Open Arms Care Incorporated is Governed by a Board which is made up of volunteers from the local community with specific industry experience, skills and qualifications relevant to the organisations operations.
Before retiring in 2011, Ian was the Deputy Principal of Dorrigo High School. Ian holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Diploma of Education as well as a Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies.
Ian has also worked in Kiama High School as a Mathematics teacher. Following that he was promoted to Head Teacher, Mathematics and Science at Batlow Central School. Whilst at Batlow, Ian trained as facilitator in curriculum change management and worked on the development team for Design and Technology.
Ian was nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award in 1999 and served on the Executive Board of the Deputy Principals Association of NSW.
John’s professional background is in Special Education. He has held leadership positions as a University Lecturer, Principal of two special schools, TAFE Department Head and Director of Education Services at the Queen Elizabeth II Rehabilitation Centre.
In 1999, John was made a Life Governor of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children and awarded an Honorary Doctor of Education Degree. He also holds a Teachers Certificate (General Primary), Teachers of the Deaf Certificate, Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Educational Psychology and Special Education and a Master of Education Degree with a Major in Special Education.
Jo was appointed to the Board in November 2016.
Dee Maxwell-Hopper is a Registered Nurse working in Community Nursing.
Over the years Dee has enjoyed working in a number of diverse settings, most prominently in the Northern Territory working in Alice Springs, as well as travelling to many remote Indigenous communities in the role of Chronic Disease Nurse.
Apart from her Nursing Degree, Dee obtained post graduate studies in both Diabetes Management and Nutrition. For a number of years she was recognised with the Australian Diabetes Educators Association and held Registration with the Nutrition Society of Australia.
Dee’s passion is good nutrition and empowering others to see the benefits of healthy eating for whole of wellbeing.