Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is responsible for Mukti's overall performance and compliance, providing strategic direction, effective governance and leadership on behalf of members and supporters.
President - Garry Elliott
Garry is currently serving as Sergeant of Police in SA having served 41 years in county and metro postings. Garry has a strong commitment to drug and alcohol and youth programs being former State Chairman of Life Education SA, a national director Life Education Australia (2000 - 2007), and a Life member of Blue Light SA. Since 1989, Garry and His family have sponsored children including their very first child, Rebecca Alexander, who is now the CEO of Wings of Hope Lanka.
Vice-President - Glenda Cresswick B Ed.
Glenda is our Overseas Development Advisor assisting Mukti in developing its community development work and project management. A trained teacher, Glenda was formerly the Overseas Projects Manager for The Leprosy Mission Australia and The Leprosy Mission International (SE Asia) prior to her retirement. Glenda spends time assisting at Mukti in India each year.
Secretary - Glenda de Jager (also National Director)
BTh (mission studies), DipSS
See below in Our Staff.
Treasurer - Claire Harris
BA, BComm, Chartered Accountant
Claire has worked as an accountant in public practice for 8 years. She has an active interest in mission and served as a Mission Treasurer with SIM in Benin, West Africa for two years.
DipT B(Adult Learning and Development)
Now retired Karen was principal of a VET training college, where her work included mentoring programs, skills training for school refusers and training youth workers. Together with her husband Peter, Karen served in parish ministry for 40 years with strong ties to CMS Australia.
Deb is an interior designer by profession with a large Sydney company. She has visited our partners many times and has a passion for supporting Mukti Australia's projects in India and Sri Lanka. Deb joined the Mukti Australia Board in October 2017 and has been working to develop business partnerships.
Louise Blakston B Ed
Louise is married with 5 children and has a B Ed (Primary Teaching). She has a keen interest in overseas development and mission, and has visited various projects around the world.
The staff at Mukti Australia provides expertise, skills and a high level of commitment to ensure we are doing the best we can to positively impact the lives of the women and children at Mukti India.
Glenda de Jager - National Director
BTh (mission studies), DipSS
Glenda leads the team as National Director of Mukti Australia. She also takes an active part in Missions Interlink, both on a state and national level which contributes to her understanding of the missions scene across Australia.
Peter Warren - Western Australia and Northern Territory Director (part time)
Peter and Kathryn have been a great asset since joining Mukti in late 2012. Coming from a background in the Leprosy Mission, they both have a great love for India and her people. Peter has been able to introduce many more people in WA and NT to the work of Mukti. We share Peter with Missions Interlink in WA as well.
Teela Mah - NSW/ACT Regional Director
BA Early Childhood Education, Special Education
Teela joined the team in July 2016. She has worked as an Early Childhood Special Educator for 30 years. Teela was previously one of our NSW Representatives, with an Indian heritage she has visited and lived in India, including Mukti, many times. Teela is passionate about cross cultural missions and is eager to expand and develop her team as well as support in NSW and ACT.