Larry Pierce Chief Executive Officer
Larry Pierce has served as the chief executive officer of NADA for 15 years, and has worked in the AOD sector in NSW for the past 19. Larry has extensive experience working in the public sector, gained in HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C public health programs in the Queensland and the Commonwealth health departments. He sits on a range of strategic health committees including the NSW Health Drug and Alcohol Program Council, the NSW Health NGO Advisory Committee, NCOSS Health Policy Advisory Committee, as well as a range of task orientated AOD committees and working groups. Contact Larry.
Robert Stirling Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Robert Stirling is responsible for sector reform and development, policy and planning, research and CEO/executive support. Robert has worked in the AOD sector for over 10 years across the government and non government sectors. He sits on a number of committees representing the non government AOD sector. He is also a board director for a community organisation, an assessor of the Quality Improvement Council (QIC) Health and Community Services Standards, and a NSW Justice of the Peace. He holds qualifications in public health and community management. Contact Robert.
Dr Suzie Hudson Clinical Director
Dr Suzie Hudson provides clinical advice and consultation for NADA members and submissions, and oversees the custodianship of NADAbase. Suzie is an accredited mental health social worker with over 17 years’ clinical experience in the fields of substance misuse, mental health, forensics, research and evaluation. Suzie has worked, developed and managed community based and residential AOD services both in Australia and overseas. She provides training workshops and maintains a private counselling practice. Suzie has a PhD in public health and community medicine and a passion for engaging with social change. Contact Suzie.
Michelle Ridley Clinical Consultant
Michelle Ridley provides clinical advice, consultation, training and advocacy to improve pathways for AOD continuing care. Michelle has worked for over 17 years in the human services sector from juvenile justice, housing, domestic/family violence and child protection. In the AOD non government sector, she has supervised and coordinated outreach counselling teams, drug and Koori court diversion services, needle syringe programs, and developed programs to improve service delivery. Michelle has completed a BA in criminology and is completing the masters of addictive behaviours. Contact Michelle.
Sianne Hodge Program Manager
Sianne Hodge is responsible for a number of sector development projects, including leading the development of a workforce development plan for the NSW non government AOD sector. Sianne has worked in the AOD sector since 2006 and has experience in project management, quality improvement and research. She has qualifications in criminology, social science and policy. Her areas of interest include blood borne viruses, consumer participation and reducing AOD harm among older persons. Contact Sianne.
Cassandra McNamara Program Manager
Cassandra McNamara provides NADA and its members with NADAbase evaluation and research support to help the non government AOD sector collect, analyse and report client treatment and outcome data. Prior to working at NADA, Cass spent 17 years’ working in the government sector in administrative and policy roles. Her exposure to the AOD sector has been in managing the policy areas of the Opioid Treatment Program and the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre. She has recently completed her Master of Public Policy and holds qualifications in public sector management. Contact Cassandra.
Helena Hodgson Program Manager
Helena Hodgson is responsible for the HNECC Regional Drug and Alcohol Practice Networks, created to increase the service delivery capacity of the AOD treatment sector through improved regional coordination, and improve the effectiveness of AOD treatment services for individuals between various sectors. For the past nine years Helena has worked in the AOD sector working with Community Drug Action Teams across the Hunter New England and Central Coast areas. She has worked in the community services sector for 30 years and holds diplomas in community services work and governance. Contact Helena.
Rubi Montecinos Program Manager
Rubi Montecinos is responsible for a number of sector capacity building and sustainability projects, and also the Women’s AOD Services Network. Rubi has change management, quality improvement and project management experience in the health arena. Rubi has worked with diverse communities, managed state-wide and national programs, and undertaken service delivery improvements with both non government and government services. She holds qualifications in health science, international health and management. Contact Rubi.
Fiona Poeder Consumer Project Coordinator
Fiona Poeder promotes consumer engagement strategies to empower individuals and develop quality relationships between services and their clients. She has worked in harm reduction and drug user organisations on both a national and jurisdictional level for nearly 25 years. At Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) and the NSW Users and AIDS Association (NUAA) she addressed substance user targeted discrimination. She has developed and managed a number of services, resources and programs for highly marginalized communities, informed by her sociology degree. Contact Fiona.
Ana Katerina de Jesus Project Officer
Tata provides NADA and its members with NADAbase support, and works on the NADAbase expansion project. In addition to managing the ongoing review of the ‘NADA policy toolkit’, she also provides secretariat support to the NADA networks—the Youth AOD Services Network, the Women’s AOD Services Network, and the NADA Practice Leadership Group. Tata comes from a project administration and management background with experience in Australia and overseas. She holds a bachelor degree in international studies. Contact Tata.
Victoria Lopis Project Officer
Victoria Lopis joined NADA in 2015 as a project officer working on NADA sector capacity building projects, including the administration of the training grants. Victoria also coordinates training events and oversees the ‘NADA reconciliation action plan’. Prior to working at NADA, Victoria worked in a policy and project capacity with the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia. She holds a Master of Policy Studies from the University of NSW and bachelor degrees in Law and Arts (Media and Communications) from the University of Melbourne. Contact Victoria.
Sharon Lee Communications Officer
Sharon Lee develops, manages and evaluates NADA’s publications, as well as organisational and conference materials. She crafts communications to compel people to think, act and feel. For the past 15 years she ran a digital consultancy, connecting clients to their audiences with research, strategy and design. She prototyped business-critical applications for startups, designed websites for media publishers, and animated games and e-learning modules for children. She holds qualifications in public health, marketing and visual art. Contact Sharon.
Maricar Navarro Office Coordinator
Maricar Navarro is responsible for administrative and coordinating functions relating NADA’s operations. This includes general administration and office coordination, executive support, secretariat for meetings, purchasing and supporting financial systems, compliance requirements, ICT, event management, and property and asset management. She also leads NADA’s accreditation process, providing oversight of continuous quality improvement systems. She has recently completed her Diploma in Business and Management and holds a bachelor degree in visual communications. Contact Maricar.