Sarah Aberdein | Projects Officer
Sarah hails from the North Burnett, where she owns a grazing and cropping property with her husband and two young daughters at Coalstoun Lakes. Sarah joined the BIEDO team after completing the Red Earth Community Foundation - South Burnett Leadership Program in 2018. Her role in BIEDO includes co-ordinating North Burnett focused events such as Ag-Network Forums, Women in Ag Days and the North Burnett Leadership Series. Sarah has worked for the North Burnett Regional Council for the past nine years and continues to work part-time as Council's Branding, Communications and Media Officer.
Olivia Everitt | Communications Officer
Olivia has over 9 years’ experience working for not-for-profits, local government and in the arts and cultural sector. Previously based in Cairns and Brisbane, Olivia has called the South Burnett home since making the tree-change to Kingaroy in 2017, where she lives with her husband and three young children. Olivia’s role at BIEDO includes crafting the monthly BIEDO Burst e-News and assisting in project development, reporting and strategic planning. Outside of BIEDO, Olivia is studying a Master of Business (Arts and Cultural Management) and consults on a range of community and arts-based projects.
Kristy Frahm | Chief Executive Officer
Kristy proudly leads the BIEDO team and has been with the organisation for more than five years. Prior to that, Kristy has been a small business owner, worked in local Government and the tourism and education sectors. While she is a bookkeeper by training, the South Burnett Community Leadership Program gave her the confidence to undertake her current role as Chief Executive Officer. Kristy is pleased to represent the Burnett inland as a Committee member of Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett and committed to supporting the Red Earth Community Foundation as a Board member.
Kristy and her husband raise their daughters on a property near Proston in the South Burnett and embrace all that farm-life has to offer. Grateful for the opportunity to work and play in rural and regional communities, Kristy relishes her work with the BIEDO team supporting, developing and sharing our greatest regional asset - human capital.
Karen Seiler | Projects Officer (Rural Wellbeing Extension Program)
After raising five children while farming with husband Errol in the South Burnett, Karen studied Counselling and has been involved with farmers’ health and wellbeing since beginning work in the community in 2007. Karen is a passionate member of the BIEDO team, actively working with rural families, and promoting wellbeing and resilience in her role facilitating the Rural Wellbeing Extension Program. She enjoys getting around the cattle sales and having a chat with producers in the North and South Burnett, delivering information and resources where needed, working towards creating a thriving and robust Burnett Inland.
At home Karen loves gardening and cooking, producing most of the food her family consumes with a paddock to plate principle, from the bacon to the cheese to the apple-ginger fruit paste!
Sharon Shaw | Agriculture Network Extension Officer
Sarah has worked in rural communities since completing her Bachelor of Business Management (major in HR) degree in 2011. She has utilised her degree in a number of ways including managing her family's piggery on the Darling Downs, management of operational staff at a hospital facility and being a HR consultant for a business advisory organisation.
Sarah's passion is contributing to her communities in a pro-active way and getting involved in various events/committees to help with enriching our local rural communities. She has instigated tennis fixtures, been secretary of a local show and even been involved in the social committee for a local rugby union club.
Sharon Sippel | Community Officer
Sharon joined the BIEDO Team in 2019. Sharon moved to the beautiful South Burnett in 2005 and has previously worked as a local Bank Manager before establishing and managing a family business in Wondai for a number of years. For the past 6 years, together with her husband and four children, Sharon runs a Lucerne property outside of Murgon. Sharon’s role at BIEDO includes administration, event coordination and customer support.
Image: Irene Alletsgruber "Sunset Over Dam At Silverleaf", BIEDO Best Shots Comp 2019