Karla Sanders | CEO

Karla Sanders founded Sticks ‘n Stones in 2013 alongside 30 passionate teenagers committed to empowering other young people to understand the part we all play in stopping bullying.

A Primary trained teacher, Karla spent 8 years overseas in a number of roles from classroom teaching in West Sydney in an Islamic School to working with Local Authorities to integrate Education, Health, Social Care and community groups as part of Extended Schools legislation.

Since 2013, Karla has been the grown up that supports our young people and our vision for a Bully Free NZ where EVERY (young) person is accepted and respected for who they are while leading the growth and development of our work.

She has committed hundreds and hundreds of unpaid hours to growing our organisation and is the ‘glue’ that keeps everything together.

Barry Grehan| Community Facilitator

Barry is from the Far North. The Very Far North. Ireland. To escape the shackles of his old banking life he decided to go as far away from home as he could.

Now, as our Community Facilitator in Wānaka, he’s encouraging playful kōrero that dives beneath our daily façade and he’s connecting the dots between young people and the community around them.

He also sings. In the shower. On the stage. And out on the streets.

Vicki Liddell | Community Facilitator

Vicki is our Community Facilitator in Roxburgh and Omakau.

She lives in Alexandra with her husband and three children and in her spare time loves getting out in the hills.

Vicki is excited to be working with young people to see them make a difference and be a part of that change.

Jennifer Mataitis| Administrative Superstar

Jennifer is our Part-time Administrative SuperStar working hard to keep everyone organised and the paperwork sorted.

A former Secondary School Teacher (in Canada) and Primary School teacher (in New Zealand), she is a firm believer in the fantastic work Sticks ‘n Stones does for our young people and communities.

She keeps busy these days as a mum to three young children, as well as being a photographer and the secretary/treasurer for the Central Otago A&P Show.

Jennifer lives on a small farm with her family and spends a lot of time outdoors exploring with her children and in the garden.

Shantel Hape | Accounts Manager

Shantel moved to the Lakes District in 2018 from Christchurch.

She and her family moved here for their exterior cladding business. She has worked as a Legal Administrator for ten years and is enjoying assisting Sticks ‘n Stones and benefiting from working from home with her four boys.

She loves exploring the Otago district on bike rides and walks with her whanau.