The Evolve Communities team is made up of Indigenous educators and non-Indigenous Allies.
We’re working together to create a kinder, more inclusive Australia.

MEET OUR LEADERS

Aunty Munya Andrews, Director, Aboriginal Educator & Author

Aunty Munya Andrews

Director, Aboriginal Elder & Cultural Educator

Aunty Munya is an Aboriginal Elder originally from the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Despite a socially disadvantaged background and not speaking for the first five years of her life, Aunty Munya has been an accomplished and influential voice for her community. As a public speaker, she is much sought after in Australia and abroad.

Educated in Australia and the USA, Aunty Munya has degrees in anthropology and law. She has practised law in Victoria and New South Wales as a solicitor and barrister, including as a legal academic at the University of Melbourne and at Southern Cross University, teaching Indigenous legal subjects.

As an Elder, Aunty Munya is equally well-versed in traditional laws, customs and practices.

Like many Aboriginal people, Aunty Munya has learned to work and live in two worlds. Her dream is to bring them closer together, and cultural awareness is an invaluable tool in the process.

Carla Rogers, Director, Learning Designer & Ally

Carla Rogers

Director & Founder, Program Designer & Ally

When most of her friends were having their gap year in Europe, Carla set off for the remote Kimberley, inspired by a longstanding desire to learn from our First Nations people. It’s a journey she’s still on today.

A Churchill Fellowship in 2001 led to her founding Evolve in 2005, before joining forces with Munya in 2011 to focus on Closing the Gap between black and white Australia. 

A highly-respected program designer and facilitator, Carla makes sure that participants at Evolve’s training sessions don’t just leave more aware – of other cultures and of themselves. They also go back to work ready to use time-tested leadership and communication skills – skills that have never been more important. Laying the wisdom of the Elders over a world-class facilitation framework has resulted in award-winning solutions. 

Carla is driven to inspire her fellow non-Indigenous Australian’s to become passionate and effective Allies to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Kate Kelleher, Lead Facilitator & First Nations Change Agent

Kate Kelleher

Head Facilitator & First Nations Change Agent

Kate is a proud Palawa Trowerna woman from the Pyemmairrenner mob in Lutruwita (Tasmania). She is a community engagement specialist, change agent and Evolve Accredited Facilitator.

Kate had a successful career in the Australian Public Service; has run her own Indigenous consultancy; undertaken Aboriginal community leadership roles at the local, state and federal level; undertaken Director roles in a number of local Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations.  She is passionate about change management processes that allow self-determination and authentic partnering; enabling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to live and work in ways that are meaningful and culturally appropriate whilst navigating our 21st century world.

Kate’s natural warmth, empathy and cultural understanding creates a safe and engaging learning environment. We are privileged to have her mentor our facilitator team, co-host online yarning circles and webinars, and lead in-person workshops for our client partners in NSW.

MEET OUR YARNING CIRCLE FACILITATORS

(Our workshops are delivered by an Accredited Facilitator pair, one Indigenous and one non-Indigenous, modelling Allyship)

Nigel Andrews, Facilitator, Evolve Communities

Nigel Andrews

Indigenous Facilitator

Nigel is a proud Nyikina / Kija man. He has a background in HR and First Nations employee engagement. He is available to co-facilitate in-person workshops for our client partners in WA.

MEET OUR DEADLY SUPPORT TEAM

(Deadly means awesome in Aboriginal English)

Mija Crasnich, Client Experience Manager, Evolve Communities

Mija Crasnich

Client Experience Manager & Ally

With a background in client relationship and business management, Mija is passionate about helping our clients and partners get the most from Evolve’s products and programs. Talk to Mija about how you can inspire your employees to become Allies, champion Reconciliation, and create a culturally aware and inclusive workplace.

Maria Raines, Marketing Manager, Evolve Communities

Maria Raines

Marketing Manager & Ally

Skilled at content creation and lead generation, Maria ensures Evolve’s message of kindness and inclusion is inspiring Allyship in individuals and organisations throughout Australia. Talk to Maria about interviewing Aunty Munya and Carla, or engaging them to speak at your next conference, about Aboriginal Culture, Reconciliation, and Allyship.

Peta Fairlea

Peta Fairlie

Marketing Assistant & Ally

Peta started her career as an Early Childhood Educator where she was passionate about teaching children to love and respect First Nations people and wisdom. Peta’s TikTok channel, where she shares tips for raising Allies, caught our eye and we were delighted when she agreed to join our team.