Gary was appointed as Stand Up’s first CEO in 2009 and has played a key role in overseeing the explosive growth of its programs and volunteer community. He studied history and international relations and has become a highly sought-after public speaker when it comes to Australian Jewish contributions to social justice. He trains hard to compete in triathlons and be a good Dad to gorgeous twin girls.
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Adrienne is passionate about designing innovative solutions that create positive social change. Previously she worked at the Centre for Eating and Dieting Disorders, at the University of Sydney as their lead operations and project manager. She is also involved in a social enterprise, Wellschool, that sources education from leading experts and brings people together in Wellcircles to learn, share and support each other to be well.
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Lisa oversees our Sudanese Refugee programs, working closely with the Darfur and Nuba Mountains communities in Melbourne and Sydney. Before joining Stand Up in 2004, Lisa was a special education teacher and worked in the community sector with people experiencing homelessness. Lisa has devoted her life to empowering others to reach their potential, well supported by her husband and 2 children who are always similarly involved. Her ‘office’ is wherever she is needed, whether it be visiting community members in their homes, or on outings around town, forging the close ties that have led her to be highly regarded within the Sudanese community.
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Aaron is an educator, facilitator and experience designer. His passion in education is focused on self-exploration, wellbeing and creating social impact. His work over the past 10 years has lead him to such places as India, Israel, Poland, Rwanda & Costa Rica seeking to create positive social change. More recently, Aaron has been working as a coach and experience designer with the Center for Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania.
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With troves of experience from the architecture and construction industry, Ravit joined Stand Up after a number of years as a devoted volunteer. She effortlessly holds up our administrative pillars.
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Kez is passionate about community development and has worked in the field in both Australia and in Kenya. She is a paediatric nurse, qualified in community welfare. Kez loves hanging out with her little boy and taking him to visit Toomelah and Boggabilla when she gets the chance.
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After completing a Bachelor of Laws and Arts degree, Jacqui worked at the Law Institute of Victoria as the Young Lawyers’ Manager and later Events Manager, in legal education, publications and social justice reform. Since having her own family, Jacqui now works for her family’s coffee roasting business, in online marketing and business development. She is delighted to be back in the social justice sector, having joined Stand Up, as Marketing and Planning Coordinator.
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After a career in the Higher Education sector working as a Project Manager, Laura decided on a career change and returned to study so she could work with kids with special needs. Her next role in a Western Sydney school led her to spend much of her time with newly arrived refugee students. Upon relocating back to Melbourne with her family, Laura was pleased to take up her current role as Refugee Programs coordinator, and continue her contribution to the empowerment of refugee communities.
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Avia is the coordinator of Stand Up ABC in Sydney, teaching bar and bat mitzvah aged participants about social justice, and empowering them to start making change in the communities around them. Avia is currently studying psychology at Macquarie University. With a background in the youth movement Habonim Dror and AUJS, Avia is passionate about helping youth engage with their Jewish community, and teaching them that they are never too young to be change makers.
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Dean organises the Australian Jewish community around pressing social justice issues. While studying a Bachelor of Arts and Law at Monash University, he has brightened the public spotlight on the atrocities in the Nuba Mountains, Sudan and coordinated the What Would You Do? campaign, promoting a more humane discourse in Australia around the asylum seeker issue. Dean’s composure, creativity and dynamism are essential to the ever-growing campaigning activity at Stand Up.
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Jenna is the coordinator of Stand Up ABC in Melbourne, a program instilling Jewish values of social justice in the young change makers of our community and world. While completing her Arts (Psychology) Commerce degree and Monash University, Jenna continues to nurture her passion of social justice and education, while working alongside inspiring people.
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Ashleigh’s previous experience lies in Jewish youth movements, and was recently the Intern for the Diller Teen Fellowship, an international Jewish Leadership program. She believes her strong Jewish heritage is what has guided her passion for social justice and youth education. Ashleigh feels honoured to be a part of the Stand Up team as the iCan Coordinator, a program that empowers Sudanese youth with educational and leadership skills to succeed in school and beyond.
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Curiosity, kindness and compassion are Lani’s driving force. His work life has included supporting foster kids in residential care, facilitating work-readiness programs for the Beacon Foundation and overseeing crisis-care housing for the Gender Centre. However, the opportunity to provide a communal platform for young leaders to find their social impact voice is one of the most exciting career moves to date. Lani is thrilled to be Co-ordinating the Standup Fellowship Sydney.
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Ian is the consumer marketing lead at Microsoft Australia working across brands including Xbox, Windows, Office & Surface. Ian was one of the founders of the Derech Eretz program with his cousin Melanie Schwartz
Arnold is a founding member of Jewish Aid Australia and One Umbrella (now Fare Share). Arnold was also a Senior lecturer in the Department of General Practice at Monash University.
Nicky is co-owner and legal counsel of UHG, a health services company that connects organisations with the healthcare community.
Melanie is a lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales where she teaches criminal law and conducts research in the areas of criminal justice and access to justice for Indigenous people.
Ellie is currently serving as the Company Secretary of Stand Up. Ellie works as a Management Consultant with a focus on Customer Consulting and has worked with major Australian clients including World Vision Australia, Bupa Health Insurance, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and Lion Dairy & Drinks. Prior to this Board appointment, Ellie has volunteered for programs including Food Rescue, Homework Club and Derech Eretz.
Amanda manages the Sydney office of Impact Investment Group, and has 18 years’ experience in investment banking, private equity, structured finance, non-profit management and strategic planning. Amanda also sits on the board of another non-profit organisation, The Observership Program.
Catherine has spent the last 16 years building the public policy and implementation institute, Global Access Partners, and has been involved in various not-for-profit activities including co-founding ThreadTogether.org
Sidra is Head of Jewish Studies (Secondary) at Bialik College.