Co-founder and Head of Content
A passionate advocate for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), Heather co-founded STEM-specialist media company Refraction Media in 2013 with a view to creating a smarter future – one in which everyone has access to the skills they need to make a better planet. Heather worked for over a decade as a science news journalist and producer at the ABC and CSIRO before becoming managing editor of science magazine, Cosmos, where she was runner up best Editor (circ, >25,000) in 2012. As Refraction Media’s head of content, Heather works with an awesome team of writers, designers and developers and with partners across the globe to develop digital products, VR stories and amazing magazines full of stories to inspire the next generation.
Co-founder and CEO
With a flair for developing results-oriented, collaborative partnerships and a passion for increasing the understanding and real-world relevance of STEM in schools, businesses and homes, Karen found her sweet spot when she co-founded Refraction Media in 2013. Two decades of experience in print, broadcast and digital media has helped Karen to apply a large-scale vision to developing strategic communications platforms as well as a host of custom solutions for clients. With a focus on collective impact, Karen has brought together over two hundred champions of STEM who share the Refraction vision: to inspire a smarter future. In 2016 Karen was a finalist for Publishing Executive of the Year and in 2015 a finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards.
Heather is a dynamic publishing professional with five years experience in educational publishing. She worked as Managing Editor and Senior Editor at Pearson in the United Kingdom where she created a wide range of high quality materials, from print and e-books to interactive whiteboard software and online learning management materials, for educational institutions all over the world. She has a Bachelor degree in Science and specialises in content development for print, digital and online publications as well as editorial project management. She immigrated to Australia and joined Refraction Media as Production Editor in July 2014, bringing her educational expertise and dedication to detail to the publications she oversees.
Eliza is a UTS Media Arts and Production graduate with a demonstrated history creating digital content. Eliza co-founded a startup called The Ladies Network in May of 2015, which aimed to bring women and diversity to the forefront of the art world. Eliza is passionate about creating content across the website, social and video channels that encourages diversity of representation in STEM.
A passionate musician, chef, gamer, actor, and entrepreneur, Reinaldi is the Publications Coordinator at Refraction Media and a business studies student. To be overflowing with positive energy is his key, as sharing good vibes not only affects your surrounding, but also you! He aims for his goals, but is open to new ideas. He believes that everything happens for a reason, so never take anything for granted.
With over 20 years of experience and specialising in print design, Katherine has developed a strong passion for logo development, web design, illustration, photography and all things creative. She has worked in publishing, design, and advertising – earning her various honours such as the 2009 Peoples Choice Award, 2009 Education & Arts Award and the Graphic Designer of the Year 2006 Bell Award. In 2010 Katherine decided to run her own business under the name KatPower Design. Katherine enjoys working with clients who possess an optimistic attitude towards life with moral and passionate intentions, and currently assists Refraction Media with all things fun and creative!
Sally is interested in philosophy and science, both as independent and interdependent disciplines, and currently teaches at the University of Sydney and Moriah College. Sally has written educational material for a wide number of organisations including; CSIRO, ATSE, Cosmos Magazine, RIAus, ANSTO, NRMA, CMRI and the Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics. She collaborated with Macmillan publishing as the main author of their inquiry-based science workbooks. Sally has also consulted for ACARA, ACER and the ABC. Sally has Level 2 FAPSA Philosophy in Schools accreditation, a MEd specialising in Gifted Education, and is a NSW BOSTES QTC registered professional development provider. She has written two NSW BOSTES approved Stage 5 elective courses, one in Philosophy and another in STEAM.