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.
Ara Harathunian (Treasurer) has been CEO of the Indigenous Wellbeing Centre (IWC) in the Wide Bay region for eight years, IWC operates as a ‘one stop shop’ 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 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 20 years. Trevor has extensive experience in governance issues for community-based organisations. In 2005, whilst program manager at We Help Ourselves (WHOS), he was instrumental in the establishment of a new 20-bed Therapeutic Community on the Sunshine Coast, which he has managed since.
He has also had extensive experience in the corporate sector implementing corporate infrastructure, establishing Incorporated Associations, and developing risk management policies and procedures.
Jody Wright (Director) is the Executive Officer for the Healthy Options Australia subsidiaries, including Drug ARM Australasia. Jody has worked for Drug ARM in a variety of roles for over 9 years and held the Executive Officer position for 5 years. Jody brings passion and understanding of the AOD sector, having over 15 years experience in a range of frontline, policy, and advocacy roles.
Jody holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science and has participated in specialised research partnerships, including in the areas of AOD, LGBTIQ, and CALD communities. More recently she has been involved in policy development and held a number of advisory group positions.
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 Co-CEO with Charlie Blatch at Goldbridge Rehabilitation Services on the Gold Coast in Queensland. Bernice has spent 30 years working in the Health and Community services sector in Queensland with various agencies across the community, government and private sectors. Bernice has a Bachelor of Social Services, Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs; and Cert IV in Workplace Training and undertook training in Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation through the Gestalt Association of Qld. She was a member of the Steering Committee member for the Drug and Alcohol Summit held in 2001.
Bernice undertook TC Standards training with ATCA in 2013 and became a Peer Reviewer resulting in being a member of a Peer Review team in New South Wales. In 2014, Bernice led the Goldbridge project to obtain ISO 9001:2008 quality standards.