Dr Christine Clark DHSc, MHSc, RN

Chief Executive

Christine is the Founder of Kalandra Education Group, a Private Training Organisation that specialises in health studies, training and education pertaining to aged care. It is the Vision of Kalandra; Improving the life of the older person. As such the people of Kalandra are developing programmes never seen before and are offering these programmes worldwide.  Christine is also Chair of Neuro Connection Foundation with the goal of assisting clients with neurological impairment. This foundation has great success with the rehabilitation of Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's and Alzheimer. As immediate past chair of Independent Tertiary Education, she represented other private providers of New Zealand. Much of this work involved lobbying and assisting Government and the associated agencies. She has recently completed her Doctorate, with the thesis exploring aged care in NZ. Christine is the mother of two adult girls and Grandmother of Spencer. She runs half-marathons, is getting into road cycling and loves motivating others in any way that she can. Her strengths are in being able to think outside the square, to have a vision and work to achieve it and to enjoy the relationship building required.


Kelly Storey Mtem(hons), GCTertEd(Mgt)

Executive Officer

Kelly is the Executive Officer of Kalandra Education Group, with over 12 years’ experience in all aspects of managing a Private Training Organisation. Kelly has completed her Masters in Tertiary Education Management through Melbourne University. Previously Kelly has been appointed in key positions representing the Private Training Organisations on the governance team for the Careerforce ITO rationalisation and development of qualifications; on the leadership team for Pathways Advisory Group, and the Youth Guarantee Networks for South Auckland running a pilot for Ministry of Education. This pilot explored secondary tertiary interfacing. Kelly has a 5-year-old son called Spencer and a Beagle Puppy named Rocky.

Alexandra Clark PGCertHSc, BHSc(RN)

Academic and Quality Assurance Manager

Alexandra went to St Kentigern’s College prior to undertaking her Bachelor of Nursing at AUT. Upon a successful completion Alex joined the Counties Manukau District Health Board primarily in the Paediatric Emergency Department, During this time Alex also worked for the Private Training Organisation owned by her family and managed the Gateway Division, developing, supplying and marking material for secondary schools.  Alex is now Chair of Kalandra, sharing the vision and passion of improving aged care. Recreationally Alex has always been a keen sportswoman, playing age group representative netball, international Korfball and now races a BMW.

Christine Ozich

Campus Manager

Christine recognises first-hand the benefits of good health-care and rehabilitation (chronic illness).  Her husband is a stroke survivor.  She brings this unique perspective to her role and is passionate about the wellbeing of those afflicted by misfortune, their families and Carer’s. Christine is an excellent communicator, accomplished administrator and draws experience from a variety of industries/positions she’s contributed to in previous years.  
In her spare time Christine co-ordinates events for a local political party, enjoys music, plays the piano and likes cooking and entertaining.

Dr Julia Hennessy PhD, MEd, MMgt, PG Dip HSM, BA, DipN

Independant Director

Julia initially trained as a nurse and worked for a number of years in mental health, intellectual disability, community health and aged care.  From there she went and worked at Whitireia Community Polytechnic developing programmes and a number of short courses mainly related to the health and social services area.   Her next career change came when she took up the role as team leader contacts and relationship management with the Central Regional Health Authority.  As a result of the amalgamation of the four RHAs into one she left the RHAs to take up a role with the Ministry of Health as a senior advisor and then managed the mental health and addictions services for a district health board.  Returning to education Julia was appointed to the Wellington Institute of Technology where she undertook a number of senior roles.  Julia’s current position is President with Auckland Institute of Studies.


Julia completed her Diploma of Nursing at Wellington Polytechnic, a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education with Victoria University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Service Management and a Master of Management (Health) through Massey University and a PhD through AUT.  She has been on a number of national committees related to workforce development and was instrumental in developing the national certificate for mental health support workers. Julia was a Ministerial appointment to the Nursing Council of New Zealand, is a Trustee on the Funeral and Embalming ITO, and a national moderator for the funeral and embalming industry.  Julia has also been contracted to a number of international organisations examining health care.  Julia is an active researcher with a number of publications to her name.  

Davorin Ozich QSM, MSc

Adjunct Board Member

Davorin is a Croatian immigrant.  He arrived in New Zealand with his parents and siblings in 1954.  He graduated from the University of Auckland and commenced his career in the Pharmaceutical Industry as a Medical Rep prior to advancing to Marketing Manager.  His long held ambition was to make wine.  After returning from France in 1987 where he participated in vintages at Chateaux Margaux and Château Cos d'Estournel he realised his dream of self-employment.  In 1988 in partnership with his brother he launched St Jerome Wines. In 2012 he was hospitalised for 11 months following a stroke. Davorin is community minded.  In 2014 his efforts were recognised when he was awarded a QSM for his services to the Croatian Community. Now retired, Davorin continues his journey of rehabilitation.


Nuwanthie Samarakone 

Nuwanthie is a business founder and a company director who is passionate about fostering and developing talent in our communities.She comes from a health sector background having worked across the Public and Private health sector in New Zealand.  As government and industry initiatives try to meet the challenges of building a modern, sustainable health system, the aged care sector often lacks the capacity, capability and the access to best practice models and skills to enable and deliver our services to succeed.

Nuwanthie stands for values-based impact that creates better lives, which is one of the reasons she joined the Kalandra Education Group Board. The New Zealand she loves celebrates diversity and inclusion, respects our heritage and our unique environment and is proud of its green credentials. She brings energy and passion with a forward thinking approach to making an impact for people and communities.  



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