Board of Directors

Dnister’s Board of Directors are elected and are accountable to Dnister members.

They are responsible for ensuring the co-operative is well governed, to be in a strong position to deal with regulatory and competitive challenges and maintain a strong strategic direction.

The Dnister Board comprises directors with a diverse range of backgrounds and financial skills.

Wal Mykytenko
Wal MykytenkoChairman

Non-executive Chairman and Corporate Governance Committee Chairman.

Wal  is a retired General Manager of a multi-national aviation company and is a Non-executive Director of the Co-operative.

Wal has been a Non-executive Director of the Co-operative since July 2004, including the last six years as Chairman, and is the Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee.

David Hassett
David HassettDeputy Chair
Non-Executive Deputy Chairman, Audit Committee Member and Risk Committee Chairman.

David trained as a scientist and worked for Universities in Australia and the United States before co-founding an IT and Business Services Consultancy in 1997.

A key focus of David’s work is the smooth integration of IT systems with business processes and aiding clients to streamline and improve existing business processes.

David is an active member of the Ukrainian community. David has served as Parish Treasurer for the Cathedral of Sts Peter and Paul, has been on the state Committee of Plast Ukrainian Scouts in Victoria since 2005 and served as Chairperson of the Dnister Community Advisory Committee from 2003 – 2008.

David has been a Non-executive Director of the Co-operative since February 2015.

Marko Misko
Marko MiskoDirector
Non-executive Director, Corporate Governance Committee Member.

Marko combines his work as a Partner at Clayton Utz in the national infrastructure and major projects group with his role as Non-executive Director of the Co-operative.  Marko was responsible for the negotiation and finalisation of the project contracts for the redevelopment of the Kalyna Care facilities (and continues to provide Kalyna Care with ongoing legal advice). Marko was also responsible for preparing documents for the redevelopment of the CYM property in Healesville and will be responsible for the project development agreements for the redevelopment of the AUV properties in Essendon.

Marko is also the chair of DOFUS; and has been a Non-executive Director of the Co-operative since November 2009.

Michael Kwas
Michael KwasDirector
Non-executive Director, Audit Committee Member and Risk Committee Member.

Michael is a retired Accountant and has well over forty years’ experience in the industry. Michael has been involved in numerous community organizations such as: a Scout Leader for over twenty-five years for the Plast Ukrainian Scouts Association (State and Federal Executive), a member of the Ukrainian Golf Club, a member of the Association of Ukrainians in Victoria and Sunshine and the Ukrainian Church in Ardeer.

Michael has been a Non-executive Director of the Co-operative since November 2011.

Michael Kornitschuk
Michael KornitschukDirector
Non-Executive Director, Audit Committee Member and Risk Committee Member.

Michael combines his work as a Managing Director of a leading Australian supplier of medical goods and services with his role as Non-executive Director of Dnister Ukrainian Credit Co-operative Ltd.

Michael has been a Non-executive Director of the Co-operative since November 1994, including nine years as Chairman. During the past ten years he has also served as: Chairman of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church- Essendon.

 

Andrew Pavuk
Andrew PavukDirector
Non-executive Director, Corporate Governance Committee Member and Risk Committee Member.

Andrew established Pavuk Legal in 2007 and with his 25 years plus experience is a specialist in the areas of Financial Services, Corporate Law, Taxation, Life Insurance, Superannuation, Managed Funds, Estate Planning and Succession. Previously he was also a partner of Gadens Lawyers and Piper Alderman Lawyers.

In respect to the Ukrainian community Andrew has acted for Plast KPS Executive, the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Australia including the Eparchy, various parishes, priests and Charitable Funds. He has also represented the National Olympic team of Ukraine, the Embassy of Ukraine in Canberra as well as the Consulate of Ukraine in Sydney.

He has authored a book Nobody Else’s Business dealing with how to build, keep or close a business.

Andrew has been a Non-executive Director of the Co-operative since May 2015.

Natalya Jurcheshin
Natalya JurcheshinDirector
Non-executive Director, Audit Committee Chairwoman and Risk Committee Member.

Natalya is a senior financial leader with a depth and breadth of experience in managing, improving, growing and running finance functions of listed and other small to medium sized organisations.

She has over 12 years’ experience as a CFO, ten of these with ASX listed biotechnology company Circadian Technologies Limited, where she was also company secretary, and two with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Prior to that she was a Senior Manager in the audit and assurance practice of Arthur Andersen (now part of Ernst & Young) working with clients in a wide variety of industries in both private and public sectors. Over three of her twelve years with Arthur Andersen she worked in Kyiv, Ukraine, where she joined a small team of pioneer expatriates to set up operations for Arthur Andersen’s Kyiv office.

Natalya was appointed Non-executive director of the Co-operative in May 2016.