The Board

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Stefanie Poole

Stefanie's desire to work in the mental health and substance abuse field grew from her personal experience losing her father to depression and alcohol dependence. This experience led Stefanie to study psychology and earn a Bachelor of Science in Counselling Psychology and a Master of Science in Mental Health Counselling with a Forensic Services concentration. Stefanie has more than fifteen years of experience working in a variety of clinical and community psychiatric settings. Stefanie moved to Australia in 2010 from Boston MA, USA and currently works as a Dual Diagnosis (mental health and substance use) Practitioner-Project Worker for a community health centre in Melbourne. She also volunteers at her local community garden where she served as Secretary. Stefanie brings her personal experience, passion and leadership skills in the areas of clinical service delivery and project management. She is excited to be involved in the development of Kindred Clubhouse.


Michael Sillekens

Michael has worked in mental health service delivery for more than 25 years. He trained as a psychiatric nurse at Lakeside Hospital, a large, now closed, psychiatric institution in Ballarat and has seen the delivery of mental health care transition from the early days to current models of care. For the majority of his working life, Michael worked as a clinician and manager of mental health community teams and has been involved in setting up new programs for people with mental health issues. Michael volunteers for a soup van and a running club and has the simple aim of making life better for people who suffer mental illness. Michael brings experience gained from previous executive positions in mental health services, new service set up and clinical service delivery.

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Eric Linder

Eric has extensive experience as a senior executive in government and privately owned businesses providing essential services. He has a broad and diverse background in leading multidisciplinary teams with responsibilities across a wide range of corporate functions including corporate governance, risk management and insurance, legal, occupational health and safety, worker’s compensation, environmental management, public and government relations and internal audit. Eric has a Doctor of Philosophy and bachelor degrees in engineering plus a Company Directors Diploma.  He has served boards as Company Secretary and has been a member of boards for: a start-up company, industry superannuation fund, government corporations and non-profit business. He has a strong desire to utilise his business skills and experience to make a contribution to the community sector.                                                                                                    

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Kim Kerr
Vice President

Kim has been working in community mental health services for more than 30 years, this includes 12 years working in a Clubhouse program. Kim was a Faculty member of Clubhouse International for seven years and has witnessed the positive impact of the Clubhouse model both in Australia and overseas. Kim is particularly interested in building effective vocational pathways for people with a mental illness. Kim’s current role is Residential Services Manager - at Ermha, in the south eastern suburbs of Victoria - overseeing two Prevention and Recovery Care Services (PARCS). Kim brings experience in establishing and running community mental health programs and experience working in the Clubhouse model.

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Lisa Kerr
Committee member

Lisa is a Melbourne-based children’s author and illustrator with books published both locally and internationally; she also manages two online graphic websites.

Her interest in mental health began in the early 90’s when she became involved with the Clubhouse program that was operating in Richmond. Since 2016 Lisa has been an enthusiastic volunteer of the Kindred Clubhouse program running at Ebdale Community Hub.

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Doug Neale
Committee member

AAPI, CPV, B. Bus (Property)

Married with three school aged children, Doug grew up on the Mornington Peninsula. He has spent the majority of his working life in the property profession, in particular valuations. With family and friends still residing on the Mornington Peninsula, Doug retains a strong connection with the region. Doug believes the establishment of Kindred Clubhouse in the Frankston area would both complement and enhance the work of other local organisations involved in mental health. In his spare time Doug enjoys travel, family activities and volunteering at a local nursing home