With a Bachelor degree in Public Health and Health Promotion, Jess has worked closely with local government on issues such as supporting access to healthy food and advocating for infrastructure to support walking and cycling. Her skills in policy development, community engagement and research mean she is a strong local voice for the community.
Rod believes that genuine engagement supported by thoughtful design can support communities – and CERES – in identifying and pursuing a ‘preferred future’ that is sustainable, equitable and fulfilling. Managing rapid change is increasingly important, particularly transitioning smoothly into a low carbon future.
Sophie is an astute community leader and pragmatic project director. She brings 25 years’ experience working in financial services, management consulting and with not-for-profit (NFP) organisations.
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Cinnamon is particularly passionate about the role of social enterprise in delivering environmental and social change. She has formal tertiary qualifications in education and environmental science. She has also studied collaborative management and group facilitation, and has provided community engagement and facilitation services to the not-for-profit, government and industry sectors. Cinnamon is a member of Moora Moora Co-operative Community, a residential, off-grid, eco-village in the Yarra Ranges. She is a student of yoga philosophy and practices asana (postures) and kirtan (chanting) as regularly as possible.
Through her work at CERES, which has a strong narrative about the power of community to bring about lasting change, Sieta is using stories centred on universal human values, to articulate the potential power of bringing spirituality and action together. When not at CERES she can be found climbing rocks, weaving baskets or talking to chickens.
In 2010 Chris went offsite to begin Fair Food, which since its launch in 2010 has become Melbourne’s most popular organic online grocery. His hobbies outside CERES are food waste decoupage, and cycling.
Melissa initially started as the Office Administration over 15 years ago, before she found her happy place with the Farm Team. Joining forces with Chris Ennis, the early days found her immersed in a wide range of activities including everything from building commercial kitchens to helping start the Propagation enterprise; from making coffees at Market, to wrangling sheep across farm paddocks. Alongside this, Melissa also developed and implemented training programs and enterprises around urban food systems and hospitality, with a particular focus on engaging marginalised individuals. Melissa also loves bringing people together for celebrations around food and the seasons at CERES, as well as at home.
Lorna has worked as a ResourceSmart Facilitator in schools supporting teachers, students and school systems in sustainability management and whole school behavior change. She has worked with schools, organisations and communities to help integrate environmental and ethical options into their systems, lives and behaviours. Lorna also has experience as a researcher, bush regenerator, environmental consultant for subject design, GIS consultant and environmental modeler.
Before joining CERES as Finance Manager, Nico and his wife cycled & walked through South East Asia, Spain, Morocco, India, Uruguay and Argentina for 18 months.