Board of directors
The QNADA board is comprised of representatives from member organisations.
Mitchell Giles (President) is the CEO of the Lives Lived Well group which comprises the Alcohol and Drug Foundation Queensland, Gold Coast Drug Council (Mirikai), and the Queensland Drug and Alcohol Council. Prior to this he was the CEO of the Alcohol and Drug Foundation Queensland for seven years. Mitchell is a Registered Nurse, holds a Bachelor of Business, and a Master of Health Science (majoring in mental health).
In 1988 Mitchell commenced work in the AOD sector in an inpatient detox unit. He later went on to manage another hospital-based drug and alcohol service for 12 years. During his career Mitchell has worked in a variety of other positions including Deputy Director of Clinical Services and State Manage for a HIV services program.
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.
Annemaree Callander (Secretary) is the CEO of Brisbane Youth Service (BYS). Annemaree has a Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences) and 31 years’ experience in human service delivery in government and non-government sectors. She has worked in a variety of direct service delivery, policy, and program roles in areas including youth homelessness and health, and child protection. Prior to returning to BYS in January 2011, Annemaree worked as a Director within the Office of Climate Change and the Office for Early Childhood Education and Care.
Her non-government experience includes five years working at BYS (1988 – 1993) where she established the Youth Health Service, Annemaree has also worked for both the Youth Sector Training Council and the National Youth Housing Coalition. She is passionate about issues affecting young people, and evidence informed practice models. BYS currently deliver non-clinical AOD programs to homeless and at risk young people and young families.
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.
Gerard Byrne (Director) has spent the last 28 years working in the alcohol and other drug (AOD) field, initially in a counselling role and then as an AOD Program Director. Gerard commenced in his current role as Operations Manager for The Salvation Army Recovery Services across NSW, QLD, and the ACT in 1998. In this role, Gerard oversees eight residential therapeutic communities providing 650 treatment places, four inpatient withdrawal management services, and six outclient services.
Gerard has also worked in the private and government AOD sectors for 11 years, providing a range of specialist AOD assessment, referral, intervention, and case management services. Gerard holds qualifications in Social Sciences, Alcohol and Other Drugs Work, Psychotherapy, Clinical Management, Business Management, Human Resource Management, and Workplace Training and Assessment. Gerard holds board positions on peak bodies such as the Network of Alcohol and Drug Agences NSW (NADA), Queensland Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies (QNADA), Alcohol Tobacco Other Drugs Association ACT (ATODA), Australasion Therapeutic Communities Association (ATCA), currently or previously holding executive positions on most of these boards.
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.
Mark Warcon (Director) is the CEO at Gumbi Gumbi Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Corporation in Rockhampton. Gumbi Gumbi offers residential rehabilitation as well as non-residential AOD counselling and information.
Mark brings extensive experience having worked as an Aboriginal Health Worker and an Aboriginal Health Worker Educator in both the Northern Territory and Queensland. He has also spent time as a Counsellor of Drug and Alcohol. Mark has been in his current role for the past 7 years.
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.