Meet our Team

Every member of our team is committed and focussed on the creation of opportunities for children to make authentic and meaningful contributions to their communities. We flourish when we put our minds together and we find inspiration in the people we work with and missions we support.

Our workplace is fun, dynamic and constantly firing with ideas, just the way we all like it!

At Kids Giving Back our values are translated into action every day. They are reflected in our programs, our interactions with our charity partners and our programs and in our decision making.

 

Our Chief Executive Officer:

ROBYN MONRO MILLER

Robyn’s earliest memory of volunteering was as a 7-year-old, organising a clean-up and revitalisation of the neglected school garden. From those early beginnings she went on to undertake many hours of volunteering through community competing Duke of Edinburgh Award programs and Queens Award. She has remained a passionate advocate for supporting and empowering children to participate in their local community and believes it fundamental to the development of child resilience and wellbeing being the key to successful, strong and sustainable communities of the future .

With qualifications in education, children’s services, community management and training Robyn has 30-years experience working with children and families across Education, children’s services, the community sector and government. Robyn has held representative leadership roles in children’s services at a state, national level and international level for the past 25 years.

In 2012 Robyn was part of the international delegation to the United Nations in Geneva to progress the development of the UN General Comment on Article 31 “The child’s right to play” and part of a second delegation to the UN in 2016 on children and the environment. She was elected to the voluntary role of President of the International Play Association (IPA) in 2017 and in doing so was the first Australian to hold that position in the 56 year history of the organisation.

A frequent guest speaker at conferences and seminars across Australia, as well as internationally, she is a regular writer and media spokesperson on middle childhood. Her work as an advocate for children has been recognised with an array of awards including the awarding of a Commonwealth Centenary medal in 2001.

An alumni of the NSW Benevolent Society’s “Sydney Leadership” program she holds Fellowships with of the Australian Institute of Community Practice and Governance and the Australian College of Educators.

Since joining  Kids Giving Back in November 2019, Robyn has loved being part of a dynamic team increasing opportunities to engage more children within their community and to “give back” to children the same opportunities that she got volunteering as a child.

Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/robynmonromiller/

Twitter @rmonromiller

Our Leadership Team:

Administration

NADINE BEN-MAYOR 

Manager, Community Liaison.

Nadine is generally the first telephone contact many people have with Kids Giving Back! That sunny voice on the end of the line matches the personality we are so lucky to get to work with at Kids Giving Back.

After volunteering for a Kids Giving Back Cook4Good program with her daughter, Nadine was inspired by the work of the organisation and became a regular volunteer in 2015 before being recruited into a permanent role with the organisation in 2016. Having been part of Kids Giving Back since it was a tiny team of 3, Nadine has loved watching the organisation grow and develop.

With qualifications in Science and Interior design, Nadine has over 20 years experience in the events industry and 8 years with the Cancer Council of NSW.  Nadine is heavily relied on at Kids Giving Back for the logistics of running our programs and although busy behind the scenes organising all the program bookings, she gets immense satisfaction hearing how the programs have affected both those participating and the individuals in need

Program Delivery

REBECCA WADE

Manager, Programs and Learning.

Known to the team as simply “Bec”, Rebecca  has 25 years of experience working with children and families. Originally a youth worker, Rebecca has a long history in the Out of School Hours Care sector both as a service co-ordinator, presenter and trainer.

As Manager of Programs and Learning Rebecca is responsible for the co-ordinating the development and delivery of our suite of service learning and community programs. With her warmth and  enthusiasm for the making programs engaging and informative Rebecca works with a team of staff and volunteers to deliver over 400 programs per year.

Rebecca holds qualifications in Children’s Services and Community Development and is a qualified Workplace Assessor and Trainer. A proud Wiradjuri woman, Rebecca joined the team in March 2019 and has declared her job to the be the best in the world as she works with children, young people, families and charities to create the next generation of generosity.

ANDI SMITH

Co-ordinator, Program Resource and Support

Andi participated in dance concerts from a young age where she performed for people with disabilities as well as for elderly organisations and at the age of 15 she ran drama classes at a disability centre. Andi remember s feeling a sense of warmth knowing how much the recipients loved the concerts and classes and how happy it made them.  This feeling was something she always wanted her children to experience and when Kids Giving Back was born jumped at the opportunity to have her own kids involved from the inception!

Commencing as a volunteer and then our Charities Co-ordinator Andi now works in the program team  supporting Rebecca and ensuring our programs run smoothly and we can meet the needs of participants and our charity partners. Multi-tasking is Andi’s forte and we love the fact she enjoys excel spreadsheets like other people enjoy puzzles.

Supporters

CAROLE SCHLESSINGER  

Co-founder / Manager, Charitable Impact

Carole is passionate about providing kids with positive life experiences in order to create the next Generation of Generosity and this passion led to her becoming a co-founder of Kids Giving Back in 2012.

Prior to Kids Giving Back, Carole worked extensively in business and marketing working with the Australian Trade Commission and the World Education Program as well as running a successful small business.  With a degree in Commerce  she has consulted in cross cultural training and marketing and has lived and worked in Japan, Israel, Hong Kong and New York bringing that broad range of experiences and influences to her work at Kids Giving Back.

 As Manager of Charitable Impact Carole is the contact point for philanthropic organisations, corporations and donors who share the Kids Giving Back vision and want to share in our big, hairy audacious plans for creating The Next Generation of generosity while increasing the footprint of their social impact.

 Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/caroleschlessinger/?originalSubdomain=au

Volunteers

RUTH TOFLER-RIESEL  

Co-founder / Manager, Volunteer Engagement

When Ruth’s son was only 9 years old she took him to Thailand to teach English and work with elephants for a few weeks. Kids Giving Back was born from the inspiration that came out of that trip. Ruth as a co-founder of Kids Giving Back is one part of the dynamic duo that founded Kids Giving Back in 2012.

With qualifications in Arts and Education, Ruth has made documentary films for Discovery, National  Geographic and PBS (USA). Whilst living in the USA Ruth also produced and wrote multimedia exhibits for museums across the USA and Australia, and developed and ran cross-cultural workshops for the corporate sector. She was also formerly a teacher of ESL at the UNSW Institute of Languages refugee education program.

Ruth’s passion for volunteering and creating more opportunities for others to participate makes her role a natural fit for her. Ruth co-ordinates the volunteers that support our programs and is always on the look out for new opportunities to increase our reach.

Linked In  https://www.linkedin.com/in/ruth-tofler-riesel-13b62445/