Our Board is responsible for the governance of Huntingtons Queensland. Tasked with overseeing the operations, decisions and direction of the Association, our board members proudly represent our Queensland community by voluntarily giving their time and expertise.
Shane is a keen and active supporter of the HD community. With Shane’s family affected by HD, he is determined to support all those directly impacted, their families and the goal for a cure. Shane has extensive experience in senior business management roles, having worked for more than 20 years for Telstra, and most recently in consulting roles across business transformation.
Gerry has been a stalwart of Huntingtons Queensland for more than 25 years, and is well known in our HD community as a determined and forthright advocate for families impacted by Huntington’s disease. Gerry, a retired corporate manager, also has many years’ lived experience of HD as a parent, husband and carer.
Nick has an accounting background and assists a wide array of Not-For-Profit entities on a daily basis. Nick is a chartered accountant with a passion for assisting all clients to understand their economic position and meet their financial goals. He hopes to bring that same passion to Huntington’s Queensland.
Angela joins the Huntington’s Queensland Board with a corporate background in accounting & banking. She is passionate about supporting the Huntington’s Community and volunteers for Huntington’s Queensland, HDYO, and HD-CAB. Her grandfather become symptomatic when she was a young girl, and later Angela cared for & supported her mother. Angela tested positive for Huntington’s Disease in 2017 when she was 20 years old. Now, she is currently undergoing PGT IVF treatment with her husband in the hope to have a HD-free baby. They enjoy spending time at the beach with their labrador Sadie as well as watching marvel movies/tv shows.
Jason de Bakker
Jason has an extensive background in corporate services, compliance and organisational development, gained over more than 20 years in the not-for-profit and community sectors. Jason is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a particular interest in governance and strategy.
Our staff come from varied backgrounds, different experiences and perform a multitude of tasks, all with the purpose of ensuring our services can reach Queenslanders in need.
Tressa has worked on and off for Huntingtons Qld for over 20 years. Tressa has an Arts and Social Work Degree, and worked in the disability sector for many years. Tressa also worked in aged care, supporting older people with other forms of dementia. Tressa would love to see a time when there is a cure for Huntingtons Disease.
Tressa is married to Michael, and they have three girls. In her free time, Tressa enjoys listening to audio books, reading, gardening and spending time with her family.
Cathy has worked extensively in the not-for-profit sector for over 15 years. She has expertise in administration management, IT, fundraising and event management. Cathy’s interest in not-for-profit work developed while volunteering when her children were babies. She has become very passionate about providing support to people that need access to specialised services and information.
When she is not at work, Cathy enjoys organising events and activities for friends and continues to volunteer when time permits. A keen amateur photographer, she is not surprisingly more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it.
Jen has worked at Huntingtons Queensland as Finance Officer for over five years. With Accreditations, CPA, B. Bus. – Accounting, Jen carries out all financial record keeping and accounting duties which includes Board and Statutory financial reporting.
Jen is married to Stan Lysiuk CPA. B. Commerce, who volunteers his Auditing expertise for the benefit of Huntingtons Queensland. They have two adult children. When not at work, Jen and Stan are frequent theatre goers (mainly opera these days).
Kelly’s career has been varied, having studied psychology, nursing, business and previously working in domestic violence prevention, the NDIS and disability sectors. Kelly also have lived experience of caring for family members with chronic health conditions and ASD. Whilst worked in challenging socio-economic situations, Kelly has many years of experience in supporting people to achieve life-improving outcomes.
Living on the Gold Coast, Kelly is mum to 3 children and 2 fur babies! In her spare time, Kelly loves spending time at the beach, walking the dogs and being creative with her passion for interior design.
Basil brings a wealth of expertise to his role with 18 years of experience in sales, business, and the disability sector. Basil has a BSc in Economics (Hons) and an MBA. Basil’s passion for making a difference in people’s lives led him to join non-governmental organisations. Basil is driven by creating inclusive communities that support individuals with disabilities.
Outside of work, Basil cherishes spending time with his wonderful family. Basil is blessed with a loving wife, Chi, and two incredible children.