Our Team

Our incredible team

At Twelve & Thirteen we have an incredible team led by Program Manager, Jennifer Dew. Jenn is responsible for creating and delivering all aspects of our program. Our facilitators volunteer their time to deliver our sessions and ensure our families have the most rewarding giving experience possible. They include community and youth leaders, alumni parents and university students. They all bring a shared community connectedness and a commitment to growing the next generation of givers.

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jennifer Dew

Jennifer Dew

PROGRAM MANAGER

Jenn brings exceptional experience in facilitating business change and managing charitable and volunteering programs within the corporate sector. With a keen interest in social justice and building capacities in marginalised communities, Jenn is a mother to one and has been a past respite foster carer to many others. She believes each child is a potential change agent and is excited to ignite the inner altruistic spark in each Twelve & Thirteen participant. After hours Jenn enjoys entertaining, travel and yoga.

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Kade Berman

PROGRAM COORDINATOR + SESSION FACILITATOR

Kade supports Jenn in all things admin and is often the person at the end of the hello email. He graduated from Mount Scopus Memorial College in 2018 and spent his gap year working in rural underprivileged communities in east African countries, working with schools, social groups and local charities. He has had experience working with underrepresented and disenfranchised people in and out of the Jewish community and has a passion for harnessing my privilege to help others, trying to always empower the youth through community service and education. He is passionate about politics and global challenges, literature and human/animal rights and is a talented poet/writer.

Nadine Alford

Nadine Alford

SESSION FACILITATOR

After completing year 12 in 2018, Nadine took a gap year in Israel with the IBC program. She spent the first half of the year travelling around Israel, living independently and volunteering with a variety of organisations. For the second half of the year, she attended a midrasha where she deepened her knowledge in Judaism, and then concluded the program by attending a mechina, alongside students from Israel and all around the world, learning about prevalent issues, history and leadership. Nadine is very excited to be part of the Twelve/Thirteen program. After learning so much about the importance of community engagement, she is looking forward to, alongside the participants, learning about social issues within our community, what organisations are out there striving to resolve these issues, and what we can do to help

Ally Baron

Ally Baron

SESSION FACILITATOR

Ally is a psychology student who is passionate about helping others, supporting the community and working towards a better future. After finishing school, Ally spent a year overseas which allowed her to grow and develop interpersonal skills whilst living outside of her comfort zone and exploring new worlds. Travelling has sparked her interest in giving back and she enjoys working with people, to educate them on social issues and empowering change.

taya Bergman

Taya Bergman

SESSION FACILITATOR

Taya graduated from Mount Scopus in 2019 and is currently studying science at Melbourne University. Taya has had experience working with diverse groups in our society and is constantly searching for ways to utilise her skills for the betterment of the community as a whole. Taya is passionate about the environment, animal and human rights and female empowerment.

Reuvi Cooper

Reuvi Cooper

SESSION FACILITATOR

Born and raised in Melbourne, Reuvi has been working with kids and teens at Chabad Malvern for over 15 years. He enjoys playing squash and other sports, loves to be busy and has endless energy to teach and inspire others. Reuvi enjoys bringing out the spark of Judaism in the younger generation and loves helping others.

Michal Gelber

Michal Gelber

SESSION FACILITATOR

Michal is a midwife and a mother of four. Helping people in need is a value that she instills in her children on a regular basis by volunteering in various organisations. Michal joined the team in 2020 and together with her son experienced the program first hand as a participant, expressing how meaningful the experience has been. Michal loves spending time with friends and family, entertaining, being active, travelling, music and the beach.

Mia Komesaroff

Mia Komesaroff

SESSION FACILITATOR

Mia graduated from Mount Scopus in 2019 and is studying medicine at Monash University. Mia is passionate about advocating for the voiceless and actualising the value of compassion, both in little actions, but also larger volunteer efforts. Mia joined Twelve and Thirteen because she was looking for a meaningful way to spend her time and contribute to a collaborative cause. “There is no doubt that young adults are entering into a world of much polarisation and to assist them to explore that world, whilst also learning myself, is an immense privilege.”

Tory Kraus

Tory Kraus

SESSION FACILITATOR

After 10 years as a commercial lawyer, Tory made a career change in 2017 and started a new role as Volunteer Coordinator at Emmy Monash Aged Care, combining experience from law, volunteering and previous communal involvement.  Tory sat on the DoGood Board which oversees the programs for 4 years and continues as a volunteer facilitator. Tory is the mother of three young children and even though her kids aren’t quite at the Twelve/Thirteen stage, Tory is passionate about being part of such a meaningful program. Tory loves reading, pilates and spending time with friends and family – old and new.

Monique Lustig

Monique Lustig

SESSION FACILITATOR

Monique is studying Law and Science. With an interest in social justice, Monique enjoys being involved in her community, including being a leader at Habonim Dror. After volunteering at Emmy Monash for four years, she now works in the activities team there. In 2019, Monique spent five months in Israel which involved learning and volunteering.

Rachel Pitt

SESSION FACILITATOR

Rachel holds a degree in psychology and has over 15 years’ experience in the IT & Telco industry.  Rachel is a mother of three super active children and is as passionate about children as she is about positive change. Rachel is co -president of WIZO Kids, where she devotes her time to workshops which teach children the value of giving back and actively participating in social justice. In her spare time she likes to run and spend time with family and friends.

Zoe Singer

Zoe Singer

SESSION FACILITATOR

Zoe graduated from Mount Scopus in 2019 and took a gap year to Israel. She was lucky enough to learn at Midreshet Lindenbaum for 2 months before returning home due to COVID. Zoe hopes to explore prevalent issues with participants of Twelve and Thirteen and to learn from everyone involved. “I am passionate about learning how to best tap into my privilege to help others.”

Melora Stern

Melora Stern

SESSION FACILITATOR

With experience in training, e-commerce, catering and sales, and a very very brief period in teaching, Melora has had quite a varied career, working in both the corporate and not for profit sector. She has been volunteering in some capacity since she was a child, helping set out drinks with her dad for the City to Surf fun run in Sydney. Melora loves cooking and having family and friends over for shabbat. She has 3 children who all share her love of reading and baking, although so far none of them appear to be keen on Zumba.

Simonne Whine

Simonne Whine

SESSION FACILITATOR

Simonne is an experienced Executive and Career Coach and Learning and Development Manager.  She has worked in senior roles for over 20 years across leading teams of coaches and trainers. She is skilled at helping leaders strengthen stakeholder relationships, develop their networks, build influencing skills and show executive presence. Simonne brings her passion to help people thrive to the team. Giving back makes her feel good and helps her stay attached to her values. She enjoys seeing young people learn, grow and thrive. Simonne is a wife and mum of two children. In her spare time she loves to read, cook, decorate interiors, meditate and walk her 2 cavoodles.

We need you!

If you are confident, enjoy inspiring and connecting with others and have the time to commit to being a volunteer facilitator

Call: 0419 39 39 39