Jeff Shaw – Founder & CEO
For over 25 years Jeff was a plasterer including for 5 years purely as a carpenter in building and construction industry, owning and managing businesses and doing major projects in Melbourne and Canberra. Jeff specialised in commercial plastering and carpentry which is a bit different to domestic work like houses and units. Jeff worked more on large multi-level buildings and offices. He was originally trained to do the old fancy Victorian type cornices and arch ways, pouring moulds and casting lengths of cornices ready to be installed.
Jeff has been living with an ABI – Acquired Brain Injury – for the past 12 years. One day in August 2007 he had a stroke which blew up most of his cerebellum, affecting only the part of his brain that controls muscles. Intelligence, memory and reassuring was largely unaffected.
Jeff’s passion and desire to make a difference in the disability sector drove him to start Give a Care back in 2013. Jeff founded Give a Care to empower people with disabilities.
Jeff is heavily involved with many Advocacy Groups with resources that will benefit our clients immensely. Understanding our clients’ needs from the top to the bottom is what makes Give a Care a different type of service provider from the old. Jeff’s vision for Give a Care is to give other people living with a disability the chance to share his experience of what it’s like to have real control to choose what they want to do with their life.
Jeff regularly represents the broad views of people with a disability and is a member of various advisory groups and committees representing people with a disability. These include:
- Speak up Bayside – (Bayside Council Funded) Self Advocacy Group
- United Brains – Self Advocacy
- With close ties to SARU the Self Advocacy Resource Unit based at Ross house
Give a Care ensures that clients feel empowered and are part of the community. All of this is thanks to Jeff’s ideas and dreams that have come through.
Cristina Karvonidis – General Manager
Cristina has a double degree in Marketing & Business and a post graduate degree in Business Administration. Cristina’s extensive experience in Australia, United States, UK & Brazil brings broad knowledge and focus to help Jeff manage Give a Care.
Cristina speaks 5 languages and has over 25 years’ experience working in small to big corporations in a variety of industries and most recently in the Aged Care and the Disability sectors.
Cristina has owned and managed successful businesses and wants to make a positive impact in the world. She is passionate about supporting people in the community.
At Give a Care,Cristina’s job is to assist Jeff in managing and growing a sustainable company and empowering people with disabilities to live a healthier and happier life.
Sandra Collins – Financial Controller
Sandra is a CPA qualified accountant and registered BAS Agent having worked in Australia, Asia and the UK. She has primarily worked in professional service industries including chartered accounting firms and not for profit organisations. Beginning her career as an auditor, Sandra has always kept a strong eye out for process improvement and internal control. Possessing a technical accounting background Sandra maintains a high level of attention to detail in all aspects of her work.
Tricia Jasinski – Team Leader, Operations and Compliance
Tricia has been working in the Operations & Finance industries for 17 years, managing great teams. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from RMIT university. Working in different areas within finance has given her an analytical and logical approach to problem solving.
Tricia has previously been involved in product development whilst working in Singapore. Her strong work ethics, planning and organisational skills have allowed her to work well with her colleagues.
At Give a Care, Tricia coordinates the Operations department, managing all Disability Support Workers’ shifts, looking after accreditation, governance and quality.
Charlotte Wyatt – Team Leader, Care Advisors
Cherish Cannane – Team Leader, Support Coordination
Cherish comes from a large south American family and has worked within the disability sector for the last 10 years.
With an advanced Diploma in community service as well as Diploma in disability and finishing degree in psychology/counselling, Cherish has spent her career working in case management, child protection, support coordination, direct disability support, day services and home care.
Cherish has worked overseas in volunteer positions and feels very passionate about equality and human rights. She considers herself a strong advocate for anyone who may need it, especially for children and parents. Cherish believes in encouraging people to have the confidence to ask for what they want and not just settle.