Meet The Team
We are passionate about helping young Australians be future ready!
Founder & Director
Fun Fact about Betsy
I have two beautiful British Bulldogs that I’m obsessed with named Freddie Mercury and Elton John.
Betsy's Favourite Incursion
Why Betsy Likes working for MiniBOSS/Tripod
Founder & Director
With a love for business and travel, I have started and run businesses and ventures in Australia and overseas since university where I specialised in Marketing and Economics. Being curious and enjoying a challenge, I spent seven years based in Shanghai and Beijing running several joint ventures, projects and high profile events with Chinese, UK and European organisations. I have been a member of the Australia China Business Council, AustCham Beijing and also participated in the SME Working Group in Education in Beijing. Returning to Australia four years ago, I became passionate about helping young Australians gain the skills they need to succeed in whatever they do at home and as global citizens.
Fun Fact about Marita
Still use chopsticks to eat most meals!
Involved in publishing two books (in English & Mandarin) and a TV documentary.
Marita's Favourite Incursion
I have so many favourites! I love working with the team to bring all our programs to life and to continue to shape and change them to connect them with key learning outcomes for students.
Why Marita Likes working for MiniBOSS/Tripod
Getting to be ultimately creative and utilise all the skills I have built throughout my diverse career to develop and deliver meaningful programs with a team of talented people.
Staffing Co-ordinator & Senior Accounts Manager
As an experienced Customer Centric Specialists with a focus on team management, training and compliance I have a true passion for people and relationship building. I pride myself on consistent positive communication and customer centric experiences that promote excellent relationship management for a business and its key stakeholders. With 18 years of experience across diverse industries and roles, I have been privileged to manage multiple teams to assist businesses in driving sales both in acquisition and retention.
Fun Fact about Michelle
I love to sing to my family and two puppies, I think I sound like an Angel but my family have told me not to give up my day job.
Michelle's Favourite Incursion
I love to escape the office whenever I get the chance. Without a doubt my favourite incursion to escape to is the two day Smoothie Bar Carnival, hands down this is my favourite incursion. I love a little carnival, but most of all seeing a teams dream come alive through collaboration and hard work. I enjoy the multiple workshop’s such as finance, marketing and personal growth. I believe our incursions give us the opportunity to connect with our youth through positive interactions to help them reach their full potential.
Why Michelle Likes working for MiniBOSS/Tripod
“WE ARE FAMILY…. I GOT ALL MY SISTERS WITH ME” there’s that singing again. But on a serious note, I love being apart of a team that are so passionate about the youth of today, they help me grow through our diverse backgrounds.
Head of Programs
My Bachelor’s Degree is in acting and directing, and I have a Master’s Degree in arts and business. I’ve loved combining the knowledge and skills from these industries to work as an actor, director, facilitator, writer and people leader in Melbourne and across Australia. Interacting with audiences and helping people to grow through connected experiences is my favourite thing.
Fun Fact about Lauren
I used to play the role of a police sergeant at a 175 year old prison, which is now a spooky tourist attraction.
Lauren's Favourite Incursion
In our Primary school space, I’m loving In my Community Junior right now. It’s interactive and highly relevant, and the journey that our MiniBOSSes go on is truly guided by their own ideas, creativity and teamwork.
Why Lauren Likes working for MiniBOSS/Tripod
Hanging out with hilarious, smart and courageous students every day is a delight and a privilege! The students we visit, combined with our dynamic programs and wonderful team, make my MiniBOSS and Tripod experiences memorable and meaningful.
Senior Facilitator & Program and Content Developer
In another life I was going to be a Psychologist, but I ended up following my heart and went to drama school instead (which is what I really wanted!) Whilst studying acting, I also discovered another passion…teaching! I went on to complete a ‘Masters of Teaching’ through the University of Melbourne. I love working with young people (and being kept on my toes!) and so I have worked as a professional facilitator, mostly in schools, for the last five years. Just incase I didn’t have enough facets to my career, I also work as a freelance voice and dialect coach and am a qualified marriage celebrant. Let’s just say, I like to keep things interesting!
Fun Fact about Lisa
I once played a season of badminton… I was terrible but my team did make it to the grand final! I was definitely the weakest link!
Lisa's Favourite Incursion
So many favourites… however, I think my favourite is ‘The Pitch’. It is such valuable content for the Year 9 and 10 age group, and I wish I had have had the program when I was in high school! I love seeing the students grow in confidence over the course of the day.
Why Lisa Likes working for MiniBOSS/Tripod
I love working for MiniBoss/ Tripod as not only do the programs teach extremely valuable skills for young people, they are also super fun and engaging! Each program challenges yet supports students to develop, and gain confidence and resilience. I also love working with such a supportive team!
I’m a qualified teacher with over 7 years in the sector. I’m currently undertaking my Master’s of Education by Research. I’m passionate about revolutionising the educative experience and listening to student voice.
Fun Fact about Natalie
Well I do a bit of COMEDY! Can you believe it!?! I’ve been through several terms of improvisation classes, and sketch comedy training at the Improv Conspiracy in Melbourne. I can’t believe it!!
Natalie's Favourite Incursion
Although ‘The Lab’ is up there, I cherish so many program moments. When I walk around a space and see students actively engaged in hands on, fun and exciting experiences, I know I am where I need to be. Learning is so powerful in these moments.
Why Natalie Likes working for MiniBOSS/Tripod
Coming from an acting background, I have toured the country with shows and incursions performing and facilitating to a lot of diverse people. I learnt how to walk at a young age and being left handed, it took a long time to get my pen licence, as I would never pass the smudge test.
Fun Fact about Scott
Favourite TV show: Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Just amazing. Loved the fights, and characters. Which is part of the reason i became an actor and Stage Fighter! Swords are cool.
Scott's Favourite Incursion
My favourite program is the senior Tripod program The Pitch. I love how involved the students get and how many insightful and intriguing the questions they ask are. They really enjoy it and its always a great fun fulfilling day.
Why Scott Likes working for MiniBOSS/Tripod
I love working with this company because the people are fabulous. The job is great and so rewarding, however for me, its the people. The staff, the teachers, the students. I love human interaction, and being able to do what we do with such fantastic people is what gets me up in the morning. That and me hitting the snooze button 12 times.
I am a qualified Primary School Teacher with lots of experience working with children in different roles.
Fun Fact about Elise
I’m the most clumsy person you will ever meet.
Elise's Favourite Incursion
My favourite incursion is ‘The Lab’, I love the experiments and getting to be a mad scientist for the day.
Why Elise Likes working for MiniBOSS/Tripod
The people, not only the amazing team I get to work with every day but also all of the children and teachers who make this one of the best jobs in the world.
I’m currently studying Science and Education at Deakin University.
Fun Fact about Ryan
I become way too invested in sports teams and players. I’ve got two pet guinea pigs called Cosmo and Karma as well as an insane chicken called Brock.
Ryan's Favourite Incursion
My favourite program is “The Superhero in You” I love its message and I’ve seen so many kids really see themselves and their class in a different light.
Why Ryan Likes working for MiniBOSS/Tripod
I’m so happy to be on the MiniBOSS/Tripod team, its an amazingly rewarding job where I really feel like I can contribute. It also has one of the best crews of people I’ve ever been a part of.
I have a background in outdoor education, taking young people out on school camps. I have studied a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Gender Studies.
Fun Fact about Mairead
Covid-19 Isolation led me to panic buy chickens and build them a home!
Mairead's Favourite Incursion
My Fav program is Lead It, because I love to see every young person’s different skills come out in different leadership styles.
Why Mairead Likes working for MiniBOSS/Tripod
I love working for MiniBoss/Tripod because I get to work with so many different young people, all unique, and help them find their skills!