Meet the Board
Paul Levins - Chair of the Board
We are grateful to have Paul’s perspective in government, policy and commercial enterprise from his experience spanning projects across Asia, Europe, USA, Australia and Latin America. Paul is a Co-Founder of Xinova, a Seattle based 12,000 member innovation network and is presently working with a number of other startups; he was EVP of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) which manages the security and stability of the global Internet; he has been a senior executive at Telstra, Baulderstone Hornibrook and Bilfinger Berger; and he has been Chief of Staff in a raft of portfolios including Urban Planning, Social Security, Higher Education, Youth Affairs, Employment and Health. Paul has strong social justice experience having worked at the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and was on the NSW Board of the St Vincent de Paul Society. Paul brings pre-eminent skills in governance, development, strategic thinking, media, social advocacy and crisis management all of which are invaluable to the cardinal guidance of the Jesuit Mission
Nick Dunstan - Deputy Chair
Jesuit Mission is a cause close to Nick’s heart after he spent nearly 10 years in the Jesuit Order. He taught at Saint Ignatius' College in Adelaide for 2 years and worked with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Cambodia in 2000. He was a volunteer lawyer with the Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre for nearly 5 years. Nick is currently a lawyer with the law firm Galbally & O'Bryan while living in Melbourne with his wife, Stephanie, and their daughter, Lucy.
Isaac Demase SJ
Isaac’s inspiration to love and serve God and God’s people according to the principles of St Ignatius is an asset to the Board of Jesuit Mission. After completing a Bachelor of Arts (Theology) and Grad. Dip Ed (Secondary) at ACU, he taught religion and history at FCJ (Faithful Companions of Jesus) College in Benalla, Victoria before joining the Society of Jesus. During his time as a novice, he saw the impact the support of Jesuit Mission and partners had on the Society's ministries in Timor-Leste. In February 2018, Isaac made his simple perpetual vows. He then completed a Masters in Philosophical Studies at Catholic Theological College (University of Divinity) in Melbourne. Isaac is currently on Regency at The Cardoner Project based in Broadway, Sydney.
Fiona is the Deputy Principal and Head of Senior School at Hunter Valley Grammar School in NSW. Fiona’s portfolio includes the Head of Service role, where students are called to be of action and service to others. Prior to this she was the Director of College Engagement and a Head of House for eleven years at Loyola College VIC, overseeing all pastoral and academic progress of students in her house. Fiona is a Senior Biology and Junior Science teacher with 20 years of experience in teaching and leadership. Fiona is passionate about student well-being and social justice and brings a devotion to pastoral care, education and social welfare. Fiona has recently spent time in Thailand and Cambodia visiting our Jesuit Mission projects, and brings a wealth of contemporary experience and compassion to the role.
Sr Joan Doyle RSM
Joan brings a great commitment to pastoral care, education and social welfare. After gaining qualifications in music and teaching she entered the Congregation of Sisters of Mercy. She then completed a social work degree and worked in Child Protection and in the Women and Girls in Custody advocacy group. Joan has worked in Chile and Peru for eighteen years where she was involved with the community to establish three centres for women, two childcare centres and a medical clinic. She worked in partnership with Caritas Australia and Mercy Family Health Service for 10 years to implement a community health education program encompassing projects in ecology, sanitation and nutrition. Joan is the current Director of Initial Formation for ISMAPNG. (Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea).
Fr William Uren SJ
Fr Bill contributes a wealth of experience and insight into what it means to live out our faith according to scripture. Fr Bill Uren entered the Jesuits in 1954 and was ordained in 1968. He studied at the Universities of Melbourne and Sydney and travelled to Oxford to undertake postgraduate studies in philosophy. He has served in various educational establishments including as Rector at St Thomas More College and Rector of St Leo's College at the University of Queensland, as well as serving as Provincial Superior from 1991 - 1996. Currently, Fr Bill is living in Melbourne as Scholar-in-Residence at Newman College.
Doug has been a long-time volunteer for Jesuit Mission. In addition to his service on our Board, he has co-led the "$5 Wheel" stall at the Jesuit Mission Indian Bazaar for 30 years and also helps us with event planning on our organising committee, Indian Bazaar Excom. Doug holds a Senior Finance role at Ramsay Healthcare, and as a Chartered Accountant, has extensive commercial experience in professional services and ASX listed companies. Doug worked for 10 years with Ernst & Young before joining Qantas Airways Limited in a variety of roles including CFO of Qantas Freight Enterprises and CFO of Jetstar Group. Doug also gained Not-For-Profit experience during his time as a consultant and Company Secretary for the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Scott is an experienced corporate finance professional and currently leads the equity advisory business for independent corporate adviser, Grant Samuel. Prior to his current role, Scott worked at Deutsche Bank and J.P. Morgan in Melbourne, Sydney and London. Scott is passionate about community involvement and is currently the Chair of the Finance Committee for his local parish and the Auskick Coordinator for his local AFL Junior Football Club.
Inspired by her uncle Fr Ken McNamara SJ, who left Australia in 1956 to help establish the Jesuit Mission in India, Mary- Ellen’s love and support for the work of the Mission, to make a real difference to communities, was reinforced by her many and regular trips to the Jesuit Mission in India from 1982. Mary-Ellen has a Masters of Laws (University of Sydney) and has practised as a solicitor in New South Wales for 40 years. During her legal career she was an accredited specialist in personal injury litigation, acted as an arbitrator in the Supreme Court of NSW and served three terms as an Acting Judge of the District Court of NSW. Throughout her long professional career Mary-Ellen has constantly expressed her commitment to community and giving by voluntary contributions to the communities with which she has been involved including many years with the Committee of the Woollahra Public School Parents and Citizens’ Association and as its Vice-President, working with the Loreto Kirribilli Parents & Friends for several years and as its President, scripture teaching at government schools for 15 years, and as part of the St Canice’s Kitchen team of volunteers in Kings Cross preparing lunches for all who need assistance.