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.
ELAINE J. COHEN Director
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
Carol Lawrence Secretary
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.
Margaret Caskey Director
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.
Patricia Hiesberger Director
Masters in Business Administration (Finance & Project Management through UTS)
Bachelor of Business Studies (Management – through Charles Sturt University)
Industrial Engineering Associate Diploma
Aircraft Mechanical Engineering Trade Certificate
Patricia has over 30 years’ experience within the Transport industry – primarily Airline, Rail & Bus. She has extensive senior level experience in strategy management, project management and compliance with a strong focus on safety and reducing operating costs.
BRADFORD KELLY Board Member
Bradford Kelly has spent the last 30 years working in the Financial Services sector both in Australia and overseas specialising in Banking, payments and technology.
Brad has held senior roles with ANZ, HSBC and JPMorgan Chase as well as Director level roles in the Fintech space and is regarded as Australia’s leading SME in payments and fintech.
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.
Masters of Professional Accounting Extended (MPAE)
Graduate Diploma of Business
Bachelor of Business Accounting
Certificate IV in Competitive Systems and Practices
Member of CPA
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 Executive Leader – 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 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.
Executive Leader –Supported Independent Living
Kulander Chapman has had an extensive career in the community services sector spanning 3 decades, working as direct care worker for many years in various settings such as teachers aide, youth work and welfare assistance, out of home care, supported employment, day services, respite and group homes. He has spent the last 15 years in management roles including senior regional positions for large non-government organisations.
Kulander’s passion is to provide quality and safe accommodation that focusses on residents individual aspirations for people with disability and holds qualifications in social science, frontline management, internal auditing, as well as an advanced diploma in disability work.