Meet the Team

Each of us is passionate about activating young Australians to be future ready!


Betsy Tolmer

Betsy Tolmer, TRIPOD

Business & Development Director
Bachelor of Public Relations & Communications (Victoria University)

  • Recruitment specialist for award-winning global and boutique recruitment organisations
  • Over six years of experience in careers and recruitment in educational institutions and for the private sector
  • Over five years of experience working in events and stage management with leading organisations and production companies
  • Career and résumé mentoring for students and graduates (current)


Betsy Tolmer, TRIPOD

Duncan MacRae

Mini BOSS Program Director
Bachelor of Media and Communications (The University of Melbourne)

  • Leading marketing and branding experience working for global brands: Holden, Disney, F1 Grand Prix, Racing Victoria, Simplot and The Salvation Army
  • International experience working with youth leadership programs in the USA
  • Global perspective on youth projects with an innovative approach to engagement
  • Experienced trainer and facilitator with over 8 years experience working with and running youth programs


Marita D‘Amico

Marita D'Amico, TRIPOD

Founder & Director
Bachelor of Business (Marketing & Economics) (Swinburne University of Technology)

  • Owner and director of businesses in China and Australia
  • Over 25 years of experience in business, marketing and communications
  • Experienced in local and international business, passionate about helping young Australians be global citizens
  • Member of AustCham Beijing
  • Participant in AustCham Beijing SME Working Group in Education
  • Member of the Australia China Business Council

Marita D'Amico, TRIPOD

Chanel Hughes – Associate Team Member

Chanel Hughes, TRIPOD

Program & Communications
Master of Arts (English Literature) (University of Canterbury)

  • Over 14 years of experience as Alumni Manager for Swinburne University of Technology and the University of Canterbury (NZ)
  • Over 15 years of experience as an event, reunion and conference manager
  • Six years of experience as Co-Editor and writer for the award-winning University of Canterbury Magazine
  • Trainer and mentor for student teams undertaking school and university telephone campaigns
  • Staff Chapter Advisor for Golden Key International Honour Society (Swinburne and Canterbury universities)
  • Training Manager for the Educate Plus Certified Advancement Practitioner Training Courses (2015-present)
  • Member, Educate Plus Board of Directors (Tertiary Portfolio) (current)


Chanel Hughes, TRIPOD

Jon YEO – Associate Team Member

Jon Yeo, TRIPOD

Licensee & Curator, TEDxMelbourne
Bachelor of Business (Information Management & Organisational Behaviour) (Victoria University)

  • Past President of Maroondah Business Association
  • Judge/panel member for local and international business and innovation competitions
  • Member of the Victoria University Management, Marketing & Information Systems Advisory Committee
  • Over 12 years of experience in technical and IT account management roles for Fortune 500 companies in Finance, Law and IT
  • Licensee for TEDxMelbourne for six years
  • Over six years of experience as a communications and speaker coach for executives and professionals
  • Three years of experience as a personal productivity coach
  • Passion for youth and social enterprise, holding various board and mentor roles


Jon Yeo, TRIPOD