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
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.
SIMON FENTON Vice Chairperson
Bachelor of Architecture (Sydney University)
Masters in Architectural Design (University of NSW)
Masters in the Built Environment (University of NSW)
Registered Architect in NSW
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.
JEMIMA MOODY Director
Jemima is a leading lawyer in the field of compensation for sexual assault victims. Since her admission in 1992 Jemima has worked tirelessly to serve injured and disadvantaged people in their pursuit of justice and proper compensation.
Jemima has practiced extensively in Australia and the UK on wide range of human rights work including complex claims, multi-party actions against churches, public companies and governments and has been involved in policy work in the area of victims of crime and sexual assault. Jemima was a senior lawyer on the internationally recognised Cape litigation, conducted at the House of Lords in London which secured over £21m in compensation for over 7,500 South-African asbestos miners in 2001.
Jemima travelled to the USA in September 2014 to study the creative process with Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes and subsequently undertook a Graduate Diploma in Transpersonal Art Therapy here in Sydney to deepen the knowledge of the healing available from within one’s own psyche.
Jemima has built a reputation amongst her loyal referral base of psychologists, counsellors, welfare workers and solicitors for her steadfast commitment to serve her clients, but also for her sensitivity and respect for their story. Jemima is constantly inspired by her client’s courage and resilience as they navigate the legal system in pursuit of recognition for the crimes committed upon them.
VIVIAN EDMONDS Treasurer
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
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
Bachelor of Education specialising in disability teaching and behaviour management.
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
Graduate degrees in education in the USA, Graduate diploma in careers education, graduate diploma from Sydney University in health education.
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.
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)
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
Royal Far West Multi-Lit Program (K-6)
Manly Village Multi-Lit Program (K-3)
Tibetan Homework Club – helping children of refugees completing their after-school study commitment as well as extra literacy and numeracy skills input.
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 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.
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.
Thivi holds a Bachelor of Commerce and many years of experience with varying accounting software. She has worked across different industries, and varying sizes of business, bringing a wealth of knowledge with her. Before starting her next journey at Sunnyhaven Thivi worked at another day programs disability centre.
Thivi started with us in August and has already made an impact. We’re looking forward to seeing the results of her extensive experience.