Meet our National Leaders

See all Neami National Leadership members below
Arthur Papakotsias
Our vision is for full citizenship for all people living with a mental illness in Australian society
Chief Executive Officer

Joined: 1991
Qualifications and memberships: Post graduate qualifications in management from RMIT, Residential Leadership Program at Harvard Business School.

Chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee of Mental Health Australia (MHA). Chair of Housing Choices Australia

Arthur leads Neami National and its National Leadership Team working to see Neami fulfil its vision, mission and strategic directions.

Jenny Hall
Chief Operating Officer
Phone: 08 8465 7050

Joined: 2009
Qualifications and memberships: Service provider representative on the SA Health and Community Services Advisory Commission

Jenny oversees service delivery and corporate operations

Vanessa Karamesinis
Chief Financial Officer / Company Secretary

Joined: 2002
Qualifications: Bachelor of Economics and Commerce; Associate Certified Practising Accountant (CPA ASA); Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)

Vanessa oversees Financial Services, General Counsel, ICT and the Board and Legal Team.

Peter Gianfrancesco
New South Wales State Manager

Joined: 2014
Qualifications: RMN, BA Social Welfare (mental health), Grad Dip Comm Health, BSc Integrative Psychotherapy

Peter oversees service delivery and strategic development in New South Wales.

Kim Holmes
South Australian State Manager
Phone: 08 8471 9200

Joined: 2013
Qualifications: Bachelor of Social Work; Graduate Certificate in Business Management; Masters in Business Administration (underway)

Kim oversees service delivery and strategic development in South Australia.

Glen James
West Australian State Manager
Phone: 08 6252 0426

Joined: 2015
Qualifications: Ass Dip. Welfare; Grad. Dip. Management (Community Health); Cert. IV Training & Assessment ; Ad. Cert Review & Auditing

Glen oversees service delivery and strategic development in Western Australia.

Karen Thomas
Queensland State Manager

Joined: 2017

Qualifications: Diploma of Community Services, Advanced Diploma of Community Services Management, Management/Leadership Post Graduate Certificate in Business (Public Sector Management) - current 

Karen oversees service delivery and strategic development in Queensland.

Glen Tobias
Victorian State Manager
Phone: 03 8459 7867

Joined: 1994
Qualifications and memberships:  Graduate Diploma of Business (Organisational Change and Consulting). VICSERV Board of Governance

Glen oversees service delivery and strategic development in Victoria.

Joe Cassar
General Manager Service Development

Joined: 2001
Qualifications: BA Social Science. Grad Cert Culturally Responsive Practice.

Joe oversees Projects and Innovations, Research and Evaluation, Tenders and Submissions, Learning and Development and NDIS strategy.

Sacha Miezis
General Manager Corporate Services
Phone: 03 8691 5300

Joined: 2017
Qualifications: Masters in Human Services Management, Policy & Research. 

Sacha oversees Communications and Marketing, People, Capability and Culture, Quality, Compliance and Risk and Corporate Support. 

Susan McWhirter
General Manager Financial Services

Joined: 2014

Qualifications: Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) RMIT, Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)

Susan oversees Financial Planning and Analysis, Financial Accounting, Payroll, Property and Fleet.

Steven Petrenko
General Manager Information, Communications and Technology

Joined: 2014
Qualifications: Bachelor of Applied Science, Honours (Computer Science, Electrical Eng.), Graduate Diploma of Education. Member of IEEE Computer Society and IEEE Professional Communication Society.

Steven oversees ICT infrastructure, applications, operations and projects. 



Melanie Sherrin
General Counsel

Joined: 2017

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts, Juris Doctor, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice.

Melanie oversees the Board and Legal Team.