Our Management Committee

 

Melissa Previtera – President (March 2020 – present); Secretary (September 2016 – February 2020)

Degree in Psychology and Social Science Majoring in Welfare Studies. Melissa comes from a social welfare background and was a long term employee with QYS from 2005 to 2013 as Team Leader for the Get Set 4 Work programs assisting disadvantaged youth transition into employment. Mel is currently in a management position at Mission Australia.


                                     Krissy Regan – Secretary (2020 – present); Management Committee Member (2019 – 2020).

Bachelor of Exercise Science and Sports Management. After 15 years managing projects around the world Krissy Regan moved home to Townsville in 2018. As well as managing international projects she is an author a poet and Founder of Mindful Mums Qld. Krissy has developed a number of unique training programs focused on leadership, client management, managing remote teams, wellbeing and creating more mindful leaders.

 


 

Tammie Harrison – Vice President (September 2021 – present); Committee Member (2020 – 2021)

Bachelor of Community Management, Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Community Work, Certificate of Youth Work Practice and Cert IV in Indigenous Leadership.Tammie has worked in the youth sector for over 15 years including the Youth Support Coordinator Program with QYS for 9 years, and IONA House Women’s refuge for 5 years.Tammie currently works as a Senior Project Officer for the Department of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Partnerships in the Remote Service Delivery Team.


Pat Driscoll – Treasurer (September 2021 – present); Management Committee Member (November 2019 – September 2021)

Bachelor of Engineering, currently completing Master of Urban Planning and Design. Pat has been Managing Director of Software Solutions (QLD) Pty Ltd for 26 years and Chairperson of DriveIt for 13 years where he was instrumental in sourcing $12 million worth of funding for the Townsville motor sport precinct.


Tom Evans – Management Committee Member (2020 – present)

Diploma of Management, Certificate in Workplace Health & Safety. In his early career Tom worked as a bank clerk with several financial institutions across NSW and QLD. He later held a financial officer position with the Townsville Community Rent Scheme, where his interest in community services were ignited. Tom joined Queensland Youth Services on the 21st June 2004, and after 16 years of managing QYS’ financial accounts he retired in July 2020. Tom is also a life member of QYS.


Dr Mark David Chong – Management Committee Member (2020 – present)

PhD (Law) (Syd), LLM (Merit)(Lond), LLB (Hons)(Lond), English Barrister-at-Law (Lincoln;s Inn), Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore. Dr Mark is currently a senior lecturer in criminology and criminal justice studies. He was formerly the Director of Research Education at the School of Arts and Social Sciences, James Cook University from 2012 to January 2015, and Acting Associate Dean of Research at the College of Arts, Society and Education, JCU, from July 2019 to September 2019 (3 months). He is also an external assessor (grant applications) for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dr Mark graduated with a PhD in Law from the University of Sydney.


Joe Mikaele Ah-Kuoi – Management Committee Member (2020 – present)

Graduate Diploma of Learning & Teaching, Bachelor of Arts – English & Sociology. Joe brings to QYS his 12 years experience working with youth as a mentor, tutor and teacher in both New Zealand and Australia. Some of Joe’s professional highlights include coordinating student leadership groups, curriculum leader, head of student well-being, Indigenous leaders program facilitator and school sports coach. Joe is currently Director of Strive Lane, a Self Development and Mentoring Program.


Adriel Burley – Management Committee Member (2021 – present)

Adriel is a Member of the National Mental Health Commission. He has a wealth of experience form around North Queensland and Western Australia, and has broad, active passion for suicide prevention, following careers in Project Management of Townsville Suicide Prevention Network, Education, Residential care and consultation work for not-for-profit sector. He played an integral role in the development of Townsville’s Community Suicide Prevention Plan 2017-2020 and was a campaign leader for Operation Compass for Ex-ADF veterans and their families.


Vicki Saylor – Management Committee Member (2021 – present)

Vicki is the Director of Say La V Marketing and Events. She has worked with youth for over 20 years. In her previous work life she has established the mentoring program in the Cleveland Youth Detention Centre, and mentored participants of the Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE’s Pathways Program. Vicki is also a member of the creative arts community in Townsville.


Life Members

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 resigned as President at the end of 2016.

Tom Evans
Tom has the much respected title of being QYS’s longest serving employee.  Tom commenced work for QYS in 2004 as a Bookkeeper and fulfilled the role of Finance Manager for QYS until retiring at the end of July 2020, an outstanding 16 years of service.

Melissa Previtera
Melissa has not only been a long standing employee for QYS but has now been a member on our management committee holding the position of Secretary from 2014 – 2020, and currently sitting in as Management Committee President.

Ruth Martin
Ruth Martin has worked for Queensland Youth Services for 13 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.

Gaye Bickle
Gaye worked for QYS as the Resource Officer for 10 years before retiring in mid-2018.

Toby Marhin
Toby has been with QYS for over 11 years and has always gone above and beyond for our organisation and the youth that we serve. Toby commenced employment with QYS on September 6, 2010, with the Reconnect team as an Early Intervention Worker, bringing with him a diverse skillset from the IT industry. During his employment with QYS, he completed his Certificate IV and Diploma of Youth Work and became a facilitator in evidence-based youth development programs such as LOVE BiTES and Money Wise. He has also acted as the Reconnect Team Leader for a 6-month period too. On many occasions, Toby has used his IT skills to assist co-workers in problem solving computer issues, and even went as far as assisting in developing a Work-From-Home plan for the office during major COVID restrictions in 2020.

Feedback received from his supervisors and clients is always positive, often mentioning his mediation skills and his ability to create a safe environment for each participant. His compassion ensures both parties are understood and can share their point of view. Furthermore, he has helped many families stay connected, whether they agreed to live together or apart. Through his actions, abilities and skillset, we know that Toby will always have QYS’ best at heart. He is a huge asset to QYS, and naturally, was endorsed for a Life Membership award.