MPH, BA, BTheol, GradCertMgt, GradDipEd
Ilsa joined Meaningful Ageing Australia (formerly PASCOP) as CEO in March 2016. Ilsa has extensive experience in the strategic integration of pastoral and spiritual care in aged care; and leading projects with multiple partners. Prior to joining Meaningful Ageing Australia as CEO, Ilsa served on the board from its inauguration in 2013; and on the board of Spiritual Care Australia from 2010-2011. She came from Baptcare Victoria where she worked for the last eight years holding a number of senior roles with her most recent being Manager – Pastoral Care. Ilsa designed and implemented strategic program changes to increase consistency, quality assurance, integration in teams and access by clients including an innovative pastoral care volunteer model now in use in other locations around Australia. During this time Ilsa held various sector positions such as Chair of the multi-faith Diploma of Pastoral Care and Ageing Committee, and Chair of Spiritual Health Victoria’s Aged Care Advisory Group.
Previously she has worked for AMES, John Paver Centre and Melbourne City Mission.
She is a strong strategic leader, clear and creative communicator as well as being collaborative and a positive innovator. Ilsa has extensive experience presenting at conferences and forums Australia-wide.
Ilsa lives in a three-generation household in Melbourne’s north.
Karen has extensive experience in office administration within both the not-for-profit and corporate sectors.
Karen’s career has included various roles within membership management, fundraising, volunteer co-ordinator, event management, executive assistance and human resources. Karen has also worked as a qualified trainer.
Karen’s real strengths are listening, initiative, being organised, attention to detail and priding herself on follow through.
Karen is actively involved in various voluntary roles at both executive and grassroots level. She is an avid follower of Test cricket, AFL and motor racing.
BA, DipAppSci (Nursing), GradDipEd (Health), GradDipHealth (Palliative Care), DipMissiology
Jenika is an experienced palliative care nurse, who has also had numerous roles in the aged care sector, both in residential care and in the community. She spent thirteen years working in Nepal, and helped establish the first palliative care training there. She continues to run workshops in Australia, Nepal and India on a wide range of topics, and in particular palliative care and communication skills. Jenika enjoys integrating spiritual care into her professional practice in these different cultural contexts. Jenika is passionate about adding meaning and purpose to life, in all its stages, through interpersonal connectedness and meaningful community. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and four children.
Steve brings a wealth of experience having worked in a broad range of vocations across his career. Steve has over 20 years experience in spiritual care, working and teaching in various contexts. Steve was also the Deputy Mayor for a council in South Australia and spent time as a policy advisor for the government. More recently, he has worked in the not for profit sector, managing several community centres and in a management role for World Vision Australia. Steve is currently employed with Churches of Christ in Queensland as a Team Leader for Seniors Chaplaincy. He is married with three children.
BA, BTheol, Dip.Min (Honours), MA (Research), JP
Kim has found himself in the company of older people throughout his life. He loves to learn from seniors – and highly values the opportunity to be with them. Kim has worked for Eldercare (South Australia) since 2010 as a residential care chaplain and, more recently, as both a chaplain and a project manager – assisting with the development of a ten year strategic business plan for the organisation. Kim is also a serving chaplain with the RAAF and was a police chaplain for over ten years. He has worked as an electorate officer, co-manages a small hospitality business and worked in a number of innovative faith communities both in Victoria and South Australia. Kim has wide-ranging experience as a spiritual care supervisor, key-note speaker and conference presenter. His subject matter has ranged from peace activism, spiritual care of people living with dementia, spirituality and postmodernity and, the intersection of faith and politics in Australian history. He is also an amateur astronomer and is involved with the Planetarium at the University of South Australia. Kim is currently working on a PhD thesis through the department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University.
BHSC (Hons)/Bachelor of Pastoral Care (La Trobe University)
Michelle has more than ten years of experience working on projects in pastoral and spiritual care with La Trobe University, Spiritual Health Victoria, Australian Catholic University and the Cabrini Institute. Michelle has published in international journals and has experience presenting at conferences. She is currently employed by Meaningful Ageing Australia on a range of projects including the development of practical tools to assist organisations meet the outcomes required in the new National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care; and other key resources. Michelle is currently a masters student at MIECAT.