Board of Directors

Uri Windt, Chair of Filling the Gap

After graduating from Sydney University (B Sc, 1968) and University of NSW (BA Hons, 1974), Uri joined Actors' Equity, the trade union for performers in Australia. He held the position of National Assistant Secretary when he retired from the union.

Uri went on to hold the position of Deputy Registrar of Cooperatives, which included supervising the regulatory regime of mutual non-bank financial institutions such as Building Societies, Credit Unions and Friendly Societies.

He is currently engaged in the property management and property development industries.

Uri has long been involved in the not-for-profit sector, having previously chaired Marrickville Skillshare, and been a Director of Job Futures Ltd, a national body assisting the long-term unemployed.

Uri is one of the co-founders of Filling the Gap and has chaired the organisation since its inception in 2006.


Gael Kennedy

Gael is a graduate of the University of London (BA Hons) and University of Technology Sydney (Grad Cert Adult Ed).

She has over 30 years professional experience working in the non-government sector in community development, adult, and vocational education, and consultancy.

She has been involved in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at various times in her professional life including running a federal government project to encourage young Indigenous students into health careers through vocational education at school. It was from working on this project that the inspiration and genesis for Filling the Gap evolved.

Gael co-founded Filling the Gap in early 2006. She has been a member of the Board since then and very much involved in shaping its development as well as working on its practical implementation.


Michele Sharp B.A, B.S.W, Post grad Dip Bus Stud.

The focus of Michele's formal studies were in the disciplines of social policy, education and psychology.
She has worked in senior roles in both commercial and non- commercial organisations, involving all facets of large and small enterprises.

Her experience extends to strategic planning, program management and general management of people and other resources, as well as governance, secretariat duties and customer service. She is additionally skilled in business analysis, Total Quality Management, change management and best practice. Her most recent role is in postgraduate Strategy in the UNSW Business School, where she is still active.

At the same time, Michele has continually worked in a volunteer capacity as President and member of National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)- Canberra chapter, Board Member of the ACT Jewish Community, as well volunteer contributions to Filling the Gap, Point Zero, Maccabi and Lions Club, amongst other not-for-profit organisations.


David Rosenwax AM.,BDS., MDS., FASID.

David contributes to & holds senior leadership positions in many dental & community organisations. He is the honorary treasurer of Filling The Gap and has been a committee member since its inception in 2006.

In dentistry David worked in private practice for 43 years and now lectures nationally and internationally. He holds the position of Senior Clinical Associate for the Faculty of Dentistry (Uni.Syd) and lectures to final year students at the University of Queensland, University of Melbourne, University of Adelaide, University of WA, Griffiths University & University of South Pacific as well as to many community organisations.

David is a Fellow & Honorary Life Member of the Australian Society of Implant Dentistry. He has held many positions in this organisation since 1985, including NSW President and is currently a Federal Counsellor & the Federal Secretary.

David has been a member of Lions International for 39 years, serving in all executive positions including president for 5 terms. He has also been a board member, holding several executive positions, with Jewish Centre on Aging, Woollahra Council Youth Issues Forum, NSW/ACT Health Foundation, Point-Zero & The Great Synagogue.

His major interest outside of Dentistry is his collection of WWII memorabilia & the study of the history of WWII.

In 2007 David was nominated for Australian of the Year & was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).


Jacki Maxton B Arts, B Laws

Jacki commenced working as a solicitor in 1988 in the large corporate law firm Freehill, Hollingdale & Page (Freehills). In 1991, Jacki travelled to Israel and worked in a law firm there for a period of almost 2 years. On her return to Australia, Jacki recommenced working as a solicitor at Freehills until 1998.

After taking a short break to care for her three children, Jacki commenced working as a volunteer solicitor at The Shopfront Youth Legal Centre, a free legal service for homeless and disadvantaged young people, aged 25 and under. Established in 1993 and based in Darlinghurst in inner-city Sydney, the Shopfront is a joint project of Mission Australia, the Salvation Army and the law firm Herbert Smith Freehills.

In 2010 Jacki was offered a paid position as a solicitor at the Shopfront. Jacki is also the Shopfront’s representative on the Justice Reinvestment Campaign for Aboriginal Young People and in 2014 was appointed Co - Chair of the Youth Justice Coalition.


Dimitrios Thanos

Dimitrios has been a practicing dentist for 19 years during which he has worked all around NSW in private practice and has provided his services as a volunteer dentist in remote indigenous communities.

He established his own practice in 1997 at Dulwich Hill and has served in the Local Government area of Marrickville as an Elected Councillor, Deputy Mayor and Mayor for 13 years, having retired in 2011.

Dimitrios continues to work as a dentist in private practice and he is committed to expanding the assistance Filling the Gap provides for Indigenous communities.

 


Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver AM

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Sally Fitzpatrick

Sally is a Lecturer at Muru Marri , the Indigenous Health Unit in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at UNSW Australia. She has a Master of Public Health and recently completed a Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching. Sally was instrumental in Filling the Gap's first formal evaluation in 2009.

Sally has held numerous leadership positions in advocacy organisations committed to Indigenous rights and justice: ANTaR (national and NSW), the National Sorry Day Committee, the NSW Reconciliation Council and the Women's Reconciliation Network. She is ANTaR's delegate on the Close the Gap Steering Committee, which advocates a rights based approach to ending the disparity in health and wellbeing experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Part of the human right to health is access to appropriate services, which is core to the program delivered by Filling the Gap. Sally's key role has been to support Filling the Gap's research capacity.

Sally also currently serves as President of the Lillian Howell Project, a medium term supported accommodation service for young women at risk of homelessness in Sydney's Inner West and is active in the national Stolen Generations Working Partnership Forum. In 2005, she was awarded Woman of the Year in the Marrickville electorate for services to Aboriginal Reconciliation and to the Community.


Jennifer Symonds

Jennifer has been working as a volunteer, for almost 20 years, to raise awareness about Reconciliation and to support relationships & initiatives between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Jennifer graduated with a BSc from UNSW in 1980, an Advanced Diploma of Applied Aboriginal Studies from Tranby Aboriginal College in 2001 & was in the first group of graduates to be awarded a Masters of Indigenous Knowledges (Mawul Rom) from Charles Darwin University in 2011.

Jennifer works to further Reconciliation in her role with Filling The Gap, as a member of the Social Justice Committee of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, as a Trustee of the Rona Tranby Trust and through her support of local, state & national Reconciliation organisations.

Jennifer has been a committee member with Filling The Gap since it started in 2006 and says she has observed over the years, "the program making a positive, on the ground difference to the health, and quality of life, of Indigenous people".