LUKE MCKENNA (FOUNDER, DIRECTOR & SENIOR FACILITATOR)
UPP founder, Luke McKenna is an educator and author who specialises in working with schools to build growth mindsets, grit, wellbeing and leadership for all students. Over the last 10 years, he has worked as a classroom teacher, middle leader and Assistant Principal. Luke has worked with educators and students across Australian Primary and Secondary schools from the Independent, Catholic and Public sectors.
He holds degrees in Business and Education, a Masters of Educational Leadership, and a Professional Certificate in Positive Education.
Luke has spoken at The Positive Schools Conference; Griffith University's Professional Development Network Conference; and ACU's Advisory Conferences in Canberra and Brisbane. His work has been published in the Australian Journal of Middle Schooling, Happy Schools and The Positive Times, and he is also the author of "Thrive: Unlocking the truth about student performance".
He lives in Brisbane with his wife, Laura, and their 3 gorgeous kids.
HOGAN ROGERS (MARKETING and SENIOR FACILITATOR)
Over the last few years, Hogan has worked as the regional assistant for Marist youth ministry and as a member of the core team for Blind Eye, a local homeless and Indigenous outreach centre in Brisbane.
Hogan has been a key part of the UPP team since 2015. He has since undertaken and completed a diploma in marketing management. Hogan is currently undertaking his Bachelor of Business (part-time), along with his role as director of marketing and design.
Hogan is passionate about working with young people. Since 2013, he has worked with over 300 schools and 20,000 students sharing the message of students becoming their best.
Earlier this year Hogan got engaged and can't be more excited for the year to come.
PETE MCAULIFFE (OPERATIONS and SENIOR FACILITATOR)
Pete served as college captain in 2012, and this experience cemented his passion for authentic leadership and challenging young people to be their best. He had the opportunity to do two years of youth work, in both Sydney and Canberra. He has since worked for two years alongside the student wellbeing team of Iona College, as a behaviour management coach, wellbeing coach and campus minister. This gave Pete the opportunity to lead, develop and run retreats, programs and camps, for young people from age 7, up to 30 years old.
Pete has been a key member of the UPP team for 2 and a half years. Since 2013, he has spoken and worked with over 55,000 students including school, university and church groups.
This year, Pete supervises UPP’s small team of casual presenters and our program development. He looks forward to continually and deliberately growing himself and the team.
Pete’s great joy will be his wedding in July this year where he will marry the love of his life. Over Pete’s time as a presenter, he has come to believe that you can’t change your past, but you can choose your future; and that each student should have the opportunity to be their best.
BETH KEADY (FACILITATOR)
After graduating from high school, Beth volunteered in a 10 month program for NET ministries, Australia. This involved going into schools all over the country and running retreats with her team. She has a part time job as a Swimming Instructor where she enjoys working with young people and honing their skills in the pool.
After NET and since starting with UPP in 2017, she has worked with approx. 9,000 students in Australia (not including the littlies in the pool). Bethany is studying a double degree at ACU, a Bachelor of Teaching / Bachelor of Exercise Science. She loves learning more and working with youth to show them how they can live at their best!
LACHLAN WILSON (FACILITATOR)
UPP presenter, Lachlan Wilson, graduated from St Laurence’s College in 2012. Over the following three years, he worked in many different schools all over Australia, running leadership, peer pressure and sexuality retreats and leading youth ministry teams in Brisbane and Melbourne.
Having worked with an estimated 10,000 students, Lachlan is motivated to help young people recognize and develop to their full potential. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Education (Primary) and looks forward to working with students as teacher in a school community.
CODY KILPATRICK (FACILITATOR)
Cody has a huge passion for helping young people. He is highly committed, and dedicated to improvement. In high school, at Iona College, Cody held the position of house captain and prefect. He is currently enrolled in a double degree in Business and Creative Industries at QUT, however has deferred to focus on his role as an Intern at UPP.
Since starting with UPP, at the start of 2017, Cody has worked with approximately 3000 students, and continues to intentionally hone the craft of engaging young people in UPP incursions and workshops.