC funding and was General Manager, Home Care Service of NSW.

To contact Claire please email c.vernon@jewishcare.com.au



Warren Hurst

Executive Officer since 2007.

Warren holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a Masters in Marketing. He has worked in government, private and not for profit sectors. He commenced working for the State Government as an Investment Analyst for GIO and then research analyst for Department of Industrial Development and Decentralisation, before establishing a number of start-up businesses including indoor sporting centres and retail and wholesale licenced sporting apparel. 

He joined JewishCare as Manager of Print35 and has since worked in a number of roles in the organisation. As Executive Office he oversees marketing and brand management.

To contact Warren please email w.hurst@jewishcare.com.au



Andrew Fodor

Chief Financial Officer since 2004.

Andrew’s portfolio includes financial management, information technology, facilities and administration.

Completing a BSc Honours Degree in Economics in 1980, Andrew went on to earn a post-gradual qualification in International Trade before migrating to Australia in 1984. Here, he completed a Masters degree in Professional Accounting at UNSW in 1988.

Andrew has worked for over 30 years in senior financial management roles, mostly with not for profit organisations. His professional experience has been recognised by advancing to the status of Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA).

Andrew commenced in this role with JewishCare in 2004, exactly 20 years to the date when he arrived to Australia, with the support of Jewish Welfare Society – as JewishCare was known then.

To contact Andrew please email a.fodor@jewishcare.com.au



Keith Brown

Manager, Community Aged Services since 2007.

‚Ä®Keith holds MA Health Administration; BA (Hons); Dip COT; Post grad Cert OHS. Keith is the Senior Manager of the Community Aged Services. 

He has broad experience as a clinician, manager and educator in occupational therapy and rehabilitation, health service management, and workplace and tertiary teaching. He has previously worked as the manager of a rehabilitation service for a private hospital; has managed OT services and has 30 years’ experience in Aged Care; General Medicine; Community Care and Rehabilitation, and Occupational Rehabilitation.   

To contact Keith please email k.brown@jewishcare.com.au



Andy Kellahan

Manager Human Relations since 2007.

Andy graduated from the University of Otago in 1988 with BA (Economics and History) and then went on to complete a B. Commerce in Management (HR / IR) in 1989. Following University he commenced a career in international hotels and resorts holding a number of Supervisory and Management roles both here and overseas before specialising in Human Resources. 

After a decade in the hospitality industry Andy then undertook several years of contracting with major companies prior to joining JewishCare.

To contact Andy please email a.kellahan@jewishcare.com.au



Renata Ieremias

Manager, Child Family and Community Services since 2014.

Renata holds degrees in Social Work, Art Therapy, Trauma Focused Psychotherapy, an Advanced Diploma In Community Sector Management and is a graduate of the Officers School of Military Medicine in Israel.

Renata brings more than 23 years of professional experience as a clinician, manager and supervisor in the fields of child protection, mental health, domestic and family violence, PTSD, therapeutic intervention with addicted people and therapeutic intervention with victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse. Her experience has been gained through the army, government, non-government and private practice in Australia and abroad.

She manages Family Support, Mental Health, Youth Services and Volunteer Services.   

To contact Renata please email r.Ieremias@jewishcare.com.au



Suzi Parker

Manager, Disability Services since 2014.

Suzi started her career as a registered nurse and worked in UK and USA prior to moving to Australia. She worked in HIV, Hepatitis C and Sexual Health services in the government and Not for Profit Sector. Suzi joined JewishCare in 2001, initially developing the North Shore presence of JewishCare, then managing volunteer services before becoming the Manager of The Burger Centre and overseeing the transition to the Randwick site. 

She has qualifications in Criminology, Sexual Health counselling and a Masters in Couple and Family Therapy. She recently graduated from the 10 month Sydney Leadership Program.

To contact Suzi please email SuziP@jewishcare.com.au



Dalit Tendler

Manager, Business Development since 2014.

Dalit holds a BA in Business Management and later became a Graduate from Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2013.

She has over 20 years of experience working with multinational Blue Chip FMCG international companies, she joined JewishCare in a Business Development role in 2014. Dalit is an entrepreneurial strategic leader specialising in Marketing and Business Development. She brings a commercial approach focusing on consumers and clients, to the changing world of Not for Profits. 

To contact Dalit please email d.tendler@jewishcare.com.au



Maureen Mendelowitz

Holds a Licentiate Trinity College London Speech and Drama

Manager, Bequests and Donations

Maureen was involved of major national fundraising projects in South Africa, including Operation Hunger and extensions to the Red Cross Children's Hospital.

In 1997 Maureen and her late husband Julian joined their children in Sydney and she soon was employed by Barnardos Australia. Two years later she successfully applied to formally run the bequests and donations program for JewishCare, a post she still holds.

Maureen has always been motivated by worthwhile causes, and feels rewarded and gratified that the substantial funds raised through her efforts have given many people a much needed hand up.

To contact Maureen please email m.mendelowitz@jewishcare.com.au




Bronwyn Elbourne 

Manager, The Burger Centre
To contact Bronwyn please email B.Elbourne@burgercentre.com.au