The Office Team

 

 
Veechi Stuart

Veechi Stuart, Executive Director

Veechi is a bestselling business author, as well as the author of the much-loved Blue Mountains Best Bushwalks. She has worked as Publishing Manager for Woodslane Press, and has acted as an advisor and business mentor to many  businesses and non-profit organisations for over 20 years. She combines her entrepreneurial spirit, grounded financial insights and publishing experience to help Varuna grow in a sustainable way. 

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Amy Sambrooke, Creative Director

Amy Sambrooke is Creative Director at Varuna. She has worked as a producer at 702 ABC Sydney as well as in commercial radio, and has spent 8 years at the Whitlam Institute at the Female Orphan School developing school and community programs and managing communications, marketing and outreach for the Institute's work in continuing Gough Whitlam's legacy. Amy has a Bachelor of Media in Writing, and a Grad Dip in Radio Broadcasting from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.
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Vera Costello

Vera Costello, Varuna Administrator

Vera is responsible for administration of residencies, alumni membership and Varuna programs and assists with house maintenance. A former language teacher, Vera has lived in Katoomba for 25 years. She is at the Varuna office Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

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Kathy Dobson, Accounts

Kathy is Varuna’s bookkeeper. She is in the office on Fridays only.

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Anita Kazis, Promotions Co-ordinator

Anita is a communications professional who has worked as a teacher, editor and photojournalist. She is promoting and organising the Sydney Writers’ Festival at Varuna in 2017 and also currently works with young people on community development projects. Anita is at the Varuna office on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

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The House & Gardens Team

 

Sheila Atkinson

Sheila Atkinson, Caterer (for evening meals)

Sheila is Varuna’s chef extraordinaire and has become legendary in Australia’s writing community for her wonderful meals for Varuna guests. While running her restaurant in Katoomba many years ago, she was asked to cater for meals for Varuna guests. For two years she did both jobs, eventually selling her restaurant because she loved the Varuna job more. Sheila's many professional lives have included being a makeup artist for television, an organiser of arts festivals and a restaurateur.

 
Rod Dark

Rod Dark

Rod Dark, grandson of Eleanor and Eric Dark, looks after the grounds of Varuna.

 
Joan Okey

Joan Okey, Housekeeper

Joan cleans and prepares the house on Mondays.