24 Parkway, Crawley 6009
7:30 AM – 6:15 PM
Monday – Friday
Phone: +61 8 9389 8111
Unicare has a parent driven board committee that includes management representatives which members are elected on yearly basis at Annual General Meeting. Below, please meet our elected members.
Dr Renae Barker – Chair
Renae and her family have been part of the Unicare community since 2016. She currently has two children in the centre. Along with her role as Chair of the Unicare Board, Renae is President of her local Toy Library Committee as well as on a number of boards and committee for the Anglican Church of Australia. In her professional life, Renae is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Western Australia and the author of State and Religion: The Australian Story. Renae joined the Unicare community because it offered her the opportunity to be close to her children during her working day – when her children were still in the babies room she would regularly visit to breastfeed, telling her colleagues that while they had a coffee break she got cuddles at Koobidja (babies room).
Natasha Yang – Treasurer
Christine Chernoff – Secretary
Christine Chernoff first became a part of Unicare at the start of 2017. She now has two boys attending Unicare. Christine has worked in Occupational Health and Safety for nearly 14 years and has worked as a Safety Advisor for UWA for just over four years. Over the years working at the south end of the UWA campus, Christine really began to love the Unicare facility and the happy little faces. That’s why she chose Unicare.
Alex is a Chartered Accountant (UK) and Chartered Company Secretary and has extensive corporate and financial experience including as director, chief financial officer and/or company secretary of various ASX-listed companies. Alex also holds a degree in Chemistry from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. Alex and his family have been involved with Unicare since 2011.
Dr Sae Chi
Sae is a Transport Economist at the Planning and Transport Research Centre (at UWA, Curtin and ECU). She currently has a daughter at Unicare and her son has just left Unicare to attend Pre-Primary who still visits Unicare now and then. She and her family particularly appreciate how friendly and caring educators are. Sae has joined the Unicare Board to support Unicare and its staff to provide the best for the children. She has degrees in Transport Engineering and Economics, and is passionate in STEM Education.
Ricardo is a citizen of the world recently relocated to Perth. He has three children, all born in different continents, of which two currently attend the centre. Building on an engineering background he soon transitioned into management roles in the tecnology and risk domains. Currently, he is the security and compliance manager for an innovative cyber security company. For Ricardo, joining the Centre’s board was the best way to give back to the fantastic community caring for his little ones.
Dr Kelli MacMillan
Kelli is a registered Psychologist and Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Perinatal Mental Health. Kelli’s area of research is centred around understanding the development of risk for children’s social, emotional and psychological development, and in particular, the role of the mother-infant relationship in those early years. Kelli has published research and has experience presenting in both national and international forums. Kelli is a former lawyer, and also has experience on the Management Committee for a not-for-profit organisation for asylum seekers and refugees. Kelli has three children – all of which have attended Unicare over the last seven years. Kelli has seen the positive role Unicare has played for her own children, and is passionate about providing that to other children and for generations to come.
Frances is the mother of two boys, with her oldest recently graduated from Unicare and two nieces and a nephew at the centre. What she loves most about the centre is the wonderful caring educators and the play and nature-focused learning philosophy, which gives the children the freedom to learn and explore on their own terms. The outdoor plays areas at Unicare are the best she has seen, and she loved seeing her son come home covered in mud with a massive smile on his face. When she’s not chasing her boys around at home, Francis is an environmental lawyer working for the State Government.
Dr Heng Chooi
Heng and his family have been part of the Unicare community since 2016. He currently has one child in the centre and another has graduated happily from Unicare in 2017. In his professional life, Heng is a Research Group Leader and Senior Lecturer/Research Fellow in Molecular Sciences at the University of Western Australia. Besides being close to work, the family chose to be part of the Unicare community because the garden-like outdoor play area, the warm welcoming rooms and the wonderful staff make it the most wonderful childcare to be (Heng has secretly wished that he can turn back time to be a little boy again so he can attend Unicare).
Shelby Zappia – Staff Representative (ex-officio)
Merrill MacNish – Operational Director
In 2016, after 17 years Merrill sold her 4 businesses in Geraldton and relocated to Perth.
Merrill’s most recent positions include being the Operations Manager at Bellanhouse Legal, Practice Manager at Klimek & Wijay Family Lawyers, Executive Officer at the Office of the Hon Alannah MacTiernan, MLC and the Finance & Administration Manager for the Grain Industry Association of WA.
Highlights of Merrill’s career include being the recipient of the prestigious 40 under 40, and receiving multiple Regional and State Business of the Year Awards.
Merrill has extensive experience in corporate governance,and has a passion for the Not for Profit sector. Having held board positions at the Small Business Development Commission, Mid West Small Business Centre and finishing a 6 year tenure as President for the Mid West Chamber of Commerce.
Merrill lives with her husband in the Swan Valley and enjoys the wide open spaces, a country girl at heart she loves waking up to kookaburras singing and kangaroos on her front lawn. She is a registered beekeeper and tends to her hives in her spare time.
Sarah Doss – Enrolments Coordinator
Sarah completed Bachelor of Science (Psychology) at Curtin University in 2012. In 2014, she went on to pursue further post graduate education, completing a Diploma of Education (Early Childhood Education) at Edith Cowan University, and qualifying as an Early Childhood Teacher. Sarah worked as a relief teacher at various primary schools in the Perth metropolitan area, before joining Unicare team in 2016. Her initial roles at Unicare were as the Pedagogical Leader in Uluru and Koobidja rooms respectively, before she was invited to join the management team and take on the Enrolment Coordinator position. What she loves most about Unicare is the passionate staff and educators who go above and beyond to make a difference in a child’s life. When Sarah’s not at Unicare, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, camping, diving and travelling the world.
Florence Arasan – Curriculum Coordinator
Florence completed a Bachelor of Science (Food Science and Nutrition) at University of Queensland in 2009.
In 2017, she went on to pursue a Master of Teaching specialising in Early Childhood at University of Western Australia, qualifying as an Early Childhood Teacher. She is the recipient of two teaching awards from UWA – Graduate School of Education Bill Louden Early Childhood Prize and Bertha Houghton Prize in Education.
Florence worked as a secondary school teacher at different schools in Singapore for a decade where she held various positions including Department Co-ordinator, Mentor for graduate teachers and Teacher in-charge of various co-curricular activities.
She joined Unicare in 2019 as a teacher in Amazon, before she was invited to join the management team and take on the Curriculum Coordinator position.
Florence believes the Educators in Unicare prioritise children above everything else and it is what makes Unicare a special place.
Juna Latheef – Programme Coordinator
Rinchen Wangmo – Administration Coordinator
Ms. Rinchen Wangmo is from Thimphu, Bhutan. She completed her Bachelor of Education
(Secondary) from the National Institute of Education, Bhutan, in 2002 and after her studies
she worked as a full-time teacher for five years.
In 2007, she went to the USA to pursue a Master of Education from the University of Texas
at El Paso under the Bhutanese Endowment Scholarship. While doing her studies, she worked
as a research assistant at the same university. After completing her studies, she re-joined her
school and taught there for another three years. In 2012 she was offered a position as a
lecturer at the Royal Thimphu College. In her second year at RTC, she took the role of unit
coordinator in her department (Mathematics).
Rinchen came to Australia in 2014 and completed Master of Human Resource Management
from Edith Cowan University and Diploma of Early Childhood Education from North
Metropolitan TAFE, Perth. She worked as a relief teacher in various schools in Perth before
joining Unicare Early Childhood Education in 2018.
24 Parkway, Crawley 6009
7:30 AM – 6:15 PM
Monday – Friday
Phone: +61 8 9389 8111