Board of Governance

Board of Governance


Michael Debinski

BA, B SW Hons (Monash)

Mike retired from the Victorian Government after a long career as a senior executive holding a range of leadership roles overseeing the planning and delivery of health and community services.

Immediately prior to his retirement he played a lead role negotiating and supporting implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Throughout his career, Mike has worked towards reducing inequality and disadvantage, and achieving better lives for the most disadvantaged in our community. He is a member of a number of Jewish organisations promoting a strong and active secular Jewish community life in Australia.


Jeffrey Appel OAM

Co-Vice President

A lawyer with SBA Legal since 1973, Jeffrey is a former President and Vice President of Jewish Community Services and of Montefiore Homes for the Aged.

He served on the Executive Cabinet of the United Israel Appeal and is legal advisor to the Rabbinical Council of Victoria and Caulfield Hebrew Congregation.


Susie Ivany OAM

Co-Vice President

Susie Ivany has been actively involved with the community for many years.

Susie has been President of National Council of Jewish Women Victoria, Vice President of NCJWA and is Vice President (Australia) of International Council of Jewish Women.

She founded and is Chair of Unchain My Heart, dedicated to educating about and advocating and supporting Agunot (women chained to recalcitrant husbands under Jewish law).

Susie is passionate about developing and engaging the next generation.


Rohan Filer

LLB (Melb), BCom (Melb), MBA (London Business School)

Rohan is Chief Financial Officer of for kids, one of the fastest growing Australian companies in the baby products industry. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of experience in finance, strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and international structuring.

Rohan was previously Head of Corporate Development at technology company MessageMedia, responsible for strategy and acquisitions. He also spent many years as a consultant in professional services firms in Australia and the UK advising clients on transformational projects, strategic reviews, corporate finance projects and taxation issues.


Frank Ajzensztat

Assistant Treasurer

Frank has extensive technical and senior management experience in consulting, technology solutions, process re-engineering and technology architecture. 

He has been the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Executive Officer of Touchcorp Holdings Ltd, General Manager IT at Mayne Nickless Express, National IT Manager at IPEC Road Express, Senior Process Re-engineering Consultant at Coles Myer, and Systems Engineer at IBM. 

He is currently a director of Cullinan Group which provides technology-based self-service solutions for retailers.


Greg Nankin

LLB (Melbourne), GradDip Commercial Law (Monash), MBA (RMIT)

Greg has spent most of his career as in-house legal counsel and company secretary for large private and public listed corporations involved in the mining and resources, telecommunications, food manufacturing, financial services and logistics industries.


Professor Sharon Goldfeld

Board Member

Professor Sharon Goldfeld is a developmental paediatrician and public health physician at the Royal Children’s Hospital’s Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH) and Co-Group leader of Child Health Policy, Equity and Translation at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.

She has a decade of experience in state government as a senior policymaker in health and education including Principal Medical Advisor in the Victorian Department of Education and Training. Her research program is focused on investigating, testing and translating sustainable policy relevant solutions that eliminate inequities for Australia’s children.

Sharon has over 20 years of board experience including Sholem Aleichem College, being President for 10 years, and Very Special Kids.


Adam Joel

Board Member

Adam has a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA from Melbourne Business School. He started his career as a Management Consultant in Australia and the United States, working across a broad range of industries.

Adam has spent the last 13 years as the Managing Director of TIC (Reverse Logistics) Pty Ltd. an international retail services company. In his role, Adam oversees a number of businesses including Software as a Service Division, an inventory trading operation, a reverse logistics business and a Goods Not-For-Resale fulfilment division.


Lisa Kennett

Board Member

Lisa is a Specialist Consultant in Conflict Resolution where she has worked in wide variety of commercial areas including the Electricity Industry and Financial Sector. Prior to this she practised as a Barrister and Solicitor.

She is the immediate past President of Mount Scopus Memorial College, a position she held for over seven years and also serves on the Boards of other Community organisations.


Andrew Schwartz

Board Member

Andrew is the Managing Director and one of the founders of Qualitas Property Partners. He is responsible for overseeing the group’s activities, setting the strategic direction of the business, transaction origination as well as building and enhancing relationships with the Group’s strategic capital providers, clients, investors, financiers and consultants. Qualitas provides direct loans to the property sector and manages private equity. Andrew is on the advisory Board of Property Industry Foundation Victoria and is also a full member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.


Michael Schoenfeld

Board Member

Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia Michael operates his own consulting practice, specialising in business and taxation planning advice, management consulting, restructuring of businesses, business valuations, acquisitions, mergers and sales. Michael also participates on several advisory boards
including property developers, financial service providers and technology companies.


Simone Szalmuk-Singer

Board Member

Simone Szalmuk-Singer is co-founder and co-editor of Jewish Women Of Words, an online publication for Jewish women writers. Simone is also a director of the Australian Jewish Funders, a network inspiring effective philanthropy and strengthening community.

Simone is passionate about developing Jewish communal leadership for the future and is involved in many initiatives to train and mentor current and potential leaders. Simone is a current Fellow in the prestigious Schusterman Foundation Fellowship Program.

As former President of JNF Victoria and Australian National Vice-President, Simone played a key role in restructuring JNF Australia striving for strict levels of governance and multi-generational reach. Simone worked for many years as a lawyer, specialising in employment law.

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