Karina is the CEO of e.motion21. Karina has been a dedicated member of e.motion21 from 2012, as staff, volunteer, Board Secretary and Board member. Karina is a CPA who has extensive experience in senior positions across the not-for-profit and private sectors, such as Australian Red Cross, e.motion21, Bond Street Group and Man to Man. She is passionate about using her commercial knowledge and experience to lead e.motion21 to realise its vision.
Natalie is the Artistic Director for e.motion21. Natalie started teaching for e.motion21 in 2016 but began her career in Dance at the age of 5 and went to VCA on scholarship to study dance along-side her schooling at 12. At 16 she acquired her RAD ballet teaching certificate. She studied at the University of Ballarat where she graduated with a BA in Performing Arts. She went on to perform and learn from artists in Melbourne. One show took her to the Adelaide Festival where she stayed on to work fulltime for several years in the community arts sector in Adelaide writing and co-ordinating arts programmes, live performances and festival entertainment for organisations such as Local Councils, Mission Australia, Arts Centres and Small Businesses. When Natalie returned to Victoria she went on to earn her education degree and Cert IV in training and assessment to continue to work as a performing arts specialist. She has been working in secondary schools ever since, including as the lead dance teacher, for year 11 and 12 students. Natalie delivers certificate II and III in dance and live performance and runs senior dance classes.
Anna started teaching for e.motion21 in April 2009 as Kew’s first dance teacher and since then has contributed immensely to the organisation as dance teacher, Head of Dance and now Program Coordinator. As a passionate trained dancer she is motivated each week by seeing the immense positive impact the e.motion21 program has on it’s participants and families.
Sarah is the NDIS/DHHS Project Officer. She was the Director and owner of her own dance school in Melbourne for nine years. While taking a career break to have her two daughters, she completed a Masters of Arts and Cultural Management at The University of Melbourne. Since moving regionally Sarah has looked to work in a way that provides a benefit to the community in which she now lives and has worked at Courthouse Arts, The Loft Dance Studio and the Geelong Region Local Learning and Employment Network. Having taught dance to hundreds of children, Sarah firmly believes that art, and in particular dance, is more than the aesthetic and she is very excited to be joining the passionate team at e.motion21 to work to enable children and young adults with Down Syndrome to enjoy all the benefits this wonderful art form has to offer.
Bianca is the Bookkeeper for e.motion21. Bianca has a background in accounting in the not-for-profit and financial services sectors that spans 18 years. In 2010 Bianca became a mother and left her career in accounting for the Australian Red Cross to concentrate on raising her daughter, Ava. In 2013 Bianca took on the role of Bookkeeper for e.motion21 volunteering in the office, at our annual concert and at other key events.
Heather is the Volunteer Coordinator for e.motion21. After learning at 14.5 months that her first son was born with Down syndrome, Heather immediately looked for a positive outlet in the community. She was introduced to e.motion21 through her husband’s work at PwC and immediately became involved through volunteering at weekly dance classes, events and office support for over 2 years. Heather studied Human Resources and continued her career in commercial real estate for over 10 years. After taking a career break to help her first son through early intervention and having a second child she has returned to work with e.motion21 as a passionate employee, volunteer and parent.
Margaret has a background in the finance sector in Banking, Marketing, Communications and Event Management. She has now decided to focus her energy on Event Management and Marketing. With many years experience in dance Margaret is excited to be able to combine dance with event management here at e.motion21.