NADA Staff

larryLarry Pierce, Chief Executive Officer
Larry has served as the chief executive officer of NADA for 15 years, and has been working in the drug and alcohol field in New South Wales for the past 19 years. Larry holds extensive experience in the public sector, working 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 drug and alcohol committees and working groups. Contact Larry


robertRobert Stirling, Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Robert is responsible for sector reform and development, policy and planning, research and CEO/executive support.  He sits on a number of committees representing the non government alcohol and other drugs sector. Robert has qualifications in public health and community management. He is also a board director for a community organisation and is an assessor of the Quality Improvement Council (QIC) Health and Community Services Standards. He has worked in the alcohol and other drugs sector for over 10 years across the government and non government sectors. Robert is a NSW Justice of the Peace, providing JP services to NADA and its members. Contact Robert


suzieDr Suzie Hudson, Clinical Director
Suzie provides clinical advice and consultation for NADA members and NADA submissions, in addition to overseeing the custodianship of the NADAbase client information and outcomes system. Suzie is an accredited mental health social worker and has 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 alcohol and drug services both in Australia and overseas. In addition, 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


CiaraCiara Donaghy, Program Manager
Ciara is responsible for a number of sector development and capacity building projects including the Women's AOD Services Development Program which aims to increase AOD service providers' capacity to work with women with and without children. Ciara has worked at NADA for over eight years and has experience in project and grants management, quality improvement and resource development. She has qualifications in sociology and criminal justice, community welfare and community sector management. Her areas of interest include criminal justice, cognitive impairment, complexity and working with women. Contact Ciara


sianneSianne Hodge, Program Manager
Sianne is responsible for a number of sector development projects including leading the development of a workforce development plan for the NSW non government alcohol and other drugs 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


cassandraCassandra McNamara, Program Manager
Cass provides NADA and its members with NADAbase, evaluation and research support to further the capacity of the NGO sector in the collection, analysis and reporting of 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 alcohol and other drug 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


victoriaVictoria Lopis, Project Officer
Victoria is working on NADA sector capacity building projects, including the NADA Workforce Development Training Grants Program and the NADA Policy Toolkit. Victoria also offers secretariat support to the Youth AOD Services Network and the NADA Practice Leadership Group. Prior to working at NADA, Victoria worked in a policy and project capacity with the Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia. She has recently completed her Master of Policy Studies, and holds bachelor degrees in law and arts (media and communications). Contact Victoria


sharonSharon Lee, Communications Officer
Sharon develops, manages and evaluates NADA's publications, as well as organization and event 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 has prototyped business-critical applications for startups; designed websites for television, magazine, newspaper and radio publishers; and animated games and e-learning modules for children. She holds qualifications in public health, marketing and visual art. Contact Sharon


maricarMaricar Navarro, Administration Officer
Maricar is responsible for administrative and coordinating functions relating NADA's operations. This includes general administration and office coordination, executive support, secretariat for board and internal 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. Maricar comes from an administrative support background with NGO experience. She has recently completed her Diploma in Business and Management and holds a bachelor degree in visual communications. Contact Maricar