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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Joanne Taylor - General Manager

Joanne Taylor joined Kids Thrive in November 2017 after many years’ experience as an executive level manager and organisational leader in the health and family violence sectors. She brings strong not-for-profit governance, finance, human resources,…

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Jeremy Watson - Programs Manager

Jeremy is our Programs Manager and he joined Kids Thrive in March 2016. Jeremy is an accomplished and award-winning Programs Manager with a strong background in project management, events, and mentoring in the arts and…

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Amanda Tattam - Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Amanda joined Kids Thrive in April 2017 and is passionate about supporting not-for-profit, values-based organisations with communications activities. She loves using vision and words to harness the abundant joy and creative energy that comes from…

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Anneke van de Vusse - Online Communications Designer

Anneke is a creative, quality-focused individual and accomplished communications professional. She has been with Kids Thrive since April 2017. This Media Communications and Graphic Design (BA-BFA) graduate uses her flair for digital design and social…

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Victoria Dryburgh - Bookkeeper

Vicky provides invaluable financial and systems support to the Kids Thrive team. She brings over 25 years of bookkeeping experience covering various financial roles for small owner-managed business, medium-sized partnerships, and large UK and global…

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Alex Walker - KiC Arts Teaching Artist

Alex Walker is a youth arts practitioner focusing on making live art with a cross-section of young people at the point where the spheres of children, arts, culture, and politics intersect. She works with inclusive,…

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Kimberley Santos - KiC Teaching Artist

Kimberley Santos is an artist, chef, maker/designer, and an avid creator. She is also our teaching artist for the Kids as Catalyst program at Northern Bay College in Geelong. She has a Degree in Fine…

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Jennie Swain - KIND Teaching Artist

Jennie has performed, composed and worked as a music director in the worlds of opera, cabaret, theatre, pop and jazz in Sydney, Canberra, London, Singapore, Melbourne and many places in between. Jennie has worked with…

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