Michelle brings a valuable mix of management and leadership skills, and the ability to work collaboratively and innovatively. She is well known and respected within the sector and is passionate about increasing recognition for the value and impact of volunteering. Michelle has a background in communications, marketing and community engagement, and volunteer leadership. She has previously worked for a social enterprise, in the public sector and within the publishing and training industries and holds several governance leadership roles in the community sector.
The governing board of Volunteering NZ
Staff & Volunteers
The operations team of Volunteering NZ
Sarah MacdonaldMarketing and Membership Manager
Sarah leads the creation, organisation, and implementation of marketing and membership services and management of the membership journey with Volunteering New Zealand. Key projects include: national campaigns, Pivot conference, annual report, webinars, blogs and newsletters. Sarah has various volunteering experience and knowledge of the sector – so this role is a perfect fit! Sarah has a Diploma in Marketing and a Bachelor of Design with Honours.
Amal Hamdy AlsheemyStudent Volunteer Week Campaign Manager
Amal is a strategic communication professional and experienced certified programmes and projects manager with a demonstrated history of working in the government and sports industry. Highly skilled in corporate communication, media and content management, sustainable development, corporate social responsibility, and international relations. Output-oriented professional with a Master of Science degree focused in Political Sciences/Environment International Law.
Thuy TranEvents Coordinator
Thuy has been volunteering with different organisations since 2005 in the fields of community services and event organising. In the pursuit of a master degree in TESOL in New Zealand, she has accumulated 2 year-experience volunteering for English Language Partners Wellington. While working at the International Office of Wellington High School as an administrator assistant, Thuy is volunteering for Volunteering New Zealand, in support of event organisation.
Karishma DullabhProject and Admin Coordinator
Karishma supports Michelle in various project, financial and admin tasks at VNZ. She has been involved in a few volunteering roles and is excited to be working in an organisation that encourages volunteering. Karishma has a Bachelor of Commerce & Administration majoring in Marketing and Information Systems and a Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology.
Taeko LorimerMarketing Coordinator
Taeko has 10 years experience in marketing and relationship management in the travel and recruitment sectors. She recently became involved in Votuneteering NZ Pivot conference’s preparation and has been supporting the membership, marketing, communications and administration of the organisation. Taeko is excited to be part of the VNZ whanau, empowering volunteering to enrich Aotearoa New Zealand.
Kenzo BuiFinance & Accounts
Kenzo has more than 10 years experience in business and financial support and accounting processing. She gained a degree with double majors in: Accounting and Finance in 2006. Kenzo’s first job was as a Business support officer at Quotable Value then various roles with Vehicle Testing New Zealand, Public Trust, other private companies as an account officer, plus work for non-profits. Kenzo joined Volunteering New Zealand in 2019 and looks after VNZ’s accounting and finance.
Solmaz NazariPolicy and Research Advisor
Taylor HamlingWeb Developer
Taylor is the web developer for VNZ working on the VNZ website, InvolveMe, Student Volunteer Week, National Volunteer Week, the annual VNZ conference and many more projects. Taylor is a professional freelancer with a degree in Computer Science. Taylor’s website: www.taylorhamling.com
Lauren HayesStory Editor
Lauren is helping the team with communications material for National Volunteer Week 2019. She has a background in journalism, and has also worked in government and non-profit organisations. She is excited to help share the stories of volunteers working in communities across New Zealand.
Marcelo Klein VieiraBusiness Analyst
Marcelo advises VNZ on ways to improve processes by applying sets of techniques for VNZ’s management systems and digital platforms. Marcelo has designed a new operational reporting tool for VNZ and is working with the team to analyse the input, outcomes and impact of VNZ membership. Marcelo is an experienced ICT professional with focus on Business Analysis. He brings knowledge of digital transformation projects across complex enterprise environments.
Johann GoResearch and Strategy Manager
Johann leads VNZ’s work on research-informed advocacy and the development of strategies for an inclusive, ethical and impactful sector. Johann brings expertise in humanities and social science research, strategy development, and translational research that links academia with policy. Johann has over a decade of experience in the community/voluntary sector, and previously led the development of VNZ’s recent migrant volunteering strategy. Johann is passionate about harnessing the power of volunteering to achieve social justice.
Johann is a Rhodes Scholar and postgraduate student at the University of Oxford. He currently holds a B.A. (Philosophy and Politics) and B.HSc (Public Health).
Anna RendallGraphic Designer
Erina PappNational Learning and Development Manager
Erina Papp is an experienced organisational development and HR professional with a focus on engaging others to achieve results and turn vision into reality. She brings a unique mix of in-depth HR and senior management experience, coaching, counselling and community development expertise enable her to work with people to address both business and interpersonal challenges.
Anusha SiriwardeneSenior Test Analyst
Anusha is the Senior Test Analyst for VNZ working on the InvolveMe and LeadMe tools. Her recommendations, in collaboration with the VNZ team, bring together more robust products and processes. Anusha completed her masters, majoring in Human Resource Management with a research merit and she holds a B.Sc in Information Technology.