Our People – Skilled & Passionate

What makes the Centre so successful is that it is managed and staffed by people who are passionate in their support for the Riverwood and surrounding community. Our Board is drawn from and elected by local people to serve the local community. Our staff are carefully selected to ensure we respond to the issues confronting our community. Our volunteers allow us to extend services to hundreds of people in our community.

Board Members


Clr Karl Saleh OAM

Board Member since 2015, Chairperson since 2017

Karl is a Councillor of City of Canterbury Bankstown, representing Roselands Ward and a former Deputy Mayor Of Canterbury City Council, founder of Canterbury Bankstown Harmony Group.Karl Graduated with a Diploma of Governance from the Institute of Community Directors Australia 2021. In 2019 he was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to local community.

Email: k.saleh@riverwoodcommunity.org.au

Website: www.saleh.com.au

Pauline Gallagher OAM

Board Member since 2016

Pauline is a former of the Riverwood Community Centre (RCC). With more than 36 years of dedicated service at Riverwood Community.

Robert Furolo

Board Member since 2020

Robert is a former Mayor of Canterbury and former Member of Parliament for the NSW Seat of Lakemba. He is currently the founder and principal of a planning advisory and community engagement business with an interest in social and affordable housing.

Email: R.furolo@riverwoodcommunity.org.au

Ian Lilley

Board Member since 2020

With a background in HR, Ian is a strategic and innovative leader who thrives on translating business vision into initiatives that achieve tangible improvements in performance, profitability, growth, and employee engagement.

Ian brings to the Board 20 years of industry experience along with experience with the Rural Fire Service and Volunteers in Policing Program.

Email: I.lilley@riverwoodcommunity.org.au

Kevin Mooney

Board Member Since 2020

Kevin is a Local resident committed to his community and Human Resources Professional with a large amount of experience working in the Government and NFP Sector.

Email: K.mooney@riverwoodcommunity.org.au

Zorka Petrovska

Board Member since 2018

Zorka is a long-term resident of Riverwood and a Community Volunteer at Riverwood Community Centre.

Management Team


Tara Hrdlicka

Director of Early Childhood and OSHC

Tara joined the Riverwood Community Centre team as its Director of Early Childhood and OSHC in June 2021.
Tara has a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood and has worked within Children’s services for over 10 years.
Her last role was with 3Bridges as a Service Manager. Tara has also held a number of other positions including the Nominated Supervisor in OSHC, Coordinator/Nominated Supervisor in OSHC, Early Childhood Teacher and 2IC in Long Day Care.
Tara comes with a wealth of experience in management and project work in Children’s Services and is hoping to have the opportunity to meet all our parents in the near future.

Phone: 9533 0136
Email: Tara.H@riverwoodcommunity.org.au

Salma Taleb

NDIS Support Coordinator

NDIS NUMBER: 4050039491

Salma joined Riverwood Community Centre as a Counsellor and NDIS Support Coordinator in April 2021.Salma has a Bachelor Degree in Applied Social Science Counselling.

Salma’s primary role consists of ensuring the safety and well-being of others. She has always maintained and considered her professional

Phone: 9533 0126

Mobile: 0481 962 695

Email: Salma.t@riverwoodcommunity.org.au

Ram Nishant Alajangi

Finance and Administration Manager

Ram joined our team in August 2022. He is a passionate career Finance professional priding an achievement-based career of more than 16 years in Accounting, Auditing and Planning and Analysis.
With natural ability for numbers, with in-depth proficiency in all facets of finance, analytics, business, and management and providing comprehensive financial analysis and reporting, Ram brings in a wealth of knowledge and experience of having worked in both commercial and not-for-profit organisations across sectors ranging from Construction, Infrastructure and Oil and Gas.
He loves spending time with his two kids helping them to pursue their interests in mechanics and aviation.

Phone: 9533 0143

Email: RamNishant.A@riverwoodcommunity.org.au



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