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JewishCare Staff

Key staff

Claire Vernon

Chief Executive Officer since 2007.   

Claire started her career as a social worker in the 1970s and worked for ten years as a caseworker. She then moved into NSW Health to run Statewide programs and quality reviews and develop policy in diverse areas such as women’s health, NGO funding reform, violence against women and helping victims of crime. Claire moved to the Attorney General’s Department to head up the NSW Strategy to Reduce Violence Against Women and was then Director of Victims Services for five years.   

Claire moved to NSW Ageing Disability and HomeCare and as a senior executive worked across portfolios relating to Attendant Care, closure of large residential institutions, allocation of HACC funding and was General Manager, Home Care Service of NSW.

To contact Claire please email c.vernon@jewishcare.com.au



Warren Hurst

Executive Officer since 2007.

Warren holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a Masters in Marketing. He has worked in government, private and not for profit sectors. He commenced working for the State Government as an Investment Analyst for GIO and then research analyst for Department of Industrial Development and Decentralisation, before establishing a number of start-up businesses including indoor sporting centres and retail and wholesale licenced sporting apparel. 

He joined JewishCare as Manager of Print35 and has since worked in a number of roles in the organisation. As Executive Office he oversees marketing and brand management.

To contact Warren please email w.hurst@jewishcare.com.au



Andrew Fodor

Chief Financial Officer since 2004.

Andrew’s portfolio includes financial management, information technology, facilities and administration.

Completing a BSc Honours Degree in Economics in 1980, Andrew went on to earn a post-gradual qualification in International Trade before migrating to Australia in 1984. Here, he completed a Masters degree in Professional Accounting at UNSW in 1988.

Andrew has worked for over 30 years in senior financial management roles, mostly with not for profit organisations. His professional experience has been recognised by advancing to the status of Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA).

Andrew commenced in this role with JewishCare in 2004, exactly 20 years to the date when he arrived to Australia, with the support of Jewish Welfare Society – as JewishCare was known then.

To contact Andrew please email a.fodor@jewishcare.com.au



Keith Brown

Manager, Community Aged Services since 2007.

‚Ä®Keith holds MA Health Administration; BA (Hons); Dip COT; Post grad Cert OHS. Keith is the Senior Manager of the Community Aged Services. 

He has broad experience as a clinician, manager and educator in occupational therapy and rehabilitation, health service management, and workplace and tertiary teaching. He has previously worked as the manager of a rehabilitation service for a private hospital; has managed OT services and has 30 years’ experience in Aged Care; General Medicine; Community Care and Rehabilitation, and Occupational Rehabilitation.   

To contact Keith please email k.brown@jewishcare.com.au



Andy Kellahan

Manager Human Relations since 2007.

Andy graduated from the University of Otago in 1988 with BA (Economics and History) and then went on to complete a B. Commerce in Management (HR / IR) in 1989. Following University he commenced a career in international hotels and resorts holding a number of Supervisory and Management roles both here and overseas before specialising in Human Resources. 

After a decade in the hospitality industry Andy then undertook several years of contracting with major companies prior to joining JewishCare.

To contact Andy please email a.kellahan@jewishcare.com.au



Renata Ieremias

Manager, Child Family and Community Services since 2014.

Renata holds degrees in Social Work, Art Therapy, Trauma Focused Psychotherapy, an Advanced Diploma In Community Sector Management and is a graduate of the Officers School of Military Medicine in Israel.

Renata brings more than 23 years of professional experience as a clinician, manager and supervisor in the fields of child protection, mental health, domestic and family violence, PTSD, therapeutic intervention with addicted people and therapeutic intervention with victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse. Her experience has been gained through the army, government, non-government and private practice in Australia and abroad.

She manages Family Support, Mental Health, Youth Services and Volunteer Services.   

To contact Renata please email r.Ieremias@jewishcare.com.au



Suzi Parker

Manager, Disability Services since 2014.

Suzi started her career as a registered nurse and worked in UK and USA prior to moving to Australia. She worked in HIV, Hepatitis C and Sexual Health services in the government and Not for Profit Sector. Suzi joined JewishCare in 2001, initially developing the North Shore presence of JewishCare, then managing volunteer services before becoming the Manager of The Burger Centre and overseeing the transition to the Randwick site. 

She has qualifications in Criminology, Sexual Health counselling and a Masters in Couple and Family Therapy. She recently graduated from the 10 month Sydney Leadership Program.

To contact Suzi please email SuziP@jewishcare.com.au



Dalit Tendler

Manager, Business Development since 2014.

Dalit holds a BA in Business Management and later became a Graduate from Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2013.

She has over 20 years of experience working with multinational Blue Chip FMCG international companies, she joined JewishCare in a Business Development role in 2014. Dalit is an entrepreneurial strategic leader specialising in Marketing and Business Development. She brings a commercial approach focusing on consumers and clients, to the changing world of Not for Profits. 

To contact Dalit please email d.tendler@jewishcare.com.au



Maureen Mendelowitz

Holds a Licentiate Trinity College London Speech and Drama

Manager, Bequests and Donations

Maureen was involved of major national fundraising projects in South Africa, including Operation Hunger and extensions to the Red Cross Children's Hospital.

In 1997 Maureen and her late husband Julian joined their children in Sydney and she soon was employed by Barnardos Australia. Two years later she successfully applied to formally run the bequests and donations program for JewishCare, a post she still holds.

Maureen has always been motivated by worthwhile causes, and feels rewarded and gratified that the substantial funds raised through her efforts have given many people a much needed hand up.

To contact Maureen please email m.mendelowitz@jewishcare.com.au




Bronwyn Elbourne 

Manager, The Burger Centre
To contact Bronwyn please email B.Elbourne@burgercentre.com.au