Founder & CEO
Karen’s story is one of triumph against all odds. Her childhood and perspective on life were deeply marred by growing up in a very abusive and dysfunctional family. Even though she was a top student, Karen was made to feel less than adequate every day. This made her retreat into a world of self-doubt and isolation.
It was a challenge to live day-to-day. Life had become almost unbearable.
At 14 Karen decided to leave home and school. She was taken in by a loving foster family who believed in her and gave her a reason to live. They showed kindness and provided spiritual and physical support.
Karen returned to school and went on to successfully study Health and Care, Counselling and Human Relationships at college. She eventually turned her life experiences and new studies into life coaching skills. They enabled her to confidently encourage others to build on every opportunity. To show people how to rise above their personal circumstances, no matter how complicated. These skills formed the foundation of her life motto: to inspire others to believe in themselves.
“What I’ve learnt over time is that while believing in yourself is important, working with passionate, dedicated people to build a business, bond a community or help those less fortunate than yourself is one of the greatest feelings you can ever know”.
Steve brings a wealth of business experience to his role as Secretary for The Bright Eyes Organisation. Steve has spent 30 years as a Senior Manager with large Australian Corporate Networks and is an Advisor to numerous SMEs assisting in business development and growth strategies. Steve is passionate and caring with a humorous and engaging personality.
Brand & Strategy Advisor
Andy has many years creative experience in the NFP sector working in brand development, direct marketing, promotions, digital media, advertising, PR, social education campaigns, events and roadshows.
Andy’s past experience in marketing and advertising has helped raise millions for many well known NFP brands such as The Red Cross, Starlight Children’s Foundation, Westmead Children’s Hospital, Prostrate Cancer Foundation Australia and the Australian Paralympic Committee.
“Being nominated then elected to the board of The Bright Eyes Organisation is a real honour. I feel it’s a great opportunity to put my skills and experience to more use than ever before.
Karen’s passion for change, and the board members commitment to helping these exploited young people is truly inspiring. I’m excited to be part of the team”.
David has many years’ experience in Sales and Business Management and has served on various Boards. He has a degree in Counselling and Psychology. Over the last 30 years David has been involved in counselling and mentoring many young people through various life issues. David is a true leader and provides great support to the Bright Eyes board in many areas and works tirelessly to further to objectives of Bright Eyes.
June has many years’ experience in the business world working as a Secretary/Personal Assistant and has great administrative skills. For the past 30 years, together with her husband David her focus has been involved in counselling and mentoring many women and helped them to find practical solutions to various life issues. June provides great support to the CEO is the Chairperson of the board.
Sade is an experienced Personal Banker Premium with over 10 years’ experience in the banking industry. Sade was born locally and studied Business Management locally. She brings her solid financial background to the Bright Eyes board in her role as Treasurer.
Sade is passionate about helping others, especially those less fortunate. Being a mother herself, she understands the importance of protecting children and allowing them to mature in a safe environment and that’s why she loves being a part of Karen’s’ The Bright Eyes Organisation.
Clare is a caring and compassionate woman with strong family values and a big heart for those in need.
With over 30 years in retail and 5 years in media and promotions, Clare brings valuable experience to the Bright Eyes team and with her dynamic and infectious personality she is able to network and foster relationships with many people. Clare has a wide field of influence and business contacts.
I am fresh to the marketing industry after completing my degree at RMIT.
During the day you’ll find me working full time as a Connections Coordinator for a disability organisation and like many my age I am obsessed with my phone!
Working closely with the founder of Brighteyes with all things social media means I can spread the word on the great work completed by the organisation and give a voice to the voiceless.
I’ve been lucky enough to work with The Brighteyes Organisation over the last year and just recently, ventured to India to see first hand the incredible projects Brighteyes assists with.
Our visit to The House Of Joy in particular has fuelled my passion to support the vulnerable young women in need.
I am excited to see what the future holds for The Brighteyes Organisation and the young women and children being supported.
Jae is a dedicated and results driven graphic designer and web developer. He brings 7 years of design experience in graphic designer & web development to the table. Jae, owner of TGFX Design studio brings his experience in branding and design together to deliver quality high end designs to a diverse group of businesses in a variety of industries. He can skilfully transform a corporate identity to match its mission and focus.