Directors

Exercise & Sports Science Australia

NASRHP Chair

Anita Hobson-Powell, BScApp(HMS), MSc, MBus, GAICD

Anita Hobson-Powell is the current CEO of Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA). She has been in a leadership role within the organisation since 2006. Anita has had many years of experience as a director sitting on Allied Health Professionals Australia Board, Gymnastics Australia Board and the Gymnastics Queensland Board. She is also the Company Secretary for ESSA and sits on the Nominations Committee for the Brisbane South PHN.

Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association

Jessica Landers, B.P&O

Jessica Landers is the Chief Executive Officer and Company Secretary of the Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association (AOPA). She has held an Association leadership role since 2019, as the previous Manager of Accreditation and Certification at AOPA.

Jessica is an AOPA-certified orthotist/prosthetist, with national and international clinical experience.  She holds a Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics and has completed Leadership and Management training with Swinburne University of Technology.

Speech Pathology Australia

Stacey Baldac, BSpPath-Hons, MBA, MSPA-CPSP, GAICD

Stacey Baldac is the Manager of Professional Standards of Speech Pathology Australia and has 20+ years’ experience in senior management/leadership roles improving services for the community across multiple sectors.   Stacey is committed to excellence by employing best practice, quality and risk management processes and modelling culturally safe and ethical behaviours.  Stacey has a commitment to facilitating culturally safe and responsive services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and is the chair of the Speech Pathology Australia’s Reconciliation Action Working Group.  Stacey is committed to supporting individuals with communication and swallowing needs and works in an interprofessional manner with national and international associations to facilitate the knowledge of and standards of the profession and facilitate international collaboration and mobility.

Human Genetics Society of Australasia

Lauren Hunt,  BSc. MSc. (Hons.) FHGSA

Lauren Hunt is the Chief Operating Officer of the Human Genetics Society of Australasia, having begun this position in May 2022. Lauren has a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership, but originally trained as a Genetic Counsellor, having held the role of Principal Genetic Counsellor at Queensland Health before moving to the HGSA. Lauren has over 14 years clinical experience and maintains her Genetic Counsellor Registration. Lauren’s clinical practice was predominantly in the public hospital system in Queensland and New South Wales, specialising in general genetics, working with people across the lifespan and a range of medical specialties. Lauren also worked in the private sector and has undertaken research in prenatal screening and cardiology during her clinical practice.

Dietitians Australia

Bree Murray

Australian Music Therapy Association

Liesel Higgins

NASRHP SECRETARIAT

Nicole Pantalleresco, GIA (affiliated) 

Nicole Pantalleresco is the current Company Secretary and Board and Executive Assistant at Speech Pathology Australia. She holds over 20 years’ experience in working with Boards and Executive Management of Allied Health Associations. Nicole has also provided secretarial and governance support to small community-based organisations.

Nicole joined NASRHP as Company Secretary in July 2021.

Beth Sheehan, BAppSci(HMS)-Hons, MIH 

Beth Sheehan was appointed as the project officer for NASRHP in July 2023.  Beth trained as an exercise physiologist but has been working as an international development consultant in the field of prosthetics, orthotics, disability and rehabilitation in a wide variety of countries and settings.  She recently returned to Australia and works for a number of organizations including NASRHP.