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.
Tricia Jasinski – Operations Coordinator
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.
Donna Coelho – Compliance & Administration Coordinator
Jenny Ramsay – Care Advisor
Jenny is one of Give a Care’s dynamic Care Advisors. She comes with an extensive background in the disability sector and has completed a degree in Disability Studies/Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling. As well as this Jenny has been working in the disability sector for many years with a strong background in case management, planning and assessment. Her most recent position was as a planning facilitator for ISP packages. Jenny has worked with individuals with varying disabilities and their families in assisting them to develop personal goals and put supports in place to assist to achieve these.
Jenny likes to work in partnership with individuals with a disability and their families and empower them to take greater control over their supports and funding. She is passionate about community inclusion and supporting people with a disability to have the same opportunities as anyone else. Jenny has a great understanding of the disability service system and the services and supports available. She is keen to extend her knowledge of NDIS as it rolls out in the Southern region. Jenny is caring and approachable and works in a person centred way at all times. She understands that each person and situation is unique and the supports that can assist a person also need to be flexible and tailored to the person.
Kate Chapman – Care Advisor
Kate is another of our trusted Care Advisors at Give a Care. Kate has a BSC in Psychology and continued to achieve a Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences/Counselling. Kate began working in Human Services as a support worker, then started as a case manager in aged care, where she enjoyed working with elderly and realised her passion for assisting people to remain independent in their own home. Kate feels everyone should have the choice to remain at home with the right supports. Kate also worked as a Lifeline counsellor and in varied roles within community programs, including the bushfire case management service and working with paraplegics and quadriplegics as a service coordinator. Kate is excited to work with Give a Care and feels her own values and goals reflect those of Give a Care and what they want to achieve as an organisation.
Charlotte Wyatt – Care Advisor
Cherish Cannane – Support Coordinator
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.
John Sultana – Support Coordinator
John has two younger siblings on the Autism spectrum, giving him the drive and passion to make a difference within the disability sector.
John has worked in the disability space for over 2 years and completed his Cert IV in Disability, whilst currently also studying a bachelor in applied Psychology. As one of our Support Coordinators at Give a Care, John enjoys seeing the positive change support coordination brings to families.
Leah Skorala – Operations Assistant
Leah has a breadth of experience in network information systems, and Cisco systems. After spending many years in IT, Leah sought out a more rewarding career path that saw her come on board as Give a Care’s Administrative Assistant.
Leah is responsible for a lot of the back end administrative duties that ensure Give a Care’s operations run smoothly. Leah assists in recruitment, processing applications, taking minutes in meetings, and general administrative duties.
Leah is also a qualified Disability Support Worker, and assists Give a Care’s clients from time to time where that extra help is needed.
Leah is a tangible asset to Give a Care, and her skills and experience are greatly utilised on a daily basis.
Lyndall Taylor – Marketing & Communications Coordinator
After completing a Bachelor of Business Major Marketing in Western Australia, Lyndall built a career in advertising and marketing with some of the country’s biggest names in publishing before starting her own consultancy and assisting smaller businesses talk to their desired audience.
Lyndall is responsible for creating and managing our digital content and offline communications, joining Give a Care to align her own values with a Company making a difference.