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We are a team of experienced professionals with a wide range of skills, experience and cultural backgrounds.  We share a passion for making a difference to the lives of seniors from culturally diverse and LGBTIQ+ communities.

Leadership

Henrietta Podgorska

Chief Executive Officer

Languages: English, Hungarian

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Henrietta Podgorska

Chief Executive Officer

Henrietta (Henny) has over 12 years of experience in the community sector. She has built a reputation for working cooperatively with local communities and encouraging transparency and engagement.

She is skilled at delivering successful projects for culturally and linguistically diverse clients and serves on a number of national and state advisory groups.

She is also a volunteer Board member of Multilingual Australia and promotes multilingualism as a valuable asset and an essential ingredient of cultural identity.

Henny has a Bachelor of Social Services from Charles Sturt University and an Advanced Diploma in Community Sector Management.

She was honoured to have won Employee of the Year WA in the 2021 ACSA Aged Care Awards.

 

Robert Wilhelm

Manager Social Support Programs and Transport

Languages: English, Polish, Russian

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Robert Wilhelm

Manager Social Support Programs and Transport

Robert is one of our longest-serving staff members, having been with Umbrella since we were based in humble premises in Bayswater.

He manages our social support team and all of our social support programs and excursions. He is also responsible for managing our fleet of vehicles used for client transportation to and from their homes to our social support centre every weekday, as well as our extensive program of client excursions.

Theresa Ng

Business & Finance Manager

Languages: English, Mandarin

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Theresa Ng

Business & Finance Manager

Theresa manages Umbrella’s business, information technology and finance portfolios. This includes administering grants, overseeing project funding and expenditure and managing the Australian Government funding for our home support services.

Her responsibilities include financial reporting to funding organisations and government departments, audits and ensuring our compliance with the Aged Care Act and all governance legislation.

 

 

Fern Hazeldean

Home Support Services Manager

Languages: English

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Fern Hazeldean

Home Support Services Manager

With over 25 years of experience in community services, Fern is a passionate and dedicated leader who has worked in the aged care, disability services and local government sectors. In previous roles, she has managed service delivery teams, ensuring quality and compliance with sector standards and regulations, and customer operations, facilitating engagement with customers and their families.

She has also developed and implemented programs to support the diverse and complex needs of the disability, aged care and homelessness sectors, partnering with stakeholders such as local governments, not for profits and funders. 

Fern is skilled in communication, problem-solving, leadership, and customer service, and committed to making a positive difference in the lives of the people she serves. 

Carol Bosman

Human Resources Manager

Languages: English

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Carol Bosman

Human Resources Manager

Carol was appointed HR Manager in July 2023 after being promoted from her previous role as HR Coordinator.

She is responsible for all HR-related matters including recruitment, performance management, dispute resolution and employee wellbeing for the organisation, which currently has over 160 staff members in two separate locations (Ascot and Belmont) and close to 100 volunteers.

Fiorda Kule

Multicultural Manager - Care Finder

Languages: English, Italian, Albanian

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Fiorda Kule

Multicultural Manager - Care Finder

Fiorda is responsible for managing the care finder program for Umbrella in the north and south Perth metro areas.

She is a dedicated professional, driven by a passion for making a positive impact and studied tourism and economics in her home country of Italy. She also has a Diploma in Community Services.

Fiorda is a founder of The Morley Momentum, a community group formed to promote a safe and vibrant hub for all who visit Morley through artistic, cultural and environmental initiatives.

With a relentless dedication to delivering exceptional results, Fiorda is committed to creating meaningful change and uplifting communities.

Donna Gibson

Communications, Engagement & Projects Manager

Languages: English, Afrikaans, French

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Donna Gibson

Communications, Engagement & Projects Manager

Donna is an experienced stakeholder engagement and media relations specialist who has worked internationally for BHP, for regional government in South Africa and as a journalist and newspaper editor. She met and photographed Nelson Mandela in 1990.

She has managed stakeholder and community engagement for major infrastructure projects in Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia. Prior to joining Umbrella Inc, she worked for the Department of Premier and Cabinet based at Parliament House in Perth.

Donna has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science and a Master’s in Philosophy (Intercultural Communication) with distinction.

 

Michele Fletcher

Quality & Training Manager

Languages: English

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Michele Fletcher

Quality & Training Manager

Michele is a humanistic leader and community development practitioner with over 25 years’ experience in aged care, disability and homelessness in local government and the not-for-profit sector.

In collaboration with key managers, Michele works to ensure that Umbrella strives to meet the requirements of the Aged Care Act and relevant legislation.

She ensures that our workforce is equipped with the knowledge and skills required to meet client needs through the implementation of policy and procedures and the delivery of a quality training and development program.

Michele also manages our Quality Care Advisory Committee and Consumer Advisory Committee to support continuous improvement across the organisation.

Magda Wojcik

Assistant Manager Social Support Programs

Languages: English, Polish

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Magda Wojcik

Assistant Manager Social Support Programs

Magda is responsible for our Golden Aged Club and other social support programs for clients including excursions.

Barbara Kozok

Assistant Manager Social Support Programs

Languages: English, Polish

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Barbara Kozok

Assistant Manager Social Support Programs

Barbara is responsible for social support programs and projects, including our fortnightly Parties with Basia for multicultural clients, held at our social support centre.

Dominic Toczyski

IT Manager

Languages: English, Polish

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Dominic Toczyski

IT Manager

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Board members

Umbrella’s Board is a supportive group of committed professionals with extensive experience in fields such as aged care, health services, advocacy, government relations, information and communication technology, law and public policy.

Marika Krstevska

President

After qualifying as a geographer in Macedonia, Marika studied English in Australia followed by interpreting qualifications in Serbian and Polish.  ...read full profile

Marika Krstevska

President

After qualifying as a geographer in Macedonia, Marika studied English in Australia followed by interpreting qualifications in Serbian and Polish.

Marika has worked in the multicultural community sector in a variety of roles, including family violence support and on programs helping new migrants settle in Australia.

She also works as an interpreter for Macedonian, Serbian and Polish residents. In addition to her paid work, Marika has been involved in in committees and as a volunteer language teacher for many years.

Marika speaks Polish, Greek, Macedonian, Serbian and English.

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Anna Harrison AM JP

Vice-President

Anna founded Umbrella Multicultural Community Care Services Inc. in 2000 in Mandurah, after identifying a need for social support activities for culturally and linguistically diverse  ...read full profile

Anna Harrison AM JP

Vice-President

Anna’s remarkable leadership and commitment to the rights of older Australians from multicultural and LQBTIQ+ communities have resulted in Umbrella today supporting almost 1,000 clients from 70 countries.

In 2023, Anna was cited as a Member of the Order of Australia in the King’s Birthday Honours List, one of four women across Australia honoured for their contributions to the aged care sector.

Anna is also one of two Western Australian representatives on the National Council of Elders, the peak consumer advisory body to the Australian Government on all matters relating to seniors, based in Canberra.

Dr. Rita Asfar

Board Member

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

Dr. Rita Asfar

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.

Dr Anna Golab

Treasurer

Anna has a Doctorate of Philosophy from Edith Cowan University and is a lecturer, researcher and course coordinator in the School of Business and Law.  ...read full profile

Dr Anna Golab

Treasurer

Anna has a Doctorate of Philosophy from Edith Cowan University and is a lecturer, researcher and course coordinator in the School of Business and Law.

She is a Board member of PolArt Inc. and Chairperson of the Kolonia Perth Board.

Anna is committed to supporting and celebrating diversity, including community members who identify as LGBTIQ+ and brings a high level of legal, financial, strategic and governance skills to the Board.

Belinda Wong

Board member

Belinda is Corporate Counsel at Laing O’Rourke with the sole conduct for all legal issues on the MetCONNX Armadale to Byford Rail Project.  ...read full profile

Belinda Wong

Board member

Belinda is Corporate Counsel at Laing O’Rourke with the sole conduct for all legal issues on the MetCONNX Armadale to Byford Rail Project.

She holds a Law/Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia and has worked in the construction and major projects sector for the past 16 years.

Belinda is President of the WA branch of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association and is on the WA Committee of the Lighthouse Club, an international charity for construction professionals to assist those in need.

She was awarded WA’s 2023 Woman Lawyer of the Year. and was also a finalist in the 2023 WA Volunteering for Multicultural Communities Award.

 

Dr Krystyna Haq

Board Member

Krystyna has a Doctor of Philosophy, a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) Hons and a Bachelor of Arts and Psychology from UWA.  ...read full profile

Dr Krystyna Haq

Board Member

Krystyna retired from the academic sector in 2021 after 17 years as a Graduate Education Officer at the University of Western Australia, working with PhD students and their supervisors.

Since then, she has become a tireless volunteer for various environmental causes, as well as for Umbrella’s Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme. In 2022, she volunteered as a tutor and mentor as part of Mercy Connect, working with children from asylum seeker and refugee backgrounds.

Her varied career has given her a strong understanding of a range of disciplines and the importance of rigorous data collection and management.

Melissa Del Borrello

Board Member

Melissa has extensive experience in advocating on behalf of migrants, refugees, humanitarian entrants into Australia and, more recently, in the disability sector.    ...read full profile

Melissa Del Borrello

Board Member

Melissa has worked for the Commonwealth and State Governments, for local government, with faith-based agencies and in the not-for-profit sector.

She has been a Board member of the Catholic Migrant Centre, Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre, Kin Advocacy and the National Ethnic Disability Alliance.  She was also a WA representative on the Australian Council for Women in the 1990’s.

Melissa speaks Italian and is committed to her new role advocating on behalf of seniors, having been a carer for her elderly parents.

Prof Piyush Sharma

Board Member

Professor Piyush Sharma is a John Curtin Distinguished Professor at the School of Management and Marketing in the Faculty of Business and Law at Curtin  ...read full profile

Prof Piyush Sharma

Board Member

Prof Piyush Sharma is ranked among the top 90 researchers in Australia and was awarded the John Curtin Distinguished Professor title by Curtin University for five years (2022-2027).

He is a co-founder of the Innovation Research Hub in the Faculty of Business and Law and co-leader of the Navigating Inter-Cultural Experience (NICE) Platform at Curtin.

He has worked across a variety of multicultural organisations around the world for over 35 years in both industry and academia in the India and Asia-Pacific regions.

Assoc Prof Russel Kingshott

Board Member

Russel Kingshott is Associate Professor at the School of Management and Marketing at Curtin University and holds a Doctor of Philosophy from UWA.  ...read full profile

Assoc Prof Russel Kingshott

Board Member

Assoc Professor Russel Kingshott was the recipient of the 2022 Islamic Community Engagement Award from the Federation of Islamic Councils.

He is a current Board member of the Al Ameen College, with an extensive network in the Islamic community, and a wide range of technical marketing, management and research skills.

He has served on numerous Boards at Curtin University over the years and is also a volunteer civilian instructor for the Australian Air Force Cadets.

 

 

 

Borhan Milani

Board Member

Borhan has a Graduate Certificate in Business (Public Sector Management) from the Queensland University of Technology and speaks Persian/Farsi and English.    ...read full profile

Borhan Milani

Board Member

He is an alumni of the 2023 Signature Leadership Program run by Leadership WA and has managed complex projects and multidisciplinary teams across various sectors.

As an immigrant to Australia 25 years ago, he has dedicated himself to serving the community in various leadership roles within the WA public sector. During his tenure with Consumer Protection WA, he was involved in the review and implementation of the Retirement Villages Act.

He is currently General Manager Building and Energy Industries with the Department of Energy, Mines, Industry, Regulation & Safety (DEMIRS).

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