Our Team

 
 
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CEO - Sharon malecki

Sharon has been passionate about communal work since a young age, inspired by her parents who led many Jewish and Zionist organisations on the Gold Coast where she grew up. Since moving to Melbourne almost a decade ago, Sharon has completed a Masters in Diplomacy & Trade and worked for Magen David Adom Australia where, amongst other things, she developed their youth engagement program and was Co-President of Young Magen David Adom. Following that, she spent four years at Jewish Care Victoria, managing the Volunteer Resource Program with over 500 volunteers working across aged care, disability services and community services. Sharon joined Access Inc in April 2017 and is excited to be using her skills and experience to lead the organisation as it embarks on new challenges and opportunities.

 
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FINANCE AND OFFICE MANAGER - MICHELLE DEUTSCH

Michelle’s strong interest in the not-for-profit community sector and her passion for baking, led her to join the organisation in 2015 as a volunteer in the Access Bakery. A Chartered Accountant with a wealth of experience in financial and management accounting, she subsequently took on her current managerial role. She works closely with the CEO and the Board and plays an integral part in the organisation’s ongoing growth and service development. Michelle also holds the position of Honorary Treasurer of Australian Friends of Yad Vashem Inc. and Australian Foundation for Yad Vashem Limited.

 
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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Coordinator – SARAH UNGER

Sarah is and always has been passionate about education and the not-for-profit sector. She has a background in Event Management and Informal Jewish Education. She is studying a Bachelor of Education (Secondary Arts) with the desire to teach Jewish History. Sarah has worked and volunteered for Jewish organisations in Melbourne, Sydney and Israel, including the NSW Board of Jewish Education (BJE), Jewish Care NSW, Magen David Adom Australia and the Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI).

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT OFFICER - OLIVIA BENKEL

Olivia is part of the administrative team and brings with her experience in business development, project management and fundraising. Olivia has a passion for organising events, enjoys volunteering and has a keen interest in not-for-profits. Originally from Liverpool in England, she moved to Melbourne 11 years ago.

 
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BAKERY VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR - ABBY LEVY

Abby studied law at university. When not at Access as a Volunteer Coordinator, she works at Jewish Care as a Volunteer Practice Leader and in David Southwick MP’s office.  She volunteers with Disability Discrimination Legal Service and Wellsprings for Women in English Conversation classes for migrants.  Abby is passionate about leadership and engaging those who may have been overlooked.

 
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hOSPITALITY PROGRAM MANAGER – NITZA MAROM

Nitza has transformed the Access Bakery from its humble beginnings four years ago into five successful hospitality programs. Sharing her passion for cooking with participants, Nitza teaches independence and healthy eating as a way of life. She enjoys working with a team of dedicated volunteers who support the hospitality programs each week. Nitza has just completed studying a Certificate IV in Disability. She was previously a Hebrew teacher and loves incorporating her bilingual skill into the kitchen.

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HOSPITALITY PROGRAMS COORDINATOR - JACQUI ELALUF

Jacqui manages the Access Bakery and teaches Healthy Cooking Skills.  Prior to working at Access she ran a successful Kosher cake business and before that lived in Israel for many years. Recently Jacqui started studying a Certificate IV in Disability. In her spare time, she enjoys creating pottery and spending time with her family and two spoiled cats.

 
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PARTICIPANT & LIFE LEARNING COORDINATOR - JODI BLOCK

Jodi is passionate about working in disability and has been involved in the sector for over four years. She has completed both Certificates III and IV in Disability and spent time volunteering in Tanzania at a school for children with disabilities. Her experiences on Flying Fox camps sparked her passion for working within the disability sector. At Access, Jodi is responsible for participant intake and assessments as well as the Life Learning programs. She has a focus on skill development and further developing participants' independence. Outside of Access, Jodi works at an Escape Room and is a dance teacher.

 
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ART STUDIO & HEALTHY ME PROGRAM COORDINATOR - LAINIE CANN

In an inclusive and fun atmosphere where space is made for creative expression to joyfully unfold and bloom, Lainie brings with her a wealth of artistic skills and knowledge and thrives on creating new and exciting projects in collaboration with her students.  Having worked professionally in the arts for many years in theatre and events, and in corporate and commercial as well as in wellness settings, Lainie is passionate about health and well-being and creating programs with lots of variety and social inclusion. Lainie has worked at Access for 5 years, and loves working with the team that comes together each week for the Art and Healthy Me programs.

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PROGRAM SUPPORT WORKER & BARISTER TRAINER - HEATHER MCCASKIE

Heather began her involvement with Access as a placement student and volunteer and this year started in the dual positions of Program Support Worker and Barista Trainer.  Heather worked as a barista for six years while studying Interior Design before completing a Certificate IV in Disability. Heather is passionate about bringing her love for coffee and her vision for an equitable and inclusive society to her work at Access.  

 
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DRUMMING PROGRAM INSTRUCTOR - NEDA RAHMANI

Percussionist Neda has been drumming and performing with Access since 2007, running weekly drumming classes. With a spotlight on connection and visibility, Neda is a public figure, performer, writer and an advocate for multicultural arts in Melbourne.

 
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DRUMMING PROGRAM COORDINATOR – boruch moshel

Boruch joined Access Drumming at the end of 2016. He also runs the weekly Feuerstein Thinking Skills session in Life Skills. Boruch has been involved with community-based music for over 20 years and more recently, has focussed on using music to enhance the experiences of elderly people.