Roxanne Dunkel – Director

Roxanne Dunkel has commercial experience gained both as a commercial lawyer and as the co-owner and publisher of the Australian Jewish News. Throughout her career she has provided voluntary legal advice to both the Kingsford and Redfern Legal Centres, advising on diverse issues relating to families. Roxanne has been a director of The Pyjama Foundation since 2016 and has broad philanthropy sector experience.

 A mother of 4 she is a strong advocate for the ensuring children have the opportunity to give back to the community.





Joe Ingegneri – Director

Joe is an accomplished senior executive in a multinational organisation, with P&L responsibilities and management of staff globally.

 Joe started his working life as an Electrical Engineer and has over 20 years experience with global operations, IT, telecommunications, sales and establishment of strategic emerging markets. He is experienced in defining and driving strategic plans and enjoys rolling up his sleeves and getting amongst the groups he works with to achieve desired outcomes. 

 Joe is a father of four children, now young adults and has always encouraged them to reflect on how lucky they are and to use that energy to give back to the community. 

 Joe is a current volunteer with the Rural Fire Service and has a long history of volunteering including as President of his children’s child care centre. Joe and his wife have organised and held fundraising events for various organisations including, Westmead Children’s hospital, Children’s Cancer Research and The Australian Cancer Council, raising much needed funds for research. 





Brendan Johnson – Director

Brendan Johnson is a financial services executive with over twenty years’ experience across general management, people leadership, strategy, compliance, governance, risk management, financial advice and consulting. 

Brendan holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Banking & Finance, a Diploma of Financial Planning and has completed the FPA Certified Financial Planner Program, the AICD Company Directors Course and has attended Strategy Leadership Programs at Stanford Graduate Business School. 

A husband and father of two school aged children, Brendan is committed to helping the next generation ‘give back’ during their formative years, and is a strong advocate for the benefits offered to kids and communities through volunteering.



David Schlessinger

David is a founding board member of Kids Giving Back. David is currently a high school math and business teacher at Randwick Boys High School. 

 David has over 25 years of international banking and capital markets experience including with Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan, and Macdoch Ventures having worked in New York, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Sydney. David has a Bachelor of Science from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.



Carole Schlessinger   Co-Founder/ Director

Carole is passionate about providing kids with positive life experiences in order to create the next Generation of Generosity and wanted to ensure her own three children were raised to understand and appreciate altruism. Her passion led to her teaming up with an equally passionate Ruth Tofler-Riesel to form Kids Giving Back in 2012. The rest as they say is “history”!

 With a degree in Commerce Carole has consulted in cross cultural training and marketing working across the world including Israel and USA. She has worked in business and marketing working with the Australian Trade Commission and the World Education Program as well as ran a successful small business. She now works as a member of the Kids Giving Back Management team.




Holly Stiles – Director

Holly is a Chartered Accountant and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors with over 20 years of experience in finance, business advisory and assurance.

As a Partner at Grant Thornton, one of the world’s largest accounting and advisory organisations, Holly advises organisations on their strategic plans, including fund raising, M&A and capital markets transactions.

Holly is also a mother of two and is passionate about the benefits of volunteering experiences for children.