Meet the Team

MEET OUR BOARD

Glenda Buckley
Glenda Buckley
Chairperson

Qualifications
Glenda has more than 20 years’ experience in a variety of Human Service organisations including Government and Non-Government.

Experience
Glenda has more than 20 years’ experience in a variety of Human Service organisations including Government and Non-Government. Glenda in employed in an Executive role for the past 6 years and is currently the Director of Statewide Operations Network for NSW Department of Education. Glenda is passionate about supporting people and has experience in leading a NDIS service.

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-profit. She has qualifications in Teaching, Applied Science, Association Management and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Experience
Maurene has served on the Board of the Alzheimer Association, Karabi Community and Development Services Inc, Fairfield Resources Centre and Cabramatta Community Service. She has also helped several foundations to raise funds.

Currently, she is part-time Chair of the Board and Managing Director at the National Standards Development Organisation Ltd in which she has helped to get this socially responsible start-up organisation launched and recognised for its eco-labelling standards for building and construction products.

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Patricia Hiesberger
Treasurer

Qualifications
Patricia holds a Master in Business Administration (Finance and Project Management through UTS), Bachelor of Business Studies (Management – through Charles Sturt University), Industrial Engineering Associate Diploma and an Aircraft Mechanical Engineering Trade Certificate.

Experience
Patricia has over 30 years’ experience within the Transport industry – primarily Airline, Rail and Bus. She has extensive senior level experience in strategy management, project management and compliance with a strong focus on safety and reducing operating costs.

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ELAINE J. COHEN
Director

Qualifications
Bachelor of Education (specialising in Disability Teaching and Behaviour Management).

Experience
Long experience of teaching in primary schools and at ESL schools with integrated disability children in the class.
Member of the WH&S Committee at Hampden Park Primary School and Board member of St George Area Intellectual Disability Services Ltd. since 1986 and of the 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.

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NAOMI SHARPE
Director

Qualifications
Naomi holds various Degrees in Management, Community Services Work and a Bachelor Diploma of Business (specialising in Human Resource Management).

Experience
Naomi has over 10 years of experience in management and training as well as community services, children’s services and aged card.

Currently a transport for NSW professional in the areas of training, compliance, competency and governance. Together with over 20 years’ experience in the disability field primarily in employment and day services. An SME and current trainer in Community Services from Certificate II through to Diploma.

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Angelo Di Benedetto
Director

Qualifications
Angelo holds a Bachelor of Business degree (Accounting Major) from The University of Western Sydney. He is also a fully credentialed CPA.

Experience
Angelo has over 30 years of corporate professional experience both locally and abroad, and as well he has over 20 years’ experience working numerous different boards, in various industries and different geographies across the globe, fulfilling the roles of board member, company secretary and board chairperson.

His professional career commenced in the finance area, expanding over his career to at times include: HR management; IT Systems; Legal and Tax; Operations and Supply Chain and finally General Management which included being part of a (multinational) executive team, tasked with setting the global company’s strategic direction and needed action plans and then ensuring delivery against those targets.

Carol Lawrence
Carol Lawrence
Director

Qualifications
Carol holds various 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.

MEET OUR EXECUTIVE LEADERS

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Maree Mullins
Chief Executive Officer

Qualifications
Maree holds a Bachelor in Community Management and an Associate Diploma in Community Organisations and Welfare.

Experience
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
Nazia Ahmed
Executive Leader – Customer Relations

Qualifications
Nazia holds a Diploma in Business Management.

Experience
Nazia Ahmed has worked at Sunnyhaven for the past 7 years. She held the position of Office Manager for X years before starting her new and exciting role as Customer Relations Manager. Nazia looks forward to supporting Clients and families transitioning to the NDIS.

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Leonie Wild
Executive Leader – Operations Manager

Qualifications
Leonie holds a Diploma in Management, Certificate IV in Disability, Certificate IV in Enrolled Nursing and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Experience
Leonie has worked at Sunnyhaven in the Disability and Aged Care sector since 2001 in direct care and later accommodation management, and in 2017 went on to try different specialties in the disability sector with another provider. She has now returned to Sunnyhaven to take on the position as Operations Manager.
Leonie has a strong sense of social justice and a history of advocating for people with a disability, their families and carers. In her current role, she applies her coordination and management experience to the overseeing and expansion of community living projects across St George and Sutherland.