President

President

Jason Sandler

Director since 2016

Jason Sandler is the Chief Financial Officer at TDM Growth Partners (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 and is a Chartered Accountant.

Hon. Treasurer

Hon. Treasurer

Michael Hirschowitz

Director since 2018

Michael is the Chief Operating Officer of Guzman Y Gomez, Australia’s fastest-growing restaurant business. With its focus on delivering clean, made-to-order Mexican food made using fresh produce to its guests, and with speed and innovation at the core of the business, Guzman y Gomez is redefining fast food by showing it’s possible to serve good food, fast, without compromising on nutrition. In 2020, Guzman y Gomez was awarded the QSR Media Multi-Site Restaurant of the Year and in 2021 won the Canstar Blue Most Satisfied Customers award. Guzman y Gomez operates over 140 restaurants in four countries.

Prior to that, Michael was the Chief Financial Officer and Finance Director of Accent Group Limited for over 20 years. During his career with the group, Michael was instrumental in transforming the business from a small private company into Australia and New Zealand's largest listed footwear business.

His role as both a senior executive and public company board member has provided Michael with a unique insight into the interface between efficiently functioning boards and their management teams. This has enabled him to develop deep skills across a wide range of complex business situations in order to distil key objectives, opportunities, priorities, risks and other important metrics to efficiently deliver optimal outcomes for all stakeholders.

Michael holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Accountancy degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand and was a Chartered Accountant. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Members of the Board

Members of the Board

Ben Bolot

Ben is Executive General Manager for ATCO Australia developing renewable energy projects in Australia.  Ben has previously held a number of senior executive roles in ASX listed energy and infrastructure companies, and has served on a number of investment and joint venture company boards.

Ben holds degrees in Commerce and Law from the University of Auckland and was previously admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor and a Chartered Accountant in New Zealand.

 

Caryn Sandler

Director since 2019

Caryn Sandler is a Partner and the Chief Knowledge & Innovation Officer at Gilbert + Tobin. Caryn leads the Legal Service Innovation Team and G+T Innovate. These teams provide specialised services to support Gilbert + Tobin’s legal service delivery, and also deliver new tools and services benefiting the firm’s practice and clients. Caryn’s role encompasses responsibility for over 80 lawyers and business support staff working across Innovation and Legal Transformation, Legal Technology and Legal Project Management.

Prior to this role, Caryn worked as an ECM and M&A lawyer in both Australia and the UK.

Caryn is a regular speaker at global legal technology and innovation conferences and was recognised as one of Australia’s top legal innovators in the Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards 2018. Caryn also won ‘Innovator of the Year’ in the Women in Law Awards in both 2019 and 2020.

Caryn is a director of the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce, member of the Gonski Jewish School Review Committee, and the Co-Chair of the Advisory Board for the Centre of Legal Innovation, College of Law.

Caryn has a combined Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and Bachelor of Laws from UNSW and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance (Finsia). She is also a Certified Practising Project Practitioner and Certified ICAgile Professional.

 

David Morris

Director since 2014

David is the Chief Strategy Officer and President Asia Pacific at Nanosonics Limited, and is a Non Executive Director of Technion Australia.

David has extensive experience in healthcare and medical devices, having served as the CEO and Managing Director of the Monash IVF Group. Before that position he was an Executive at Cochlear Limited, serving as Chief Strategy Officer, having previously been President of Cochlear Bone Anchored Solution, and Senior Vice President of Business Development.

Prior to joining Cochlear Limited, David worked at Accenture in the Strategy practice. He also has extensive Australian and International experience in consumer products, utilities and financial services.

David has a Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor of Applied Science from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. David completed the Advanced Business Management Program at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University in Chicago, USA, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

David was elected to the board of JewishCare in 2014.

Jenna Baskin

Director since 2019

Jenna Baskin is the CEO of MCI, a multi award-winning training and education company delivering learning to the ASX200, large government organisations, and individuals across Australia. She was responsible for the creation of MCI's online consumer division, the MCI Institute, and the transition of the organisation into the digital learning landscape. Jenna led the sale of MCI to APM, Australia's largest private human services provider.

Jenna has a Bachelor of Commerce from UNSW and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. She was on the Australian Institute of Management 30 Under 30 list and serves on the boards of Mum for Mum and the Jewish National Fund.

Jenna has been on the Board of JewishCare since 2019.

Jeremy Samuel

Appointed Director 23rd May 2018

Jeremy is the founder and Managing Director of Anacacia Capital, which invests into leading small-medium enterprises. Jeremy is a Non-Executive Director of Duncan Technologies, Opteon, Pump and Sureway. He was the former lead director for Anacacia's successful investments including: Appen, Yumi's, Rafferty's Garden, Lomb Scientific and Home Appliances.

Jeremy's great-grandfather, Aaron Blashki, was the founder in 1895 (and subsequent President for thirty years) of the Sydney Jewish Aid Society, which later merged with what is now JewishCare.

Jeremy holds an MBA from Yale University School of Management and Arts/Law degrees from the University of New South Wales.

Mark Teperson

Director since 2015

Mark is the Chief Strategy Officer at Afterpay.  Prior to that he was the Chief Digital Officer at Accent Group Ltd, the largest listed Footwear business in Australia and New Zealand.  In 2018 Mark was recognised as Global Commerce Leader of the Year at the Annual Magento conference in Las Vegas.

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

Mark holds a Master of Management, and an MBA degree from MGSM.

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

Key Staff

Key Staff

Andrew Fodor

Chief Financial Officer

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

Andy Kellahan

Manager Human Relations

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 in 2007.

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

Bronwyn Elbourne

Senior Manager, The Burger Centre

Bronwyn has worked in the Aged Care sector since 1991 in a field she is very passionate about. She has worked across local government, residential and community aged care and has worked in the Jewish Community for 20 years.

Along with her years of experience in the sector Bronwyn holds a Masters in Gerontology, Bachelor of Social Science Degree, Graduate Diploma in Not for Profit Management, Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management and is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Dementia Care .

With her passion giving back to the community, Bronwyn volunteers her time on the Randwick Council Cultural Diversity & Equity Advisory Committee, Maccabi NSW, NSW Swimming and the Eastern Suburbs Special Olympics Swim Events.

She has held her current position as Senior Manager of the Burger Centre since 2014, a role she enjoys for its diversity, challenges and connection to all aspects of the community. The Burger Centre is a wellbeing day centre for senior citizens in the Jewish and wider community. Their programs aim to enhance the capability of older people to stay independent in their own homes and to facilitate social connection within the community in a sophisticated, culturally appropriate and meaningful way.

To contact Bronwyn please email B.Elbourne@burgercentre.com.au

Dalit Tendler

Chief Operating Officer

Dalit holds a BA in Statistics and continued studies for a Masters at the Technion Haifa 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 and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2021. 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

Gary Groves

Chief Executive Officer

Gary started his career in the NSW Police Force.  For over 24 years, Gary  worked in a number of roles in NSW Government including a number of senior executive roles. For eight years he served as the Executive Director in Family and Community Services, more recently for the Stronger Communities Investment and Inclusion Directorate. He was recruited to lead the COVID-19 response on behalf of the Department of Communities and Justice.  In this capacity, he established the Vulnerable Priority Cohorts Strategy Group which delivered calculated, adaptive social policy changes and highly effective operational services.

Gary has worked closely with Ministers from NSW Government and Agencies to orchestrate a suite of strategies and frameworks including the NSW Carers Strategy 2020-2030; NSW Ageing Strategy; Whole-of-Government Outcomes Framework for Vulnerable Families and an overhaul of the Child Protection System.

Gary demonstrates a strategic mindset that, in its forward-looking focus, understands the role of data in high quality decision making.

He also consistently displays a strong sense of personal integrity and exceptional stakeholder engagement skills.  He joined JewishCare in 2021 as CEO.

Keith Brown

Manager, Community Aged Services

Keith holds MA Health Administration; BA (Hons); Dip COT; Post grad Cert OHS. Joining JewishCare in 2007, 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

Renata Ieremias

Manager, Child Family and Community Services

Renata holds a BA in Social Work, a Masters in Art Therapy, a post graduate certificate in Trauma Focused Psychotherapy, an Advanced Diploma in Community Sector Management, a Graduate Certificate in Management of Non-for-Profit Organisations, and a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Institute of Business.

She brings nearly 30 years of professional experience as a clinician, social worker, 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 domestic and sexual abuse. Her experience has been gained through the army, government, non-for-profit and private practice in Australia and abroad.

Joining JewishCare in 2014, 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

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.  In 2014 she was appointed as Manager of Disability Services at JewishCare.

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

Warren Hurst

Community and Donor Engagement Manager

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 including  Executive Officer (2007-2021) where he was responsible for overseeing marketing and brand management.  In 2021 he was appointed as the Community and Donor Engagement Manager.

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

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