Our Team


Dave Skunik Chairman

DaveDave has been an Executive member for the last five years, contributing heavily to the Young Major Donors Division. In 2016, he was appointed the YoungUIA Chairman. He has always had a passion and ambition to succeed in building Melbourne’s future and has thus acquired a Bachelor of Planning and Design and a Bachelor of Property and Construction, currently working as Project Manager at Omnicon. His volunteer work includes social officer in AUJS in 2006.

Carli Dvash 

Carli Diamond Headshot - CopyCarli’s passion for the Melbourne Jewish Community and Israel is further evidenced by her profession as the Head of Marketing and Fundraising for the United Israel Appeal and her previous voluntary work with the Jewish Security Community Group. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Monash University and also spent a year studying on scholarship at the University Of Osaka, Japan. She hopes to be able to strengthen the YoungUIA donor commitment and engage a wider range of community members through interesting and meaningful events and fundraising initiatives.

Victoria Wein 

Victoria has completed a Bachelor of Public Relations at Deakin University. She is currently the YoungUIA Coordinator, helping to organize events and increase YoungUIA/ Israel awareness within the young Jewish community in Melbourne. Her passion for Israel has stemmed from her upbringing and schooling at Mount Scopus College. She is looking forward to coordinating high quality events in the near future and help drive people to get involved with YoungUIA.

Jessica Cantori 

Jessica Cantori is involved with YoungUIA Women’s Division. Originally from Sydney, Jessica made the move to Melbourne for change. Still unable to determine which city is better, Jessica was nevertheless eager to get involved with a community organisation. Her Zionism and admiration of the YoungUIA led her naturally to our organisation. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Art (History) from the University of New South Wales and practices as a lawyer at an international firm. Jessica hopes to help create a strong lasting YoungUIA Women’s Division against the backdrop of raising money and awareness for our most important cause, Israel.

Ethan Kravietz  AUJS Representative

Ethan Kravietz is the AUJS representative for YoungUIA. His involvement in the Jewish community extends to his recent election as President of the Melbourne University Jewish Students Society. Through his involvement, Ethan has been selected to go on the AUJS Leadership Development Program where he will meet with Jewish organisation’s from around the World to learn and bring back new ideas to the community. Ethan is starting his second year of Commerce at The University of Melbourne and is passionate about music, exercise and food. Ethan’s aim is to get more students between the ages of 18 to 25 involved in YoungUIA functions and to make more students aware of the outstanding work that the YoungUIA does.

Nathan Krapivensky

KB2Nathan graduated from Monash University with a double degree in Business and Law, majoring in banking and finance. Nathan is a committed Zionist and a steadfast supporter of Israel. He has worked at Shurat HaDin – Israel Law Centre in Tel-Aviv, where he was involved in the ground breaking litigation against the Bank of China for allegedly providing banking services to Islamic Jihad and Hamas. Previously, Nathan worked at the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations in New York, where he served as an assistant speechwriter to Ambassador Ron Prosor. An avid traveller, Nathan has visited every continent except Antarctica. A skier in winter and a triathlete in summer, sport is always high on the agenda, as is, of course, good food and wine! Nathan has had extensive involvement with a range of communal organisations including JCCV, UJEB and St Kilda Shule. Nathan currently works as a lawyer in the mergers and acquisitions team of a commercial law firm.

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Dani Ptasznik

daniDani graduated with a BA/LLB from Monash University, where she majored in History and Jewish Civilisations and minored in Spanish. Prior to her university studies, Dani spent a year in Israel on the Habonim Dror Shnat program before returning home to volunteer as a youth leader with the movement. Dani currently works as a solicitor in the litigation team of a commercial law firm. Dani loves all things outdoors, prioritises travel, good food and reading and is happiest when she can combine all of the above.

Jainie Mills  YoungUIA Coordinator 

JainieJainie is currently studying a Bachelor of Marketing and Management at Monash University. Jainie spent her gap year in Israel on IBC, and since returning has volunteered for the Community Security Group, as well as co-founding a non-for profit organisation, The Jam Project. She is currently the YoungUIA Coordinator, helping to organize events and increase YoungUIA/ Israel awareness within the young Jewish community in Melbourne. She is looking forward to bring a new generation of people into YoungUIA.