New Committee of Management, new CEO, and new offices
The Courage to Care Annual General Meeting saw a restructured Committee of Management, with six new team members and a new, streamlined configuration for our sub-committees.
Annual General Meeting
The 2018 Annual General Meeting held at the Caulfield Park Pavilion in the presence of a large crowd of members and supporters of Courage to Care was the first AGM with our new CEO, Mike Zervos.
The new Committee of Management was elected unopposed, with a number of newly-involved members bringing in new ideas while preserving the wealth of experience and historical knowledge that our senior Committee members bring.
Chairman Dr Tony Weldon FRACP OAM
Vice Chair Les Kausman
Treasurer Vicki Lustig
Secretary Paula Messer
Education sub-committee: Frank Carew (chair), Lani Brayer, Harry Better, David Klein
Volunteer Management & Survivor Liaison sub-committee: Susan Hearst (chair, survivor liaison ), Peter Gaspar
Marketing & Fundraising sub-committee: Kay Ronec (chair), Allan Kaufman
Audit & Risk sub-committee: John Eisner (chair), Kerryn Lowe, Vicki Lustig
Welcome to the Chief (Executive Officer)
Mike Zervos, who stepped into the role 1 August 2018, has spent the last 16 years in leadership roles at Make a Wish Foundation, Alannah and Madeline Foundation and most recently at Guide Dogs Victoria. Mike was pivotal in the growth and reach of Alannah and Madeline Foundation’s programs in schools. He is a qualified CPA and has had an extensive corporate career including senior roles at Cadbury and Repco in Australia, Kenya and Los Angeles.
Mike says he was particularly drawn to our Mission of aiming to inform and educate on the dangers of prejudice, racism and bullying. He said, “I’ve been so impressed with the passion and professionalism of what I have seen so far, and it is an honour to be appointed CEO. I am looking forward to getting to know the Courage to Care organisation and team and helping in our continued growth and success”
The search for our first CEO commenced back in February. The outgoing Committee of Management, with the assistance of a professional recruitment agency, was immensely impressed by the calibre of applicants who came forward and, following many rounds of interviews, it was clear to all that Mike was the stand-out candidate, ably fitted to lead our leap into an expansive and even more successful future.
As of Friday 31 August 2018, Courage to Care officially moved offices into our new premises, giving us our own home for the first time in our history. We remain closely and proudly associated with B’nai B’rith Victoria although logistical and practical reasons dictated that we could no longer physically share premises.
The new premises allows for all our needs, including committee activities, training and social interactions, as well as offering professional offices for staff and plentiful storage for program equipment. Our telecommunications and IT connectivity is still underway but programming and all the ongoing work of Courage to Care goes on. In the meantime, the office can still be reached on the previous phone number, and all our domain email addresses are fully functional.