Our Team


Courage to Care NSW is a not-for-profit organisation, run and managed by volunteers and a small number of professional staff. Members of Courage to Care members elect the Executive annually.

Courage to Care NSW has over 100 volunteers, many of whom travel with the program as on-site coordinators, exhibition guides, presenters, ‘living historians’ and workshop leaders. Others work behind the scenes in roles such as administration, treasury, fundraising, logistics, education, volunteer training, quality control, WH&S, IT, graphic design and video production.

Without these dedicated people, who willingly give so much of their time and talents, and our supporters, Courage to Care would not be the highly successful social acceptance education program that it is today.

Management Committee

Juliet Seifert


Juliet Seifert

kathy S harp

Vice Chair

Kathy Sharp

 Tom Fleming

Volunteer Liaison

Vicki Israel

faye Radom

Head of Education

Faye Radom

John havas


John Havas

Andrew Havas


Andrew Havas OAM

 Peter Halas


Peter Halas


Survivor Storytellers

Ana Deleon



Egon Sonnenschein



Ernie friedlander



Esther Buncel



Eva Engel



Eva masnick



Gaby Deleon



Judy Gyenes



Halina Robinson



John Grushka



Josie Wolanski



Judy Gyenes



Lena Goldstein



Lilly Wolf



Maurice Linker



Mimi Wise



Peter Gyenes



Rosie Haneman



Susan Warhaftig



Tom Fleming



Vera Neufeld



Yvonne Halas



Survivor Storyteller Photo Credit: Paul Green 


Agnes Kainer-Geyer



Ann Hedges



Annette Guerry



Annie Friedlander



Agnes Kainer-Geyer


Caroline Fleming



Cathy Wills



Chris Hill



David Eisenberg


Ann Hedges


Elise Zonneveld



board emanual szumer



Annette Guerry


Gloria Wecksler



Hanni Chalmers



Helene Friedland



James Hill



Jane Lurie



Jeannie Kitchener



Jenni Michelson



Annie Friedlander


John Hall



Kathy Sharp



Kayla Szumer



Kathy Sharp



Kayla Szumer



Liza Cohn



Lorraine Revelman



Liza Cohn



Liza Cohn



Lucille Segal



Margaret hall



Margaret Weiss



Miriam Sonnenschein



Moya Simons



Nomi Beran



Pam Tatz



Peggy Wahlhaus



Renee Pinshaw



Rita Baynash



Robert Erdos



Robert Israel



Roger Beran



Rosita Armer



Shirley Brayton



Shoshana Cochrane



Sister Dominica

Sister Dominica


Sister Patricia

Sister Patricia


Sue Rosen



Susi Freeman



Tom Schwarz



Vera Dunn



Olia Zvenyatsky

Born in the Soviet Union, where my family faced constant persecution due to our Jewish ethnicity, I was very fortunate to migrate to America at the age of ten as a refugee. This gift of freedom inspired me to learn, travel, and help others. I graduated from Columbia University in New York, having studied languages and international education, taught English in Japan, and traveled extensively around the world.

Elie Wiesel said that “Peace is our gift to each other.” My passion for peace and equality inspired me to join the United Nations, where I worked for ten years. Disappointed with the UN’s handling of the Middle East and other conflicts, I left the organisation, moved to Australia and pursued studies in natural medicine. I love living in Brisbane, where my husband, daughter, and step-children are my greatest teachers. My gratitude and pride in being Australian are boundless, and I am honoured to be a member and advocate for the Jewish community.

In the 1950s, my grandparents were sent to a concentration camp under Stalin and my father was exiled to Siberia at a very young age. These injustices, along with my own discrimination ordeals made me keenly aware of the importance of compassion, kindness, and courage. Volunteering as a facilitator for Courage to Care is one of the most meaningful and rewarding things I have ever done. I love spending time with, and learning from, the inspirational Holocaust Survivors. Immortalizing their stories is crucial in honouring their courage and in helping the world to avoid repeating the mistakes of history.

Maxine Cheilyk

I live in Brisbane QLD with my husband Gideon. Our son, his wife and our grandson as well as our daughter and her partner live in Brisbane too. We are also blessed with 3 Parents who live at the Gold Coast. I was born in Johannesburg. We left South Africa in 1976 and went to live in London. We arrived in Australia in 1978 and feel very fortunate to call this home. My paid career has evolved from Teaching to Retail to Marketing. I was a National Fashion Buyer for Myer Stores based in Melbourne and then I had my own fashion label for 11 years, supplying all the major stores as well as many smaller retailers. A return to my roots of teaching saw me become a facilitator within the Retail Industry and I ended that career as the National Marketing Manager.

I heard about Courage to Care through the Jewish community and am pleased to participate as a volunteer as part of a great team. I feel privileged to hear the Survivor’s stories and learn more about those who chose to be upstanders and take such positive actions. I especially value assisting the school students and teachers to consider the choices they make to counteract discrimination and domination.

Kate Reilly

I was born in Queensland, and returned to living in Brisbane, where I currently reside, after some time overseas. My ancestral roots are in Eastern Europe, Ireland and England.

My background is that of a secondary school teacher in the areas of Languages and the Creative Arts.

I discovered the work of Courage to Care when attending an event held by the Jewish community in Brisbane. It is rewarding to be part of an initiative that promotes courage of conviction, an overcoming attitude and hope.

Tony McNamee
I was born and raised in Brisbane and am married with 2 adult children. I am a specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist and have been in private practice with 2 Physiotherapy Clinics in Brisbane. I believe that we can all help to build a society that does not tolerate racism and bullying in any way.


I was drawn to Courage to Care as it focuses on the stories of people that have made a diference. To make people aware that they have the power as the bystander to speak out and make a diference in someone’s life is the strength of this programme.

Sharryn Goldman
I was born in Brisbane in 1950 and am a proud member of Brisbane’s Jewish community. My husband, John, was also born in Brisbane, so we know full well the challenges of growing up in a small Jewish community. We married in 1971. Having graduating from the University of Queensland in 1969 and working in community pharmacy for 46 years, retirement in early 2017 brought about the opportunity to become a part of the Courage to Care programme. My two daughters and their families live in Melbourne, and my husband and I travel there often to enjoy the company of our four granddaughters. For over 40 years I have been involved in WIZO here in Brisbane and I am also a member of NCJW. Our family has been very involved with the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation, and recently I have also been helping with preparation of lunches for the Jewish Cultural group’s gatherings each month. I attend Sinai College each week to have the children read with me and it gives me great satisfaction to see the improvement as the year goes by. Tennis, swimming, and walking keep me active, and recently I have enjoyed taking part in the local Israeli dancing group.
Peter Tassius
Born near Frankfurt in Germany, I came to Australia in 1986 via London. I live with my partner of near 30 years in Brisbane. From International Hotel Management, owner and operator of a restaurant, Medical Practice Manager and now Landscaper/ Garden designer I have had the great fortune of meeting many interesting people from all over the world and varied walks of life.

My introduction to Courage to Care came via Astrid Wurfl, another Brisbane Volunteer and committee member. Apart from the rich experiences I gain from the interaction with young students and visiting schools, as well as being part of a energetic C2C team I am very passionate about the fact that the devastating history of my forebearers is often told and repeated. Through education and speaking up we can only but try to stem the tide of anti-Semitism, racism and bulling per-se.

Live, Let live and DO NO HARM!

Jaelle Thompson

I have been a volunteer with Courage to Care for two or three years now. I joined after retiring and have immensely enjoyed the experience. I believe the message of the program is an excellent one and I love working with such a wonderful group of people who are committed to the philosophy of “being an upstander”. Meeting the men and women who are our “survivors” has been the highlight. It has been such a privilege.

In my paid working life I was an EALD teacher and worked with many people from refugee backgrounds and have a great passion for inter -faith and inter cultural communication.

Eric Nathanson

I live in Brisbane with my wife, and have 5 children and 3 grandchildren mostly in Victoria. I was born in South Africa, and immigrated to Israel when I was only 8, so as I grew up, was educated and served in the IDF (and was in
the Yom Kippur war), I regard myself as Israeli, born in South Africa. I am currently retired after all my working years in Information Technology (Computing), and spend a lot of my time volunteering in the community, namely the Qld SES and The Mens Shed.

I got involved with Courage To Care through the local Jewish community, because the 2 main points of the organisation – The Holocaust Survivors and Rescuers, and Bullying in schools and the workplace, are very close to my heart. I feel it a great privilege to be able to represent those that lost their lives in the Holocaust, their families and the survivors, some of whom are in my family too, and the brave rescuers that risked their lives to help save the victims.

Barbara Lachish

My interest in Courage to Care springs partly from my own family history. I was born in England where my Czechoslovakian born mother and my Polish born father met after the war. Knowing that with the exception of seven people, all other members of their very extended families had perished in the war, they migrated to Australia a few months later. They always valued their newly found freedom and life without discrimination and instilled in me a strong belief in social justice and the Australian ideal of “fair go” for all.

I value the Courage to Care program for presenting to young individuals the nature of bullying and racism and so recognise how their own actions can impact so positively on negative activity. For me it is a great honour also to hear Survivors telling their stories and in so doing, making their history so relevant for today’s youth.