Board of directors
The QNADA board is comprised of representatives from member organisations.
Mitchell Giles (President) was appointed as the first CEO of Lives Lived Well in May 2012, following seven years as CEO of the Alcohol and Drug Foundation Queensland.
Mitchell is a Registered Nurse, holds a Bachelor of Business and a Master of Health Science (majoring in mental health). He has a wealth of practical, hands-on experience having worked in the alcohol and other drugs sector in an inpatient detox unit. Mitchell later went on to manage a hospital-based drug and alcohol service for 12 years.
During his career Mitchell has worked in a variety of positions including serving as Deputy Director of Clinical Services and State Manager for a HIV services program.
He has been appointed an Adjunct Associate Professor with University of Queensland.
Genevieve Sinclair (Vice President) is the current Manager of Youth Empowered Towards Independence (YETI). YETI is a small non-government agency whose mission is to provide a community-based, empowering, supportive, responsive, and healing environment that meets the needs of vulnerable young people through the provision of holistic services that foster social, emotional, spiritual, and physical wellbeing.
Genevieve has been in this role for eight years and worked in community and university research sectors for the past 20 years. Genevieve has two Bachelor of Arts degrees (Cultural Studies and Youth Work), and a Diploma in Community Services.
Jody Wright (Secretary) is the Executive Director of the Drug Awareness & Relief Foundation (Australia) and Drug ARM. She has worked for the organisation for over 10 years which brings over 20 years of experience in frontline, development and management roles. Jody holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science degree and is passionate about the work of the sector.
She is also a current Director for the Community Council of Australia, and sits on the executive of the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol and the Queensland Coalition for Action on Alcohol, and is an active member of the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health.
Ara Harathunian (Treasurer) has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Indigenous Wellbeing Centre (IWC) in the Wide Bay region for 16 years. IWC operates as a holistic model, providing a range of primary health and community care services to the community. The programs run by IWC include a number of AOD programs which aim to encourage the use of a variety of primary prevention activities that are related to AOD use, while at the same time promoting social and emotional health and wellbeing in the community.
Ara is also a member of various advisory health groups in the Wide Bay region and has a wide range of management experience with community, indigenous, and health organisations.
Trevor Hallewell (Director) has been involved in the community-based not-for-profit field for over 30 years. He has extensive experience in governance issues for community-based organisations. In 2005, whilst being the program manager at We Help Ourselves (WHOS), he was instrumental in the establishment of a 26-bed Therapeutic Community on the Sunshine Coast and a Day Program in Nambour, providing pre and post treatment services for people in Sunshine Coast.
Trevor was one of the foundation committee members that oversaw the establishment of QNADA in 2007 and has served continuously as a board member ever since. He was QNADA President between 2013 and 2018.
He also has extensive experience in the corporate sector implementing corporate infrastructure, establishing Incorporated Associations, and developing risk management policies and procedures.
Nicola Hayes (Director) is the Senior Program Manager of Queensland Injectors Health Network (QuIHN) Therapeutic Services programs. Nicola has worked for QuIHN in her current position for over 8 years. QuIHN provides a range of services that supports and promotes the health and wellbeing of people who currently use of have used illicit drugs and alcohol, and members of the community touched or affected by illicit drug and alcohol use.
Nicola has extensive experience in the Human Services industry in the private, government, and non-government sectors. She has worked in a variety of roles including direct service delivery, policy development, quality insurance and be held various senior management positions, both in Australia and Ireland.
Bernice Smith (Director) is the CEO of Goldbridge Rehabilitation Services in Southport on the Gold Coast. Bernice started at Goldbridge in 2010 as Operations Manager. Bernice has spent over 30 years working in the Health and Community services sector in Queensland. She has an ongoing commitment to the values of integrity, respect, community belonging, empowerment and compassion.
Bernice has a Bachelor of Social Services, Diploma AOD; Cert IV in Workplace Training, and AOD training with the Gestalt Association of QLD. She was a member of the Steering Committee for the Drug and Alcohol Summit held in 2001 and a member of the Qld Taskforce Committee for Child Protection. Bernice is a member of both the QNADA and ATCA Boards. Bernice undertook Therapeutic Community (TC) Standards training with ATCA in 2013 in 2014 and led the Goldbridge project to obtain ISO 9001:2008 quality standards. Bernice participated in the new ATCA Standards training course conducted in 2018.
Harriet Crisp (Director) is the current State Manager AOD (Queensland) for The Salvation Army, with AOD services in Mt Isa, Townsville, Brisbane, and Gold Coast. She began in June 2020 after moving from New Zealand. Her previous role was National Manager Education Services (Corrections) for the largest indigenous tertiary education provider in NZ. Having worked in both the non-government and government sector in NZ and Australia, Harriet has spent the last decade widening her experience in the areas of criminal justice, education, and mental health, in both frontline and management roles. Harriet holds Honours in Social Sciences (Psychology) and a Diploma in Community Services.