Next Gen Ambassadors


There’s a new league of young professionals providing fresh perspectives in the age services sector. They are Ambassadors – part of LASA’s Next Gen initiative.

LASA Next Gen Ambassadors are

  • Young age service professionals and role models
  • Clinical and non-clinical professionals working across a variety of leadership roles
  • Passionate and seek to be actively involved in discussions affecting the future of the age services sector


What do LASA Next Gen Ambassadors do?

  • Regularly attend meetings and support LASA Next Gen initiatives
  • Provide advice and insights on issues affecting them and their peers
  • Identify innovative projects and events to support young industry professionals, based on identified areas of strategic interest
  • Supported to share their expertise and passion for Aged Services through industry presentations, articles, interviews and more

Today LASA is ensuring younger generations are changing their perceptions of aged care by involving them in the industry’s transformation, and ensuring they are part of building solutions that support high quality care and safety of our older adults. LASA Next Gen Ambassador applications re-open in 2023. If you have any questions about our LASA Next Gen Ambassadors, or would like to support this initiative please email us at


What our Next Gen Ambassadors say about the program

In past years, I loved working as a Next Gen Ambassador. I absolutely loved working for better change for the aged care industry. Aged care is my passion and this is where I find my happiness. I love to make difference in other people’s life. I have grown more personally and professionally after I became a LASA Next Gen Ambassador.”

– Nisha Maharajan, Clinical Nurse, Bene Aged Care


“I have genuinely and thoroughly enjoyed the relationships I’ve made (and lifelong sector friendships), the contributions I’ve made and positive impact I’ve had even in unknown or unspoken ways just being part of LASA Next Gen.”

– Aynsley Johnson, Aged Care Manager, Amergin


“I have been able to connect and collaborate with like-minded young leaders from all over Australia … I cannot wait to see what we can achieve as a collective over the next 2 years to be able to engage and inspire a new generation of young leaders in age services!”

– Jamie Langdon, Communications Manager, Benevolent Living


“LASA Next Gen is that stepping stone, that opportunity that helps me have an impact on another person and show the beauty inherent in this industry. An opportunity to help someone grow and learn something along the way too.”

– Kashim Oriaje, Director of Care, Alzheimer’s Queensland


LASA Next Gen Ambassadors

Rebecca Hogan

Head of Partnerships

Asperger’s Services Australia

Jamie Langdon

Marketing & Communications Manager

Benevolent Living

Kaizaad Mehta

National Head of Healthcare and Professional Services

Westpac Group

Eshna Khadka

Operations Manager

Castle Personnel

Geena Cheung

Registered Music Therapist

St Luke’s Aged Care

Paul Forrest

WA State Manager

Plena Healthcare

Nikki Beckman

National Director of Research & Innovation

Marchese Partners

Maddison Styles

Client Services Manager

Healthcare Australia

Karren Estologa

General Manager

Allity Aged Care

Madeline Walsh


Thomson Geer

Aynsley Johnson

Community Services Manager

Bernie Brae

Emma Kalpakos

Clinical Nurse Manager

Brodribb Home Toowoomba

Sam Weckert

Care Manager

Villaggio Sant’ Antonio

Tanvi Dalal

General Manager, Funding

Signature Care

Tiarna Loftus

Clinical Relationship Coordinator

Northside ACT

Kashim Oriaje

Director of Care

Alzheimer’s Queensland

Dr Sam Fien


Central Queensland University

Waylan Chisholm

Residence Manager

BlueCross Aged Care

Tayla Gorman


HopgoodGanim Lawyers

Tiarna Semchyshyn

Occupational Therapist

Healthcare Australia

Taranjot (TJ) Minhas



Rose Shapley



Xanthe Emett

Occupational Therapist

Aegis Aged Care

Amanda Ong

Team Leader, Business Analysis


Nisha Maharjan

Clinical Nurse

Bene Aged Care

Pat Lucas

Innovation and Insights Specialist

IRT Group

Haley Sheriff

Director Age Services

Chaffey Aged Care

Simon Kerrigan

Managing Director

Guide Healthcare

Cynthia Mkutchwa

FPA & Business Partner (CS)

Fronditha Care

Sally Jones

Associate Architect

KPA Architects

Adrian Morgan

Aged Care Reform Forum

Daniel Oliver

Executive Director

Estia Health

Rae Jamieson

Group Operations Manager

Provectus Care

Ray Marfa Obrero

Senior Operations Consultant

Ansell Strategic

Richard Mari Flores

Nurse Consultant

Ray Le Fanue

Project Officer

Lutheran Services

Elise Sinclair

Community Manager


Alex Talty

Clinical Manager

Call on Clare

Annie Pathak

GM Residential South


Elise Bailey

Chief Execuitive Officer

Carelinq Pty Ltd

Michael Zoumaras

Allied Health and Wellness Operations Manager

Altaira Nursing Services

Michelle Cuttler

General Manager


Nan Yu

Chief Executive Officer

My Dementia Care Companion

Pooja Narendra

Senior Manager

Grant Thornton Australia

Aadil Abbas


Third Horizon Advice

Cassie Simadas

General Manager

Regis Port Macquarie

Hana Ellen Cooke

Occupational Therapist

Healthcare Australia

Jelena Giro


Altaira Nursing Services

Rebecca Glover



Jeremy Sims

Hotel Services Manager


Sarah Brabon

Care Manager

Aveo Group

Stacey Hudson

Customer Services Coordinator


Nicole Mudford

Senior Physiotherapist

Curtin Heritage Living

Hayley Antipas

Managing Director

Attuned Health

Amal Witnish


Signature Care

Bernadette Samura

Manager of Residential Care

Amaroo Village

Carina Robinson

NSW Industry Lead


Claire Fletcher

Regional Business Manager


Claudio Spiti

Regional GM

Regis Aged Care

Jade Hand

National Project Manager

Standards Wise

Bronwyn Doherty

VIC/TAS Student Placement Coordinator

Plena Healthcare

Chris Snepvangers

General Manager


Joe Meadows

Clinical Lead


Marlene Franke

People, Culture and Communications Officer

Martin Luther Homes

Joel Andrade

Food Technologist

Nutritious Cuisine

Justin Weiner



Lachie Green

Policy and Project Officer


Maddison Grace Jones

General Manager – Supported Living Aged Care

Lutheran Services

Laura Haylen

Associate Director


Laura May

Product & Insights Manager

Care Connect

Lester Liao

Executive Manager

Pathways Sailors Bay

Lyn-Lee Teh

General Manager HR


Marcello Caspani-Muto


Matt Whitbread

Senior Advisor

Bridge Advisory Group

Ben Whitby-Lee

Chief Executive Officer

Adrian Czopowski

My Dementia Care Companion

Amy Darrington

People and Culture Officer

Princes Court Homes