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Our board

The QNADA Board is comprised of representatives of member organisations.


Trevor Hallewell (President) 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 including in implementing corporate infrastructure, establishing Incorporated Associations and developing risk management policies and procedures.


Gerard Byrne (Vice President) has spent the past two decades working with The Salvation Army Recovery Services. He is currently the Clinical Director for Recovery Services, which is comprised of eight Residential Therapeutic Communities, four Detoxification services and three out-client Services.

Gerard has also worked in the private and government sectors , providing a range of alcohol, gambling and other drug services. Gerard holds qualifications in Social Sciences, Alcohol and Other Drug Work, Psychotherapy, Clinical Supervision and Business.


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 alcohol and drug programs which aim to encourage the use of a variety of primary prevention activities that are related to alcohol and other drug use, while at the same time, promoting social and emotional health and well being to 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.


Annemaree Callander (Secretary) is the CEO at Brisbane Youth Service (BYS). Annemaree has a Bachelor of Arts (Social Science) and 26 years’ experience in human service delivery in both the government and NGO sectors. She has worked in a variety of direct service delivery, policy and program roles in areas including youth homelessness, youth health, and child protection. Prior to returning to BYS in January 2011, Annemaree worked as a Director within the Office for 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. BYS currently delivers non clinical drug and alcohol programs to homeless and at risk young people.


Mitchell Giles (Director) is the Chief Executive Officer 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 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).

It was, as a nurse in 1988 that he commenced work in the alcohol and drug 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 as a State Manager for a HIV services program.


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 Alcohol and Other Drug sector, having over 15 years experience in a range of frontline, policy and advocacy roles. 

Jody holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science degree and has participated in specialised research partnerships, including in the areas of Alcohol and Other Drugs and the 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 Chief Executive Officer at Gumbi Gumbi Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Corporation in Rockhampton. Gumbi Gumbi offers residential rehabilitation as well as non-residential alcohol and other drug 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). Check back soon for more about Nicola.


Genevieve Sinclair (Director) is the current Manager of YETI (Youth Empowered Towards Independence). 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 well-being.

Genevieve has been in this role for eight years and worked in community and university research sectors for the past twenty years. Genevieve has two Bachelor of Arts degrees (Cultural Studies and Youth Work), and a Diploma in Community Services.


John Bartlett (Director) co-founded Fresh Hope in 1999 with his partner Karen Bartlett and has been a Co-Director ever since. Fresh Hope is a non-profit community based organisation with a family-orientated rehabilitation program designed for mothers and their children who have become dependent on drugs and alcohol.

John has a degree in Ministry and is also a qualified Justice of the Peace and a Civil Marriage Celebrant.

Thank you to our outgoing Vice President! 


Geoff Manu is the General Manager of Queensland Injectors Health Network (QuIHN). He is from a non-English speaking background and values his connections to his cultural heritage as a South Pacific Islander. Geoff has a professional and personal commitment to the development of disadvantaged communities and to the improvement of social inclusion for such communities. 

Through his roles in government departments and the not for profit community sector, Geoff has acquired a vast amount of experience in health, social inclusion and equity issues among a diverse range of populations, including: prisoners, drug users, people with mental health concerns, the intellectually impaired, the homeless, Indigenous communities, young people and the aged.