J-AIR’s committee of management comprises a team of people who bring a variety of experience to help drive the strategic direction of J-AIR.
Sean Meltzer, chairman
Sean Meltzer is the current chair of J-AIR and has worked with the station since it commenced transmission some seven years ago. Sean’s career in television started in the late 1970s and he has worked in the Melbourne television and feature film production industry ever since. Sean also started the La Trobe University radio station in 1978 and has provided strategic management and mentoring in the establishment and operations of J-AIR. Sean is the former CEO of major post-production company in Port Melbourne Roar Digital and has 30 years of production experience in corporate video and television production.
Dr George Banky, president
George Banky is a retired electrical engineer who spent 50 years in industry and academia. Since April 2011 he has been involved with several community radio stations. In December 2017, he was elected president of J-AIR on a platform of delivering on community radio’s “four pillars” (reliable FM transmission; increased community traction; a licence to broadcast and a user-friendly website), all of which have now been achieved.
George’s current focus is to successfully navigate J-AIR2.0 to the next phase.
Robert Bontschek, founder, vice-president, station manager
Robert Bontschek ran a professional audio company for 30 years. Representing European, USA and Israeli manufacturers distributing their products throughout Australia. Projects from rebuilding the audio control systems for the House of Representatives and the Senate of the federal government to installing Gilat Satellite Networks first Visat systems in Telstra’s Bendigo earth station.
And, then fulfilling a career-long ambition founding J-AIR some eight years ago.
Jeff Degen, treasurer
Jeff Degen, a former fellow of CPA Australia, is now retired but seems to be working more than ever. He was sole practitioner of his own accounting practice, advising a diverse range of clients. During the past 40 years he has volunteered for many community, not-for-profit organisations, including UIA Young Marrieds, which he was instrumental in founding, Scouts, Habonim, WIZO.
Jeff started listening to J-AIR and noted that some things needed changing so volunteered to be treasurer of J-AIR.
Gary Mallin, assistant station manager, secretary, host
Gary Mallin – journalist, writer and odd-jobs man – has worked in the Australian media for some 50 years. He hosts TenKradius with Max Lasky and Morris Mond as they present light entertainment, On This Day in Judaism, On This Day, Jokes of the Week, Middle East issues, The World According to Morris (TWATM), the occasional guest and a little mama loshen (Yiddish).
He has been assistant station manager and secretary since 2015.
Jim Cyngler, board member
Jim Cyngler OAM is a senior conflict resolution professional, recognised as an industry leader, innovator, mentor and public speaker in the field of conflict management. He is an advanced practitioner and trainer, building key leadership skills and capacities to manage, engage and transform conflict in commercial, community and government agencies.
A conflict management expert with a significant background in the development of management systems and processes within the not-for-profit sector, he has a proven capacity to visualise and implement strategic change, aligned with values and objectives, adhering to governance frameworks and protocols.
He is commercially savvy with a demonstrated capability in risk management and issues management. Financially literate, he is a member of the legal profession and used to working in multi-discipline, complex and highly regulated not-for-profit and commercial environments.
Jim joined the J-AIR board in 2020.
David Green, board member, sponsorship manager
David Green has been sponsorship manager with J-AIR for the past five years obtaining new sponsors and looking after current businesses that sponsor J-AIR. David also does voice-overs for various clients. David brings to J-AIR more than 50 years of retail and commercial experience and provides a steady and careful hand to arrangements of sponsorships on behalf of the clients of J-AIR. David will deal with new and existing sponsors and design campaigns to suit. He can be contacted on 0418 127 076.
David is an long-suffering Carlton supporter and is happy to do as much work as possible to take his mind off football.
Sandy Kaye, board member, host
Sandy Kaye has a record spanning more than 40 years in the communications industry. Her varied career has seen her work in both radio and television as a presenter, reporter, newsreader, researcher, writer, producer, commentator and publicist moving easily between hard news, current affairs, talkback, lifestyle and variety.
Today she can heard talking music and entertainment on radio stations across the country. As a freelance TV producer, Sandy works with television programs all over the world. An occasional magazine feature writer, too, today she presents, produces, researches and fixes for many television and radio series and specials across the globe.
Sandy carries government certification as an accredited trainer in adult learning principles. Trainees from the corporate world as well as media, government and the non-profit sector worldwide, have flocked to experience her dynamic training style and wisdom. Sandy possesses a degree in public relations that has enabled her to offer additional support to business leaders, elected officials and companies of all sizes in relation to their on-going communication strategies and crisis prevention tactics.
Sandy joined the J-AIR board in 2019.
Glynis Lipson, board member
Glynis Lipson has been involved with Magen David Adom since 2000. Her first experience with MDA Victoria was phoning for the Annual Appeal. The then co-president, David Bendel, suggested that she come to a committee meeting – which was the beginning of a close working relationship with David for the next nine years.
MDA’s sole purpose – the saving of human lives, regardless of race or religion – is what drew her to become involved. Glynis has seen, firsthand in Israel, how MDA workers and volunteers risk their own lives to save others – with devotion, love and passion.
Glynis has been involved with many organisations over the past 45 years in fundraising, including Mount Scopus College, Wesley College, Royal Children’s Hospital, and her passion Magen David Adom.
Representing MDA Australia, Glynis has attended the International MDA conference together with representatives of twenty other countries – all supporting the vital work of MDA in Israel.
Glynis joined the board of J-AIR in 2018.
Gary Max, board member, host
Gary Max has a keen understanding of Melbourne’s Jewish community communications needs. He has decades of experience in PR, government and media relations for leading Australian businesses and has been and remains involved in several Melbourne Jewish community organisations. In Talking to the Max, Gary keeps us up to date with communal issues, news, as well as showcasing achievements of individuals and organisations. The show’s style is light and chatty, but with questions that delve into all the issues.
Max joined the board of J-AIR in 2018.
Maurice Klein, community liaison, acting sponsorship manager, host
Maurice is the host of community-focused Shabbat Shalom and Glen Eira Working Together. He is the driving force behind J-AIR’s media partnership program. Please contact him if you would like J-AIR to promote your upcoming community event on the radio under this arrangement.
Maurice can be contacted by email at: [email protected] and by phone on: 0402 446 806.