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 JIM Unit Team

​​​DR MARK ZIRNSAK​


Mark is the Director, Justice and International Mission, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, Uniting Church in Australia. 

He was employed as the Synod Social Justice Development Officer in the Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania in June 1999 and became Director of th​e Justice and International Mission Unit of the Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania in early 2004. 

Mark is a member of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Ministerial Advisory Council, the Victorian Alcohol Policy Coalition and Chair of the Victorian Inter-Church Gambling Taskforce. 

Mark is a member of the Secretariat for the Tax Justice Network​ in Australia.  He is also active in anti-corruption movements, including Publish What You Pay Australia and Transparency International Australia.

He has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Melbourne.

​Mark can be contacted at Mark.Zirnsak@victas.uca.org.au​, on 03 9251 5265 or 0409 166 915.

​CATH JAMES


Cath is the Environment Project Officer for the Justice and International Mission Unit.

She has spent nearly two decades encouraging the church to be more environmentally active and aware and have a voice on environmental issues. 

Cath lives in Castlemaine in an energy efficient strawbale house built by her and her husband and two children, surrounded by a permaculture garden.  

Cath works Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. She can be contacted at Cath.James@victas.uca.org.au, on 03 9251 5279 or 0438 504 394.

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JILL RUZBACKY


Jill was born and bred in the wonderful State of Tasmania and moved to Melbourne to do postgrad study in 1997 - and still hasn't returned "home". 

​ Jill worked for several years in the Philippines with NGO's, and in Australia has been a Community Health & Development worker with newly-arrived migrants, asylum seekers and refugees for the last 15 or so years. 

Jill has been working as a Social Justice Officer in the JIM Unit since 2008. Her main areas of work include education, advocacy and campaigning on different areas of social justice such as asylum seekers and refugees; human rights issues in the Philippines; International Mission (our relationships with our partner Churches overseas); and Covenanting and Reconciliation.  

On a more personal note Jill is a passionate AFL supporter; an avid herb and vegie gardener; and loves cooking!  Jill is married to Rob who also enjoys football but more importantly enjoys eating her home-grown veggies and cooking!

She can be contacted at Jill.Ruzbacky@victas.uca.org.au on 03 9251 5266 or 0417 878 982.​


DENISSE SANDOVAL


Denise is the newest member of the team, commencing as a Social Justice Officer for the Justice and International Mission Unit in 2014.

Born in Santiago, Chile, Denisse grew up in New York where she completed a degree in Development Sociology from Cornell University. In Australia she completed a Master's degree in International Development from RMIT University, whilst working with Youth Development Australia's social enterprise project, YouthWorx Productions, a training and employment program for homeless youth.

Trained by the Gamaliel Network in the US, she continued working towards social justice and as a community organiser, linking churches with other organisations such as civil rights groups and trade unions. Her capabilities range from grassroots campaigning to coalition building.  

​Denisse now lives permanently in Melbourne and identifies herself as an immigrant twice removed.  

She can be contacted at Denisse.Sandoval@victas.uca.org.au​, on 03 9251 5286 or 0428 199 653​.​

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​DAVID WANG


David Wang has recently replaced Robyn Hosking as the Unit's Administration Officer. David has been seconded to the Unit from the Commission for Mission and can be contacted on 03 9251 5271 or at David.Wang@victas.uca.org.au​.