Kindred Spirits, founded by Rhonda Renwick, is made up of a group of people connected through personal and professional relationships and a desire to make a difference.

Rhonda is a transport industry proprietor, organisational psychologist, educator and mother of three.

In 2008, Rhonda became the sole director of her family’s company, Latrobe Valley Bus Lines, with depots in Morwell, Traralgon and Moe.  After 35 years living in the Latrobe Valley, and witnessing substantial social and economic change, Rhonda began to develop her vision for the bus line, to further its community involvement.  She recognised that public transport was a vital link for a healthy community and a healthy environment, and a great way to be socially connected.

As Latrobe Valley’s leading public transport provider began to grow and develop through working closely with her employees and the community, Rhonda sought to extend her vision to encompass engagement with other local communities; some living with mental illnesses and physical disabilities. In observing communities who could benefit from small amounts of funding, consistent networking and local support, the underpinning of her vision became a reality.

As a working legacy, Rhonda established The Kindred Spirits Foundation, a philanthropic trust that would enable wider community connection and support, with the aim of Empowering People and Communities to achieve their dreams.  Kindred Spirits is dedicated to giving a hand. Through acts of kindness the foundation supports people and their communities make the connections they need to stay on track and reach their destination.

Rhonda was joined by like-minded founding members Kathy Havers, Operator of Catalyst Financial Group, and Ann Shanley, a social welfare and business development professional, both of whom are Directors of the Foundation.  Pam Usher, philanthropist was a Director from 2009 to 2013. Pam was previously a bus company owner. Rhonda's three children Gregor, Karissa and Rebecca became Directors in 2011.

“The Kindred Spirits Foundation support people to make the connections they need to stay on track and reach their destination …. Connections, tracks and destinations …. It all sounds a bit like public transport.  And, in reality, public transport with the Latrobe Valley Bus Lines, has been the catalyst in establishing the Kindred Spirits Foundation.” Rhonda Renwick.

Rhonda Renwick

I am a mother and grandmother, a psychologist, an educator, a mentor, and a business woman. As founder of Kindred Spirits Foundation, I strive to live in a world where acts of kindness help us reach for our dreams and care for our environment. KSF, through mentorship, education, employment and initiatives, drives social and environmental […]

Ann Shanley

Ann Shanley, director and a founding member of KSF, thrives on liaising and talking with groups and individuals with the hope of supporting people, operationalising objectives for organisations, linking expertise and actively seeking out opportunities that support communities of people to continued success and sustainability. As a consultant and senior project manager across several environments, […]

Kathy Havers

Kathy has a commitment to, and passion for, making a difference and providing support and advice, in a world where her financial, legal and compliance skills, coupled with her drive to be involved, enable her to contribute to improving outcomes for others. Kathy is a self-employed Certified Financial Planner with Catalyst Financial Group with a […]

Gregor Renwick

Gregor is a caring, devoted father of two beautiful girls and, with his partner Aquaria, believes in giving their girls the best opportunity to experience understanding of their own feelings and the feelings of others. Gregor is passionate about preserving Indigenous culture, so lives part of the time in the Aboriginal community of Wadeye where […]

Karissa O’Halloran

Karissa is firstly and foremost a proud mother of two beautiful boys, Zac ten and Jake six.  During school hours she concentrates on her two businesses, the first as a furniture distributor and the second a makeup stylist. Karissa has a background in photography and loves anything creative. She feels blessed and proud to be […]

Rebecca Crawley

Bright P-12 College is building a culture where learning is seen as a lifelong process and where excellence is promoted in academic, creative, social, citizenship and sporting pursuits. The achievements of students, staff and others in the school community are valued, acknowledged and publicised.The College fosters self-esteem and values individuals by providing an environment where […]

Mark Burton

Mark is a certified Practising Accountant and has over 20 years’ experience providing strategic and commercial advice to businesses and not-for-profit organisations. Mark is also a director of Refugee Migrant Children Centre Ltd and BAV Finance Pty Ltd.

Jennifer Carmichael

Jenny has 40 years’ experience in the finance industry with specialties in commercial and rural business. She is the relationship manager for a financial advisory consultancy. Jenny is a past chair, current board member and a life member of Community College Gippsland.