Our Team

 
 
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CEO: Sharon malecki

Sharon has been passionate about communal work since a young age. She is studying a Certificate IV in Disability, has a Masters in Diplomacy and Trade and previously worked for both Magen David Adom Victoria and Jewish Care. Sharon joined Access Inc in April 2017 and enjoys using her skills and experience to lead the organisation as it embarks on new challenges and opportunities. Her motto is “‘good enough’ is not good enough, especially when it impacts on someone’s life” and she is passionate about partnering with the community to provide improved opportunities for people with disabilities.

 
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Hospitality Manager: Nitza Marom

Nitza runs the expanding Access Hospitality Program sharing her passion of cooking with the participants. She enjoys working with the diversity of volunteers who attend each week. Nitza is currently 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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Life Skills & Access Espresso Coordinator – Jodi Block

Jodi is passionate about working in disability and has been involved in the sector for 4 years. She has completed her Certificate III in Disability and is currently completing her Certificate IV in Disability.  She has volunteered in Tanzania at a special needs school and at Flying Fox camps. Outside of Access Jodi is a dance teacher and works at an Escape Room. Jodi’s focus is on skill development and further developing our participants’ independence.

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Art & Healthy Me Coordinator: Lainie Cann

Lainie Cann brings a wealth of knowledge and experience gained over twenty years of practice in art forms including painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, sculpture, assemblage and puppet-making, and also works as a professional face-painter and body-painter. Passionate about her work as a community artist, and working in particular in the areas of disability and mental health, Lainie creates an enjoyable, inclusive and fun atmosphere where space is made for creative expression to joyfully unfold and bloom.

 
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Finance and Administration: Michelle Deutsch

Michelle is a qualified Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in financial and management accounting gained in the profession. She works closely with the CEO and the Board managing the finance and administration operations.  Michelle has a passion for baking and with her strong interest in the NFP and community sector she holds the position of honorary treasurer for Australian Friends of Yad Vashem and Australian Foundation for Yad Vashem Limited.

 
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Marketing and Human Resource Coordinator – Nicole Ellis

Nicole joined Access at the beginning of the year after working as a Volunteer Coordinator at Jewish Care. She has a Bachelor of Commerce/Information Systems and is currently studying Bookkeeping. Nicole is passionate about volunteering and most recently was responsible for the social media campaign for Mitzvah Day.

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Art & Healthy Me Coordinator: Lainie Cann

Lainie Cann brings a wealth of knowledge and experience gained over twenty years of practice in art forms including painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, sculpture, assemblage and puppet-making, and also works as a professional face-painter and body-painter. Passionate about her work as a community artist, and working in particular in the areas of disability and mental health, Lainie creates an enjoyable, inclusive and fun atmosphere where space is made for creative expression to joyfully unfold and bloom.

 
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Finance and Administration: Michelle Deutsch

Michelle is a qualified Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in financial and management accounting gained in the profession. She works closely with the CEO and the Board managing the finance and administration operations.  Michelle has a passion for baking and with her strong interest in the NFP and community sector she holds the position of honorary treasurer for Australian Friends of Yad Vashem and Australian Foundation for Yad Vashem Limited.

 
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Marketing and Human Resource Coordinator – Nicole Ellis

Nicole joined Access at the beginning of the year after working as a Volunteer Coordinator at Jewish Care. She has a Bachelor of Commerce/Information Systems and is currently studying Bookkeeping. Nicole is passionate about volunteering and most recently was responsible for the social media campaign for Mitzvah Day.