Team

With loads of experience across a range of industries, our passion for changing the lives of youth seriously runs deep. Meet the fire peeps who make our social enterprise tick.

LEADERSHIP SQUAD

The legends that steer our movement in the right direction.

CO-FOUNDER & CEO

Gianna is the Co-Founder & CEO at Happow, a motivational speaker, educator and life coach in the youth space. She’s also a radio announcer on 89.9 TheLight – Positive Radio. ‘Passion’ is Gianna’s middle name and she’s on a mission to empower young people so they can overcome limiting beliefs.

GIANNA LUCAS

Brendan is the Co-Founder & CMO at Happow. An award-winning digital marketer and creative entrepreneur at heart, he is passionate about using media and education to transform young lives. Brendan is also a keynote speaker, photographer, foodie and Melbourne FC die-hard.

BRENDAN LUCAS

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER (COO)

Marija is our Chief Ops Officer and outside of Happow she is a lawyer and life coach. Marija is passionate about empowering young people, just like you, and loves pushing herself at the gym, cooking delish meals and snuggling her cute pup Cardi.

MARIJA DUKADINOVSKA

SQUAD

The helping hands and paws that power our movement’s engine.

SCHOOL LIAISON COORDINATOR

Antonella is our School Liaison Coordinator at Happow. She is passionate about working with young people, supporting them to excel both professionally and personally, drawing from her experience as a youth leader for many years. She also has a diverse background in marketing and school administration.

ANTONELLA DALLA-VECCHIA

CONTENT PRODUCER

Carissa is a Content Producer for Happow – a passionate storyteller and photographer who loves adventure, travel and exploring the atmosphere of local communities. She strives to empower young people to live their best life every day.

CARISSA SHALE

VIDEO PRODUCER

Patrick is the owner of Melbourne-based business Two Way Media & Film. With a passion for creating video with purpose, his work has taken him all across his home state of Victoria and through remote areas of the Australian outback.

PATRICK TURNBULL

CHIEF FLUFF OFFICER

Pippa is our Chief Fluff Officer at Happow. When she isn’t distracted playing fetch with young people, she does some of our barketing work by posing on our socials. Her favourite movie is Harry Paw-ter and the Philosopher’s Bone and her favourite band is The Beagles which she loves playing through the office sub-woof-ers.

PIPPA PIPER LUCAS

AMBASSADOR SQUAD

The influencers that spread word of our movement to the world.

AMBASSADOR

Jules is the Founder of influencer marketing platform, TRIBE, which has offices around the world. He is a former Aussie TV and radio host and is passionate about young people as a former alumni of Melbourne youth foundation, Reach.

JULES LUND

AMBASSADOR

Sarah is a body image and mental health advocate. She is passionate about helping young women and girls to discover their worth outside of body image, weight and appearance.

SARAH BRYAN

AMBASSADOR

Adam is the founder of Mi Goals – an empowering stationery brand. Adam’s mission is to provide a diary to people that will help them find their purpose and realise their dreams.

ADAM JELIC

AMBASSADOR

Marlee Silva is a 24-year-old Indigenous Gamilaroi/Dunghutti storyteller. She’s the Co-Founder of Tiddas 4 Tiddas, the host of Always Our Stories the podcast and author of ‘My Tidda, My Sister’.

MARLEE SILVA

AMBASSADOR

Matt is the CEO of charity, Mindfull Australia. He is also a multi award-winning mental health advocate, storyteller and motivational speaker who regularly speaks around the world.

MATT RUNNALLS

AMBASSADOR

Jess Van Zeil is a fun-loving, eye-patch wearing, best-selling author and motivational speaker. After navigating stage 4 cancer in her early twenties, the art and science of building resilience and bouncing back became her #1 passion.

JESS VAN ZEIL

AMBASSADOR

Erin Boutros lives to see world-changing ideas being brought to life. She is the Co-Founder of the Empty Esky campaign which encourages people to travel with purpose and support bushfire-affected towns.

ERIN BOUTROS

AMBASSADOR

Kura is the Founder and Director of The Cool Career – Australia’s premier provider of career networking events, information for Gen Z girls, and CAREERCON, a virtual careers expo and conference.

KURA ANTONELLO

INSTRUCTOR SQUAD

Responsible for future-proofing the lives of young people, one Life Lesson at a time.

INSTRUCTOR

Sharon has been immersed in education and media for over three decades. Outside of Happow, she is an author and presenter and one of Australia’s most well-known teen and parenting experts.

SHARON WITT

INSTRUCTOR

Maddy is an entrepreneur with a passion for supporting people often overlooked in the Australian community, in particular, young carers. Madeleine has been brought up as a young carer which sparked her to start social enterprise, Little Dreamers. In 2017, she was named a Queen’s Young Leader and in 2019 recognised in the 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review (AFR).

MADELEINE BUCHNER