Meet Our Staff



Katerina Gaita | Founder and CEO

Katerina is a climate communicator specialising in community engagement. Her passion and expertise is in helping everyday people understand the problems and challenges we face with climate change, then inspiring and empowering them to make a difference. Katerina has more than nine years experience in behaviour change and in project and business management, including founding and growing a small sustainability business from conception to one with more than 200 clients and 30 staff over four years.


Mike McEvoy | National Program Manager: Climate Conversations

Mike is driven by a desire to nurture positive change and social justice. He has led the design of culture change programs in both the corporate and disability sectors, and has over 15 years experience working as an actor, theatre-maker and facilitator on community-building and creative projects. He was elected as a Local Councillor in 2016 and advocated local climate action until his move to Climate for Change in 2019. Mike loves to work collaboratively and harness the creativity and energy of others to make magic happen.



Lisa Whiston | Assistant Program Manager: Climate Conversations

Lisa is a Bachelor of Business (Management) graduate who is passionate about climate justice. Previously employed in the Travel and Tourism sector, Lisa took time off to start a family and has since been volunteering with various community groups, starting her career with Climate for Change as a volunteer facilitator in 2018. She is thrilled to be working in a role that so strongly aligns with her values, and is a strong believer in the Climate Conversations Program as a way of building the social change we so desperately need.


Esther Lloyd | Community Engagement Coordinator: Communities Leading Change

Esther is a science communicator with an obsession for learning and a passion for helping people. She has been a project officer for the Department of Sustainability and Environment, collaborated with Monash and Federation Universities, and interned at The University of Melbourne’s Bio21 Institute. She also loves getting out into the field and working with regional communities and not-for-profits. Esther joined the team to work more closely with Latrobe Valley residents and is currently completing her master’s degree at ANU.



Marta Zając | Community Fundraising Manager

Marta studied public relations and advertising in her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Westminster in London. Originally from Poland, she has lived abroad for the past nine years, calling Australia home since 2017. Prior to Climate for Change, she worked in digital marketing, interned with the United Nations and volunteered across South-East Asia. Marta is a 2018 Climate for Change fellow and is excited about helping other people passionate about solving the climate crisis have an impact through giving and fundraising.


Alex Balsillie | Philanthropy Coordinator and Executive Assistant

Alex studied Finance in her Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Melbourne and was previously employed at a property financing firm. During this time, she began volunteering at CERES Environment Park and undertaking community projects through her local council. Alex is most passionate about inspiring people in her community to make a positive impact on the environment and advocate for their rights in the face of the climate crisis.



Ajaya Haikerwal | DIY Conversations Program Manager

Ajaya is a problem solver and creative thinker shaped by a broad range of experiences. He joined Climate for Change in September 2017 as a facilitator and has rejoined to manage a new project: supporting other organisations in the climate movement to replicate the success of the CCP, scaling climate action across the country. Ajaya studied geography in his Bachelor of Science (Honours) at The University of Melbourne and is a fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership’s Future Makers Fellowship Program (now MSDI's ppl program).


Cait Coffey-Wong | Communications and Engagement Officer

Cait studied French and International Studies in a Bachelor of Arts at Monash University. Since then, she has built her skills in communications, marketing and project management in various roles across different sectors. Cait was a 2017 Fellow and since then has volunteered in multiple roles with C4C. She is thrilled to work with an organisation that aligns with her values, and to be able to have an impact on the way Australians engage with climate change. 


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