Our People


Dr Andrea (Ande) Lemon - CEO/ Creative Director

Co-Founder of Kids Thrive, Dr Andrea (Ande) Lemon leads the organisation as a creative strategist, bringing together people, ideas and approaches from the creative, welfare, educational, community, philanthropy and social justice sectors to find new…

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Andrea Rieniets - Creative Director/ Lead Artist

Co-Founder of Kids Thrive, Andrea Rieniets leads the program design and delivery. A singer, songwriter, composer, musical director and community development artist, Andrea has worked with young children for over 30 years. She was the first…

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Daisy McPhee - Happiness Manager

Daisy is our in-house walks and laughter monitor. She is what is now termed an ‘Urban Terrier’, but prefers her previous definition of ‘Pound Mut’. Before coming to Kids Thrive she was fully employed at…

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Narelle Sullivan

Narelle Sullivan - Finance and Development Manager

Working with Kids Thrive since its inception, Narelle has helped steer the organisation through the fresh waters of early establishment as founding General Manager. In 2016 Narelle takes a skip, hop and a jump across…

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Nandini Bose

Nandini Bose - Office Manager

Office manager, program administrator, artist and kid (big and small) wrangler, Nandini Bose keeps the Kids Thrive ship on course. Nandini brings a variety of experiences to Kids Thrive.  She graduated with a Bachelors of…

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Victoria Dryburgh - Bookkeeper

Making a permanent move from the UK 3 years ago, Vicky recently joined Kids Thrive as bookkeeper, providing invaluable financial and systems support to the team. With her she brings over 23 years of bookkeeping…

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Jeremy Watson - Program Coordinator and Kids as Catalyst Program Trainer

Jeremy is Kids Thrive's Program Coordinator and lead trainer for the Kids as Catalyst program in Benalla. Jeremy is an award-wining creative mentor, who has brought learning in the Arts along with all its benefits…

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Alex Walker

Alex Walker - Kids as Catalyst Program Trainer

Alex Walker is the lead trainer for Kids Thrive’s Kids as Catalyst program in Wyndham and the KiCArts program in West Heidelberg. Alex Walker is a youth arts practitioner focusing on making live art with a…

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Deanna Neville - Kids as Catalyst Program Trainer

Deanna is the lead trainer for Kids Thrive’s Kids as Catalyst program in the Maldon area of rural Victoria. Deanna is a photographer and community development facilitator, working primarily in rural communities. Her speciality is a photo-narrative…

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