Berry Liberman our publisher and editor, drives our passion and purpose.
Berry loves the garden at work. Especially the roses. Seriously, how beautiful are garden roses? Just saying…
While she’s not immersed in the heady scent of old fashioned flowers, she’s the Creative Director of Small Giants, the Publisher of Dumbo Feather, a director of the Melbourne Festival and a mum to the three cutest kids in the world.
A few years back, Berry used to write screenplays in LA and directed a few short films but decided to come home and get married to Danny (CEO extraordinaire of Small Giants). Very good decision.
Livia Albeck-Ripka our deputy editor, makes our words sing.
Livia Albeck-Ripka has a long surname. Writing it over and over again as a child probably helped her literacy skills, but it didn’t improve her handwriting.
In the office, Livia’s notorious for her terrible two fingered typing, and a tendency to repeatedly backspace. Still, she comes up with some pretty good stuff.
Having studied philosophy and creative writing, written for Broadsheet Melbourne, The Bureau Magazine Meanjin and The Australian Jewish News, Livia’s a bit of an all rounder with a passion for food, the wild, and making sense of the world with those odd little things we call sentences.
Amandine Thomas our art director, makes us look good.
Amandine is a French illustrator and graphic designer, who travelled her way to Australia two years ago and somehow never made it back.
When not strapped to a backpack, she is busy designing the next issue of Dumbo Feather, playing with shapes and colours while listening to obscure French hits.
The rest of the time she writes and illustrates books for little human beings, contributes to a number of European and Australian publications, and eats copious amounts of lollies.
Michelle Tennant our advertising manager, brings in the bucks.
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If you’re wondering who to talk to about advertising in Dumbo, you can talk to Mich. Mich is as passionate about forming authentic business relationships for Dumbo Feather, and watching her favourite magazine grow, as she is about skateboarding down this sweet pedestrian ramp on the St Kilda foreshore.
Before joining the Dumbo team, Mich was raised in Woodend back when the women wore denim overalls – prior to the boutique-shop boom.
Scouted as an excellent communicator, lover of publishing and super ‘star’ of the Small Giants soccer team. Little did they know Mich is no good at soccer. Lucky she’s good at other things. Like board sports and making people laugh.
Madeline Lucas our community manager, bosses us around.
Madeline Lucas runs the office and pretty much everyone at work. She has a few secret lives, one as a singer, one as a Cinema and Literature Honours student, but when she’s not living in them, she’s making sure that things are getting done in the land of Small Giants. Madeline does a bit of everything, from looking after our lovely Dumberino subscribers, organizing the Dumbo Feather issue launches, and making sure there are enough coffee pods in the cupboard to get us through. Without her, we at Dumbo are like lost little elephants.
She also makes the best scones, and that’s why we think she’s great.
Katherine Wilkinson our editorial assistant, helps with the words and the tamagotchis.
Katherine goes by Kate, except when she’s going by Katherine, which is confusing for a lot of people. Understandably so.
Kate helps the editorial team with the digital stuff; our website, iPad app, social media, spending her time playing in WordPress and Photoshop, nutting over which whichs should be thats and fun things of the sort.
When she’s not at Dumbo HQ, Kate moonlights as a communications officer for a handful of technology and construction companies, because buildings are beautiful and science can change the world.
Mele-Ane Havea our general manager, helps us grow.
Mele-Ane looks at the big picture as well as the nitty-gritty. She’s our wide-angle lens with a mega focus attached.
She comes to us with a varied background, from corporate law to community and human rights law, with an Oxford MBA thrown in for good measure. At business school and the Skoll Centre for Social entrepreneurship, Mele-Ane became enamoured by the idea of social and responsible business, and the power of story-telling. She then followed her heart to this dream job… where she couldn’t be happier!
She is also particularly talented at opening coconuts.
B1 & B2 live on our roof.
So far the honey Bees are quite enjoying their St Kilda residency at Dumbo HQ. Their agent (the Rooftop Honey guys) seems comfortable with the terms of their stay – which is approximately 20kg’s of honey at their leisure. We’re still trying to open trade for a few jars of Alphington Honey – we live in hope.
The White House is where we live.
Ok, ok, we know she’s beautiful. And yes, we do get to live here. Lucky us.
But she wasn’t always this way.
Touted as the second oldest building in St Kilda, this behemoth beauty received a lot of love and affection from the people at Small Giants to look this good – like a phoenix rising from some ‘questionable aesthetic’ ashes of yore.
She’s now known affectionately to us as ‘The White House’. In keeping, we’re pretty sure we know who plays the roles of Jed and Abbey around here but as for all the others, well, that’s up for grabs.
Small Giants are our workmates.
Like Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk, Small Giants have made it their mission to take on the big guys from the ground up.
A collective of thinkers, doers and makers, it’s not so much about activism but more an agenda concerned with implementing change in the existing business model across a variety of different industries.
Their core values lie in being socially aware, environmentally conscious and ethically sound in every decision made – no matter how big or small – and in leading by example rather than waiting for the world to change itself. Think integration not separation.
We think what they do is pretty cool.