Karen Burdett - CEO
Karen became CEO in July 2018. With over 13 years experience in Senior Management positions working within Australia, New Zealand and Asia in corporate and not for profit organisations, most recently as the Head of Growth, Marketing and Communications with leading Disability Enterprise The Flagstaff Group. Karen is passionate about driving values based growth, delivering excellence in client service and collaboration across with community, government and industry. She holds a Masters of Business Administration with Sydney Business School and was the recipient of the GMAA student Award in 2017. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Marketing and is a current Board Member of Business Excellence Australia. Karen has contributed as a volunteer in a range of organisations including the establishment of an international charity Hands of Help dedicated to improving the lives of people around the world by enhancing their access to health care and education, Highlights on Mental Health and St Vincent de Paul. Karen has a love of travelling, music, socialising with family and friends, bushwalking, theatre and the creative arts.
Leanne Cowan - Manager, Quality Standards & Service
Leanne commenced in March 2020. Bringing over 20 years’ experience in working across Health, Not for Profit and Government sectors Leanne commenced her career as a Registered Nurse. Leanne has a Graduate Certificate in Quality Management, Masters of Project Management and an MBA. She has led initiatives to support quality standards and service innovation across NSW Health, has developed and managed national transformational programs for over 3000 volunteers with Lifeline, spent time as the NSW Regional Services Manager for Spinal Chord Injuries Australia and the National Manager of Strategic Projects for Diabetes Australia.
Vedran Stajic - Manager, Accommodation Growth
Vedran (or Ved) commenced in March 2020 as The Cram Foundations Manager, Accommodation Growth. The role is responsible for the acquisition and onboarding of Cram’s new clients into our shared living facilities, as well as overseeing the growth of Cram’s new properties and products, aswell as raising Cram’s profile as a leading disability service provider. Ved has a background in leadership and management across the Private, Not for Profit and Australian Government sectors. He has held significant roles in the development of housing strategy and case management of over 1200 people in accommodation and settlement services with Navitas. Ved has also held a number of roles as a Director with the National Disability Insurance Agency in the area of Project Management, Transition and Implementation, Corporate Services and HR Business Partnering and most recently in Business Development within the Community sector.
Janet Marzini - Manager, Business Optimisation
Janet Manzini commenced with The Cram Foundation in the role of Manager, Business Optimisation in April. The role is responsible for optimising Cram’s internal operations through the review of our processes, technology, systems and service to achieve efficiencies and enable a sustainable and authentic, person-centred culture. Janet comes with over 25 years’ experience in finance, operations, human resources, systems and strategy. A qualified Chartered Accountant, Janet most recently held the role of Business Operations Manager with Daley and Co for over 5 years, which followed a number of senior executive roles as the Head of Sales and Service, Finance Manager, Transformation Project Lead and Group Administration Manager within a number leading corporate organisations. Janet’s passion is in engagement, enabling business efficiencies and organisational capability that is centred of the needs of customers and staff.
Linda Pullen - Manager, Operations
Linda has worked in the disability field for 18 years and was president of Riding For the Disabled Illawarra Centre for 16 years. Whilst at RDA Linda was a senior coach, having the pleasure of teaching many people of all different ages to ride and care for horses and supporting them to reach their goals and aspirations. In 2010 Linda came to Cram as a volunteer and became employed as a Disability Services Worker in 2011. In 2016 Linda became a Team Leader and just recently has been appointed as the Manager, Operations.
Martina Worthington - Support Coordinator & Community Engagement
Martina joined The Cram Foundation in 2015. With 20 years’ experience in the Community/Disability service sectors, she has held direct a range of support care, Team Leader and management positions.
Martina’s role focuses on the NDIS and support coordination and she is passionate about enabling participants to have choice and control over their supports, to enrich their lives and meet their goals.
Archer Moyo - Team Leader
Archer joined The Cram Foundation in December 2014 as a Community Support worker. As a former Accountant and Town Planner Archer made the step into Disability after moving to Australia. After just 4 years with Cram, Archer’s strong leadership skills led him to acquire a role as a Team Leader. By far Archer finds this job to be the most meaningful and is excited about the future under the NDIS.
Linda Solitro - Team Leader
Linda joined The Cram Foundation in August 2007 as a casual Community Support Worker after completing her TAFE course in Certificate 3 in Disability part time. With her an extensive amount of knowledge and passion on doing over 10 years’ experience as a Community Support Worker and great approach with staff Linda recently acquired the role in cram’s management team.
Alan Bunker - Team Leader
Alan joined The Cram Foundation in April 2019 as Team Leader Nowra. Alan has a background in social services, having worked for Centrelink, managed job networks and labour hire business and delivered Indigenous Services contracts. The last 3 years have seen Alan working in disability services delivering the School Leaver Support Services program, focusing on capacity building for participants in areas such as job readiness, social, independence and life skills. During this time, Alan also completed the Cert. III Individual Support (Disabilities).
Courtney Torreson - Team Leader
Courtney is returned back to Cram in January 2020 after being away for 4 Years. Courtney has 11 years’ experience in the Disability Industry. Courtney worked for Cram for 6 years prior to moving to Mudgee to purse the farm life. Courtney is excited to be back part of the Cram team. Courtney is focused and driven to providing quality service to the Cram participants.
Nicole Smith - Team Leader
Nicole commenced at The Cram Foundation in July 2019 as a Team Leader. Prior to this, Nicole worked in a range of leadership roles at Settlement Services International on the Ability Links program assisting people with disability primarily from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities. Nicole is passionate about focusing on building upon the strengths and skills of individuals to support them to achieve their aspirations, as well as working with community to assist people to be more welcoming and inclusive through the application of Community Development principles. In addition, Nicole has a background in Primary Education with experience teaching in supported classroom environments in the local area.
John Wilson - Team Leader
John comes to Cram with over 10 years’ experience working across the Community, Aged and Disability sector in roles including Support Worker, Trainer and Manager. John has been a Volunteer and Event Health Responder for St John Ambulance for many years, was a trainer and assessor for Disability and Aged Care Certificates with the University of Wollongong College, and most recently worked in a supervisory role with Laverty Pathology.
Narissa Mathews - Team Leader
Narissa started her journey within the Disability sector at Cram in 2019 following an extensive career in Senior Management leading teams within the hospitality sector. Since commencing with Cram as a Support Worker working across a number of our homes, Narissa has demonstrated a holistic person centred approach and has shown her strong leadership qualities and ability to adapt quickly to new environments.
James Duley - Team Leader
James joined The Cram Foundation in September 2014. Prior to James applying for a position as a Community Support worker, James studied his Certificate 3 in Aged and Disability Care and completed his student placement here at Cram. Whilst working at The Cram Foundation he had been provided with the opportunity for growth within the organisation and earlier this year was delighted to be promoted to join the management team.
Magi Voorwinden - Group Registered Nurse
Magi is the Registered Nurse for The Cram Foundation. Trained in the UK and having worked and lived in many parts of the world including Texas – USA, Spain, Ireland, Germany, NSW and Perth WA. Magi commenced employment with Cram in 2002 on temporary night shift duties with the intentions of continuing this post for only a few months. Now, 16 years later Magi’s key role is coordinating the health of all clients within The Cram Foundation.
Josephine Suarez - Accountant
Josephine commenced as Accountant for The Cram Foundation in 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Commence (Accounting) from UOW and is a member of CPA Australia. Jo has over 30 years’ experience in Management and Financial Accounting working mainly with Not for Profit organisations. Jo also does casual teaching in a Community College in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector.