Meet the Team

The Founders


James and Kristy Thomas founded Feel the Magic in 2013, driven by their personal experiences with grief and a mission to make sure no Australian child goes through grief alone.

Both James and Kristy know first-hand how hard it is to heal after a loved one dies- James having experienced the death of both his father and mother, and Kristy the death of her brother.

Working with mental health experts to develop the evidence-based camps, strategies and resources that Feel the Magic delivers, James and Kristy are dedicated to helping grieving kids heal – no matter where they live in Australia, from the city to the most isolated rural towns.

The Board


Gavin Fingleson

Gavin Fingleson

acting CEO / Director

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Monica Saunders-Weinberg

Monica Saunders-Weinberg

Director

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Sean Preece

Sean Preece

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Mathew Michael

Mathew Michael

Director

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Dominic Calabria

Dominic Calabria

Director

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Tahnee Clark

Tahnee Clark

Director

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Kristy Thomas

Kristy Thomas

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer

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Our Team


Gavin Fingleson

Gavin Fingleson

acting CEO / Director

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Lauren Galbraith

Lauren Galbraith

Program Intake Lead

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James Thomas

James Thomas

Co Founder & Business Development Manager

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Nicole Suffling

Nicole Suffling

National Program Coordinator

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Leanne Pearce

Leanne Pearce

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Peter Maloney

Peter Maloney

National Learning & Development

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Kristy Thomas

Kristy Thomas

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer

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