Communicare is governed by an active board comprising of experts in diverse fields such as management, finance, marketing, legal, healthcare and architecture, some with many years experience in the not-for-profit sector.

The board members share a common passion of spending their time volunteering to make a difference to the community.

Communicare maintains a high standard of governance that meet the most stringent standards set by the DHB’s and government regulations.

Meri Gibson


Meri is the Managing Director of Calibrae Ltd working as strategic management consultant, across many sectors. She is a highly respected, very organised, strong and driven professional executive who has extensive experience and has successfully led large market driven businesses. Meri has a wide professional network of senior people across several industries and local government. Meri is a natural leader with strengths in strategy, business development, product development, management of multiple projects, change management, innovation and multi-level stakeholder communication across large and complex commercial and public sector organisations. Meri has a passion for educational and social issues.


Mike Matthews

Vice Chair

Mike joins the board in March 2016.  Having started his career with 9 years at KPMG, he moved to HR and Recruitment and became a founding partner of a successful executive recruiter involved in all aspects of client delivery while managing the commercial and financial affairs.  Mike is a qualified accountant, has an HR qualification, and interests in various businesses so brings with him commercial, HR and finance skills.  After 30 years in commerce he is now moving his focus to the charitable and not for profit sector.

Pam Kember


Pam has been a member of the Communicare family for 19 years.  Pam started as a volunteer driver, then moving into helping in the kitchen for 4 years. She transitioned into becoming a supervisor and then a Co-ordinator. She has bought her caring nature and passion for the community to her role.

Pam enjoys reading, cooking, watching rugby and loves chocolate! We are pleased to have Pam serve Communicare as the President.

Marijanne Boxall

Finance Chair

Marijanne initially trained as a public health inspector, and has worked in the accounts sector for some year.  She has been a board member with Communicare for the past 6 years, acting as Finance Chair, and is also a member of the Endownment Trust Board, helping to support and guide Communicare in the face of changes and challenges within the not for profit sector. 

Pat Stenersen

Pat retired, after working 20 years in the Tramway Union Office, while also raising her family of five, and was unsure what to do next, as retiring really did not sit well with her.  Invited to get involved with Communicare by her mother, who had been a supervisor at the Royal Oak centre for many years, Pat began helping out in the kitchen. Following the loss of her mother in 1996, she assumed the role of coordinating the centre.  Over the years, Pat has served two terms as President, as well as Chair of the Communicare Board and has been an active member of the board for over 15 years.  Throughout, Pat has volunteered her time and energy to Communicare and its members and her commitment is a tribute to the experience, warmth and compassion that Pat has always bought to her many roles.


Sharron joined the board in January 2016.  Originally from Hamilton, Sharron has held governance roles for not for profit boards like Hamilton Child Care Services Trust and St Joseph’s Fairfield Board of Trustees and is active in many groups within her community.  Currently in the role of HR Business Partner for Air New Zealand Ltd, Sharron brings extensive knowledge and experience from her many roles in human resources.

Today Sharron’s purpose and passion lies in giving back to the community.  She has a deep appreciation for Communicare’s purpose in providing a service to the community that improves the quality of life for its guests.  She is excited to be part of Communicare and looks forward to working with the team to achieve its vision.

Cameron Wislang

Cameron joined the board in early 2018, spurred to play an active role in his community. Originally from the Kapiti Coast, since moving to Auckland Cameron had primarily worked in the HR & recruitment sector, before finding his niche in the mental health. Cameron’s passion and drive lies within the social and entrepreneurial scenes of his community.

Josephine Jardine

Josephine joined the Board in February 2018, She has previous Marketing and Governance Experience.

She likes helping people to connect in their community, she loves films, theatre, music and she also enjoys travelling.  Family and friends are important to her as well as random acts of kindness. The one thing very few people know about Josephine is that she can sing Peggy Lee’s “Fever”

Mission Statement

To actively improve the quality of life for the elderly, lonely and disabled by providing recreation, support and advocacy in Friendship Centres