Management Committee

Carmen Acosta – Chairperson

Carmen Acosta has 30 years of senior leadership and management experience across both the private and not for profit sectors. During this time Carmen has worked across several different areas including disabilities, homelessness, youth, alcohol/drugs, family/children’s, mental health, domestic violence, employment/training and community legal across WA including both rural and remote.
Carmen has been responsible for the establishment, delivery and continuous quality improvement of many new and innovative services and multidisciplinary teams. She has a particular skill set in strategic, operational, financial and contract realignment; quality frameworks; the research, evaluation and assessment of community services. Carmen is also a seasoned board member having previously sat on the board of two WA peak bodies WAAMH and WANADA. 

 

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Matthew Ryan – Vice Chairperson

Matt is currently working as a Key Program Worker in the new Mallee AOD Recovery Program at Casuarina Prison. Matt recently graduated with a Bachelor of Behavioral Science (with Distinction) along with achieving Notre Dame University’s ‘Heart Award’ for his commitment to social justice, community spirit and reconciliation. Matt applies these skills in his role as AODCCC Vice-Chairperson to provide collaborative conversations and empowerment opportunities for AODCCC members. He is passionate about developing the voice, interests and opportunities for AOD consumers, their families, carers or friends individually, in the community and within governance circles. Matt believes that AOD consumers and the community that surround them are experts-by-experience in their lived involvement and for that reason are best placed to authentically be included to unpack a lived experience in decision-making circles. As someone with 20 years lived experience as an AOD consumer, developing these conversations and critically examining policies, plans and service provision, are issues close to his heart. Understanding and deconstructing the stigma that exists around AOD use in all levels of society, remains a consistent goal because he believes that the voice of AOD consumers and their support networks can be a powerful force of positive change in the community and in the lives of individuals.

Suzanne Caren

Suzanne Caren– Secretary 

Suzanne is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Management holding a Graduate Certificate in Business and is currently completing her Masters. She is a past Board Member of the Youth Affairs Council of WA and Perth Inner City Youth Service and a member of Youth Work WA.
Suzanne has a varied community service background with experience in youth and adult AOD, homelessness, domestic violence, employment, project management and tendering. Suzanne has a passion for advocating for the rights of consumers within the AOD sector to ensure they have every opportunity to lead their own treatment, goals and outcomes.
Currently Suzanne is the Operations Manager of Youth Focus headspace Midland and Northam, overseeing frontline services and education programs which aim to reduce symptoms associated with suicide, depression, anxiety and self-harm, and build long term mental wellbeing. 

Bridget Silvestri

Bridget Silvestri – Board Member

Bridget Silvestri brings authentic family lived experience to the AODCCC Management Committee, spending many years trying to manage AOD and mental health issues. Her journey for the most part was unsupported while she attempted to navigate ‘the systems’. This has led her to want to improve outcomes for fellow consumers, family members and the community at large. Bridget’s contribution is to progress the AOD consumer and community voice, for the learning and understanding necessary within the AOD space.

Kirsty McGeachy – Board Member

Kirsty McGeachy is the Coordinator of Accommodation and Tenancy Support at Mercy Care. Kirsty has a Bachelor of Social Science and Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma and is in her final year of Social Work. She has 13 years’ experience working in drug and alcohol, justice and homelessness. Kirsty is passionate about early intervention, accessibility and policy change for those effected by drugs and alcohol, mental health and trauma.

Staff

Alex Arpino – Development Coordinator 

Alex Arpino commenced his part time role with the AODCCC on July 27th 2020, and comes with 23 years of frontline AOD service delivery experience. This experience in the AOD sector is very broad having held positions from AOD Residential Rehabilitation Worker through to Case Management and Counselling, into Management and Senior Leadership positions. Alex was one of the founding members of the Drug and Alcohol Youth Service (DAYS), specifically in the area of Withdrawal and Respite and Residential Rehabilitation. Alex is a qualified Community Services and Youth Worker, an experienced Group Facilitator and worked in the area of Comorbidity Capacity Building, specifically delivering Mental Health First Aid and Suicide Prevention Training. Alex’s passion is drawn from a personal lived history and he has spent his entire adult life working with those impacted by drugs and alcohol.  Alex seeks to empower the voices of AOD consumers, family members and the community at large, with the task to address stigma, and draw out the vast experience and wisdom of consumers and the community. 

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