DR ANIMAMA’S HELPERS
Please meet Dr Animama’s quiet helpers who
volunteer their time to make her a success story.
What to join us?
Email admin (at) animama.org.
Guy (Hagai) Avisar – Melbourne, Australia
Project Founder and Director
Guy (in Hebrew Hagai) is an Israeli born psychologist who currently live in Melbourne, Australia.
Guy founded Animama as an expression of his passion to help families and children at risk. Guy sees education of parents as most powerful tool for primary prevention in the field of children at risk. Over the past 20 years he has initiated and supported various programs that focus on primary prevention in this field.
Guy has been working as a psychologist and family therapist since 1988. During his career he has specialised in supporting families, empowering parents and strengthening relationships.
In 2015, with the help of seed money from LITAI fund, Guy embarked on the journey to develop Animama.
Fionn Skiotis – Melbourne, Australia
Fionn Skiotis is the Executive Director of International Social Service Australia, an organisation that provides intercountry social and legal services to children and families.
Fionn has a background in human rights, advocacy and community development and 30 years experience in the not-for-profit sector in Australia and internationally. He is also a documentary filmmaker.
Fionn is currently a Member of the Mental Health Tribunal Victoria, Chair of Community Housing Ltd and a Director of the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre.
Fionn hosted and supported Animama in the first years of establishement and he continues to provide us with guidance.
Stacey Gleeson – Queensland, Australia
Shayla Smith – New York City
Shayla works as a Clinical Database Manager at the children hospital Lenox Hill in New York City.
Shayla holds a master degree in Public Health. Her studies concentrated on Epidemiology and Child Health.
Before moving to the area of Public Health, Shayla studied Environmental Engineering in Stanford University. Upon graduation, she spent two years working in Panama as a Program Manager in the Peace Corps. She facilitated health education workshops and oversaw the completion of programs in the fields of environmental health, maternal health and family planning. Through her involvement in that program she discovered her interest in public health and developed the passion to support mothers and families in the developing world.
She has over five years of experience in research, monitoring and evaluation, grant writing, program development and data analysis.
Kolja Kristek – Hawaii, USA
Kolja is a German born certified Project Manager with a Master in Business Information Systems.
He has extensive business management experience, including project management of IT Projects. While working at Volkswagen, Germany, he led an international team.
Kolja is well-versed on state of the art project and team development methods. As a SCRUM master he brings to our project the Agile expertise and tools for making our Animama project a smooth and effective process
Baneen Karachiwala – Bangalore, India
Project Consultant -Bangalore, India
Baneen is a Public Health Researcher providing support to health projects across India, and globally since 2005. Her focus is in areas of knowledge management, implementation research, photojournalism and documentation.
Baneen is passionate about human rights and maternal and child health and she dedicates much of her time to making a difference in these areas. She is affiliated with the Ramalingaswami Centre of Equity and Social Determinants of Health, which is part of the Public Health Foundation of India, Delhi. She also is a Senior Advisor to a human rights and community media organisation, Video Volunteers based in Goa.
With a Masters degree in Medical and Psychiatric Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, she is working towards a PhD in a specialised area of public health.
In her spare time, she is occupied with design and collaborates with artisans across India to help in the process of revival of dying art.
Evah M. Gachanja – Kenia
Evah works as a freelance Virtual Assistant / Project Coordinator. She is passionate about promoting health and awareness among mothers and her love for the field has seen her volunteering with many organisations that support families and advocate for children’s rights.
As a mother of two young kids she is familiar with many of the issues mothers in Africa are coping with.
She has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering with over five years handling Logistics (Imports/Exports) and administration within the oil and gas sector.
Evah brings knowledge of the field in her country, enthusiasm and much practical support to Animama.
Shaun Carroll – Brisbane, Australia
Shaun is a full stack and very busy web developer who kindly agreed to come to the rescue with all of our website issues. His passion to put the users first when building websites will surely serve our users all around the globe.
He holds various diplomas in a number of different languages with over five years experience working both for himself and other people.