The Staff of Ishar come from a range of different cultural backgrounds. Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Services values and acknowledges the contributions of its diverse team. Through its integrated service model, the Centre ensures clients have access to a full range of expertise offered by its multidisciplinary team.









Sandy McKiernan – Chairperson

Sandy McKiernan is the Executive Manager Specialist Community Services at Vinnies WA. Commencing in February 2018, her role oversees the strategic and operational direction of Vinnies Mental Health, Homelessness and Housing Services. Prior to working with Vinnies WA, Sandy was Director of Cancer Information and Support Services at Cancer Council WA for 9 years and has more than 8 years’ experience on membership based boards both in WA and nationally in the cancer sector.  Sandy is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is committed to  improving outcomes for individuals through empowerment and proactive community engagement.

Dr Jaya Dantas – Vice Chairperson

Dr Jaya Dantas is Professor of International Health and Director of Graduate Studies in Health Sciences at Curtin University in WA. Her research and teaching focusses on the social and health consequences of post-conflict adversity among refugees and migrants especially women and youth. Jaya has worked for 30 years in India, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Australia, Timor Leste, Sri Lanka and Singapore. She is passionate advocate for education of women and youth and has been a foster carer with the Department of Child Protection since 2002. As a migrant women and global health researcher, she contributes expertise in gender, health and education.








Clare Moynihan- Board Member

Clare is a facilitator with extensive Government experience – in Policy, Learning and Development and Program Management. Clare currently works in the Not for Profit sector, supporting people living with melanoma.

During her time in Government Clare designed and facilitated learning & development programs, strategic workshops, meetings and working groups to improve outcomes for some of Australia’s most vulnerable community members.

Clare brings a passion for social justice to her work on Ishar’s Board, along with a desire to join up people, organisations, systems and communications to build more effective relationships, knowledge and networks across the community and women’s health services sector.


Lee Best – Board Member

Lee Best is an independent consultant providing Strategic Consulting, including business planning & new business strategy development in the Not for Profit, Disability, Health Care and Health Insurance Sectors. Lee believes healthy safe women and children are essential for strong communities.

Lee worked with HBF, where she facilitated the building of strong, open and equitable relationships with all medical providers, hospital operators and relevant industry associations. Lee was CEO of Therapy Focus a community service organisation delivering professional services for over 2,500 children with a disability, at home, school in the community. Lee was also the CEO of Fremantle Kaleeya Hospital.

Fran Ferriera – Board Member

Fran Ferreira has over 20 years’ experience in the corporate sector in a variety of roles. On her previous role as Social Investment Manager for BHP Billiton she led one of the largest community investment portfolio in Australia. Fran recently established her own consultancy, working with business leaders from corporate, government and not for profit sector to shape business strategies into business plans, with clear outcomes and measurable impacts. Fran holds a Bachelor degree in Economics and Post Graduate degree in Economic Engineering. Fran believes empowering women is critical to create better lives, giving a sense of belonging and contribution.

Buena Kortum – Board Member

Buena started her career in one of the top global consulting firms implementing standard process and technology in various countries. She joined a major oil and gas company delivering process improvements to optimise its supply chain. Her position has expanded to managing broad range of projects with diverse and multi-discipline teams. Since then, she has been working with state government agencies to improve their performance post machinery of government initiative.

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