Our People

Andrea Lemon Kids Thrive CEO

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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Sarah Mathers - General Manager

Sarah came to the not-for-profit sector in 2016 following nearly ten years working in the tertiary eduction sector and, before that, the publishing industry. In 2015 Sarah volunteered with the Red Cross in Laos, setting…

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Joanne Grimsey - KiC Program Coordinator

Joanne Grimsey is the Program Coordinator for our Kids as Catalyst program at Northern Bay College in Geelong. She is passionate about health and social connectedness. “Supporting children in making community partnerships with like-minded groups…

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Vicki Philipp - KiC Teaching Artist

Vicki has worked in Fringe Arts Melbourne and the Geelong Surfcoast region for more than 20 years.  This multi-talented lady has a background in visual theatre, puppetry, writing, music and event management. She is excited…

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Ashish Motiani - KiC Teaching Artist

Ashish has worked in a range of promotional and entertainment jobs over the past five years and aims to attack every new opportunity with a positive attitude and a load of energy. Whether it be…

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Braulio Desentis - Finance Officer

Braulio Desentis joined Kids Thrive in March 2019 after moving to Australia from Mexico. An accountant with more than ten years of experience in senior financial management, Braulio has worked in government agencies, banks and…

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Angela Thiel-Paul - Marketing and Media Manager

Angela joined Kids Thrive in early 2019. She has 20+ years' experience in communications - across journalism, corporate communications, public relations, digital marketing and professional editing. She has worked for local and state government, not-for-profits…

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