Our People

Behind every strong organisation are the stronger heroes

At Kids Giving Back, we’re blessed to have an impassioned, capable team.

We love putting our minds together to find new ways to make a difference. And we find inspiration in those we work with and the missions we support.

Our workplace is fun and dynamic. But most importantly, it’s where our values are translated into action every day.


Meet our team

Carole Schlessinger
CEO & Co-Founder

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Carole has always been passionate about creating the next generation of generosity – and wanted to raise her own children to understand and appreciate altruism. 

It was this very passion that led her to teaming up with Ruth Tofler-Riesel to form Kids Giving Back. 

With extensive experience in business and marketing, Carole is the main point of contact for philanthropic organisations, corporations and donors who share our vision and want to join us in creating the next generation of generosity.

Nadine Ben-Mayor
Communications Liaison Manager

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Nadine has over 20 years’ experience in the events industry and had worked with the NSW Cancer Council for almost a decade. 

Her journey with Kids Giving Back began when she volunteered with us, before joining our team permanently in 2016. 

She organises all our program bookings and manages relationships with schools, corporate clients and the community. Nadine is committed to ensuring everyone has a positive experience when working with Kids Giving Back – both the participants and the vulnerable people we help.

Andi Smith
Logistics & Impact Manager/ Duke of Ed Assessor

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Andi has been with us since day one as a volunteer with her kids. Her strong passion for Kids Giving Back led her to join the team in 2017.

Andi owned a dance school for 20 years before working for online and market research companies. She now works across different facets of our organisation, including juggling the logistics of meal distribution.

Attention to detail while multitasking is Andi’s forte. She gets everything done efficiently – and always with a smile.

Jaz Sue
Program Coordinator

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Jaz brings her passion for educating and training together with purpose and authentic experience to our programs. 

She began teaching children and adults to horse ride at the young age of 14, before carving out a career as a corporate trainer. 

In 2017, she found herself in a vulnerable position where she experienced homelessness. During that time, she started volunteering with one of our charity partners, and rediscovered her sense of purpose.

Paul Green

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Paul spent over 30 years in the hospitality industry as a professional chef. 

Then, after more than a decade in corporate and function kitchens such as Sydney Town Hall and Customs House, he was drawn to Kids Giving Back.

Paul appreciates how food can bring people together and help the community, and he relishes the opportunity to produce fresh meals for people in need. 

When he isn’t donning his chef hat, Paul enjoys indoor rock climbing and fishing with his son.

Meet our board

Holly Stiles

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

As a Partner at Grant Thornton, Holly advises organisations on their strategic plans, including fundraising, M&A and capital markets transactions.

A mother of two, Holly is a strong advocate of the benefits of volunteering for children.

Catherine So
Director/Company Secretary

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Catherine is a lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in financial services. She’s worked in a range of companies, including banks, small corporates and start-ups. 

She is also a member of the Governance Institute of Australia and a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course.

A mother of two, Catherine is an advocate for mentoring of all ages and life stages – and loves to encourage children to give back to the community in whatever ways they can.

Prof Debbie Haski-Leventhal

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Debbie Haski-Leventhal is an awarded Professor of Management and the MBA director at Macquarie Business School and an expert on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and volunteerism.  She is the author of several books, including Strategic CSRThe Purpose-Driven University, and Make it Meaningful (Simon & Schuster).

She is a TED speaker and a public speaker on purpose, impact, and social responsibility. She has published over 60 academic papers on volunteering and CSR and her work was covered by the media, including The New York Times.

Her life purpose is to utilise her teaching, research, and knowledge to create a positive social impact in the world.

Tiffany Withers

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Tiffany partners with leaders to bring structure and a human-centred approach to complex people and culture questions. Her work builds on her 15+ years of experience, mostly at McKinsey & Company where she advised clients on strategy and organisational change and was the Head of People for Australia & New Zealand.

She holds an MBA from Columbia University and is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course.

Tiffany is a mum to two school-aged kids and believes strongly in getting them involved in the community and giving back during their formative years.

Sam Hall

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Sam has worked within the Australian TV industry for 20+ years, with experience spanning strategy, investment, commercial, business partnerships, production, digital and advertising.

Sam lives on Sydney’s Northern Beaches with her husband and two daughters after relocating from London in 2002, and thoroughly enjoys the Aussie beach lifestyle. Sam is passionate about the mental health benefits of working within the community and teaching the next generation the value of giving back.

Jonathon Gavshon

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A passionate entrepreneur and business operator, Jonathan has deep experience in the healthcare, retail and non-profit sectors.

Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Finance and an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD. He sits on the board of a number of non-profit organisations.

A father of three school aged children, Jonathan is committed to inspiring the next generation to make a meaningful impact.