Board of Directors

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MR. NICK THODOS (Appointed 26 November 2012)

B.Ec., LL.B. (Monash), LL.M. (Melbourne), M.B.A. (Oxford), G.A.I.C.D.

Nick Thodos is the President of the Fronditha Care Board. In this role he also chairs the Governance Committee. Nick has also served as Secretary of the Fronditha Care Board from 2012 to 2015 and was a member of the Risk Management & Finance Committee.

Nick has significant legal and management experience. He co-founded electricity retailer Click Energy and was Chairman of the Board until July 2012. He was previously a banking and finance lawyer at global law firm Baker & McKenzie, the Australian Bankers’ Association and HSBC Bank. Nick is currently a director of McKenna Florey, a commercial property business. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

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MS. FAYE SPITERI (Appointed 02 December 2009)

BA., GradCert PubRelations

Faye has been a Board Director since 2009 and is currently the Vice President. Alongside this, she chairs the Communications Committee and is a member of the Governance Committee. As a passionate advocate for social justice, access and equity, she is committed to building on the legacy of Fronditha Care.

Faye believes strong leadership, innovation and an integrated approach are the elements that have underpinned the success of Fronditha Care in the past year and key to its position as a leading agency in the aged care sector and delivery of best practice client centred care.

With a background in strategic leadership roles across the public, corporate and Third sectors, she has a unique perspective on the challenges and successes that organisations are experiencing today and recognises the critical role the Fronditha Care leadership team has in crafting a company vision that has the best possible outcomes for the community. Faye has worked at Director level as an integrated campaign specialist with broad expertise in all aspects of multi channel communications. She has wide experience in the design, development and evaluation of social marketing and brand positioning campaigns and led development of multiple award winning projects that have engaged audiences and driven behavioural change.

Recognised for her leadership and role in driving social change, she was a recipient of the Premier’s Award when she oversaw the introduction of the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act Legislation and accompanying campaign.

As an ardent supporter of advancing human rights and gender equity, Faye is also Chair of inTouch, Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence – a leading provider of programs and services for women, children and families experiencing family violence.

 

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MS. JILL TAYLOR (NIKITAKIS) (Appointed 01 May 2013)

B. Bus. (Accounting), CPA

Jill joined the Fronditha Care Board in 2013 and is currently the Secretary and a member of the Risk Management & Finance Committee. Jill is also an active member of the Communications Committee.

Jill is a director of Power Lending Group, a finance consultancy firm. Prior to that she performed as a licensed investigator for JBSA Consultants (Investigations and Reviews), focussed primarily on matters of forensic fraud as well as highly sensitive cases, such as the abuse of children in State care. Prior to this role, Jill was employed as Chief Financial Officer of Silver Top Taxi Service Ltd, where in addition to leading the Finance function, she sat on the Company’s Takeover & Mergers Committee. In this role, she was instrumental in the purchase of SilverComm P/L, a business she later came to lead as General Manager. During her time with Silver Top, Jill was also appointed to the Ministerial Committee for Public Transport as a key representative for the taxi industry. Jill has spent the majority of her career in the accounting sector, both as a tax consultant for DBA Accountants and as a Partner with Greenfield Fox Hansen P/L, where she commenced her career in 1988.

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MR. JACOB FRONISTAS OAM (appointed in 1982)

B.Sc., LL.B., LL.M.

Jacob has been a Board Director of Fronditha Care for 34 years. He is currently the Treasurer, a member of the Fronditha Governance Committee and the Convener of the Risk Management & Finance Committee. He is a Life Governor of Fronditha Care. He has held numerous positions on the Board, including being President from 1988 to 1994 and 1998 to 2007 as well as Senior Vice-President, Junior Vice-President and Assistant Treasurer.

Jacob is a Barrister and a member of the Victorian Bar since 1983. He was the Chairperson of the Federal Government’s Greek Community Aged Care Steering Committee from 1994 to 2000 and a Contributor to the working party for Equitable Delivery of Services to the Ethnic Aged, which was under the auspices of the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria in 1998. He has served on the Board of other organisations including 4 years as the Treasurer of the Kastellorizian Association of Victoria, 4 years on the Antipodes Festival Board and 2 years on the Asclepius Board.

Jacob received an Order of Australia medal in 2006 for his voluntary work in the Greek community, specifically in aged care. He has also received the following awards:

In 2001: Victorian State Government Certificate of Appreciation for voluntary service to the community. In 2012: Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence for Meritorious Service to the Community. In 1991: Hellenic Distinction for Community Welfare – for voluntary work for the Greek elderly. In 2000: Kastellorizian of the Year.

 

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MR MIKE ZAFIROPOULOS AM JP (Appointed 03 June 2009)

B App. Sc.; Dip Comp. Sc.; Cert. Television Production.

Mike has been a Board Director since 2009 and served as the  President of Fronditha Care from 2009 to 2015.

He has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector and during 1992-93 served as Mayor of Fitzroy. In 2002 he was awarded “Victoria’s Award for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs”; in 2005 he received FECCA’s award for “Contribution to Multiculturalism” and in 2010 he was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) “for service to the community, through executive roles with a range of arts, multicultural, charitable, media and local government organisations, and as an advocate for cultural diversity and harmony”. In 2012, he was the recipient of HACCI’s award “Excellence in Community Service”. Between 1995 and 2007 he was General Manager of SBS, Melbourne. During 2003 and 2012, he served on the Board of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and since 2009 he chairs the board of Channel 31.

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MR. PAUL MAVROUDIS OAM (appointed 07 July 2010)

Paul is currently a member of the Communications Committee.

Paul Mavroudis is the Sales Manager of Parthenon Travel, a well established travel business for 32 years. Paul is a member of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria and was a member of the Pan-Macedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria, where he held the position of Vice-President and was responsible for Public Relations for many years. Paul is a member of the Victorian Branch of SAE World Council of Hellenic Abroad and he is in charge of Public Relations. He also served as President of Thessaloniki Association, The White Tower, for six years. In 2009, he received an Award for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs from the Victorian State Government. In 2010, Paul became the President of the Hellenic Cultural Council.

Paul has been an active contributor of the Communications Committee since 2010.

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PROF. GEORGINA TSOLIDIS (appointed 14 October 2013)

BA, Dip Ed, B Ed, PhD, Master of Counselling

Georgina joined the Board in 2013. She convenes the Research and Policy Committee.

Professor Georgina Tsolidis has held various academic positions including professorial positions at Monash and Federation Universities. Previously she worked in government carrying out research and policy analysis including with the Ministerial Advisory Committee dealing with cultural diversity in education. She has significant experience managing and carrying out research within the university context, as well as with other public and private bodies. Georgina has specialised in the diversity area over many years and has published extensively on related issues, including with specific reference to the Greek diaspora; been responsible for professional development in the area as well as consulting within the public and private sectors.

Currently, she is Adjunct Professor with the Deakin University, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation; President of the International Sociological Association Research Committee on Racism, Nationalism and Ethnic Relations and Director of Proptika Pty Ltd (Counselling and Consulting).

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DR. OLGA KANITSKI AM (appointed 04 June 2014)

PhD, M.Ed. Studies, BAppSc (AdvNsg/Ed), DipHospNsg&Unit Manag, FACN

Olga is currently a member of the Research and Policy Committee.

Dr Olga Kanitsaki, AM, PhD, is a distinguished retired Australian nurse whose nursing career spans over 40 years. During her career, Dr Kanitsaki held a number of senior managerial positions in both the health care service and higher education sectors. In 2000, Dr Kanitsaki was appointed Australia’s first Professor of Transcultural Nursing; at the time she was also appointed Head of the Department of Nursing and Midwifery in 2000 (RMIT University). Dr Kanitsaki has been a long-standing and outspoken advocate of cross-cultural considerations in health care and nursing. She has served on numerous government, health professional and community advisory committees and boards; provided expert advice on policies and programs concerned with the provision of culturally responsive health care to Australia’s multicultural population. In 1995, Dr Kanitsaki was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her ‘service to nursing, particularly through the development of a multicultural health service’.  Dr Kanitsaki has co-published extensively on cross-cultural issues in health care, focusing on such topics as ethnic aged disparities in health and social care, cross-cultural considerations in end of life care, consumer engagement and the link between culture, language and patient safety, racism in health care, policy imperatives and advance care planning in a multicultural society. In 2012, Dr Kanitsaki received further recognition of her work when the Centre for Cultural Diversity and Ageing launched a new award in her name: the ‘Dr Olga Kanitsaki Award for Individual Excellence’, awarded to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional commitment and initiative in the delivery of culturally inclusive care (http://www.culturaldiversity.com.au/launch-of-new-award). In 2015, Dr Kanitsaki was inducted to the Victorian Honour Role of Women (http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/new-inductees-for-victorian-womens-honour-roll) in recognition of her efforts to establish a more culturally-responsive health care system in Victoria.