Our Staff

Our Staff

Our experienced and highly qualified staff deliver quality, personalised care to each resident.

Phillip Wohlers

- Chief Executive Officer

Phillip is a Certified Practising Accountant who has been with the organisation for over twenty years. Beginning his career at Abound Communities as the Finance Manager and now as the CEO Phillip leads the strategic development and direction of Abound Communities. Phillip has a passion for community development coupled with a vision to provide more affordable housing for elderly Victorians, while at the same time building the profile of the organisation in the broader community.

Kerry Feistl

- Director of Nursing

Kerry is a Registered Nurse with 30 years’ experience in Residential Aged Care as a clinician and manager. Kerry has extensive experience in Dementia and Palliative Care in the aged care setting. Her passion is personalised care for every resident, ensuring an holistic approach is provided for each individual. She is also focused on professional development for staff.

Dennis Ly

- Financial Controller

Dennis joined Abound Communities in April 2012, overseeing finance and information systems. Dennis holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting/Banking and Finance) and is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand. Dennis is passionate to utilise his experience at Abound Communities to develop creative ideas and strategies to enable the goal of providing a more sustainable model and affordable living for the elderly.

Mila Hodgson

- Manager, People and Culture

Mila is a highly qualified and proficient Human Resources professional with an extensive strategic and operational executive leadership background. With significant experience in the Health and Community sectors, Mila has a strong business focus and expertise in strategic change, organisational engagement, delivering leading solutions and driving growth. Her open and inclusive leadership style results in highly motivated and successful teams, striving for and achieving best practice in business excellence. Mila was drawn to work for Abound Communities to support vulnerable people in the community.

Jacqueline Taylor

- Residents’ Coordinator (Rushall Park & Braeside Park)

Jacqueline has been an accredited counsellor and spiritual carer (chaplain) for the last 20 years or so. Most recently she was the team leader for the carer counselling teams at Merri Health and Carers Victoria. She previously set up a community bereavement service for older people on behalf of Cabrini Health, and spent three years developing the National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care.

Darren Schier

- Resident Relationship Manager (Leith Park & Currie Park)

Darren has over 30 years of senior management experience including extensive experience in the aged care not-for-profit sector, helping elders live their very best lives. Central to Darren's care for our residents, is his passionate belief that every individual should be treated with respect & equality, deserving of the same rights and without discrimination.

Jannette Fleming

- Home Care Manager

Jannette has 15 plus years’ experience in Home and Community Care, with a background in Home Care Packages. Jannette’s passion for aged care and Home Care, stems from her belief in individualised care that encompasses the needs of the care recipient, whilst assisting them to retain their independence and dignity.

Mandy Williamson

- Lifestyle Coordinator

Mandy has been working in aged care for over 30 plus years doing a variety of roles. She enjoys working with the older person and their wealth of knowledge. Her aim is to help the older person to be as independent as possible and enjoy their life, as we all would.

Jon Tupou

- Property Manager

Jon is responsible for all four Abound Communities village locations and has over 20 years’ experience in commercial and domestic construction. He also has extensive experience in contractor and project management, and has worked over 10 years in aged care as a maintenance manager.

Michelle Ashjaee

- Communications Officer

Michelle holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications, and is passionate, driven, and has experience working in the not-for-profit sector. Michelle content writes, gathers stories, updates web and social media platforms whilst establishing internal and external communications for Abound Communities. She has highly extensive experience in leading the delivery of effective and tailored communication solutions that are strategic, aligned to organisational objectives to achieve desired outcomes.

Nabila Yusof

- Community Engagement Officer

Nabila obtained a Master in International Community Development and Public Health. She also holds a Bachelors Degree in Communications and Psychology. She has professionally contributed to various non for-profit organisations including in the environmental, sexual and reproductive health space and those working with underserved communities. She brings with her more than ten years worth of experience in community engagement, organising, health promotion and building strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders, with a drive to always give back to communities in need.

Blair Jackson

- Executive Assistant

Blair is the EA to the CEO. As an executive assistant, Blair has exceptional ability for anticipating the needs and preferences of the chief executive. Blair has the ability to see in advance what the CEO requires and plans accordingly. She is a vital and important part of Abound Communities and highly appreciated.

"There is nothing I would change that would make my life any better. I have two loving sons and family and I thank God every day that OCAV took me in when I had nothing," said Jill Dale, Braeside Park resident.

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