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Karla Sanders | CEO

Karla Sanders founded Sticks ‘n Stones in 2013 alongside 30 passionate teenagers committed to empowering other young people to understanding 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.

On her return to NZ in 2010, Karla took up a role as a Regional ICT PD Facilitator alongside teaching a One Day School Gifted Programme.

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.

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

Hannah Lind | Community Facilitator

Hannah is our Community Facilitator for Alexandra and Clyde and joined the team in 2019.

Hannah has worked in a few pretty interesting industries. She started her career in radio in the creative department and behind the mic as a newsreader, she’s worked for an MP and loves her other job as a marriage celebrant.

It’s her time spent supporting and building up Mums and families new to parenting with our local Mums 4 Mums group that drew her to Sticks ‘n Stones.

When she’s not working she loves to explore Central Otago’s tracks and trails with her family, continue her search for the perfect chocolate cake (#spoileralert they’re all pretty delicious) and get lost in a good book.

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.

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 my whanau.