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 –where 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.
MacFarlane & Jilkminngan (NT)
Maddison (Maddie) is EON’s Project Manager delivering the Thriving Communities program at MacFarlane Primary School in Katherine, and with the school and community of Jilkminggan in the Big Rivers region.
Maddie, who has a Bachelor of Health Science in Clinical Nutrition, brings a passion for sharing her skills and knowledge around the link between nutrition and good health and wellbeing to the role. She says “the idea of using my degree to teach children how to eat well and fuel their bodies really excites me”.
She has many years of experience working with children as both a dance teacher and a nanny. And growing up on a rural property, Maddie has always been involved with growing edible produce. Her other passion is physical fitness and she enjoys long distance running in particular.
Maddie moved from the NSW central coast to take up her role with EON, and is very keen to experience life in remote parts of the Northern Territory.
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.
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.
Project Manager, Ngukurr & Urapunga, NT
Erin is EON’s Project Manager for the communities of Ngukurr and Urapunga, located in the Big Rivers Region of the NT.
A mother of three, Erin has always enjoyed cooking and preparing nutritious food for her family and friends. Since relocating from Victoria to Ngukurr, Erin has immersed herself in community life, sharing her home-cooked healthy meals with other local families and children.
Erin is an avid gardener and previously worked closely with a community garden in Victoria. Having run her own small business, Erin brings outstanding communication and organisational skills to the role.
Project Manager, Kalkaringi and Yarralin, NT
Joel Cooley is the EON Project Manager for the communities of Kalkaringi and Yarralin in the Big Rivers region of the NT.
Joel has varied trade-related experience and most recently has been working in the horticulture and landscaping areas. He brings to the role a passion for gardening and outdoor activities.
Joel is recently married, and he and his partner have moved to the Northern Territory for new adventures and experience.
They will be living on-community in Yarralin and Joel is looking forward to experiencing and learning about the local culture. And as a mad ‘footy’ fan he is hoping there will be an opportunity to spend time ‘kicking the ball’ around with the locals!
Project Manager, Mainoru, NT
Lisa is EON’s Project Manager for Mainoru, located in the Big Rivers region of the Northern Territory. She delivers the EON program in the communities of Beswick (Wugular) and Bulman.
Lisa is a proud Burarra woman from Maningrida. While currently based in Katherine, Lisa has spent over 20 years living in and around the Bulman community. In addition to her considerable local knowledge, Lisa brings many years of relevant work skills to the role. She is an experienced educator having worked with children in a teaching capacity at Bulman School and playgroup, and as a Sport and Recreational Coordinator for Roper Gulf Regional Council.
In her spare time Lisa enjoys fishing, hunting, cooking and playing a variety of sports.