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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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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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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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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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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