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 – Vice Chairperson (Member since 2013) (Vice Chairperson 2017)
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.

Barbara Smith – Management Committee Member (2008-2011)
(2017 – Present)
Barbara has had many years experience in the youth sector in Townsville – her experience includes JPET 8 years; Youth Justice, training and the Get Set for Work program.  She has also worked in the employment industry in a Job Active agency for 8 years.  Barbara has previously been a member of the QYS Management Committee and has had a long association with QYS going back to the early 1990’s.


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 fulfills 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 since 2014.

Ruth Martin
Ruth Martin has worked for Queensland Youth Services for 10 years. In that time she has supported over 1000 young parents and children. She has been a voice of reassurance, and a mentor in early childhood development. Ruth has been frugal with her funding, achieving great things on a small resource budget. Her ability to link young people with other services and their resources has demonstrated effective collaborative case management.  Ruth’s dedication to Queensland Youth Services and the young people we serve  is why the Management Committee has endorsed her joining the small Life Membership club