Who we are

All of our staff and management are dedicated to Umbrella Inc.’s ethos of respect, passion and commitment. We believe that there is no greater joy or greater reward than to make a fundamental difference to people’s lives. Our diversity is our strength. The more than 140 staff members and 86 volunteers represent 40 different nations and speak more than 40 different languages.

 

Who we are

Anna Maria Harrison JP

Chief Executive Officer

Languages: Polish, English

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Anna Maria Harrison JP

Chief Executive Officer

Anna Harrison was born and raised in Poland and after some time in the UK she migrated to Australia in 1978.

In the early 1980’s Anna commenced her career providing services to the diverse communities of WA and was instrumental in organising activities that led to a significant reduction in the isolation of older members of the community. She also assisted the WA Association of Polish Women to obtain Commonwealth funding to provide aged care services. In 2000, Anna established the Umbrella Inc HACC program and in 2004 became the CEO of Umbrella Multicultural Community Care Services Inc.

Anna has an Advanced Diploma – Community Sector Management, Diploma of Community Services Management, Justice of the Peace – School of Law, Murdoch University. She has received certificates for the Seniors Ministerial Advisory Committee (3 Years), Active Ageing Task Force-Ministerial Committee (1.5 years), WA Association of Polish Women Inc (20 years of service to the Community), and First Polish Senior Citizens Club (15 years of service for Polish Seniors).

Anna has received an Award of Excellence from the Minister for Seniors in 2000 and a Multicultural Services Award from the WA Government in 2003. In addition a Silver Cross for service to the WA Polish Community from the Polish Government awarded by the President and a Centenary Medal for services to migrants and refugees awarded by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second. Anna is also a Commissioner for Declarations, Justice of the Peace.

Bernadette Rogan

Senior Operational Manager

Languages: English

Jolanta Kacperek

Senior Manager Community HCP

Languages: Polish, Russian, German, English

Robert Wilhelm

Senior Manager Social Support Programs and Transport

Languages: English, Polish, Russian

Teresa Niedzwiedz

Senior Manager Assessments

Languages: English, Polish

TBC

Manager HR

Languages: English

Tania Mardesic

Financial Manager

Languages: English, Ukranian, Russian

Marleen Roch

Quality Manager

Languages: English

Henrietta Podgorska

Manager Communications & Community Engagement

Languages: English, Hungarian

Juanita Doorey

Governance/ Personal Assistant to CEO

Languages: English

Barbara Kozok

Manager Social Support Programs

Languages: English, Polish

Jan Ryan

Manager CHSP

Languages: English

Magda Wojcik

Senior Coordinator

Languages: English,

Kasia Pulwicka

Senior Coordinator Home Care Packages

Languages: English, Polish

Esmeralda Hope

Senior Coordinator Home Care Package

Languages: English, Greek

Karla Benitez

Coordinator Community Visitors Scheme (CVS)

Languages: English, Spanish, Italian

Fiorda Kule

Community Engagement Officer

Languages: English, Italian, Albanian

Martin Michalski

Coordinator Social Support Programs

Languages: English, Polish

Meg Olszak

Coordinator Social Support Programs

Languages: English, Polish

Dominic Toczyski

IT Coordinator

Languages: English, Polish

Elizabeth Halladin

Library Coordinator

Languages: English, Polish

Ka Man Wu

Financial Officer

Languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin

Diana Gifford

Home Social Support Officer

Languages: English

Kat Matkowski

Home Care Package and Special Projects Officer

Languages: English, Polish

Wayne Costello

Assessments and LGBTI Officer

Languages: English,

Anna Pierucci

Administration and Reception Officer

Languages: English, Italian

Simi Kaur

Assessment Officer

Languages: English, Hindi, Punjabi

Angelina Knapczyk

Admin Assistant

Languages: English, Polish

Barbara Malinowska

Coordinator Social Support Programs

Languages: English, Polish

Beata Kepinska

Senior Supervisor Social Support Programs

Languages: English, Polish

Nina Arsenowicz

Supervisor Social Support Programs

Languages: English, Polish

Grazyna Ogrodzka-Wozniak

Supervisor Social Support Programs

Languages: English, Polish

Brigitta Heder

Supervisor Social Support Programs

Languages: English, Hungarian

Peter Todorski

Supervisor Social Support Programs

Languages: English, Macedonian

Alessandra Soavi

Home Support Services Officer

Languages: English, Italian

Eva Johnston

Library and Reception Officer

Languages: English, Polish

Bronek Tabaczynski

Library Officer

Languages: English, Polish

Elizabeth Szczepanik

Registered Clinical Nurse

Languages: English, Polish

Slavica Jovicic

Registered Clinical Nurse

Languages: English, Polish

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Board

Umbrella’s current Board is a very supportive group of committed, emphatic, knowledgeable professionals who, for a number of years, have volunteered to our organisation to support its mission. Our Board includes professionals with extensive experience in key areas such as aged care, public health, advocacy, medical care, government relations, information and communication technology, law and legal services and public policy.

Ann Holland

President

After obtaining qualifications in nursing and working in this industry for a number of years, she changed careers with a newly obtained Associate Diploma of  ...read full profile

Ann Holland

President

After obtaining qualifications in nursing and working in this industry for a number of years, she changed careers with a newly obtained Associate Diploma of Applied Science and became a Library Technician in the education sector. Her engagement with people from diverse backgrounds during her career has left her with a keen interest in other cultures, languages and history. She is also interested in aged care issues. In addition to her involvement on the Umbrella Board, Ann has been involved in other committees with disparate fields of interest.

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Marika Krstevska

Vice President

After obtaining a qualification as a Geographer in Macedonia, Marika undertook qualifications in Academic and Professional English in Australia followed by Paraprofessional.  ...read full profile

Marika Krstevska

Vice President

After obtaining a qualification as a Geographer in Macedonia, Marika undertook qualifications in Academic and Professional English in Australia followed by Paraprofessional Interpreting qualifications in Serbian and Polish. With these qualifications, Marika has spent her career in the multicultural community sector in a variety of roles including as a family violence worker and a number of programs helping new migrants settle in Australia. She also works as an interpreter for Macedonian, Serbian and Polish languages. In addition to her paid work, Marika has been involved in in committees and as a volunteer language teacher over many years. Marika speaks Polish, Greek, Macedonian, Serbian and English.

Othmar Beerli

Treasurer

With over 25- years of experience in financial management and cooperative governance, Othmar brings the skills and knowledge which are  ...read full profile

Othmar Beerli

Treasurer

With over 25- years of experience in financial management and cooperative governance, Othmar brings the skills and knowledge which are instrumental in the delivery of better outcomes relating to the operational management and human resources. Since May 2019 Othmar has been the Director Finance (CFO) of North Metro TAFE (NMT), the largest State Government provider of vocational education and training. He has the overall responsibility for all Finance, Budgeting, Procurement and Risk/Contract management related matters at NMT.

Prior to his current role Othmar held a similar position at the Rottnest Island Authority for almost 11 years.

He also has extensive experience in managing a internal and external audits and risk management assignments for a range of clients, both in the private sector and in state government.

 

Professional Qualifications

  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (CAANZ)
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
  • Registered Company Auditor (ASIC)
  • Economist

Professional work experience

  • Over 15 years of financial management in Australia and overseas
  • Over 15 years of internal and external audit experience and risk management governance

Previous board / committee / volunteer work:

  • Over 6 years of volunteer work with the Anglicare Church (St Lukes)
  • Several position at Table Tennis WA (Volunteering)

Language Spoken: English, German, Swiss German and French

 

Karen Quigley Sosa

Secretary

With over 19 years’ experience in community services, Karen is passionate about making a positive impact in the community. As a qualified social worker, she  ...read full profile

Karen Quigley Sosa

Secretary

With over 19 years’ experience in community services, Karen is passionate about making a positive impact in the community. As a qualified social worker, she has worked across the not-for-profit sector, public health and local government. Karen’s recent achievements include successfully transitioning the community care services of three separate local governments to alternate aged care services. She speaks Spanish, English and Italian.

Dr. Rita Afsar

Board Member

With a background in policy and research, Rita has worked for the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) since 2011 and is currently a Senior Strategy,  ...read full profile

Dr. Rita Afsar

Board Member

With a background in policy and research, Rita has worked for the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) since 2011 and is currently a Senior Strategy, Planning and Research Officer.   She has expertise in policy and action research in the areas of ageing, migration, gender, social development, poverty, inequality and multiculturalism. Since 2011 she has led OMI’s work on ageing in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities in Western Australia and has produced several reports identifying issues impacting on CALD seniors.

Grazyna Humfrey

Board Member

Grazyna has many years’ experience in social work, including working as senior social worker in mental health services  ...read full profile

Grazyna Humfrey

Board Member

Grazyna has many years’ experience in social work, including working as senior social worker in mental health services.  She has a particular interest in mental health and the elderly.  Grazyna speaks Polish and has previous experience as a Board member for a community -based not-for-profit organisation.

Maria Kamocka

Board Member

A qualification in Hotel Management led Maria to 32 years of managing human resources and customer services through the reception desk of a hotel in  ...read full profile

Maria Kamocka

Board Member

A qualification in Hotel Management led Maria to 32 years of managing human resources and customer services through the reception desk of a hotel in the heart of Warsaw. An early life of involvement with the Polish Scouting movement and a period of involvement in the Solidarity Movement established an interest in being involved in the community. Upon her arrival in Australia, Maria immediately joined local Polish organisations as a volunteer and has been involved with Umbrella since it was established. Maria, a carer in addition to being a volunteer, represents volunteers and clients on the Umbrella Board. She speaks Polish, English and Russian.

Shirley Myers

Board Member

With considerable experience working in the medical and health care fields in Australia, England and New Zealand, Shirley worked for many years for St Johns  ...read full profile

Shirley Myers

Board Member

With considerable experience working in the medical and health care fields in Australia, England and New Zealand, Shirley worked for many years for St Johns Ambulance, including working remotely. She has also worked as a physiotherapy assistant and while living in England worked as a disability support carer.   Her volunteering work with the scouting movement and disabled youth was recognised when she was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal in the late 1990’s.

Milos Nedved

Board Member

With academic qualifications in science and engineering and workplace safety, Milos has spent 35 years in senior university positions in Europe and Australia, 5 years  ...read full profile

Milos Nedved

Board Member

With academic qualifications in science and engineering and workplace safety, Milos has spent 35 years in senior university positions in Europe and Australia, 5 years as a United Nations Expert in Occupational Safety and Health and Chief Technical Advisor, in parallel Consultant in Occupational Safety and Health, and over the last 30 years has been engaged by a number of WA law firms as an Expert Witness in around 500 cases of occupational accidents. He is currently Adjunct A/Professor at Edith Cowen University. Milos has committee and volunteer experience in a number of workplace safety organisations. Milos speaks English and Czech.

Mariusz Pawlowski

Board Member

With qualifications in the areas of Finance and Mortgage Brokerage Management, Mariusz has worked with telecommunications companies and  ...read full profile

Mariusz Pawlowski

Board Member

With qualifications in the areas of Finance and Mortgage Brokerage Management, Mariusz has worked with telecommunications companies and in the financial sector in addition to establishing his own business. Mariusz volunteers as a Pranic Healer with a meditation and healing centre and speaks both English and Polish.

Ronda Raymond

Board Member

With many years in the nursing, disability and aged care sectors in both residential and community care environments, Ronda brings a wealth of experience to  ...read full profile

Ronda Raymond

Board Member

With many years in the nursing, disability and aged care sectors in both residential and community care environments, Ronda brings a wealth of experience to the Board of Umbrella. Ronda has worked to establish aged care services for indigenous populations and in rural and remote areas. Ronda’s education and professional development reflect her passion for working in the health and community service industry. Ronda is also passionate about the area of dementia awareness and study.

Dorota Pietowska

Board Member

Following a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science and Records Management, Dorota worked as an academic and librarian in both Poland and Australia. After  ...read full profile

Dorota Pietowska

Board Member

Following a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science and Records Management, Dorota worked as an academic and librarian in both Poland and Australia. After completing a further qualification in International Trade, Dorota established her own wine export business, eventually leaving the world of academia to focus on this. Dorota has been involved with Umbrella at a Board level for 10 years and taken on a number of executive positions during this time. Dorota speaks English, Polish, French and Russian.