Our People

We have an experienced and passionate team

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Mayra Stark

Managing Director

Mayra has been part of Urban Seed Education (USE) since completing the Praxis Youth Work course in 2007. She has spent time as Youth Worker and has been the Manager of schools work since 2012. She completed her Master of Education in 2015 and thoroughly enjoys the creative educational and social justice environment at USE. She is passionate about young people (and their capacity to create positive social change), a wide variety of social justice issues and love contributing to healthier neighbourhoods and communities. She also loves traveling and exploring new cultures, taking pictures, playing a few musical instruments and reading a good book. She lives in Melbourne’s inner west with her husband Cam, daughter Aviva and couple of furry children too.

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Evan Morgan

Bookings and Partnerships Co-ordinator

Evan has been involved in local development and empathy work since a Diploma of Community Transformation in 2004. The course practicum was a stint as a busker for 2 years on the streets of Melbourne through which Evan discovered Credo Cafe and was deeply inspired by the relational approach to complex issues of social disadvantage. Evan has since been sharing stories of his experiences of Melbourne's streets laneways and subcultures as an Urban Seed Education Youth Educator since 2010. Evan has also lived for 3 years at the Indigenous Hospitality House and continues to work as their Book Keeper, and has also run festivals and events including Production Management of the Fiasco Stage at Rainbow Serpent Festival.
Evan lives in Brunswick with his wife, son and housemate.

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Blythe Toll

Creative Curriculum Officer

Blythe has been a part of Urban Seed Education since 2009, working with young people and making them think.  She studied art at uni, and loves doing and making creative things.  She lives in Preston with her husband and daughters.

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Mike Cutter

Educator, IT Manager

Mike is married to Alison and has four kids and a daughter-in-law who are the finest people you’ll ever meet. Growing up amongst indigenous communities in Central Australia and then moving to one of the richest suburbs in Melbourne gave him strong opinions about injustice in Australian society, and that’s become focused on building community amongst young people. With Urban Seed Education since 2015, Mike is also a youth worker for Hawthorn West Baptist Church (www.hwbc.org.au), manages an under-18s venue SUB (www.sub.org.au), has a sideline in graphic & web design and is studying child & adolescent mental health!

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Maddie Gange

Educator

Maddie joined Urban Seed Education in 2017 and is excited about the potential of young people and their drive for social change. She has studied International Development, and worked in the education and refugee settlement sectors, both in Australia and internationally. Restless at heart, she can usually be found on an outdoors adventure in a different culture or at home with a cup of tea, good book and her dog.

James Turnbull

Educator

James started at Urban Seed in 2017. He has lived previously at Servants Community House, with people who would otherwise be homeless. He is interested in social justice, and getting young people to understand the complexity of local injustice and disadvantage. He is studying science at university and has dreams of teaching in remote places, and owning bee hives one day. He lives in Brunswick with his wife Gen, and their cat Mittens.