Micah Projects Board

Michael Kelly

Chairperson

Certificate in Cartography, Diploma in Coaching, Diploma in Management, Certified Executive Coach and Cert IV Training and Assessment

Michael Kelly has been a board member for 10 years and chair for the last six. He has travelled to New York to learn more about the Common Ground model of supportive housing service to resolve chronic homelessness. He has also visited and studied the Common Ground models in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Michael is a Spatial Information Officer. He is actively involved in community engagement for natural resource management, promoting a sustainable environment based on ethics and shared value. Michael is strongly committed to equitable outcomes for people who are marginalised or disadvantaged. He has over 10 years experience in the areas of community engagement, change management, facilitation and coaching.

Sue Bradnock

Treasurer
B Bus (Accounting), BA (Sociology)

Sue is the principal of Total Audit Services, an accounting practice which specialises in audits for small entities. She is a CPA and is a Registered Company Auditor. Prior to her career in accounting, Sue worked for many years in the not for profit sector with people with a disability. She feels that by having a background in both areas she will be of assistance to Micah Projects. Sue wants to be involved with Micah Projects as it delivers practical results for people in need.

Terry Fitzpatrick

Secretary
MSWAP. Master of Social Welfare Administration and Planning. Registered Nurse. Catholic Priest.

It has been a privilege to have been with Micah Projects since it formed and its Secretary for a number of years. I have been a Catholic Priest for 22 years, 16 years at St Mary's South Brisbane and 6 years in rural and remote Australia.

St Mary’s Community has had a strong social justice commitment responding to local, national and international issues for many years. My life enriching experiences in nursing and studies in social work have assisted me in my work as a priest and as secretary to Micah Projects. My work as a chaplain to the Catholic Aboriginal Community since the mid 1990’s has been both challenging and rewarding. This work has assisted me in understanding some of the issues and problems faced by the First Australians dispossessed of land and culture. 

Claudine Kasselis

Dr Claudine Kasselis is a Queensland barrister with an extensive practice specialising in Family Law, Commercial Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution. After practising as a CPA Accountant and Auditor early in her career, Claudine obtained a post graduate MBA and PhD in Accounting and Management before completing a Law degree at the University of Queensland.

Immediately prior to her call to the Bar Claudine was Associate to His Honour Justice Douglas of the Supreme Court and later practised as a solicitor at the national firm Freehills Solicitors. For many years Claudine has been an active supporter and volunteer legal advisor at the Women’s Legal Service and Caxton Community Legal Centres. She is a fully trained Mediator, accredited with the Australian Mediation Association and a qualified FDRP (Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner) under the Family Law Act.

Julie Cork

Dip Teach., B Ed. Studies, M.Phil, Graduate AICD

Julie runs a small management consultancy business that specialises in supporting organisations, leaders and managers to get the best possible outcomes. Prior to her life as a consultant, she worked as a teacher, and in both the Australian Public Sector (APS) and the Queensland Public Sector (QPS). Her areas of expertise include people management, equity, discrimination and misconduct. Jobs she has held include Director of Employment Equity (APS and QPS) and Commonwealth Employment Service (CES) Manager.

She spent a term as a part- time Commissioner at the Crime & Misconduct Commission (CMC) and is currently a panel member at Queensland Civil & Administrative Tribunal (QCAT). For the last 18 years she has been an executive member of P&C Associations, most recently at Brisbane State High School. She looks forward to contributing to the Micah Board. 

Carol Eapen

Carol is a Chartered Accountant and has spent her entire professional life working for KPMG, primarily in London and Singapore, ultimately as a partner for 13 years in the assurance practice of the Singapore Firm. After retiring from the business world and moving with her family to Australia, Carol decided to work and volunteer in the Community Services Sector.

Since arriving in Australia, Carol has either volunteered or worked as a Financial Counsellor, providing information and advocacy support to clients in financial difficulty. Carol is currently employed part-time with particular emphasis on helping problem gamblers who are in financial crisis. Through this work, Carol has gained experience of working with the most marginalised in our society. Carol is also an accredited telephone crisis supporter, volunteering regular shifts on Lifeline’s crisis line.  

David Gonsalves

David is a Partner at MPN Lawyers and holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons.). He specialises in banking and finance law, with an emphasis on consumer credit, compliance and securitisation issues. David undertakes national legal work for clients. He has vast experience in the management of legal firms, with an emphasis on leading accounting and information technology initiatives. David has also held part-time lecturing positions at the Queensland University of Technology Law School.

Beside his work commitments, David is drafting a manual on 'Risk Management of Consumer Transactions from a Legal/Financial Perspective'. He also takes an active interest in the arts, sports and other community related projects.

James Woods

BA (Journalism), MBA (Executive), Graduate AICD

James is a social entrepreneur excited by opportunities to collaborate, innovate and transform organisations to deliver exceptional services in competitive environments. With strengths in strategic planning, culture change, brand development, customer services and commercial growth, James’ diverse career spans executive-level roles in the not-for-profit, commercial and government sectors. His experience includes working in the media, a national role in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy, and leading marketing and sales, customer-experience and business-development functions for some of Queensland’s leading organisations.

As a management consultant James fuelled his passion for performance outcomes and building healthy teams. Presently working in the human services sector, James is active in his local community through his children’s school, the Brisbane ANZAC Day Parade and voluntary Board directorships.

Dr. Lewê Atkinson

B.Sc. (Health and Biological Sciences) Deakin University, 1986; Ph.D (Chem Eng), University of Queensland, 1996; and MBA University of Queensland, 1999, accredited by the Australian Evaluation Society (2005) “Most Significant Change (MSC) Story Technique” and “People Focused Program Logic, Results Based Accountability approach – Certified in Train the trainer course, ANU Integration and Implementation Sciences, Appreciative Inquiry framework 2011

Dr. Lewê Atkinson is certified in the systems thinking approach® to strategic management. He is Global Partner with the Haines Centre for Strategic Management LLC and has many government, private and non-profit clients in Australia and internationally.  

As a consultant, facilitator and trainer Lewê is experienced in evaluating NGO-style companies to help them gain greater clarity of purpose, minimise 'mission drift' and improve their effectiveness. Particularly in terms of improving their understanding of how their work makes a difference in the lives of the people that they support.  

He has most recently been facilitating the Entrepreneurship program at the QUT Executive MBA program and working with NPO clients.

Ann Gummow

LLB., Grad Dip Leg Prac., GAICD

Ann has spent over 27 years working in the Community Legal Sector. Most of that was as a lawyer with Women’s Legal Service in Brisbane, which specialises in family law, domestic violence and sexual assault. She has worked with a broad range of different people and cultures. This experience has given her a deep understanding of the dynamics of violence and the breadth of its impact on the people’s lives. When the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was established in 2013, a national community legal service (knowmore) was set up alongside it for the purpose of giving independent legal advice, assistance and support. knowmore has offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Ann heads up the Brisbane office.

In addition, Ann was a part-time Commissioner at Queensland’s Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) from 2006 – 2011. She has been the acting Chairperson of the Commission for a total period of six months. In these roles she developed skills in public sector corporate governance, integrity issues and management, working with a wide array of different professionals from police and publishers to politicians. From 1989 – 2006, Ann did sessional teaching at Griffith University, the University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology. She was also a member of the Behavioural and Social Sciences Ethics Review Committee at the University of Queensland from 1992 to 2006.

Michael Booth

B.Econ. B. Com. Grad. Dip. Com. Comp. M. Bus (Research)

Mike is currently a PhD candidate at QUT undergoing examination. His interest is in the financial viability and sustainability of nonprofit organisations. Mike teaches in both the School of Accountancy and the School of Management. 
 
Before joining QUT, Mike worked for a number of federal government agencies, most recently the Australian Taxation Office. In that organisation he spent 10 years as an Assistant Commissioner with his last role focusing on compliance with taxation lodgement requirements as well as debt collection. His role included very large scale staff leadership with associated business outcome achievement and business strategy development as well as IT project management. 

Mike has worked as an HR manager, IT Manager, accountant and auditor (both internal and external). He was both IT Manager and Finance Director at Greenslopes Hospital.

He previously served five years as pro bono Treasurer for Micah Projects and is currently a consultant on financial sustainability for GPTQ, the premier training organisation for medical practitioners in general practice in South-east Queensland. He is also a member of the Finance and Risk Management Committee of TADQ. 

Sheridan van Asch

Sheridan has had an exceptional career supporting government Ministers, industry and community based organisations with strategic, business and funding advice.

Working in tangent with Boards, government, and industry stakeholders at both domestic and international levels, Sheridan has driven and managed key projects and built business and industry growth. 

She has also successfully worked with First Nation Peoples, and community based organisations through her involvement in delivering successful remote and regional infrastructure upgrades and business development projects. 

Sheridan’s strengths are her energy, versatility and skill in working in partnership with industry, communities and individuals to create and maximise opportunities to achieve outcomes.