The Board

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Stefanie Poole

Stefanie is an Australian residing, American born, energetic, multi passionate individual. Stefanie's desire to work in the mental health and substance abuse field was a result of her father’s death, due to alcohol dependence and depression, when she was a teenager. This motivated her 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 experience working in a variety of clinical and community psychiatric settings most recently as a Dual Diagnosis (mental health and substance use) Practitioner-Project Worker for a community health centre in Melbourne. Stefanie currently runs her own private counselling and coaching practice to support women and their families during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. 

Stefanie’s vision for Kindred Clubhouse grew out of her frustration with the gap in community mental health services and the belief that all individuals should have the opportunity to realise their purpose and reach their full potential. Stefanie brings her personal experience, passion and leadership skills to her board position. She is excited to see the vision of Kindred Clubhouse come to life. 

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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.                                                                                                    


Sam Holyman


Sam originally hails from the eastern suburbs of Melbourne however completed his secondary education overseas in London, U.K. Returning to Melbourne to complete a Commerce degree, however completing further study overseas, Sam has been inspired by the range of people he has met and worked with whilst travelling.  Sam worked for a short period in financial markets however is completing the transition to a career as a pilot with an Australian airline. He is a passionate member of whichever local community he finds himself in and served on the leadership team of a Melbourne-based pro-bono consulting group working with the NFP sector. Sam has a particular passion for mental health advocacy and connecting all community members regardless of age and circumstance. Outside of work, Sam enjoys volunteering, travel and following any sport in which Australia is competing! 

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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.


Michael Sillekens
Committee member

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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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

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