Founder & Creative Director
Lana is the Founder and Managing Director of Sparking Change. She is a community cultural worker with 20 years experience in community arts development, and cultural development in the community services / health and human services field. She has worked in regional, rural and remote communities including Indigenous communities using her skills and talent as a community arts worker.
Lana also currently holds the position of community engagement lead for Edge Effect – a social enterprise supporting genuine partnerships between humanitarian and development organisations and sexual and gender minorities (aka LGBTIQ+ people). With Edge Effect she has also fulfilled the role as a researcher using Traditional Talanoa (Storytelling) for the groundbreaking Down By The River study of the rights, needs and strengths of sexual and gender minorities before and after Tropical Cyclone Winston.
In her not so spare time, Lana also has a personal spoken word arts practice. She is the author of the collection, Reasons You May Think She’s My Lover (2014), was one of the women in 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival’s sold out season of ‘I Am That Woman’, has worked with multimedia artists to bring ‘Scenes on the Yarra’ to Docklands, was a part of ‘The Ultimate Lesbian Double Feature’ which had a sell out 2016 Midsuma season at La Mama, and a two week run at Mardi Gras at the Old Fitz. She has won poetry competitions in Melbourne, produced radio shows on JOY 94.9, performed in the Melbourne Emerging Writers Festival in 2017, and then invited back to the Melbourne Writers Festival the same year. She is the secretary of Storytelling Australia Victoria and now lives in rural Victoria while trying to re-story the world.
Emily Dwyer has dual careers in broadcast media and international development.
Back in the early 1990’s Emily started working in community radio at Radio Adelaide and 2SER in Sydney. She produced and presented the national media affairs program for community radio, produced CBAA award winning programs, and mentored many volunteer producers and presenters. Emily also worked for SBS Radio (Operations) before joining the Open Learning Unit at ABC Radio National. At RN she produced two 12-part educational documentary series, the first on citizenship and democracy and the second on media and communications. She was also a producer for The Religion Report, and for various RN special projects including the network Millennium programming. Emily moved to Singapore in 2000, producing and presenting for local radio, working as a publicist for the ground-breaking theatre company Wild Rice and as a freelance foreign correspondent for the ABC, CNN, BBC and other broadcasters.
In 2004 Emily moved to Afghanistan. There she established a university radio station in Herat, and managed a network of university-based radio stations and production facilities across the country. Staying in Afghanistan, from 2006-2008 she established and managed the UN OCHA humanitarian radio service. In 2008 Emily joined Internews and managed media development projects across South Asia. From 2011-2014 she worked in media development management and policy roles in Washington DC, first as Vice President of Afghanistan Projects for Internews and subsequently as a Senior Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace. Emily returned to Australia in 2014, to study Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne. While taking a break from studying she returned to community radio as Specialist Program Director at Melbourne’s JOY94.9 and with Oxfam as a Youth Engagement Advisor.
Morgan Lee Cataldo
Morgan Lee Cataldo is a community advocate whose passion is to amplify the voices and messages of those who dare to live at the fringes and works to support people in sparking change from their own truth. Her passion and purpose is in transforming traditional ways of doing advocacy. Morgan currently works part time as the Lived Experience Service Development Worker at Launch Housing and she joins Sparking Change on some of our bigger projects and workshops. Morgan was recently selected as one of 21 young Victorian women for the Inaugural Joan Kirner Young and Emerging Leaders program. You can learn more about her here.