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Committee of Management

Our Committee of Management (COM) is a cohesive unit that brings together diverse skills and experience.

Our four functional sub-committees all report to our COM. Each has their own agreed Terms of Reference
and members who are experts in their respective subjects.
The four sub-committees are:
Education sub-committee: responsible for the integrity of our Upstander Program delivery
Volunteer and survivor sub-committee: responsible for relationships with our volunteers and Survivor Speakers
Marketing and fundraising sub-committee: responsible for raising much-needed funds and raising our profile
Audit and risk sub-committee: responsible for financial and legal governance

Dr Tony Weldon OAM and Judy Glick lead the group and provide excellent oversight of our strategic direction while also governing all operational activity.

Tony Weldon OAM FRACP (Chair)
Tony is the son of Viennese refugees completing his schooling in Sydney before moving to Melbourne in 1959, where he embarked on a long and successful career as a Paediatrician before he retired. Tony has had a long history of involvement with B’nai B’rith. After joining the Committee of Courage to Care (Vic.) in 2003, he became Chairman in 2005. Tony is passionate about the aims of Courage to Care and enjoys interacting with students.

Judy Glick (Deputy Chair)
Judy was born in Melbourne with the good luck to have parents who migrated to Australia in the 1920s. Judy taught Science and Biology in both the public and private systems for 20 years, before becoming an educator at CERES Environment Park in Brunswick, where she stayed for 23 years, becoming a senior Manager in Development and Funding. Judy joined Courage to Care in February 2019 because she believes in the power of our Upstander Programs and enjoys actively contributing to fundraising strategy and operations. She cares deeply about the natural world and connection to community.

Lesley Gaspar (Secretary)
In 1956 Lesley and her family left South Africa for Melbourne. Before her retirement Lesley had a varied and successful career in a range of allied medical areas. Lesley and her husband Peter joined B’nai B’rith in 1985 and have been active members alongside their commitment to the Anti-Defamation Commission. Lesley joined Courage to Care in the late 1990s before joining the COM in 2019 as secretary. She loves to help make a difference.

Vicki Lustig (Treasurer)
Born and raised in Melbourne, Vicki started her career in banking and corporate finance in a number of roles, and more recently in accounting and bookkeeping. Vicki has volunteered for a number of organisations including Maccabi Australia, the Caulfield Toy Library and various committees related to her children’s’ school. A third-generation member of B’nai B’rith, she is also an alumnus of B’nai B’rith Youth, and was drawn to Courage to Care because of her passion to address racism and discrimination in the community.

Harry Better OAM FIEAust
Harry was born in Poland and spent the war years in ghettos and hidden by a Polish family. He lost his mother and a sister in the Holocaust. He arrived in Australia in 1946. He completed a Fellowship Diploma in engineering at RMIT, a Masters at University of Manchester, and has more than 50 years’ experience as a Forensic Engineer. Harry has been active in the Jewish community including North Eastern Jewish War Memorial Centre, B’nai B’rith Wallenberg Unit, and Courage to Care since its inception. Harry cares deeply about Courage to Care and participates in its activities as a survivor speaker, facilitator and committee member.

Lani Brayer
Lani was born and raised in Melbourne and spent time in Israel before returning to Australia to complete a B.A in History and Language and, ultimately, an MA in Education, specialising in LOTE. Lani left full time teaching after 30 years, turning her hand to developing and presenting educational programs for Courage to Care, Gen2Gen and the Anti-Defamation Commission. She joined the COM in 2018 because she strongly believes in teaching young people about the dangers of prejudice and discrimination and what it can lead to if left unchecked. Lani relishes the opportunity to change negative attitudes through the experiential opportunity that Courage to Care offers.

Sabrina Chakman
Sabrina was born and raised in Melbourne, the only child of Polish parents who survived the Holocaust by running, hiding and being helped by good people. Sabrina completed a BA (English) at Monash University followed by a Dip Ed. Sabrina taught in the secondary, TAFE and Higher Education sectors before making a career change, completing a Graduate Diploma in Career Education and Development and working as the Senior Careers Educator at Deakin University. Sabrina gives her time to Go Girls and Courage to Care because its values align so closely to those she holds as vital to ensuring a civilised society. The work of Courage to Care gives her the opportunity to work with young people and apply her skills and experience to the important mission of spreading the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, as well as addressing serious issues that confront us all today.

John Eisner
John was born and raised in Melbourne and enjoyed a diverse and successful career, including as a partner in a private/public accounting practice specialising in taxation and business advice. John was Managing Director and major shareholder of Australia’s largest worsted weaving and spinning group. He is a Past President of The Textile Council of Australia. He retired in 1991, continuing to give professional advice largely on a pro bono basis. John has been a member of B’nai B’rith since 1968. John and wife Rene both have parents that escaped Europe prior to the Holocaust, with grandparents that did not survive. John was drawn to Courage to Care and the benefits of its Upstander Program.

Susan Hearst
Susan was born in Sydney and moved to Melbourne as a young child. She graduated with a BA (honours) from the University of Melbourne in 1969 and then worked in London before returning to Australia to complete a Social Work degree and a Masters in Social Work from La Trobe University. With her husband Gary, Susan was Joint Managing Director of Tempo Holidays for eighteen years. Susan was a Member of the Board of Emmy Monash Aged Care for five years and worked with Courage to Care as a facilitator and Custodian Speaker before joining the COM in 2018. Susan is passionate about telling her mother’s story of how the Japanese Consul, in Lithuania, Chiune Sugihara, saved her family from almost certain death.

Allan Kaufman
Allan was born and raised in Melbourne and works in the advertising industry, specialising in ethnic media. Allan has been involved in charitable work all his life from school age via B’nai B’rith youth and through his work, mainly with marketing campaign support for numerous non-profits. He was on the Board of the Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation for 6 years and on their marketing subcommittee for 10 years. Allan cares deeply about his family and friends, community, environment and education.

David Klein
David is grandchild to 4 Viennese refugees who managed to escape the Holocaust. He has worked as an engineer and then as a Project Manager for most of his career starting his own business in 2011. David first became involved with B’nai B’rith as a teenager, and after a gap of more than 25 years became involved again through Courage to Care. David is passionate about giving back to the community.

Kerryn Lowe
Kerryn studied Arts/Law at Monash University where she was heavily involved with many clubs and was a student representative on a University Board. Most recently she worked for Melbourne Airport as their in-house legal counsel. Kerryn was drawn to Courage to Care because of the promotion of positive values and empowerment of students via the Upstander message and Holocaust experiences.

Kay Ronec
Kay was born in Poland to parents who were holocaust survivors. After migrating to Melbourne in 1962, Kay had a varied career firstly in hospitality and then in the fashion industry. After Kay’s late husband Joe, a Holocaust survivor, passed away suddenly she retired and devoted herself to making young people in the community understand what can be the consequences of racism and discrimination, and the importance of being tolerant of the “other”. Since joining Courage to Care Kay has been a passionate facilitator and committee member.

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