Staff

The staff team of Kevin Heinze GROW are passionate, dedicated and creative individuals. Each of them brings a range of qualifications and diverse experience, so they are not just innovative they are highly qualified in their areas.

Meet our team:

Josh Fergeus, Chief Executive Officer

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Teaching, Master of Social Work

Josh brings a range of not-for-profit experience in child and family welfare, disability, education, and public health to Kevin Heinze GROW.  He has worked as a senior manager, academic, researcher, trainer, consultant, and policy specialist.  Josh is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne and an elected local government Councillor at the City of Monash.

 


Dr Chris Reed, PhD, Consultant, Practitioner

Doctor of Philosophy, Masters Health Science, Grad. Dip. Disability, Dip. Teaching, Dip. Management, Dip. Horticulture, Cert. Landscaping, Cert 1V Training and Assessment

Chris has 30 years working in the social sectors including management roles in disability services, project management and TAFE teaching. He has a long standing interest in therapeutic horticulture, realised with the completion of his Ph.D. Designing green environments for schools and aged care, disability and health facilities is another passion based on 30 years’ experience. He is a consultant with Humanscape  http://www.humanscape.org.au

 

Mel Holmes, Horticulture Therapist, Practitioner

Bachelor of Science, (Hons), Dip. College of OT, UK

Mel worked for 15 years in the UK as an Occupational Therapist, in hospital and community settings.
She came to gardening, embracing organic, no-dig and sustainable principles, becoming a Master Composter and sadly, slayer of worms in her worm farm.
Growing edible plants combines two of her favourite things, gardening and eating. She is enthralled by the differences in the plant repertoire in the different hemispheres as well as being delighted by all the weird plants and animals that are native to these parts. She has been able to combine her skills and interest in disability and gardening, as well as exploring creativity in her work at Kevin Heinze.

 

Tracy Ellis, Grow On Lead Trainer, Practitioner

Bachelor of Arts (Sociology), Certificate IV Youth Work, Registered Civil Celebrant

Tracy’s professional life has included working within the tertiary education sector in the areas of marketing and recruitment and community residential care. Her interests are sport, disability advocacy and criminology. She is an authorised marriage celebrant.

 

Georgia Tracy, Practitioner

Georgia is a keen home gardener with a special interest in growing veggies. She has worked in Melbourne, London and Sydney in a variety of challenging roles in marketing and event management both in the corporate and charity sectors. Georgia is very community minded and has an active volunteering life involved in preschool, and the Stephanie Alexander school program, and committees. She has two young sons, one of whom has an ASD. Georgia is a great believer in the role of the garden, and nature, as a tool for communication, education, socialization and relaxation.

 

 

Rani Blake, Humanscape

Rani is passionate about enabling people of all backgrounds to access the therapeutic benefits of nature and gardening. With a professional background in a variety of design modalities, facilitation and therapies, Rani brings to the business skills and life experience which are essential to work as a design consultant. By listening to, understanding and interpreting the needs of others, Rani and the team are able to create inspired environments which not only feel supportive, safe and enlivening they are practical, achievable and address the individual needs of each of the unique populations.


Brenna McIntyre, Community Liaison Manager

Bachelor of Arts (Sociology),

Having originally studied Interior Design, Brenna then made a vocational leap into the community sector more than 20 years ago.  To formalise things during this time Brenna completed a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and held a number of roles in both the community and local government sectors across Melbourne.  Over the last few years Brenna has come to appreciate the positive impact of being outdoors and, as a result, a budding interest in gardening and an increased connection with nature has been fostered.  These emerging interests compliment her love of art and architecture and a general interest in how environments, in all forms, impact on a person's emotional wellbeing.



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