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KRISTEE SHEPHERD
DIRECTOR & CO-FOUNDER

A Mount Isa girl at heart, Kristee spent much of her childhood growing up in the outback as well as a few years on the beaches of the Sunshine Coast. Don’t let this mislead you; she has never ridden a motorbike or tried her hand at surfing. She was a book worm by nature and after graduating from boarding school she relocated to Townsville to study a Bachelor of Business at James Cook University.

Kristee sustained a spinal cord injury after a 10m fall from a ledge outside her college dorm room in 2004 (although if you have met her in a bar you probably have a different story - one she invented on the spot). Initially disinterested with stem cell tourism, it was seven years post injury that she decided to actively engage in her rehabilitation and recovery.

After reading about an exercise based recovery centre in California called Project Walk, Kristee made two trips totalling 6 months with high expectations. Pleased with her success and renewed outlook on life post spinal cord injury she returned home with the best intentions of maintaining her functional gains, it was then that she realised she was far removed from her new support system. Kristee's primary motivation for coming together with Genny and Jim to create Making Strides was to ensure that herself and others could have access to the tools, facilities and support required for their journey through recovery without having to leave the country. 

Little did Kristee know that know that her managerial skills, love of 90’s hip hop, Beyoncé Thursday and compassionate heart would position her as the bread and butter of Making Strides. She is our social media guru, web designer, head boss lady and holds the key to Making Strides advancement plans. 

Kristee’s entire work history falls within the health sector, serving in positions at Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Service, Sexual Health and Mental Health since finishing her rehabilitation following her accident. However, it was her most recent position of Project Officer in the Marketing and Fundraising department at Spinal Life Australia that she realised the immense need to support the underfunded and under resourced disability sector. Kristee was the driving force behind the Making Strides Recovery Foundation which aims to provide access to activity based recovery methods to all.

You can usually find Kristee out on her pink hand cycle and drinking a green smoothie or acai bowl at her favourite paleo spot in Burleigh… NOT! An epic Sunday for Kristee would include a sleep-in, a big breaky full of halloumi, bulk Netflix on a shady day in an air-conditioned house with a clean kitchen and a lot of smack talking during a footy game.

Things you NEED to know about Kristee:

  • Kristee has an unnatural fear of change; she once cried and went home after Wade got a hair cut

  • Her favourite restaurant is Bonita Bonita. A compulsive over orderer she can't say no to the calamari tacos

  • She is working towards completing the Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge in her pink handcycle which predominantly serves as a wall decoration in the gym

  • Kristee is terribly afraid of heights but that hasn't stopped her from ticking bungee jumping and skydiving off her bucket list

  • She hopes to one day spend time travelling through Mexico and South America