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.
Chief Operating Officer: Kim Gordon
Kim is passionate about education and spent three years with BEST Pacific Institute of Education before joining Kalandra. 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. Kim is responsible for the operational and commercial aspects of the organisation.
Executive 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.
Academic 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.
Director of Marketing and Business Development: Lianne Saunders
Lianne has a Bachelor of Laws and has worked in the tertiary education sector since 2009. She has extensive experience in education provider senior management, marketing and business development, and student recruitment and admissions in both domestic and multiple international markets.
Quality Assurance and Programme Development Manager: David McCurdy
David is the Quality Assurance and Programme Development Manager and assists Kalandra develop its programmes and training schemes. David also conducts audits of systems and processes implemented at Kalandra for the purpose of continuous improvement. David has two Masters’ degrees one in Servant Leadership and another in Education. He has worked as an Academic Director at two PTEs.
Head Lecturer and All Level 4 Programmes Lecturer: 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.
Lecturer - Healthcare Aged (Level 3), Palliative Training Scheme, Dementia Training Scheme: June Micolob
June registered as a Nurse in the Philippines. She completed the National Certificate in Health, Age and Disability and is currently recognised as a Level 4 Health Care Assistant in New Zealand. June has worked in the NZ Healthcare industry for several years in a variety of positions including reception, health care assistant, homecare coordinator and tutor. She now teaches Health and Well-being Level 3 plus Training Schemes in Dementia and Palliative. June finds healthcare a great field to work in and is grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the aging community in Aotearoa.
Lecturer - Level 4 Programmes (Face to Face delivery): 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. Natalyia 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.
Gateway Assistant and Resource Writer: 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 manages the Gateway Programme, developing, supplying and marking material for secondary schools, and administers and develops the online platform. Ultimately it is Jo’s goal to tutor for Kalandra and over the next few years intends to gain teaching qualifications.