Volunteers are integral to the work we do and the people we help.   There’s nothing we love more than combining the creative forces of our team to design the most unique, meaningful and fun volunteering experiences for our families.  We greatly appreciate the time and commitment given so generously by our volunteers who support us in all areas of our work. Without them we could not help as many people as we do.

The Team

The Committee

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 daydreaming.

Nadine Alford
Nadine Alford
Twelve & Thirteen Committee

After completing year 12 in 2018, Nadine decided to take a gap year in Israel on a program called IBC. 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, where she partook in programs learning about prevalent issues, history and leadership. Nadine is very excited to be part of the Twelve/Thirteen program this year. 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
Twelve & Thirteen Committee

Ally is a Psychology student who is passionate about helping others, supporting the community and working towards a better future. Ally recently 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 is looking forward to working with people, to educate them on social issues and empowering change.  

Taya Bergman
Taya Bergman
Twelve & Thirteen Committee

Taya was born in Melbourne and graduated from Mount Scopus in 2019. She 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.

Candice Berkowitz
Candice Berkowitz
Twelve & Thirteen Committee

Candice Berkowitz, originally from South Africa, moved to Australia in 2002. She is married and has two daughters, 16 and 13 years old. She is currently in her third year of a counselling degree and hopes to work with children or the elderly when she has completed her studies. She has chosen to volunteer with the Twelve & Thirteen program because she thought the program offers so much in terms of charity, cultural diversity and being part of a group with like-minded people who want to give and make a difference in anyway possible and that makes her proud to be a part of it.

Kade Berman
Kade Berman
Twelve & Thirteen Committee

I was born in Melbourne, and graduated from ‘Mount Scopus Memorial College’ in 2018. For my gap year I  worked in rural underprivileged communities in east African countries, working with schools, social groups and local charities. I have had experience working with underrepresented and disenfranchised people in and out of the Jewish community, and have a passion for harnessing my privilege to help others. I love to write and read, and try to constantly empower the youth through community service and education. I am passionate about politics and global challenges, literature and human/animal rights.

Reuvi Cooper
Reuvi Cooper
Twelve & Thirteen Committee

Born and raised in Melbourne, Reuvi has been working with kids and teens at Chabad Malvern for the last 14 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.

Ella Hermann
Ella Hermann
Twelve & Thirteen Committee

After graduating from Mount scopus in 2018, Ella spent her gap year in Israel on the Habonim Dror ‘shnat’ program. This year she is continuing her time in the movement as a leader for the senior program. Combining her experience volunteering for various organisations with her time running and engaging programs/camps for kids and young adults, she is very excited to be involved with Twelve &Thirteen in 2020. A lover of being creative, cooking with friends and all things active & outdoors, Ella is an adventurous and enthusiastic person who is always around to listen to Abba songs or to go for a walk by the beach! 

Michal Gelber
Michal Gelber
Twelve & Thirteen Committee

Michal is a midwife and a mother of four. Helping people in need is a value that she instils in her children on a regular basis by volunteering in various organisations. Michal has joined the 2020 team and is excited to contribute to such a meaningful program. Her son will also be participating in the Thirteen program. Michal loves spending time with friends and family, entertaining, being active, travelling, music and the beach.

Julie Hilton
Julie Hilton
Twelve & Thirteen Committee

Julie is a mother of three, and has a background in various professions including Teaching, Psychology, Sales, Marketing and of course, volunteering. Inspired to always help others and recognise need and injustice, being there for other people has always come straight from the heart for Julie. From a very young age, Julie was exposed to disadvantaged children and families through the work of The Ardoch Youth Foundation, where her Mum, Kathy Hilton was the founder. Julie has joined the team after completing the Thirteen program with son Brody in 2018 and is excited to continue the journey and be a part of the ‘magic’ that occurs between the boys/girls and their families as they work through the program.
 

Mia Komesaroff
Mia Komesaroff
Twelve & Thirteen Committee

Mia was born up in Melbourne and graduated from Mount Scopus in 2019. She 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 learning myself, is an immense privilege.”

Tory Kraus
Tory Kraus
Board Member, DoGood Volunteers Ltd

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 also joined the DoGood Board in 2017 as a way to continue her involvement in the Jewish and wider community.  Tory is the mother of three young children and even though her kids aren’t quite at the Twelve/Thirteen stage, Tory is excited to contribute to a such a meaningful program. Tory loves reading, Pilates and spending time with friends and family - old and new. 

Rachel Pitt
Rachel Pitt
Twelve & Thirteen Committee

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.

Monique Lustig
Monique Lustig
Twelve & Thirteen Committee

Monique is in her second year of 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. Monique is new to the 2020 Twelve & Thirteen team, and is excited about the program!

Zoe Singer
Zoe Singer
Twelve & Thirteen Committee

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. She is planning to study at Monash this year. 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
Twelve & Thirteen Committee

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
Twelve & Thirteen Committee

Simonne is an experienced Executive and Career Coach and Learning and Development Manager.  She has worked in senior roles for over 20 years across business units leading teams of Coaches and Trainers. She is skilled at helping Leaders to strengthen stakeholder relationships, develop their networks to gain visibility, build influencing skills and show executive presence. She also assists professionals who seek career advice in changing, returning to or launching a new career. 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.

The Board

Dannielle Michaels
Co-Chair, DoGood Volunteers Ltd

Dannielle is co-founder of b.box for kids, where she heads up the company’s global marketing, sales and business development. Dannielle started her career as a journalist with the Australian Jewish News, moving into advertising and strategic communications before starting b.box 10 years ago with an idea and a more than dash of chutzpah. Dannielle brings her passion for people, creative thinking and paying it forward to the team. She has always been involved in the community and believes strongly in leading by example. Dannielle is a mum of three girls and loves Pilates, travel, reading and fairy floss.

Tammie Slade
Co-Chair, DoGood Volunteers Ltd

Tammie is a mother of four, with a background in Occupational Therapy. Her passions include family, yoga, and supporting her community, both Jewish and wider. Tammie has been volunteering in the community for many years, including a four year term Co- Chairing the parents’ organisation at her children’s school and weekly participation in a giving shift at St Kilda Mums. Tammie completed the Yesod program at Jewish Care in 2017 and joined the DoGood board in 2018.

Julian Isaacs
Treasurer, DoGood Volunteers Ltd

Julian is a CPA Qualified accountant with 30+ years experience mainly as top finance position in SMB’s in a multitude of different industries. He is currently self employed running a bookkeeping business offering the full suite of book keeping services, BAS Agent and financial business advice, and is proficient in a multitude of software packages.  Julian has been voluntarily involved in the Jewish;community since his teens in a number of community organisations from AZA youth groups, to AUJS and Maccabi. Julian has been involved at grass roots and executive levels of all organisations he has volunteered with.

Davin Miller
Board Member, DoGood Volunteers Ltd

Davin Miller has held various CEO and General Management roles for the past 15 years and is currently the Australasian CEO for TSG, a Payments and Software company. For the past 2 years, Davin has served on the Board of Leibler Yavneh College where he has been responsible for the Enrolments Portfolio. Davin has two daughters, aged 12 and 14, both of which have completed the Twelve program. In his spare time, he likes to run marathons and talk about running … a lot.

Davinah Butbul
Board Member

Davinah has been in the governance field for 15 years, specialising in Risk Management. The majority of her career has been spent in the Corporate environment, however the last couple of years she moved into the Project construction space, as the Risk Manager for the Level Crossings Removal Project. She is a mum of three, with her oldest close to the age to participate in the program. She enjoys running and reading and is excited to get involved and contribute to this amazing program.

Emma Peleg
Board Member

Emma began her career as a nurse educator and senior intensive care nurse in Melbourne, Australia. She moved into 10-years of specialised work with start-up medical device companies, supporting clinical trials and leading the implementation of innovative heart and circulation equipment in hospitals across the USA and Asia-Pacific. Emma’s broad ranging skill-set includes leading cross-functional project management, stakeholder relationships, content development and ongoing capacity building. In her current role at the Spinal Research Institute, Emma delivers on strategic priority areas, reports to funders and board directors and is involved in securing competitive grants. Emma looks forward to contributing her professional experience to the Twelve Thirteen Board and to support its ongoing vision to bring meaningful experiences, growth and respect to young people amongst their own communities. Having attended the Twelve and the Thirteen programs over the past three years, Emma has seen first hand how the programs have grown and the insightful long-term experiences the programs have given her children and herself. She commences Boardroom Boot camp in December, which is conducted by Get On Board Australia and she is looking forward to contributing to the Twelve Thirteen Board.

Ben Stern
Board Member

Ben is an experienced commercial leader in growing top tier global businesses across the financial services, technology and not-for-profit sectors. He has deep expertise in strategy development and execution, transformational business improvement, experience design, finance, risk and compliance management and delivering sustainable commercial and operational outcomes. He is also an Advisory Board Member at an Artificial-Intelligence firm that helps B2C online brands grow both market share, increase profitability and long-term client value. From a very young age Ben has volunteered with organisations that help disadvantaged children, families and the elderly in Israel, Australia and South Africa. A loving father of two; Ben is also a competitive swimmer, enjoys playing soccer, hitting the ski slopes, puzzles and all things Google and Amazon

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Jennifer Dew 0419393939         jennifer@twelvethirteen.org

 

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