Our Management Committee


Max Lenoy – Chairperson (2017); Management Committee Member (2014)
Bachelor of Education (James Cook University); Ed.M (Harvard University)
Max has previous experience in governance holding positions as a Director and non-Executive positions at University and Institutional organisations; he also is a member of national, Queensland and local organisations. Max has also been a Primary School educator and holds memberships with Indigenous and other youth service organisations.  He has previously achieved an Indigenous Staff Scholarship and a United Nations Fellowship.  Max is currently a Lecturer at James Cook University and teaches in the area of Educational Technologies.

Greg Beavis – Treasurer (2015) 
Bachelor of Business (Accounting)

Greg joined the QYS Management Committee in 2014 and was nominated for Treasurer in 2015. Greg has retired from working for the Federal Government Departments of Indigenous Affairs for over 21 years and prior to that as a Shire Clerk for numerous western regional councils.  He currently enjoys contract taxi driving to fill in his time.

Melissa Previtera – Secretary (2014)
Melissa comes from a social welfare background and being a long term employee with QYS from 2005 to 2013.  Melissa holds a Degree in Psychology and Social Science Majoring in Welfare Studies.

Liana Schnierer – Member Management Committee (2013)
Liana comes from a social welfare background having experience in Corrective Services (both community and prison sector), the Foster Care system, researching and training. Liana has previous experience in being part of management committees, and has always attempted to give back to the community by participating in volunteer work.  Liana is passionate about positive, meaningful change and making a difference and with both her hands on experience and working from an empowerment based framework she hopes to be a valuable member to QYS.

Tanya Rice – Management Committee Member (2016)
Diploma of Community Services; Cert IV Training & Assessment; Currently studying Bach of Social Work (James Cook University)
Tanya currently is employed as a Program Coordinator for the Bail Support Program at Mission Australia.  She has acted as the Indigenous representative on the RAP committee for Mission Australia.  Tanya is a member of the Kalkadoon Land Council Committee and is active with the Indigenous Justice Group of Elders for the Townsville Courts.

Kellie Walters – Management Committee Member (2017)
Bach of Science (Chemistry/Psychology), Environmental Science and Sustainable Development
Kellie is the General Manager of the VRM Group, which manufactures and sells biological technology for use in cleaning, agriculture, organic waste management and odour control.  Kellie’s past experience includes business development and consultancy for a number of governments, non-profit and indigenous groups as well as being the CEO of a non-profit organisation Zero Waste Australia.


Life Members

Brian Kelly (Chairperson 2007-2012)
Brian was the Chairperson for QYS for more than 4 years. He has accumulated over 20 years of experience in various roles on a board or committee. Brian has a Diploma of teaching, and worked in the education sector for many years. He also managed a Youth hostel of under 16 boys, and has continued working with youth attending court. Brian has now moved interstate and is unable to continue serving on our committee.

Brent Fergusson (Chairperson 2015-2016)
Brent worked for QYS as a Program Coordinator in 2005, moved to Queensland Health in 2006; commenced service with QYS as an ordinary committee member in 2007 and elected treasurer in 2008. Brent was QYS’s second longest serving management committee member. Brent has resigned as Chairperson at the end of 2016.

Tom Evans
Tom is QYS’s longest serving employee.  Tom commenced work for QYS in 2004 as a Bookkeeper and now fulfils the role of Financial Manager for QYS.

Virginia Hall (OAM)
Virginia (Ginni) has been a member of the QYS management committee from 2010.  Ginni has also acted as Manager of QYS on a couple of occasions as well as supervising JCU students who have had student placements with QYS.

Melissa Previtera
Melissa has not only been a long standing employee for QYS but has now been a member on our management committee and holding the position of Secretary for two years.