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

Dr. Christine Clark, Founder and Chief Executive of Kalandra Education Group, brings extensive expertise as a Registered Nurse with a Doctorate in Aged Care. Beyond her professional roles, she champions community welfare as a former board member and Chair of Neuro Connection.

In her capacity as Chief Executive, Christine shapes the organisation's vision and provides strategic leadership, serving on the Kalandra Governance Board to ensure robust oversight. Personally, she enjoys her role as a grandmother of four and pursues her passion for running, having completed an impressive 70 half marathons to date, showcasing her determination and resilience


General Manager: Alexandra Clark

Alex Clark, the compassionate General Manager at Kalandra, is dedicated to healthcare and education. With a background in emergency care for children, she has over 15 years of experience in tertiary private training organisations, now leading as GM. Alex's passion stems from personal experiences with exemplary and subpar care for her grandparents. A mother and volunteer medical first responder, she pursues continuous learning, currently completing a Masters in Health Science. In her leisure time, Alex enjoys baking and reading.


Chief Operations Officer: Kelly Clark (Storey)

Kelly, our Chief Operations Officer, bringing over two decades of expertise in administration and management within independent training organisations. Alongside her career, Kelly cherishes her role as a mother to three children, including lively twins. With a Masters in Tertiary Management, she excels in student enrolments, project management, and government communication. During her leisure time, Kelly finds joy in reading and prioritises self-care, including rest. Her dedication to excellence in both professional and personal realms reflects her commitment to making a positive impact in education and organisational management.


Academic Manager:  Virginia Archer

Virginia, with an impressive 27-year tenure in managing and supporting teams in the tertiary sector, is dedicated to excellence. As a qualified Team Management Systems Facilitator, she brings invaluable skills in team building and management. Her commitment to Tikanga Māori and Te Reo drives her to develop high-performing teams through coaching and a pursuit of excellence in education delivery. With Virginia's leadership, our institution focuses on nurturing talent, promoting inclusivity, and achieving outstanding educational outcomes. We are privileged to have her guiding us towards success and innovation.

With Virginia's leadership, our institution is poised to excel, with a focus on nurturing talent, promoting inclusivity, and achieving outstanding outcomes in education. We are privileged to have Virginia on our team, guiding us towards a future of success and innovation



Student Engagement and Operations Manager:  April Protacio

April, our dedicated Student Engagement and Operations Manager at Kalandra Education Group, brings a wealth of customer service experience from various industries in the Philippines. After pursuing a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration in New Zealand, April joined our team, demonstrating exceptional skills in tertiary education and operations management. With her proactive approach and commitment to student success, April significantly contributes to our growth and success.


Campus and Pastoral Support Coordinator: Chris Nguyen

Chris has worked in Education and Student Support across Vietnam, Canada, Japan, and now New Zealand, bringing years of experience to her role. Although she paused her pursuit of a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership, she seized the opportunity to join Kalandra. Chris aims to utilise her expertise in the Tertiary Education Sector to enhance students' experience living and studying in Aotearoa New Zealand.



Learning and Development Lead: Joanna Kilgour

Joanna, with prior roles in health as a student midwife and mental health support worker, joined Kalandra in 2017 as a resource writer. Now, she heads Learning and Development, focusing on quality assurance and introducing new learning paths. Her notable contributions involve crafting content tailored for neurodiverse learners and driving the development of the Embalming Diploma.



Registrar:  Abby Knight

Abby, our dedicated Registrar at Kalandra Education Group, brings a wealth of diverse experiences and a deep commitment to family. With a background in primary education and versatile skills gained from various roles, Abby embraces her role while nurturing her three children in the Waikato region. She also contributes to her family's boutique vineyard and olive grove. Passionate about supporting her children's interests and enjoying outdoor activities, Abby enriches the Kalandra community with her warmth and unique perspective.



Accounts and Administration Support: Elaine Weir

Elaine brings extensive experience in tertiary education administration and accounting, having worked in New Zealand, Sydney, and London. In her spare time, she volunteers for Riding for the Disabled and enjoys gardening.

Academic Faculty

Jemy Tomy - Lead Lecturer

Jemy, our lead lecturer, is a highly accomplished Registered Nurse in New Zealand with a Master's in Nursing, and also holds registrations as a Nurse and Midwife in India. With over a decade of teaching and clinical experience, she has made significant contributions as a nurse educator and clinical supervisor.

Jemy's teaching covers a wide range of health courses, including Bachelor of Nursing, Pregnancy and Parenting, Health and Wellbeing levels 3 and 4, Disability and Mental Health, and Diversional Therapy. Her clinical expertise spans various areas such as Neurological ICU, Medical & Surgical Wards, Obstetrics & Gynecology Wards, Labour Room, and Aged Care facilities.

Driven by a deep belief in compassionate care, Jemy mentors students to develop robust healthcare skills and deliver quality care. Her infectious positivity and commitment to patient care, teaching, and professional development make her an invaluable asset to our academic communit



Jeremiah Buenafe - Lecturer

Jeremiah is a distinguished healthcare professional with extensive experience and a strong academic background, holding a BS and Master’s in Nursing. He began his career as an emergency nurse at Dr Garcia Medical Centre in the Philippines before becoming a Nurse Educator and Clinical Instructor at Angeles University Foundation, dedicating eight years to nursing education. He gained significant mental health experience during his preceptorship at the National Centre for Mental Health in the Philippines.

In 2014, Jeremiah moved to New Zealand, contributing to the aged and disability sector through roles at Geneva Health, Royal District Nursing Service, and Spectrum Care, where he led a residential facility for five years. His dedication to elderly and disabled care, coupled with his clinical and educational expertise, makes him a valuable asset to our team, enhancing our commitment to excellence in healthcare delivery.



Sue Rosewarne - Lecturer

Sue is a valued team member with extensive healthcare experience in New Zealand and Queensland, Australia. A registered nurse and seasoned trainer/assessor, Sue has worked across Hospital Care, Community Care, Disability Care, and Aged Care, with a special passion for Dementia and Palliative Care.

Dedicated to mentoring the next generation of healthcare professionals, Sue is committed to supporting students and empowering them to provide quality care. Her guidance ensures that compassion and excellence are central to patient care.

Sue's expertise and genuine compassion enrich our team, driving positive change and inspiring excellence in healthcare delivery. We are honored to have her on board, making a significant impact on patients and students alike.


Maxine Habraken - Lecturer

Maxine is an accomplished lecturer at Kalandra, specialising in Intellectual and Physical Disabilities at levels 3 and 4. With extensive experience in teaching adult learners, she brings a diverse skill set, including management, customer service, administration, logistics, and care. Maxine is dedicated to fostering student growth and providing unwavering support.

Outside of work, Maxine is a devoted mother and grandmother. She enjoys spending quality time with her family and exploring New Zealand with her husband, John. Her passion for education and vibrant personal life enrich the dynamic environment at Kalandra.


José Balarezo Galarreta - Lecturer

José is our dedicated lecturer for Level 4 and 5 students, holding a Bachelor of Psychology from Peru. With extensive experience in Dementia, Diversional Therapy, Palliative Care, and Rehabilitation, he enriches our curriculum with practical insights.

Before moving to New Zealand, José impacted Peruvian schools by creating and facilitating workshops, providing support, guidance, and counseling to teachers, students, and families.

José is currently undertaking his Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science at Massey University, demonstrating his commitment to professional growth. We are thrilled to have him on our team, enhancing our students' learning experience.



Nika Manuera - Lecturer

Nika is a Registered Diversional Therapist with education in Dementia, Psychology, Palliative Care and Māori Well Being. With a primary focus on Aged Care, Nika has expanded her practice to meet the needs of each individual and support community and family involvement. She has held roles as a recreational team leader and been appointed as a national advisor for Diversional Therapy In Dementia care as well as head Māori and Pasifika equity initiatives. Through gateway programmes, secondary school career expos and TEC endorsed healthcare promotions, Nika has taught and recruited students and staff to enjoy the privilege of working in healthcare.


Samu De Silva - Lecturer

Samu De Silva is a qualified medical doctor from Sri Lanka, she has a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and has also gained her MBA in Health and Health Care Administration and Management from Edinburgh Napier University United Kingdom and has also completed a Bachelor of Science from the University of Waikato.  Samu brings her skills and experience into the classroom, teaching international students health and wellbeing so that they can gain employment in New Zealand. Samu’s passion is about making a positive impact with the healthcare industry through education and training.



Janine Austin - Lecturer


Janine Austin is a licensed and practicing Funeral Director and Embalmer. Bringing over 15 years of experience in the funeral industry. Prior to this transition into funeral services, was involved in the Aged Care Health Sector for many years.

She believes in fostering a sense of faith and confidence in students’ abilities, guiding them to not only to excel in their craft but to understand but also uphold the highest standards for any family member in their care.

Currently involved in the Industry Association of NZ Embalmers Association.

She has two American Spaniels and lives under the cloak of Taranaki Mounga and the tranquil sea and rivers close by. Enjoys spending time with her husband Tiny and loves to create something soft out of something hard through stone carving and also painting using acrylic medium.



Mike Wolffram -  Support Lecturer (Embalming)

Mike has been part of the NZ Funeral Service since 1973. Alongside his background in Social Work and experience as a Bookseller, he has excelled as an Embalmer and Funeral Director, focusing on professional development and education. His career path led him to tutorial roles at the Wellington Institute of Technology, lecturing in Funeral Directing, Embalming, and Ceremony and Celebration studies.

Active in Industry Associations, Mike served as President of the NZ Embalmers Association and the NZ Funeral Directors Association, and as a Trustee on the NZ Funeral Service Training Trust. Recently honored with 'Life Membership' of the NZ Embalmers Association, Mike lives in the Wairarapa with his wife Anna, enjoying the tranquility of the mountains, rivers, and quiet forests. In his spare time, he indulges in motorcycling, surfcasting, poetry, and spending time with his family greyhounds, Socrates and Himawari.


Last updated: 29 May 2024

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