Larry Pierce Chief Executive Officer
Larry 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 is responsible for sector reform and development, policy and planning, and research. 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 the national AOD peak body and a national clinical research centre, 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, and is currently undertaking a doctorate exploring performance measurement of AOD treatment. Contact Robert.
Dr Suzie Hudson Clinical Director
Suzie provides clinical advice and consultation for NADA members, and contributes to policy and advocacy submissions. Suzie oversees the custodianship of NADAbase, and provides advice and support regarding client outcome and reporting. Suzie is an accredited mental health social worker with over 20 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 counseling 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 provides clinical advice, consultation, training and advocacy to improve pathways for AOD continuing care. Michelle has over 20 years' experience in the health and human services sector from AOD, housing, domestic and family violence, forensics and child protection. In the AOD non government sector, she has supervised and coordinated outreach counselling teams, needle syringe programs and worked for drug and Koori court diversion services. She has qualifications in training and assessment, criminology and addictive behaviours. Contact Michelle.
Sianne 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 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.
Raechel Wallace Aboriginal Program Manager
Raechel provides NADA and its members with advice and guidance regarding culturally appropriate practice alongside Aboriginal people who work in, or are seeking assistance from, AOD treatment. Raechel’s mob is the Wodi Wodi and Wandian people of the Yuin nation. Raechel has worked in the AOD sector for the past 15 years primarily supporting Aboriginal people. Her background includes service management, project management and workforce support. Contact Raechel.
Tata de Jesus Senior Project Officer
Tata provides NADA and its members with NADAbase support, and works on the NADAbase expansion project, specifically around the redesign and development of NADAbase reports, dashboard, and tutorials. In addition, Tata also provides secretariat support and project coordination to 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.
Resli Büchel Senior Project Officer
Resli provides support to the NADA Women’s Network and the Youth Network, as well as being responsible for a number of sector development projects, including the Policy Toolkit and the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Resli has worked as a clinician in the AOD sector since 2012, and has a background in nursing. She has qualifications in public health, health promotion and communications. Her areas of interest include consumer participation and advocacy, AOD/mental health comorbidity and drug law reform. Contact Resli.
Dr Rosemaree Miller Research and Data Management Officer
Rose is responsible for facilitating research involving NADA and its members. This includes leading research projects which strengthen the performance of the sector as a whole, support with NADAbase and the routine collection, reporting and analysis of data and outcomes. She has worked as a researcher in the AOD sector since 2017 and has experience in university-level research and teaching. Rose has a PhD in psychological science, a BSc in psychology and a BA in creative arts and writing. Contact Rose.
Trinka Kent Consumer Engagement Coordinator
Trinka's role is to lead and support members to build their consumer engagement capacity, and to provide consumer input on NADA initiatives and projects. Trinka has worked in the community services sector for seven years in drug and alcohol, youth, homelessness and with people leaving custody. Trinka’s lived experience drives her passion for social justice. She has provided comment to media on issues such as stigma and illicit drug use, barriers for people leaving custody and reintegrating back into society. She has almost completed a BA in social work. Contact Trinka.
Sharon Lee Communications Officer
Sharon 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 Manager
Maricar supports NADA through office management, human resources, finance support, executive/secretariat support, general administration and coordinating functions relation to NADA operations. She also leads NADA’s accreditation process, providing oversight of continuous quality improvement systems. She holds qualifications in business and management and visual communications. Contact Maricar.
Dejay Toborek Events and Grants Administration Officer
Dejay manages the Training Grants program and organises the logistics and administration for NADA's events. He has worked in the HIV sector as a researcher, in policy and governance development and in peer support. He has many years of event experience, having worked for well-known venues, ticketing agencies and theatrical productions. Contact Dejay.