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Our People

MannaCare is guided by a dedicated Board and experienced executive group, supported by a team of operational staff with a breadth of expertise

As a not-for-profit, MannaCare operates fundamentally with the involvement of people who are passionate about providing the best outcomes for older people and the greater community in general.

Our Board members work pro bono, and, of course, so do the many other volunteers who enable our work to continue.

Our staff members are paid — and certainly deserve their incomes! Yet we find they tend to be compassionate beyond their role, and holistic in their view of the people they help, drawn by MannaCare altruistic philosophies.

Along with our strong values, we have close community connections. This helps our residents and clients — and their families — to keep in touch with their ‘old lives’ as much as possible. Our experience has shown us that people’s connection with their family, friends and community, is vital to their mental and social wellbeing.

What sets MannaCare apart at every level is the involvement of volunteers. These people generously give of their time and skills in host of ways. Without them, we couldn’t function as we do. We are always grateful for their selflessness and the additional connection with the Manningham community that they bring.

CHAIRMAN
John Bennie PSM

John has been a Director since 2016 and was elected Chairman in 2021.  He is also Chair of the Business Strategy Committee and a member of the Finance and Audit, People and Governance and Council Liaison Committees.

John has held numerous executive roles during his 45 year career in local government. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Greater Dandenong City Council and is a previous Chief Executive Officer of Manningham City Council.

He has previously been the State and National President of Local Government Sector Associations and is currently the Chair of the Southern Melbourne Economy Working Group and a non executive Director of MAV Insurance and the Chisholm Institute. He is an active Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow and holds tertiary and post graduate qualificast6ions in Civil Engineering, Municipal Engineering and Business Administration.

He was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2014 for outstanding public service in the pursuit of excellence in Local Government management.

DEPUTY CHAIR
Nusia Krolikowski

Nusia has been a director since 2014 and was elected Deputy Chair in 2021.  She is Chair of the Operational Risk Committee and a member of the People and Governance, Business Strategy and Promotion Advisory Committees.

She has been a resident of Manningham for 37 years.

She is a Registered Nurse and an experienced executive with 20 years in senior management positions in the aged care industry. She is currently working as a Project Manager, Business Applications in the Aged Care sector. She holds a Diploma of Business (Health and Community Services).

She is a past Director of the Manningham Youth and Family Services and was a committee member of the Doncaster Netball Club for many years, including 8 years as President.

TREASURER
John Shaw

John has been a Director since 2014 and is Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee and a member of the People and Governance and Business Strategy Committees.

He has been a resident of Manningham for 50 years.

John has had extensive executive experience in both the public and private sectors including the South Australian Government’s Economic Development Authority and CSIRO Minerals. He has also been a Non Executive Director of a number of companies, including Kambrook, McEwans and the Warrandyte Branch of the Bendigo Bank. He holds a Masters of Applied Science degree and is a member of CPA Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He is currently Treasurer of the Doncaster Tennis Club and a member and former director of the Rotary Club of Melbourne.

He was awarded CSIRO Medals for Business Excellence in 2006 and 2008.

Ray Barrington

Ray has been a Director since 2012 and is Chair of the Promotion Advisory Committee and a member of the People and Governance, Council Liaison, Operational Risk and Business Strategy Committees.

He has lived in the local district for 51 years.

Ray has a background in retail and ran their local family business for over 20 years. He was President of the Jackson Court Traders Association for 10 years and has been involved with a number of various clubs and organisations in the district.

He was instrumental in bringing the community banks to Manningham and has been a Director of the Doncaster East and Templestowe Village branches of the Bendigo Community Bank for the past 17 years.

Peter Fuller

Peter has been a Director since 2017 and is a member of the Finance & Audit and Operational Risk Committees.

He has been a resident of Manningham for over 20 years.

Peter is an experienced business executive with over 35 years with Tier 1 vendors in the ICT industry. He holds a number of Directorships and is currently Managing Director of Micro Focus Australia, the Australian arm of Micro Focus International, a major listed global Infrastructure Software provider.

He has previously been a Commissioned Army Officer with 1 Parachute Battalion and 44 Parachute Brigade in South Africa.

Selina Leung

Selina has been a Director since 2019 and is a member of the Finance and Audit, Promotion Advisory and Operational Risk Committees.

She has been a resident of Manningham for 30 years.

Selina has worked in the banking industry for over 30 years and has had significant experience in project management and solution delivery in large corporate environments.  She holds a BCom from Melbourne University, has Graduate Dipolmas in Computer and in Finance and Investment from Latrobe University and the Securities Institute of Australia respectively and has an Advanced Diploma in Project Management from the University of New England.

She is currently a member of the Management Committee of the Chinese Senior Citizens Club of Manningham Inc. and of the Manningham Positive Ageing Alliance Group.

Selina received a Menzies Community Australia Day Award in 2019 for valued contribution to local community.

MannaCare is a not-for-profit organisation, and all our Board of Governance members donate their services pro bono. Looking at their skills, professionalism and experience, we consider ourselves fortunate they believe strongly in giving back to the Manningham community — and value MannaCare as their way to do so.

David Meiklejohn AM

David has been a Director since 2011 and was Chairman from 2011 until 2021.  He is also Chair of the People and Governance Committee and a member of all other Board sub-committees.

He has been a resident of Manningham for 48 years.

David is an experienced Company Director with a strong background in finance and has been a Director of a number of major Companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. He is currently a Director of Mirrabooka Investments Ltd and most recently was a Director of Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd and of ANZ Ltd. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a Fellow of each of CPA Australia, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management.

He has previously been involved with a number of local community organisations and is a past President of the Melbourne Cricket Club.

He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010 for services to the Business Sector and to Sport.

Mark McNamara

Mark has been a Director since 2020 and is a member of the Finance and Audit and Business Strategy Committees.

An experienced board member, Mark has over 23yrs of healthcare industry exposure spanning Africa, Asia and Australia across marketing, sales, services, IT and corporate governance. Most recently his leadership in digital and enterprise-wide transformation saw him lead the strategy, development and implementation of new consumer-centred journeys that redefined how services were consumed in healthcare as well as a patent in Internet of Things in 2017. Mark is passionate about giving back to the community and specifically how we look after our elderly as a society. Previous community volunteering includes Vice President of Milgate Primary School Council and mentoring at the Young Achievers of Australia.

Mark holds an MBA, Masters in Finance, Masters in eCommerce from Macquarie, a Diploma in Engineering and is a Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors since 2005.

Thilaka Satha

Thilaka has been a Director since 2019 and is a member of the Business Strategy and Operational Risk Committees.

She is an executive at Sustainability Victoria and has had over 15 years of experience in the Strategy Policy and Corporate Governance area.  She has a legal background and has also worked overseas in the industrial tribunal in areas of employment relations.  She holds a Master of International Business degree with a major in International Business Law.

She has personal family exposure to the aged care sector and has a vested interest in aged care and is keen to enhance the positive social and economical impact of aged care in the wider community.

John Pappas

John Pappas joined the Board of MannaCare in 2021. He is an experienced executive, Director and business owner with over 25 years of corporate experience. With sound business acumen and a strategic mindset he is committed to maintaining high professional standards and work ethic.

His foundational career was within the Banking and Investment Banking arena and M&A experience in various sectors across the globe. John has gained a reputation for excellence as a trusted advisor to his all key stakeholders. A graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, he holds a Master Degree of Applied Finance.

John is a strong advocate for community and not-for-profit organisations and he has been a resident of Manningham for more than 30 years.

Association members elect up to 10 Directors to the Board. MannaCare has a rotation policy for Directors to encourage fresh thinking and to spread responsibility.

If you are interested in sharing your skills, please contact us.

Our Directors all have strong connections with Manningham, which reinforces our community ties at a deeper level.

The MannaCare executive team is very skilled and caring.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Tracy Laethaisong

Tracy was appointed Chief Executive Officer in March 2021.

Bringing with her twenty years’ experience in health, aged care and community sectors, she has held leadership positions in aged care including management roles at Regis Aged Care and Bupa Aged Care.

She has a strong background in executive management with a record of driving growth and best practice performance in competitive markets; a solid background of commercial and Not-for-Profit experience; and a strong understanding of commercial drivers; communication strategy and governance issues.

Tracy holds tertiary and post graduate qualifications including a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She loves spending time with her family, in particular her husband and two teenage children, going for walks, swimming and spending time with their menagerie of pets.

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Jeremy Jones

Jeremy was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in September 2021.

Originally from New Zealand, Jeremy has worked in both the healthcare and aged care sectors, along with experience in professional services and technology. These opportunities have provided considerable financial and commercial experience in Australia/New Zealand, Asia, UK/Europe and North America.

As a collaborative team-based leader, Jeremy works closely across different teams and service areas to achieve strong overall group performances, through effective communication, attention to detail, and establishing clear goals and values.

Jeremy has broad experience in managing end-to-end financial control in each senior role, covering the full range of CFO-level responsibilities. Given his accountancy background, Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accountancy), and a Chartered Accountant (CA) qualification through Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand.

He has a strong family background, and enjoys spending quality time with family and friends. Other interests include travel, investments, cooking, and a wide range of sports including golf, tennis, cycling, AFL and rugby union.

QUALITY MANAGER
Priya Salandy

Priya has been the Facility Manager at Cassia House since May 2015 prior to her appointment as the Quality Manager in 2021.

Priya brings with her 15 years plus experience as a registered nurse in various healthcare settings and registered training organisations.  She holds a Bachelor in Nursing, Post Graduate certificate in Critical care and a Masters in Health Administration.

She has a special interest in healthcare management.