Spheres of Influence.
The Circles of Friends are our trusted advisers and ambassadors. Each of our Circle of Friends brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and networks to help us give voice and inspire change in the Foundation's work.
Stefan Romaniw, OAM
Stefan Romaniw, OAM was the Immediate Past Chair of the Australia Day Committee for Victoria. He holds the position of Executive Director of Community Languages Australia. He also served successful terms as Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission. He chairs a number of committees and organisations within the Ukrainian and broader Australian communities – among them are the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations, and Multicultural Issues Forum with Hume City Council and fulfils the role of one of the Vice Presidents of the Ukrainian World Congress.
He has served on a range of international committees and has presented at forums and conferences including UNESCO. He has participated in delegations to China, Germany, and Ukraine.
In 2001 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his contribution to education and the CALD communities and in 2003 received the Centenary Medal. He has also received the Order of Sts Peter and Paul for contributions to the community and international recognition receiving the Order of St Stanislaw in 2001.
He is a passionate supporter of the Essendon Football Club.
Mark Holden is an Australian singer, actor, TV personality, record producer, songwriter and barrister. He was a pop star in the 1970s and had four top 20 hit singles, "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again", "I Wanna Make You My Lady", "Last Romance" and "Reach Out for the One Who Loves You". Holden regularly appeared on national pop music show, Countdown.
In the 1980s he worked as a songwriter in Los Angeles providing material recorded by Meat Loaf, Joe Cocker, Gladys Knight, Bob Welch and Steve Jones.
He co-wrote two top ten hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the Temptations, "Lady Soul" and "Look What You Started". There were also hits with Tracie Spencer, Joey Lawrence, Will Downing, a #1 dance hit with Kathy Sledge, and over 50 cover recordings of his songs from artists as varied as Belinda Carlisle, Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, The Manhattans, Donny Osmond, José Feliciano, Fleetwood Mac, David Hasselhoff, Scarlett and Black and Branford Marsalis. He also developed and produced artists including Calvin Klein model and film star Milla Jovovich, for EMI Records Group, New York.
Mark also worked with David Hasselhoff, producing and coordinating his albums, live promotion and musical projects for television, particularly in Europe where David enjoyed multi-platinum successes including the Top Ten hit in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, 'Wir Zwei Allein Heut Nacht' ('Together alone tonight') which Mark wrote with David Hasselhoff.
In 2000, his company Marjac Productions, with Transistor Music Australia and Universal Music Australia launched Vanessa Amorosi onto the Australian and international stage. Amorosi's debut album The Power peaked at number 1 and was certified 4 times platinum in Australia. MarJac Productions signed with Sony Music Australia and wrote songs for Delta Goodrem, Nikki Webster and Sophie Monk.
He was one of three original judges on the TV series Australian Idol (2003–07) and the first season (2005) of The X Factor.
He is a long-time supporter of the Adelaide Football Club, and was made an ambassador of the Club in 2006.
In May 2017 we welcomed Wilkin Fon, Director of Jeanswest Corporation to the AAF Circle of Friends to assist promote the work and lift the profile of AAF. Wilkin is currently a member of the Victorian Board of the Australia China Business Council and the Museums Board of Victoria. He also chairs the Salvation Army Chinese Corporate and Philanthropic Committee.