Dr Christine Clark DHSc, MHSc, RN
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.
Kim Gordon BA(Hons), ACA (ICAEW)
Chief Operating Officer
Kim is the Chief Operating Officer of Kalandra Education Group. She is passionate about education and spent three years with BEST Pacific Institute of Education before joining Kalandra. Kim has become increasingly cognizant of the need for specialist aged care training as she supports her elderly parents through their twilight years and feels privileged to be part of an organisation that is making that happen. Kim has a wealth of expertise in financial management, business transformation and organisational leadership gained from 30 years working across diverse cultures, climates and industries. She is able to architect and deliver wholesale organisational change programmes and business transformation. Kim and her husband have lived on Waiheke Island for almost twenty years and have a ten-year-old son. She has been actively involved in the community including as a School Trustee and Junior Rugby team manager.
Kelly Storey GCTertEd(Mgt)
Kelly is the Executive Officer of Kalandra Education Group, with over 12 years’ experience in all aspects of managing a Private Training Organisation. Kelly is currently completing a 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 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
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.
Frances Hughes ONZM, DNurs, MA, RN
Since February 2018 Dr Frances Hughes has held the position as executive director for Cutting Edge Oceania , prior to this for two years she held the position of the CEO of the International Council of Nursing (ICN) in Geneva Switzerland. In two years she successfully increased the financial viability of the organisation, instituted and implemented systems process and managed successful delivery of largest nursing congress in the history of ICN. 2012-2016, Dr Hughes was the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Department of Health, Queensland Australia. Prior to moving to Australia she held position in Mental Health in the MOH NZ and for 7 years worked as the WHO facilitator for PIMHNet with 16 PI countries. She was the first Professor of Nursing and Chair of MH nursing for Auckland University from 2004-2006.
Frances has extensive knowledge and networks in relation to health policy, particularly in the field of nursing and mental health, research, and global health issues. Frances held the position, Chief Nurse for New Zealand, for 8 years and during this time played a major leadership role in health care policy and nursing.
In 2001 she was the first nurse to be awarded the Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy (US equivalent of Rhode Scholar) from the Commonwealth Fund in New York. Frances was awarded a Senior Fulbright in 2013 and studied the resilence of health systems at times of natural disasters. She has received an ONZM and distinguished alumni awards from both Massey university and UTS Sydney, in recognition of her leadership.
Frances served as the Commandant Colonel for the Royal New Zealand Nursing Corp for seven years, providing strategic nursing leadership to the New Zealand Army.
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.