Our Team & BoardThe Blue Dragon team is committed to getting kids out of crisis and creating a better world.
Meet The Team
With diverse professional backgrounds including social work, psychology, law, finance, nutrition and education, our passionate and committed staff are pioneers in working with Vietnamese children in crisis.
Blue Dragon’s senior leadership team is passionate and experienced, with a long history of serving the organisation. We work together with a model of shared ownership, including an innovative co-CEO structure. Our goal is to cultivate leadership across Blue Dragon to grow the next generation of leaders who will take on the challenge of solving Vietnam’s most complex social issues.
Programs and services
Blue Dragon has over 80 Vietnamese professionals working around the clock to provide care, psychology, legal advocacy and shelter for children in crisis.
Have a look at our Program pages to learn more about the frontline work of Blue Dragon.
Behind the scenes
The amazing people who take care of Blue Dragon’s finances, IT, administration, communications and fundraising keep our organisation alive. The teams who prepare meals, keep shelters and centres clean and safe, and take care of all the important details are critical to our success.
Meet The Board
Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation International
Blue Dragon International is an Australian not for profit public company limited by guarantee (ABN: 76 142 233 207). Our principal objectives are to provide development, governance and funding to Blue Dragon in Vietnam.
Tony is a highly experienced director of finance, with particular expertise in the construction industry. He has worked in senior positions for major companies in Australia, the USA and throughout Asia, most recently as CFO with Leighton Asia.
Tony’s expertise in management and governance has enabled him to support the operations of Blue Dragon Vietnam with practical assistance and advice. He has also been an active fundraiser.
Carolynn Everett worked for The Salvation Army for over twenty years, in various areas including Community Welfare. In 2002, Carolynn and her husband Doug moved to Dhaka, Bangladesh. Doug was the General Manager of Sally Ann – a Salvation Army Fair Trade project – and Carolynn worked with him there for several years.
Since coming home, she has been involved in various local volunteer activities.
Doug spent most of his working life employed by Woolworths in various financial roles. In 2002, on retirement from full-time employment, he held the position of General Manager – Finance. Between 2002 and 2005, Doug and his wife lived in Bangladesh managing Sally Ann, a Salvation Army international fair trade initiative. Doug’s first contact with Blue Dragon was as an accounting volunteer in 2006. He was impressed with Blue Dragon’s operations at that time, and continues to volunteer with Blue Dragon on a regular basis.
Evan has worked with children as a teacher and educational leader for the past 30 years and recently retired as the Principal of Tuggerah Public School in New South Wales. He travels extensively, using a love of motorcycling and kayaking as an excuse to visit less-travelled destinations.
Evan has a passionate belief in the basic rights of all children to safety, love, nourishment and an education, which has led him to be a supporter of Blue Dragon since its early days and a director since 2010.
Meke currently works in an Australian not-for-profit group in Canberra. In 2009 she volunteered with Blue Dragon while living in Hanoi and later worked in management for 2 years.
On leaving Blue Dragon, Meke joined the Board of BDI and continues to serve as a Director.
Phil is the Chief Financial Officer at Cooper Investors Pty Ltd, a Melbourne based equities fund manager and has been a member of the CI Staff Philanthropy Fund since inception in 2008. Phil, along with other members of the committee, share a passion for supporting a range of social purpose organisations providing access to education, a safe and happy childhood, improved health services and services for those marginalised & disadvantaged members of our global community.
Phil lives in Melbourne with his wife Cassandra and young sons Thomas and Benjamin.
Roz has many years of experience in accounting and administration in Sydney. A love of travel has also seen her work as a tour guide in Australia, Africa and SE Asia.
In 2008, Roz started volunteering with Blue Dragon and later joined the staff team for 12 months.
Roz now regularly volunteers for Blue Dragon and other charities in the region.
Sarah has over 20 years media and communications experience across not-for-profit, state government and lifestyle sectors. Sarah has held management roles in the communications teams of the Department of Land, Water and Planning (Victorian Government), Heart Foundation Research Program and Very Special Kids.
Sarah volunteered in the communications team with Blue Dragon while living in Hanoi for 6 months in 2008. Following that she organised some fundraising events, gathering family and friends for the beginnings of a Melbourne support group.
Sarah lives in Melbourne with her husband and two young children. She has a love of travel, family and flowers (and also runs a small floral styling business in Melbourne).
Thu-Anh has worked in the field of medical laboratory testing since 1999, specialising in HIV / infectious diseases testing and implementation of quality management systems for laboratories. She spent many years working in resource-limited countries such as Vietnam, Mongolia and Myanmar developing and implementing quality systems in local laboratories.
Thu-Anh first became involved with Blue Dragon in 2012 after attending a fundraising event in Melbourne. She has been an active member of the Melbourne subcommittee ever since.
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