about us

The situation a child is born into should not determine their future.

Welcome to the Little Stars Foundation

Little Stars Foundation is committed to providing support to children and young people through a variety of programs and initiatives.

All of these initiatives are based around helping disadvantaged Queensland kids become the best version of themselves and reach their potential.

We provide children with – Connection. Education. Fun. Laughter. Hope – helping them to thrive and become the best they can be.

Meet Our Board of Directors

"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." - Frederick Douglass

Thanks to Our Generous Sponsors

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In Kind Supporters:
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Meet the Little Stars Team

Cally Zammit

Fundraising & Strategic Partnerships Manager

Katie Vaughan

Katie Vaughan

Program Manager

Ana Jeanmonod

Ana Jeanmonod

Cases Delivery

Maddie Walker Volunteer Coordinator

Maddie Walker

Volunteer Coordinator

We couldn’t make the impact we do without generous sponsors like yourselves. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Thanks for your support!

Lisa Honeychurch

Lisa is the CEO and Founder of Little Stars Kids. Lisa is a qualified lawyer and practised as a lawyer in private practise for over 20 years. Lisa also holds a double major in psychology and has completed a significant amount of training and assisted in developing training on the impact of trauma on the developing brain. Lisa has a particular interest in the rights of the child in the legal justice system and has been involved in advocating for the rights of the child in a litigation role and a non -adversarial role for many years.

Lisa is particularly passionate about improving the outcomes of children who are living in out of home care in Queensland and developed the first day camp program for children who have experienced trauma in Queensland.

Lisa was a finalist in the Queensland Community Foundation Emerging Philanthropists Category in 2019 for her work with children who have experienced abuse and neglect. She has worked in the area of advocating for the rights of children in care since 2012 in various ways including acting on behalf of a child living in care in court proceedings and developing social and educational programs to support children living in care.

Kerri Chard

Kerri Chard is a leading authority in Child Protection with a background in psychology and over two decades of professional experience in the Non-Government and Government Sectors. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in working with families impacted by intergenerational trauma, abuse and neglect. Kerri has spent significant time working in the court system with these families and has also run a regional intake service to determine intervention responses to children to meet their safety needs. She has developed award winning interventions within the Education sector, and spent time assisting schools to better understand complex developmental trauma and support children in the education system as well as bringing trauma informed curriculums into the classroom.

Kerri is Queensland’s leading Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) practitioner, having studied directly with Dr David Cross and the Karen Purvis Institute of Child Development team. Kerri trains residential care workers, foster and kinship support staff and also works directly with foster and kinship carers as well as biological parents using TBRI®. Kerri has spent time working in the USA with leaders and innovators helping children heal from their trauma. She is well known for her passionate yet pragmatic approach to the complex issue of Child Protection.

She is highly regarded as someone who can think differently and translate psychological theory into practical interventions that transform lives. Kerri is also a foster carer who successfully uses TBRI with children in the care system in her own home – and also on her own 3 sons (and husband!)

Tristan Van Riel

Tristan is the Dealer Principal and Chief Operating Officer of the Keema Automotive Group in Queensland which operates over 5 sites across Brisbane and employs around 250 staff.

Tristan has an accounting background and was previously the Chief Financial Officer of the Keema Automotive Group.

Tristan has significant experience in financial matters and developing the strategic direction of the Keema Group.

Tristan is committed to making a difference in the lives of children living in care through the work of the Keema Childrens’ Foundation. He has been a Pyjama Angel with the Pyjama Foundation for several years, working with children in care to increase literacy and numeracy.

Randall Bryson

Randall is a Director at BDO Australia, an international accountancy firm, and has extensive experience in retail, particularly in the automotive sector but also more broadly with experience in food and beverage retail. His employment with a multi franchise dealership and a national automotive retail chain, as well as 15 years in chartered accounting, provides an excellent platform for specialist professional services. He is able to understand and support his clients with their operational and statutory requirements.

Randall is committed to making a difference in the lives of children living in care through the work of the Little Stars Kids and our Little Stars Kids Camps which provide so much Fun and laughter.

Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor and her husband have been fostering children for over ten years. In that time they have fostered respite, emergency and long term children. Katie has a passion for caring for kids with special needs and currently has 10 full time children in her care and one part time ranging from 7-16 years of age.

Katie has been involved with Little Stars Kids since it’s inception and is passionate about our programs and the huge impact that both the camp and cuddle cases program have on children living in foster care in Queensland. Katie also volunteers with Queensland Foster and Kinship Care as a delegate and in this role successfully supports and assists other carers to navigate what can be a very challenging system.

Katie brings a wealth of knowledge regarding the needs of foster carers and the needs of children living in foster care to our Board.

Cally Zammit

Cally has raised money for some of Australia’s largest charities and has spent more than two decades in the not-for-profit space honing her skills in fundraising, marketing, communications and event management. Cally has a wealth of experience when it comes to profile building, raising awareness, delivering impact and developing sustainable fundraising strategies.

Cally is excited to be part of the Little Stars Foundation and work with all of the corporate stars, community stars, volunteer stars and fundraising stars to help all of our amazing little stars to realise big dreams!

Katie Vaughan

Katie is the program administrator for Little Stars Kids. Katie has extensive experience spanning over 20 years in an executive assistant role  in the high pressure world of financial mergers and acquisitions. Katie brings a wealth of administrative and organisational experience to the role and provides invaluable support to the Little Stars Kids team and the families and stakeholders that we support.

Ana Jeanmonod

Ana is one of the happy faces that delivers our cuddle cases to children in need across Brisbane. Ana is a qualified lawyer in Brazil and is currently studying but is passionate about helping children who are vulnerable. She is also a volunteer with our Fun and laughter program.

Maddie Walker

Maddie has a dynamic background, bringing extensive experience in Project and Office Management as well as having credentials in Social and Human Services from the University of the Sunshine Coast. Maddie’s speciality lies with relationship management where she seeks to build positive connections and  work collaboratively with all stakeholders to achieve best outcomes for clients.

Maddie has a passion for improving opportunities for children living in care. Capitalising on her prior experience as a youth worker, Maddie understands the need to provide children with opportunities in education to build confidence and self- esteem to help break the cycle and give children a chance at a brighter future.