Meet the Team

MEET OUR BOARD

Simon Fenton
SIMON FENTON
Chairperson

Qualifications

Bachelor of Architecture (Sydney University)

Masters in Architectural Design (University of NSW)

Masters in the Built Environment (University of NSW)

Registered Architect in NSW

Experience

Simon has 25 years’ experience working as a Registered Architect in private practice, in a publicly listed development company and currently in local government. He has experience in design management, project management, strategic planning, governance procedure, regulation and assessment within large and medium sized organisations.

Maurene Horder
Maurene Horder
Vice Chairperson

Qualifications

Maurene has extensive experience as a Board Member and as CEO to Boards and Advisory Committees. She has worked for peak organisations in government, private enterprise, and not-for-profits. She has qualifications in Teaching, Applied Science, Association Management and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Experience

Currently she is part time Chair of the Board and Managing Director, National Standards Development Organisation Ltd in which she has helped to get this socially responsible start up organization launched and recognized for its eco labelling standards for building and construction products. Her senior career positions have included:

  • Executive Officer, Planning Institute of Australia
  • CEO, Migration Institute of Australia
  • CEO, National Marine Safety Committee Inc
  • Community Liaison Manager Dames and More P/L
  • Regional Manager PACIA
  • Founding Executive Director Census Applications P/L

In other voluntary roles in NSW Maurene has served on the Board of the Alzheimers Association, Karabi Community and Development Services Inc, Fairfield Resources Centre and Cabramatta Community Service. She has also helped several Foundations to raise funds.

Vivian Edmonds
VIVIAN EDMONDS
Treasurer

Qualifications

Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of International Trade & Economics
Master of Business Administration (UTS)
Master of Accounting (MQU)
Member of CPA Australia
Fellow of the IPA (Institute of Public Accountants)
Registered Tax Agent
ASIC Registered SMSF Auditor

Experience

Vivian has been working as a Public Practising Accountant for over 15 years and is a Senior Partner together with her husband in their own accounting firm. Vivian has a great passion for the work she does as it involves helping people improve their financial situation by educating, assisting and guiding them on their business or personal journey. Vivian specialises in business advisory and management, taxation and management accounting.

Elaine J Cohen
ELAINE J. COHEN
Secretary

Qualifications

Bachelor of Education specialising in disability teaching and behaviour management.

Experience

  • 20 years teaching in primary school
  • Teaching at ESL schools with integrated disability children in the class
  • Member of WH&S Committee at Hampden Park Primary School
  • Member of the Board of Directors of St George Area Intellectual Disability Services Ltd. since 1986
  • Board member (for 10 years) of Community Development Office at Bardwell Park.(umbrella group of many NGOs in St George, Marrickville, Canterbury and Bankstown)
  • Staff assessment and selection at school and at St George Area Intellectual Disability Services Ltd now known as Sunnyhaven Ltd
  • Carer of a sister with disability and carer of husband’s sister with disability
Carol Lawrence
Carol Lawrence
Board Member

Qualifications

Graduate degrees in education in the USA, Graduate diploma in careers education, graduate diploma from Sydney University in health education.

Experience

Employed as a teacher in Australia for over 25 years Community involvement being part of Neighbourhood watch and assisting the Arncliffe family festival for two years.

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Margaret Caskey
Board Member

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education (University of New England)
Graduate Diploma of Special Education (Kuringai College of Advanced Education)
Masters of Applied Linguistics (University of Technology)
Masters of Educational Policy ( University of Technology)

Experience

Margie has 5 years teaching experience in General Primary and 5 years in Special Education with a focus on intellectual disability.

Margie then became a full-time parent but found time to volunteer at her children’s and other local schools in the following capacities:
Helper, Special Education Program
Reader, Writer Scribe- School certificate and higher school certificate for students with special needs, and
Reading Helper in classrooms

More recently:
Royal Far West Multi-Lit Program (K-6)
Manly Village Multi-Lit Program (K-3)

Currently
Tibetan Homework Club – helping children of refugees completing their after-school study commitment as well as extra literacy and numeracy skills input.

Fund Raising

The Abstract Committee supporting Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children. This year 2018 raising money for Braille Printer as it is not included in the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

This is Margie’s first board appointment.

MEET OUR EXECUTIVE LEADERS

Maree Mullins
Maree Mullins
Chief Executive Officer

Maree holds a BA in Community Management and an Associate Diploma in Community Organizations and Welfare. Maree has been a CEO and held senior executive roles and brings a great depth and passion for working with people with a disability. She has worked in the Disability, Youth, Community, Out of Home Care, Creative Arts and the Justice sectors for the past 33 years and brings her entrepreneurial leadership to Sunnyhaven.

Karen Sarpkaya
Karen Sarpkaya
Chief Financial Officer

Qualifications

Masters of Professional Accounting Extended (MPAE)
Graduate Diploma of Business
Bachelor of Business Accounting
Certificate IV in Competitive Systems and Practices
Member of CPA

Experience

Karen is C-Level Executive experienced in leading operations, finance and commercial functions within the FMCG, Distribution, Manufacturing/Engineering, Resources and Health sectors achieving
notable successes. She is an innovative and strategic thinker that has demonstrated cross-functional expertise for developing and implementing strategies that support business growth, increased productivity and increased employee engagement.

Joumana Sanjakdar
Joumana Sanjakdar
People & Culture

Joumana has extensive experience in Human Resources Management having worked in a number of government organisations specialising in Social Justice Strategies including the development of key public sector policies and Management of Workplace Relations. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Management and a background in mediation.  Her passion, experience and background will facilitate strategic alignment for Sunnyhaven.

Nazia Ahmed
Nazia Ahmed
Executive Leader – Customer Relations

Nazia Ahmed has worked at Sunnyhaven for the past 7 years. Nazia held the position of Office Manager and her new and exciting role is Customer Relations Manager.

Nazia looks forward to her new role in supporting Clients and families transition to the NDIS. Nazia holds a Diploma in Business Management.

Paul Ashton
Paul Ashton
Corporate Services Leader – Accommodation Services

Paul has worked in the human services field for the past 35 years. He
has been employed in the disability sector for the past 26 years and
directly responsible for the delivery of disability services across several
service types. Prior to his role within the disability sector he worked in
various roles with Youth and Community Services.

In the disability sector he was employed in the following positions:

  • Assistance Manager
  • Manager Community Access Service
  • Regional Accommodation
  • CEO

Services types include:

  • Community Access Programs
  • Post School Programse
  • Accommodation Programs
  • Centre-Based Respite
  • In-Home Support
  • Own-Home Respite

Within these past roles he has successfully managed the recruitment of
staff, person centred planning, financial management, performance
management, organisational restructure and workplace health and
safety requirements.

In the past he has held numerous position on management committees
as a volunteer in the Not for Profit Sector.

Paul is looking forward to supporting clients to achieve their goal and
supporting staff to further develop their skills.

Maree Bosco
Maree Bosco (Ree)
Corporate Services Leader – Day and specialized services

Ree has worked in management for over fifteen years in the disability sector.

She comes with a wealth of knowledge, being directly responsible for Transition back to work programs and has been the direct person responsible for running many large day programs. She was also in a managing role for the first rollout of the national disability insurance scheme and was part of the first programing intake process.

Ree prides herself on motivating her team to the highest level with her extensive training in leadership and management. She demonstrates a high level of professionalism and has achieved awards in management. Ree has a person-centred planning approach and manages her team through the process to create and acknowledge the individual person.

She has been in management roles in restructuring a small organisation into a medium and successful organisation.

Ree says she is exactly where she wants to be, part of a great team and organisation that is motivated to achieve and empower our Sunnyhaven participants to see the person and not the disability.