NCJWA (VIC)


Our Board


Left to Right - Back Row – Shirley Glance, Judy Hacker, Elaine Jacobs, Helen Lewin, Karen Stock
Front Row – Anna Serry, Debbie Strauch, Linda Grant, Hannah Greenberg, Miriam Bass
Absent: Ann Wollner

Miriam Bass, President of NCJWA (Vic) has been an active member of the Board since 2012 serving in a variety of roles.  She initiated a comprehensive strategic review of the organisation and facilitated the development of the current strategic plan (2015-2020).  Miriam also lead the development of new Constitutions in 2014.  A management consultant by profession , Miriam has extensive consulting and board experience across a wide range of areas including education , health, arts and culture as well as corporate and community sectors.  Miriam’s commitment to women’s issues and social justice was a primary motivator to her joining NCJWA (Vic)

Shirley Glance, Immediate Past President, has been actively involved with NCJWA (Vic) for more than 25 years. She was the co founder of the Kulanu group and has held various positions at the national level.  Shirley has been involved in the Jewish and broader communities for many years.  She worked in fundraising at the JNF and is involved with the Breast Cancer Support Network and Brighways (Cabrini Breast Cancer Service).  Shirley also helped re-establish Bayside Polio support group and has also been actively engaged in multi-faith activities. (On leave)

Linda Grant joined the board of NCJWA (Vic) in 2016. She brings a rich background in employment and training in Australia and the UK.  Linda is the principal of a business consultancy specialising in human resources, training, learning and development. Linda has a demonstrated commitment to women and girls in the corporate, community and education sectors.

Hannah Greenberg, Treasurer, is a teacher and a qualified accountant for over 40 years.  She has served as Treasurer since she joined the board in 2012.  Hannah was instrumental in obtaining DGR status for the Social Support Trust for the Caring Mums program. She is passionate about NCJWA and empowering women.

Judy Hacker joined the Board in March 2017 as a co-opted member. Judy is a senior marketing executive with over thirty years experience in management, marketing and strategic planning. She is an experienced board member, currently serving on the board of Women’s Health Victoria and as the consumer invitee to the Cabrini Health Board. In the short time she has been on our Board Judy has made a very real impact putting her professional skills in marketing to good use for the organisation.

Elaine Jacobs joined the board of NCJWA (Vic) as a co-opted member in March 2017.  Elaine is a strategic thinker, connector, professional mentor and public speaker with over 40 years in business including more than 22 years in financial markets with Morgan Stanley and Merrill lynch.  She is the co-founder with daughter Sandra of the Significant Women’s Network.  Elaine is passionate about women’s financial health and well-being and enabling women’s success in the business environment. 

Sandra Levinson has a degree in marketing and worked in advertising and marketing prior to having a family.  Sandra’s first involvement in NCJWA (Vic) began about 12 years ago as a volunteer in the Senior’s program.  She joined the Board in 2009 and served with great dedication until her resignation from the Board in September 2016 due to other commitments.  Sandra has been Chair of the Events Committee for a number of years and she has agreed to continue her work at NCJWA (Vic) in that role.

Helen Lewin, Secretary of NCJWA (Vic) joined the Board in 2016 and currently chairs the governance committee. With qualifications in law and more than 25 years’ experience in law, privacy practice and corporate compliance Helen brings a breadth of perspectives to dealing with privacy protection and information governance issues. Formerly, Deputy Privacy Commissioner (Victoria) and Chief Privacy Officer and Head of Corporate Compliance at Telstra Corporation, Helen now works as a lawyer and privacy consultant. Like other board members, Helen is passionate about the advancement of women and girls in the Jewish and broader communities.

Anna Serry brings a background in commercial law as well as in public interest law to her role on the Board of NCJWA (Vic).  Anna joined the board in 2016 and has had an immediate impact as a member of the Governance Committee and the Development Committee.  Anna has also been pivotal working as a liaison between the board and the younger group of women who formed the ‘Celebrating 90’ committee.

Karen Stock is a social worker by profession and brings a diverse range of experience in property development and in community fundraising to her position on the Board of NCJWA (Vic).  Karen has a long history of community work, as a Court Networker in the County Court, former Vice President of Mount Scopus Memorial College, mentor with the Jewish Care Adolescent Program for High Achievers and a Caring Mum (to name a few of her roles).  Karen is an ambassador and a volunteer for our affiliate Unchain My Heart and is currently the Chair of our Building Committee.

Debbie Strauch, Vice President of NCJWA (Vic) is a qualified high school teacher.  Originally from NSW, Debbie came to Melbourne in 2007.  Following her move to Melbourne, Debbie became involved in the Jewish not for profit sector, joining the Board of NCJWA (Vic) in 2010.  Debbbie has served as a general board member and as Secretary.  Debbie is passionate about her work at NCJWA (Vic).  She initiated our Brainfood series and continues to co-ordinate these monthly events, she also co-ordinates the speakers for the UJEB Batmitzvah program in term 4.  Debbie works closely with Miriam Bass and is actively involved in fundraising.

Ann Wollner is a practising lawyer and clinical child psychologist and a Research Fellow at Victoria University. She has a doctorate in Psychology and special interests in family violence, international child protection and education. Ann has a strong commitment to the Jewish and broader communities having served as the President of Mount Scopus Memorial College and being involved in Unchain My Heart, Maccabi Victoria, the Ayslum Seekers Resource Centre and the JCCV Youth Alcohol Project, among many others. Ann has been a member of the NCJWA (Vic) Board since 2014 and is on the Finance, Building and JAM sub-committees.

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