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Key Personnel


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 and is a Chartered Accountant.

Hon. Treasurer

Michael Hirshowitz

Director since 2018

Michael is the former Chief Financial Officer and Finance Director of Accent Group Limited. Over his 21-year 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.

Michael is also a non-Executive Director of Kogan.com.Ltd a listed online retail business and in an advisory role, as the interim Chief Financial Officer of Guzman Y Gomez, Australia's largest Mexican Restaurant chain.

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 in 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

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 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.

Mark Teperson

Director since 2015

Mark is the Chief Digital Officer at Accent Group Ltd, the largest listed Footwear business in Australia and New Zealand. Mark is responsible for eCommerce, CRM, Digital and Omni-Channel strategy and execution across the group. 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.

llana Atlas

Director since 2017  

Ilana Atlas is Chairman of Coca-Cola Amatil Limited and a non-executive director of ANZ Banking Group Limited and OneMarket Corporation Limited. She is Chairman of Jawun and is on the boards of the Paul Ramsey Foundation and Adara Development (Australia).

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.

Jeremy Samuel

Director since 2018

Jeremy is the founder and Managing Director of Anacacia Capital that invests into leading small-medium enterprises. Jeremy is a Non-Executive Director of Duncan Technologies. He was the former lead director for Anacacias's successful investments into: Appen, Rafferty's Garden, Yumi's, 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, that later merged with what is now JewishCare. Jeremy is involved with a range of other communal organisations.

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



Ben Bolot

Director since 2018

Until recently, Ben Bolot was Chief Investment Officer of Spark Infrastructure, a leading energy infrastructure owner listed on the ASX. Prior to this Ben was General Manager, Strategy, Sustainability, Regulation and International Development as well as Chief Risk Officer at Origin Energy Limited. Ben holds degrees in Commerce and Law from the University of Auckland and was admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor and a Chartered Accountant in New Zealand.

Ben grew up in New Zealand where a small Jewish community relies heavily on the goodwill and efforts of volunteers. His parents and grandparents were very actively involved in all aspects of Jewish life in Auckland so growing up he was always aware of the need for individuals to play their part in looking after the wider community. Most recently Ben and his wife have worked with United Israel Appeal to introduce a new division aimed at engaging the younger generation and their kids.



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