The Parent Guides Team

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Sarah Marinos

has been a journalist for almost 30 years and has written extensively for newspapers and national magazines about physical and mental health, parenting and social and community issues. She has four children, three at high school. Researching and writing the first-person articles for this publication has been an informative and useful experience – and a wake-up call.

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Cheryl Critchley

is a freelance journalist with 30 years’ experience on publications including the The Herald Sun, where, among other things, she covered education and wrote a parenting column. The Weekly Review’s Education Editor, Cheryl has written six books. With three children, including two teenagers, she is entering unchartered waters when it comes to drugs.

Michele Benson

Michele Benson

has been in educational publishing, in sales and marketing, for more than 20 years. Her personal and professional contacts — across many
of Melbourne’s private and public schools — have helped advance our parental message.

Kimberly Barry Marketing Director

Kimberly Barry

Kimberly has been in education, media and publishing for 18 years working at Leader Newspapers, Melbourne Weekly, The Age and The Weekly Review. She has two adult children and is grateful to have navigated the teenage years without a scratch. Kimberly believes it is our obligation as parents to be aware of the dangers, whether they involve social media, drugs, mental-health or sex.

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Anita Layzell

Anita has worked in visual communication for the past 14 years. During this time she has worked across many publications, including The Weekly Review and The Herald Sun. Anita’s important role in designing this publication has given her a better insight into the many topics she will need to work through as her 4-year-old daughter heads into her teenage years.

Max Hunter

Max Hunter

Max entered journalism more than 30 years ago. He has worked at Leader Newspapers, where he was chief sub-editor of the northern division for four years; two years in London; nine years at The Age on general news, sport, Green Guide, Drive and A2; and at The Weekly Review for almost five years.

Julian Healey

Julian Healey

Julian is a digital marketing consultant, writer and entrepreneur. Founder of hopslist.com, he also has a background in print production, working at The Weekly Review for a number of years. He now divides his time between his passions — food, business and the web.

Mary Riekert

Mary Riekert

Mary has worked as a journalist for more than 30 years in Australia, South Africa and England. She has been involved in digital media for more than 20 years and was the first journalist to work on The Age website. before taking up the role of Online Production Editor at The Age. She has reported on a range of technology subjects and currently runs a digital strategy and content consultancy.

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