Julie Babineau President (elected November 2019) Julie Babineau is the chief executive officer of Odyssey House NSW. Julie has worked in the public service in Canada and Australia for more than 35 years. Previously she was appointed Deputy Director of the then Drugs Program Bureau (NSW Health), followed by executive roles at Justice Health, eight years as CEO. She holds qualifications in social work, psychology, sports science, management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Libby George Vice President (elected November 2019) Libby George is the general manager of Drug and Alcohol Health Services Inc. Libby has worked extensively in the human services sector, including roles in education, family support services, health and community services and AOD programs. She holds qualifications in education, mental health, AOD and frontline management.
Peter Valpiani Finance Executive (elected November 2019) Peter Valpiani is the chief executive officer of the Haymarket Foundation, and has worked in the non government sector for the past 12 years. He has a keen interest in improving the capacity and effectiveness of the AOD sector through the adoption of innovative practices. Peter is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA), as well as qualifications in project management, change management, and communications.
David Kelly Board Executive (elected November 2019) David Kelly manages Maayu Mali, an Aboriginal community controlled residential rehab in Moree, and a range of other social and emotional wellbeing programs for the Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service. David has worked in the AOD sector for close to 20 years, including senior roles across a range of NADA member organisations, and NADA itself. David’s qualifications include psychology, addiction studies, social health, management and leadership within the non profit sector, including an MBA.
Carolyn McKay Board Member (elected November 2019) Carolyn McKay is the chief executive office of the Sydney Drug Education & Counselling Centre (SDECC). Carolyn has extensive experience as a social worker and manager working in the human services sector, across children and families, disability and mental health, in both government and non government organisations. She holds qualifications in social and political science, social work and management.
Ed Zarnow Board Member (elected November 2019) Ed Zarnow has been employed in the AOD sector for the past nine years, during which time held the position as CEO of Lyndon and currently is the chief operating officer (finance and operations) with Lives Lived Well. Prior to this, Ed held senior management roles in the aged care industry and public health system. His qualifications include health administration (finance), facilities management, and business (governance).
Latha Nithyanandam Board Member (elected November 2019) Latha Nithyanandam is the chief executive officer of ADF NSW—Kathleen York House. Latha brings over 36 years’ experience working in mental health services and AOD treatment, both in Australia and overseas. Her qualifications are in psychology at undergraduate, post-graduate and doctorate levels. She also currently holds two service positions for the Australian Psychological Society as treasurer and committee member for both the APS Sydney branch and the ‘Psychology and substance use interest group’.
Norm Henderson Board Member (elected November 2019) Norm Henderson is currently working as the senior AOD officer at Weigelli Aboriginal Corporation and program advisor/coordinator of Aboriginal Hub Projects in Parkes, Bourke and Walgett. He holds 25 years’ experience in the AOD sector. Previously he worked as the chief executive officer of Orana Haven Aboriginal Corporation, and manager of the Lyndon therapeutic community.
Sandy Kervin Board Member (elected November 2019) Sandy Kervin is currently chief executive officer the Jarrah House. She holds nearly 30 years’ experience working across a variety non government organisations. She is the women’s representative for the NSW Premier’s Council on Homelessness, and serves as a board member for Detour House Inc. She is currently studying to attain an MBA at Deakin University.