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.

Jennifer Huddleston| Operations Lead

Jennifer started as our Part-time Administrative Super Star in 2020, working hard to keep everyone organised and the paperwork sorted.

She was so great that we were excited to offer her a new role in 2021 supporting all of our Community Facilitators and supporting the organisation and delivery of our programmes.

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.

Community Facilitators

Our Community Facilitators are a group of highly motivated individuals who work directly with young people in our partner schools. They are the ones delivering our programmes to our Jr. Ambassadors, Ambassadors and Advocates. This rock star team works hard building relationships with our young people, schools and community; empowering our young people to be involved in decision making, planning and delivery around changing attitudes around bullying and equipping them with the skills and strategies needed to recognize and respond positively to bullying behaviours, as well as understanding the impact of their words and actions. Keep an eye out for these amazing individuals in schools across Central Otago and watch the magic unfold as our young people take lead in making a bullying a thing of the past in Aotearoa.

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.

Anja O’Connor| Community Facilitator

Anja came from Germany to New Zealand in 1999 for some backpacking.

No surprise, she fell in love with Wanaka and stayed. She stepped back into an accounting job for a few years but is now finally letting go of being a number cruncher.

Now her son is at MAC and she is learning how to engage with young people without German efficiency but fun and authenticity.

She is living in a tiny house on a trailer together with her son Jake and puppy Izzy. Not getting a power bill is one of her great joys.

Lisa Cornish| Community Facilitator

Lisa has just finished going through the building process and lives on a lifestyle property in Springvale with her husband and 2 boys.

She enjoys supporting her boys with their Winter sports (and their social lives too!)

She likes to get out and enjoy some of the local walking tracks around the hills of Alexandra.

Lisa has always been into working with and helping young people and is excited to jump on board with Sticks ‘n Stones.

Cheryl Campbell| Community Facilitator

Cheryl is from Southland and moved to Central Otago 3 years ago. A chartered accountant by trade she has a head for numbers but is a big kid at heart.

She has a wee dog named Harry who is a constant companion and goes on adventures with her.

Cheryl has a creative streak and enjoys carving and spends her spare time fishing and diving down south and riding her bike on the rail trail.

Lisa Keene| Community Facilitator

Lisa grew up on the West Coast of the South Island. After finishing school she lived in Germany for a year where she discovered that it really is ok to be yourself, and she’s never looked back.

She now lives in Alexandra with her husband and children and loves spending lots of time outside.

Lisa’s really excited to be working with young people and learning from them as she goes.