Operations Team

Our Operations Team

Erika Wells

Project Advisor, WA

Lucie Burnod

Project Manager, MacFarlane Primary School Katherine and Jilkminggan, NT

Karen Dack

Project Manager, Clyde Fenton Primary School Katherine and Minyerri, NT

Charlie Fist

Project Manager, Mainoru, NT

Kaillee Brown

Project Manager, Central Arnhem, NT

Briar Reynolds

Project Manager, Mid-West, WA

Olivia Hamer

Project Manager, Groote Eylandt, NT

Lianna Brown

Project Manager, Ngukurr & Urapunga, NT

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Erika Wells

Project Advisor, WA

Erika is EON’s WA Operations Manager (Acting) and Project Advisor (WA). Previously Erika was Project Manager for the Central Kimberley region working with the communities of Yakanarra and Yiyili.
Originally from Melbourne, Erika lives on community in Yiyili where her husband is a teacher and her children go to the community school. Erika’s professional background is in art and design however she has spent most of her life growing her own food in both her childhood home and as an adult. Erika combines her love of gardening with cooking, and endeavours to eat seasonally straight from the garden. Through her work with EON, and her involvement with the Yiyili school, Erika sees the benefits of creating strong community relationships and believes through these relationships ongoing community engagement is developed.

Lucie Bernod

Project Manager, MacFarlane Primary School Katherine and Jilkminggan, NT

Lucie is EON’s Project Manager delivering the Thriving Communities program at MacFarlane Primary School in Katherine, and with the school and community of Jilkminggan.

Originally from Adelaide, Lucie recently finished her Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) where she spent time researching how domestic food tasks like cooking can be shared more equally between mother and father.

Her interest in food and health considers the social, cultural and environmental aspects of food consumption. She is particularly passionate about addressing ‘food problems’ in remote populations and believes increased access to healthy, affordable and culturally significant foods is a crucial piece of the puzzle.

Karen Dack

Project Manager

Karen is EON’s Project Manager delivering the Thriving Communities Program at Clyde Fenton Primary School in Katherine, and with the school and community at Minyerri in the Big Rivers region.

Karen has previous experience working at Clyde Fenton Primary, including participating in their school holiday program delivering cooking classes to the feeder-communities of Binjari, Kalano and Rockhole. More broadly, she has worked as a Student Engagement / Truancy Officer with the Northern Territory Department of Education for many years.

Karen was born and raised in Katherine. She is married with three children, and currently enjoys living on a large property that ends on the Katherine River. The horses and cattle that roam the property keep her well supplied with manure for her vegetable garden. Karen likes to spend her spare time gardening, cooking and just being at home with her animals.

Charlie Fist

Project Manager, Mainoru, NT

Charlie is the EON Project Manager for the communities of Bulman and Beswick (Wugularr) in the Big Rivers region of the NT.

Charlie studied environmental science at Deakin University. In 2018 he completed his honours research into movement patterns of bearded dragons within farming landscapes, with the aim of informing conservation projects.

He has recently moved to Katherine from Victoria, where he was working as Team Leader: Waterways and Land Management, for Moonee Valley City Council in Melbourne.

Charlie has strong interests in ecology, land management and sustainability. The EON program appeals to him because it builds capacity within communities to take control of their own access to a healthy diet. 

He is very keen on making connections in Beswick and Bulman that will allow the program to thrive into the future.

Kaillee Brown,
Project Manager,
Central Arnhem, NT

Kaillee is EON’s Project Manager for the Central Arnhem communities of Pine Creek and Barunga.  An Indigenous woman from the Katherine region, Kaillee has lived, worked and raised her family in the area.

She has spent the last 9 years working in local government. During this time Kaillee worked closely with remote Indigenous communities and developed a passion to help improve the health and wellbeing of community members, particularly through nutrition education with the children.

Kaillee enjoys working in a practical ‘hands-on’ manner and has a long-term personal interest in gardening and healthy eating which she has passed on to her 3 teenage children.

Briar Reynolds

Project Manager, Mid-West WA

Briar is EON’s Project Manager for the Mid-West region in WA, delivering the Thriving Communities Program in Meekatharra, Mount Magnet and Yalgoo.

Originally from New Zealand, Briar currently lives in Cue – located about half way between Meekatharra and Mount Magnet. Prior to joining EON, she taught for many years at Cue Primary School –were she was instrumental in establishing an edible garden which she incorporated into her lessons. In this role Briar also enjoyed  working with students of all ages in cooking classes and school- based food preparation.  Briar brings to the EON role a familiarity with living and working in the Mid-West region and a sound knowledge of local growing conditions. 

Briar is the mother of two adult children and is passionate about cooking, gardening and teaching.

Olivia Hamer

Project Manager, Groote Eylandt, NT

Olivia is EON’s Project Manager for Groote Eylandt, NT, delivering our Thriving Communities Program to the communities of Milyakburra, Angurugu and Umbakumba. Having lived on the island for several years, and prior to that that residing and working in East Arnhem, she brings a wealth of local knowledge and experience to the role.

Olivia is passionate about health, nutrition and fitness and loves to garden. A mother of 3 daughters, she has previously worked with Bush Medijina and Alyangula Primary School on Groote.

Lianna Brown

Project Manager, Ngukurr & Urapunga NT

Lianna is EON’s Project Manager delivering the Thriving Communities Program in Ngukurr & Urapunga in the Big Rivers region of the NT.

She is a Mudburra/Gurindji woman from Kalkaringi / Top Springs and speaks fluent Gurindji.

After completing a Degree in Cultural Tourism, Lianna undertook postgraduate studies in interpreting and translation. As an accredited interpreter in Gurindji and Kriol, she spent over 16 years either working as an interpreter, or training others to do so. 

Lianna, a mother of six, loves spending time with her family. She is passionate about gardening, fishing and the outdoors.  She lives on a rural block near Katherine, in a home she built herself.