Meet our Team

Every member of our team is committed and focused 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.

 

GABRIELLE MORRISSEY HANSEN, PhD

CEO

As Chief Executive Officer of Kids Giving Back, Gabrielle brings a wide range of experience in leadership, transformational change and development to the organisation through her global tenure working with not for profits and community agencies in service learning, health and education across Asia, the United States and Australia for the past three decades.

Gabrielle has a passion for inspiring and training young change agents and emerging leaders because she truly believes every single person can make a meaningful difference to others and the world.

Gabrielle herself comes to the chief executive role of Kids Giving Back with both professional and personal experience of these core values of lifetime generosity and volunteerism. Gabrielle completed her own community service project as a teen, setting her on a path of volunteerism around the world. She is also the daughter of author Di Morrissey, a vocal community advocate and Order of Australia medallist for contributions to social justice and the environment, and father Peter Morrissey who was an inaugural, original Peace Corps Volunteer, hand selected by President John F Kennedy.

Gabrielle has volunteered alongside her family since she was young, and now also continues with her own children; she has lived generational experience of the mission that when we build generosity in each generation while kids are young, the world benefits from a lifetime of service, compassion, and care for others.

 

CAROLE SCHLESSINGER  

Co-Founder – Director

Carole is passionate about providing kids with positive life experiences in order to create the Next Generation of Generosity and this passion led her to become 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 Co-Founder, 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.

NADINE BEN-MAYOR 

Communications Liaison Manager

Nadine is generally the first and last point of contact many people have with Kids Giving Back. With her strong customer service focus she manages relationships with schools, community and corporate clients to ensure their experience with Kids Giving Back is positive.

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 long she was 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 working with the Cancer Council of NSW.  Nadine is heavily relied on at Kids Giving Back, organising all the program bookings. She gets immense satisfaction hearing how the programs have affected both those participating and the vulnerable individuals we aim to help.

ANDI SMITH

Program Resource & Support Co-ordinator

Andi has been involved with Kids Giving Back since its inception, her initial experience being as a volunteer alongside her children. Andi quickly developed a strong passion for the organisation, and when offered a position in 2017, she seized the opportunity to join Kids Giving Back. Andi has a Commerce Degree and a Dance Teachers Diploma. She owned a dance school for 20 years, and thereafter worked for online and market research companies. Paying attention to detail while multitasking is Andi’s forté, a skill that enables her to work across many facets of the organisation. She is also the ‘chief juggler’ behind the many logistics of meal distribution, ensuring the job is done efficiently and always with a smile.

Andi feels great value in her everyday work!

 

JAZ SUE

Program Facilitator

Jaz has a passion for educating and training and her experience brings such authenticity to our Kids Giving Back programs. At the young age of 14 she began teaching children and adults to horse ride and spent most of her career as a Corporate Trainer. In 2017 she found herself in a vulnerable position where she experienced homelessness. During that time she began volunteering with one of our charity partners where she rediscovered her sense of purpose! She learnt first hand what it meant to “give back” plus the joy and satisfaction that volunteering could bring. This opened a door of opportunity to join Kids Giving Back in 2019 which we are truly grateful for. Jaz combines her passion and purpose with lived experience. Through the Kids Giving Back program delivery method, Educate, Act and Reflect she loves seeing the ripple effect of impact this generates for both participants and recipients. She feels blessed to be a part of the Kids Giving Back team, being able to make a difference and support charities and community services that once supported her.

 

PAUL GREEN

Chef

Paul has over 30 years in the hospitality industry as a professional chef. After spending more than a decade in corporate and function kitchens such as Sydney Town Hall and Customs House, he was drawn to Kids Giving Back by the opportunity to produce fresh meals to people in need. Paul appreciates how food brings people together and helps our homeless community. When he isn’t donning his chef hat, Paul enjoys indoor rock climbing and fishing with his son.