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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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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Anneke van de Vusse - Online Content 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 a teaching artist for the Kids as Catalyst program at Northern Bay College in Geelong. She has a Degree in Fine…

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Joanne Grimsey - KiC Teaching Artist

Joanne Grimsey is a Teaching Artist 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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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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