Kerry was born in Hobart Tasmania, living in Melbourne most of her life. She has had a variety of occupations, the first at 15yrs of age cleaning kindergarten toilets. She failed Yr12, worked for 2 years packing toilet rolls, welding outdoor furniture and spinning records as a library assistant in the John Medley Library at Monash University. Kerry completed Yr12 as a mature age student at 19, completing a Bachelor of Education Art & Craft, Post Graduate Diploma in Dance and Movement and Post Graduate Diploma in Librarianship. Teaching art for over 40 years in both primary & secondary schools across all sectors, public and private. 25 of those years in the Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatient Unit at Monash Children’s Hospital working with all schools across the Southern Metropolitan Region of Victoria. Consequently child and adolescent mental health is a passionate advocacy role for her. Kerry is currently the Educational Consultant/Ambassador for the School Refusal Clinic in St Kilda. She served for 7yrs on the Board of the Alliance Francaise de Melbourne, volunteered for “Fitted for Work” in the dressing room helping vulnerable and marginalised women prepare for employment, worked for the YES campaign in her electorate of Goldstein and is a member of her local Country Women’s Association.
Kerry has lived in Auckland, Paris and Annecy, as a consequence speaks “merde de taureaux” French and has an obsession with the Tour de France.
She is an atheist, swims regularly, takes Nia dance classes and sings in a small vocal ensemble.
She is a very curious person who is not shy of asking questions, having an interest in politics, media, current events and in all cultural areas. Education is in her DNA, which manifests as a forbearance towards misinformation and disinformation.
She has a daughter, two grandchildren, an Italian Greyhound “Pellegrini” and a 95 yr old mother in care. She is in the multiple Logie/AACTA award winning Gogglebox Australia and is the muse to her “fancy man” an artist.
In 2022 Kerry, her daughter and mother wrote a best selling memoir “Out of the Box”.