Kellie Shields, President
Kellie joined the board in 2013, bringing a wealth of experience in the aged care, community, disability and health sectors. As the Manager of Community Development for Uniting NSW North, Kellie was responsible for 22 services, 455 Veteran’s homecare places, eight day centres and 219 community care packages. After her appointment as Australia’s LGBTI Project Officer in the aged care sector, Kellie was selected by Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) to represent the sector on the National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Strategy. Her pioneering work in this field resulted in Uniting being recognised Australia’s leading LGBTI aged care provider.
Kellie runs her own consultancy specialising in aged care and community services. She is much sought after as an educator in the training of aged care and community services staff through adult education, TAFE and other RTOs. She is committed to sharing the potential for women to successfully manage full lives as mums, carers and career women and enjoys relaxing in her garden whenever she can.
Karen Hazan, Deputy Chairperson
Karen Hazan is a director of Trenches McKenzie Cox Solicitors of Lismore. She has experience in all areas of advocacy including family law, employment law, mental health and criminal law as well as conveyancing, probate, wills and contested estates. She is an accredited specialist in Family Law. Before coming to Social Futures Karen was a long-standing board member for Youth Connections North Coast Inc. Karen joined the Board of Social Futures as she enjoys being involved with and contributing to community organisations which provide quality services to people who find themselves socially or economically disadvantaged.
Keith Sloan, Treasurer
Keith Sloan is Adjunct Associate Professor at Southern Cross University having served on the staff of the Business School for some 23 years. He has more than 40 years of research, consulting and teaching experience in the areas of international finance and economics, investment analysis, portfolio management, and corporate finance and over 10 years board experience with listed, unlisted and not-for-profit boards. In his role as a professional economist Keith became acutely aware of widening divergence in the quality of life experienced by people living in this wonderful part of Australia and sees his work with the Social Futures board as making a small contribution to redressing these imbalances and building a stronger regional community.
Leanne Coventry, Secretary
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Deb Stafford, Member
Deb Stafford is an experienced community development practitioner with a passion for social justice and inclusion. She brings expertise in community engagement, project implementation, research and evaluation, strategic advocacy and sector development from her work in both leadership and direct delivery roles. She currently works to create positive change in the field of mental health and also provides strategic consulting services to local organisations. As a Social Futures board member, Deb draws on foundations of social justice, creativity and collaboration to contribute to thriving local communities.
Orit Ben-Harush, Member
Orit Ben-Harush is an internet researcher at Queensland University of Technology. She has been researching social impact of technology, internet, mobile phones and social capital since 1995. Her PhD thesis focused on social networks of women in Ocean Shores, NSW. Prior to her academic career Orit worked in telecommunication companies in a few marketing positions. Orit lives in Ocean Shores where she is an active member in a few local initiatives. Orit is passionate about sense of community, sense of belonging, youth activities and the role of technology in modern life.
Nick Freeburn, Member
Nick Freeburn has worked in government and non-government organisations, services and businesses for more than 30 years. Nick is a qualified chef, but instead of practising his trade, gained four degrees in four different disciplines; Indigenous Studies, Research Methods, Social Science and Adult Education. Nick is currently studying for his Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies at the Gnibi College of Australian Indigenous Peoples at Southern Cross University. His research is investigating contemporary social issues that Aboriginal people encounter while living in small rural towns and includes connecting Ways of Knowing, Being and Doing within an Indigenous Knowledge based system.
A tribute to Paul Cruickshank, our longest serving board Member.
Our longest serving Board member, Paul Cruickshank, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday 1 February 2017 surrounded by close friends and family.
Paul joined our Board in 2007 and was elected President in 2013. He was passionate about social justice and the environment and contributed to both these areas through a long career in environmental organisations, within our sector and as an environmental policy advisor to government.
Paul also made a huge voluntary contribution. He served on many boards of non-government organisations and used his spare time to write grant applications for small environmental groups.
Paul helped steer us through many changes over the past decade. He was extremely supportive of us all and committed to what we wanted to achieve in our community. He had an incredibly positive outlook, loved putting big ideas into action. Once a decision to do something was made, he would be off doing it while the rest of us were still working out how to get started. Paul also loved to socialise and he was an enthusiastic participant in many of our events over the years. His cheerful presence, words of encouragement and big wide smile will be missed.
Our Executive Team
Chief Executive Officer
Executive Manager for Communities, Families & Youth
Chief Financial Officer
Executive Manager for Finance, Assets and Technology
Executive Manager for People and Quality (on extended leave 2017)
Samantha Albertini is acting Executive Manager in her absence
Executive Manager for Inclusion
Executive Manager for Strategy and Engagement