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 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.


Chief Operating Officer: Kelly Storey

Kelly has 15 years’ experience in all aspects of administation and managing an independent training organisation. She has recently completed her 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.


General Manager: Alexandra Clark

Alex has several years’ experience in independent provision of education including development of resources. Alex is a Registered Nurse and is undertaking her Post Graduate Diploma in Health Science to bring more validity to the organisation. She is Chair of the Governance Board and a member of the Academic Board.  Alex is responsible for academic development and performance.


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.


Director of Marketing and Business Development: Rachel Honeycombe

Rachel leads the areas of marketing and recruitment for Kalandra and has extensive experience in education provider senior management, marketing and business development as well as student recruitment and admissions across both domestic and multiple international markets.



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.


Academic Faculty

Lead Lecturer and Lecturer Level 5: Ritchie Verano 

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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Lecturer - Level 4 Programmes: 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.


Lecturer - Mental Health and Addictions, Dementia Care Level 4, Healthcare (Aged) Level 3: Alma Urbiztondo

Alma comes from Valenzuela in the Philippines and moved to New Zealand in 2013  to pursue a course in Professional Counselling after completing a Master of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Alma has extensive experience in psychology, both as a university lecturer and as a  clinical and forensic psychologist in the Philippines. In New Zealand, Alma has worked in several Private Training Establishments teaching Healthcare Management, Community Healthcare and Support Health Promotion programmes. She is also currently volunteering with non-profit organisation involved in counselling.



Level 3 Onshore International Lecturer: Alexander Slesarenko

Alexander teaches the Certificate in Health Assistance (Aged Care) (Level 3) to onshore international students enrolled in the Face to Face programme.  He gained his qualifications in Russia as a medical doctor and surgeon with a PhD  in general and laparoscopic surgery, oncology and public health. He has also passed the Australian Medical Council exam for international medical graduates and since coming to New Zealand he has worked in aged care and in healthcare education. He is a third generation doctor who likes travelling and is keen on nature, animals and sports.


Lecturer - Level 3 programme: Joanna Kilgour

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.


Lecturer - Level 3 and Level 5 programmes:  Lyn Basobas

Lyn completed her nursing training and registration in the Philippines where she worked in different areas of nursing including Medical Surgical and Paediatric wards, and Neonatal ICU. She also worked as a Clinical instructor providing direct supervision and instruction to nursing students in clinical areas. After coming to New Zealand in 2010, Lyn worked as a Caregiver, gained her NZ registration in 2011, and re directed her career to the Aged Care sector.Teaching others is Lyn’s way of ensuring as many older people as possible receive the best of care from well- trained Carers who know how to do things correctly, with empathy and kindness.


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