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Meet the team

Meet The Team

NCJWA Vic is the spirited, successful organisation it is today – thanks to our dedicated and diversely-talented Board, CEO and staff members.

Board

Lesley Ber

Lesley Ber - Treasurer

With many years in investment banking, Lesley’s expertise spans general banking, internal auditing and specialist treasury bank auditing. She’s even had the chance to work internationally on several occasions. Lesley’s interests fall in women’s issues and the advancement of girls and women in society – particularly in the domains of education and welfare.

Sally Davis

Sally Davis - Secretary

Sally is a lawyer by profession, a trained mediator and brings extensive financial services experience to the NCJWA Vic Board. She is currently the General Manager and CEO of committees that monitor codes of practice in the financial services sector. Sally is passionate about providing community assurance and committed to continuous improvement and brings these passions to her role as chair of the Governance Committee and a member of the Finance Committee.
 

Rebecca Forgasz

Rebecca Forgasz

Rebecca is Chair of the Advocacy Committee of NCJWA Vic. She is a strategic and creative thinker who brings to NCJWA Vic over two decades’ experience working in leadership and education-related roles in the Melbourne Jewish community, most notably as Director & CEO of the Jewish Museum of Australia (2010-2019). She is also a board member of the Jewish Climate Network, which she co-founded in 2019, and Chair of the Trustees of the Bernard Lustig Memorial Scholarship. As a lifelong feminist, and bearer of Masters degrees in Women’s Studies and Jewish Studies, she is deeply committed to gender equity within and beyond the Jewish community. 

Romy Grace

Romy Grace

Romy has worked at the intersection of corporate law, funds management and impact investment since 2011. Her diverse background as a Solicitor, Legal Counsel and Investor Relations Manager provides her with a broad perspective on risk management, compliance, capital raising and investing. Romy has also been actively involved in community and industry organisations in a leadership capacity. She has been on our Advocacy Committee since 2019.

Judy Hacker

Judy Hacker – Vice President

Judy joined the Board in 2017 and is a senior marketing executive with over thirty years’ experience in management, marketing and strategic planning. She is an experienced Board member, having served on many not-for-profit boards before joining NCJWA Vic and is currently also on the board of Women’s Health Victoria. Judy led the rebranding of the organisation in 2020 which provided us with a new profile that is strong, professional and contemporary. She is a member of our Development Committee.

Helen Lewin

Helen Lewin – President

Holding over 25 years’ experience in law, privacy practice and corporate compliance, Helen brings a wealth of knowledge in privacy protection and information governance issues to her role as President of NCJWA Vic. Helen was formerly a Deputy Privacy Commissioner (Victoria) and used to chair NCJWA Vic’s Governance Committee. She now chairs the Development Committee and is on the Finance Committee. She is passionate about the advancement of women and girls in the Jewish and broader communities.
 

Kate Mohr

Kate Mohr

With a Bachelor degree in Arts and Law from Monash University, Kate practiced commercial law and specialized in workplace relations law before heading to an in-house role as Legal Counsel for Swinburne University. She is a passionate supporter of many charities and not-for profits and is currently a Director of the Murdoch Children’s’ Research Institute. Kate’s greatest passion is her family and much of her time is devoted to her 3 sons. She sits on the Development Committee and is Chair of Circle of Women.

Karen Stock

Karen Stock

Thanks to her interest in and commitment to social and community work, Karen brings a diverse range of valuable skills and interests to NCJWA Vic. She has vast experience in property development and community fundraising, which makes her the ideal choice for Chair of our Building Committee. She is also a Supervisor for our Caring Mums program.

Charmaine Gittleson

Charmaine Gittleson

Dr Charmaine Gittleson joined our Board in August 2022. She is a non-executive director skilled in strategy, social policy, ethical frameworks, governance & risk management. She presently is Board Chair of Antisense Therapeutics (ASX:ANP) and a board member of George Medicine. Her corporate career includes a 15-year tenure with global ASX-listed specialty biotechnology company CSL Ltd. Charmaine will also be joining our Governance & Risk committee.

Marlo Newton

Marlo Newton

Marlo has worked as a Jewish communal professional for most of her life, currently serving as head of the philanthropy team at The Alfred Foundation. Her career in philanthropy includes tenure with the Mount Scopus College Foundation, JNF and UJEB. Marlo has a Masters Degree in History and is the author of several publications. She is looking forward to supporting NCJWA Vic to model excellence in leadership and the advancement of gender equity.

Observership Program

We are pleased to be part of The Observership Program and welcome Danielle Kamien to the board this year. 

Staff

Liat

Liat Azoulay, The Jam Project Coordinator

Liat Azoulay is the project coordinatior of The Jam Project. Liat spent 15 years in the Retail sector significantly working in operations, recruitment and mentoring teams across Australia. Liat holds a Bachelor in Fine Art Honours, in addition to certification of Heart Math Meditation. Liat is currently at University studying Community Work and Youth Services. Liat was selected to be included in the Nationwide Jewish Advocacy and Leadership Corps with ECAJ year program in 2020.

Pam Buchanek, Programs Administrative Assistance

Pam Buchanek, Programs Administrative Assistance

Pam graduated with a Bachelor of Arts before she began her career in Human Resources in the corporate sector. During the past few years, she has gained experience within a broad range of Jewish community organisations. She feels she can bring her passion, skills and motivation to Caring Mums and NCJWA Vic working alongside an incredible dynamic team. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her inspiring and growing family.  

Robyn Davis

Robyn Davis, Program Officer, Caring Mums

Robyn began with the Caring Mums program in January 2019. She is Social Work trained with extensive Child Protection experience and volunteer experience across various community organizations. In 2019 Robyn completed her Masters of Systemic Family Therapy. Robyn integrates these skills into her work with mums and volunteers in the program. A mum herself, Robyn values and sees the necessity for all mums to have support during their pregnancy and motherhood.

Lisa Ezekiel

Lisa Ezekiel, CEO

Lisa has a collaborative leadership style and a modern approach to stakeholder engagement which makes her highly successful at developing important partnerships and relationships. In a previous role as Head Community Relations & Fundraising at Community Security Group (CSG) she established a new donor wing and exceeded the annual appeal target 3 years running. Working at NCJWA Vic allows Lisa to combine two of her greatest passions: the Jewish community and the advancement of women.

naomi feutrill

Naomi Feutrill, Head of Marketing

Naomi is an experienced and driven marketing lead with 10+ years experience across advertising and brand development. She is incredibly excited to now be working in the NFP sector and joining the NCJWA Vic team. She has a genuine passion for creating a world where women have all the opportunities & support to be successful in all aspects of life. Naomi is a proud Jewish Melbournian and plans to seize the opportunity to utilise her marketing skills to increase the reach and impact of the NCJWA Vic message.

Nellie Khoroshina, Golden Age Club Coordinator

Nellie Khoroshina, Golden Age Club Coordinator

Nellie has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and a Graduate Diploma in IT. Before joining NCJWA Vic in 2004, she owned a small business and worked as a Facilitator in the Aged and Community Care sector.  She brings her vast expertise and organisational skills, together with her passion and Yiddishkite to the GAC. Nellie provides the CALD community, Holocaust survivors and World War II veterans with social support and an important connection to the local Jewish community.

Michelle Kornberg

Michelle Kornberg, Caring Mums Program Manager

Michelle has been with Caring Mums since its inception, creating & developing the program. She is an educator and a family counsellor specialising in parenting, relationships, loss and grief. Being the coordinator of Caring Mums is her dream job, as it uses her skills as an educator and therapist. It enables her to fulfill her passion for empowering women and ensuring that no mother is alone on her journey of motherhood.

Helen Nathan, Caulfield Seniors Club Coordinator

Helen Nathan, Caulfield Seniors Club Coordinator

Helen was a primary teacher for many years and, since leaving teaching, has been involved with the Seniors program for 20 years. First as a volunteer and now she is running the program. Helen believes that NCJWA Vic offers many worthwhile programs for the community.

Sivan Prezma

Sivan Prezma, Executive Assistant & Events Coordinator

Before starting her Diploma of Events Management, Sivan joined NCJWA Vic in early 2020 with a bachelor's degree in media and communication. She enjoys being the first point of contact for members, bringing to this role her love for people and the ability to quickly and efficiently resolve problems. She is proud to be a part of NCJWA Vic and be named amongst the strong women who passionately support women.

Prabha Rajendran – CRM Administrator

Prabha Rajendran, CRM Administrator

Prabha is a CRM Administrator with Master’s in computer science. She is a certified Salesforce Administrator and Platform App Builder. She brings her volunteering experience of implementing Salesforce in not-for-profit organisations. Also, she is a volunteer in Monash community toy library. Prabha likes to do cooking, bottle-painting, and spending time with family.

Michele Slatem

Michele Slatem, Finance Officer

Michele was born in South Africa and immigrated to Australia in 2007. After living in Western Australia she relocated to Melbourne to give her son a stronger Jewish identity. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of South Africa and a certificate of bookkeeping from Pitman Institute in London. In Michele’s spare time she enjoys reading, drawing and learning new skills.