The Team - Management and Academic Faculty

Kalandra employs a team of professionals with backgrounds in health, business and cumulatively more than 60 years’ experience in tertiary education.

 

Management & Administration Team

 
Chief Executive: Dr. Christine Clark

As well as Chief Executive Christine is also the Founder of Kalandra. Christine is a Registered Nurse and achieved her Doctoral Studies in Aged Care. She is a past board member and Chair of Neuro Connection, a foundation assisting in the rehabilitation of people with neurological conditions.  She also lecturers in Health Management Studies for an MBA programme. Christine is responsible for the vision and strategic leadership of the organisation especially developing the relationships to enable the direction of Kalandra.  Christine is also part of the Kalandra Governance Board.

Contact: christine@kalandra.ac.nz

 
Chief Operating Officer: Kelly Storey

Kelly has 18 years’ experience in all aspects of administration and managing an independent training organisation. She has a Masters in Tertiary Management. Kelly is responsible for overseeing students’ enrolments, implementing projects and interfacing with government agencies.  Kelly is also part of the Kalandra Governance Board.

Contact: kelly@kalandra.ac.nz

 
Campus Manager: Christine Ozich

Christine is the Campus Manager and online ‘mum’. She is an excellent communicator, accomplished administrator and draws experience from a variety of industries/positions she’s contributed to in previous years. Christine is responsible for community relationships and pastoral care.  She is enthusiastic about the future and the opportunities that will avail themselves to people who care.  Christine is also part of the Kalandra Governance Board.

Contact: cozich@kalandra.ac.nz

 

Academic Manager:  Virginia Archer

Virginia brings 25 years of experience managing and supporting teams to deliver high quality results cross all areas within the domestic tertiary sector. She is qualified as a Team Management Systems Facilitator and brings her skills in team building and managing a Category One Education Provider. Virginia has a passion for Tikanga Maori and Te Reo. Her Kaupapa is to develop strong and high performing teams through coaching and striving for excellence in all aspects of education delivery.

Contact:  virginia@kalandra.ac.nz

 

Marketing Manager & Lecturer:  Nataliya Slesarenko

Nataliya is a third-generation medical doctor from Russia, with an interest in cosmetology. She travelled to New Zealand with her family to study the Master of Business Administration at Auckland Institute of Studies which included some papers in legislation and management in New Zealand health care sector. Working with Kalandra has enabled Natalyia to tutor and develop training programmes focussed on beauty and skin care for the older person and as her medical study included many papers about the older person she is comfortable with supporting Kalandra in this area. Nataliya has also taken the opportunity to work in residential care and can assist our students in this area. She is passionate about human health and happy to share her knowledge with students at Kalandra Education Group.

Contact: training@kalandra.ac.nz

 

Registrar and Quality Assurance Lead:  Matt Edwards

Contact:  online@kalandra.ac.nz

 

Student Engagement and Development Lead:  Abby Knight

Contact:  abby@kalandra.ac.nz


Academic Faculty

Ritchie Verano - Lead Lecturer

Ritchie is qualified in three countries as a registered nurse; Philippines, Australia and New Zealand. He has extensive knowledge of working in aged care and in the community which adds significant expertise to his role of head lecturer for Kalandra. Ritchie has been responsible for, and lectured in, a large range of health related programmes, from basic care skills through to Diploma-level cultural and management related qualifications. Ritchie has a passion for caring and for family, thus working with the family ethos of Kalandra and enabling others to learn new caring knowledge and skills suits his wish to foster and improve relationships.

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Contact: ritchie@kalandra.ac.nz

 
Nataliya Slesarenko - Lecturer

Nataliya is a third-generation medical doctor from Russia, with an interest in cosmetology. She travelled to New Zealand with her family to study the Master of Business Administration at Auckland Institute of Studies which included some papers in legislation and management in New Zealand health care sector. Working with Kalandra has enabled Natalyia to tutor and develop training programmes focussed on beauty and skin care for the older person and as her medical study included many papers about the older person she is comfortable with supporting Kalandra in this area. Nataliya has also taken the opportunity to work in residential care and can assist our students in this area. She is passionate about human health and happy to share her knowledge with students at Kalandra Education Group.

Contact: nataliya@kalandra.ac.nz

 
Joanna Kilgour - Lecturer

Joanna has a background in health, as a student midwife and as a support person in the mental health sector, however as she is now a mother to eight children her studies were put on hold. Jo began working with Kalandra in 2017 as a resource writer and now teachers the Level 3 programme.

Contact: joanna@kalandra.ac.nz

 

Jeremiah Buenafe - Lecturer

Jeremiah holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master in Nursing and is a registered nurse from the Philippines. Jeremiah started his career as a nurse in the emergency department for a year at Dr. Garcia Medical Centre (Angeles City, Philippines) then spent the next 8 years as a Nurse Educator/Clinical Instructor at Angeles University Foundation, Philippines. The highlight of his tenure as a nurse educator was his preceptorship at National Centre for Mental Health (Philippines).  Jeremiah moved to New Zealand in 2014 and worked in the aged and disability sector (Geneva Health, Royal District Nursing Service, and Spectrum Care) - the last 5 years being a Team Leader in one of the Residential/Disability facilities of Spectrum Care.

His passion is making a difference in the lives of the elderly and disabled people.

Contact:  jeremiah@kalandra.ac.nz

 

Jemy Tomy - Lecturer

Jemy is a Registered Nurse in New Zealand, with Master's in nursing. She is also a Registered Nurse & Midwife in India. She has great passion for patient care, teaching and an interest in professional development. Jemy has more than 10 years of experience in teaching different health courses and several years of experience working has a Registered nurse. She has also conducted individual research in nursing and worked as a nurse educator and clinical supervisor for adult nurses.

During her career as an Educator she has taught: Bachelor of Nursing programme, Pregnancy and parenting courses, Health and Wellbeing level 3 and 4 courses, Disability and mental health programme, Diversional therapy courses.  As as Registered Nurse she has worked across different areas like, Neurological ICU, Medical & Surgical Wards, Obstetrics & Gynecology Wards, Labour Room and Aged care facility. 

Jemy strongly believe that caring for people who are in need is human, especially when they are most vulnerable. She is very happy and proud when teaching and mentoring students, because she is able to share her knowledge with them, allowing her students to develop good healthcare skills and provide quality care to people. 

"I always try to keep a good smile in my face and spread happiness to others, a smile doesn’t cost anything to me, but it will be a medicine to those in need”.

Contact:  jemy@kalandra.ac.nz

 

Sue Rosewarne - Lecturer

Sue has spent many years working in the healthcare system in NZ and Queensland Australia, as a registered nurse and trainer/assessor in healthcare.

Sue has worked in many different areas of nursing – Hospital Care, Community Care, Disability Care, Aged Care. Dementia and Palliative Care. Dementia and Palliative care are the areas of care that she am most passionate about.

Sue is also passionate about supporting students on their learning journey to go out and deliver quality care to our vulnerable people.

Contact:  sue@kalandra.ac.nz

 

Moe Thida - Subject Matter Expert (Mental Health)

Moe Thida registered as a nurse in Myanmar in 1999 and since then has worked in various hospitals throughout the region. Teaching young people the love of caring has been the focus of Moe’s career and Moe spent many years as head of the largest school of Nursing In Myanmar. Recently Moe achieved her PhD from Thailand and became Head of School Mental Health until the military coup mean that she could no longer work. Moe joins Kalandra as our subject expert in mental health.

Last updated:  05th September 2022

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