Nadene Lee

independent representation

Currently Chief Executive Officer of Playgroup NSW, Nadene has extensive experience in corporate environments, with start-ups through to international organisations, leading organisational strategy, service development and delivery, digital transformation and marketing.

In addition to her role as Chairperson for SMART Recovery International, Nadene recently served as a Non-Executive Director for two not-for-profit organisations: Fragile X Association of Australia, a disability support member organisation, and The Right Direction Australia.

Nadene holds a Bachelor, International Business (Chinese), and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Queensland, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Brett Saarela

Deputy Chairperson
SMart recovery usa representation

Brett is a mental health professional who is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) by the State of New York. She received her BA from Carleton College and her Master of Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work, City University of New York. She practiced for ten years as a psychotherapist in New York City (NYC) specialising in mental health and addiction treatment for older adults in psychiatric in-patient units and out-patient clinics. She has been actively involved in SMART Recovery in the United States since 2001 and was a founding member of the NYC Chapter. Brett has been board member of SMART Recovery USA since 2009, she became vice president in 2011. After relocating to London in 2014, Brett became a SMART Recovery UK trustee.


Madeline Dermatossia

Chairperson, Finance, Audit & Risk Committee
Independent Representative

Ms. Madeline Dermatossian, Dip Law, MAICD, FCIS has been the Chief Operating Officer at Defence Housing Australia since 2013. Ms. Dermatossian has been Managing Director of Futureplus Financial Services Pty Limited since May 2011. Her role encompasses the provision of legal, compliance and secretariat support to the Futureplus. Ms. Dermatossian serves as Company Secretary of Chifley Financial Services Pty Ltd., and Principal Office Fund. She is a Member of the Law Society of NSW and the Australian Compliance Institute. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Secretaries of Australia. Ms. Dermatossian holds a Diploma in Law. She completed Executive Management Program from Harvard Business School.


Tony Wales AM

SMART recovery australia representation

Employed as a qualified chartered accountant with the firm, KPMG, for 12 years, Tony formed his own accountancy practice in 1974, which he grew to employ 60 staff members. He joined Computershare Ltd and took a major interest in the company in 1980, becoming its finance controller through 1989, then executive finance director. Mr. Wales took the company public on the Australian Stock Exchange in 1994, then internationally in 1997. Tony joined the SMART Recovery Board USA in 2007 currently the Chair of SMART Recovery Australia.


Jennifer Johannesen

SMART Recovery Australia Representative

Jennifer is a Senior Associate at Marque Lawyers in Sydney where she specialises in commercial and IP law, including franchising, advertising and competition law. She has also completed a secondment to Amnesty International. Jennifer is a board member of SMART Recovery Australia.


Lorena Di Carlo

Independent representation

Lorena has had more than 20 years’ experience in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector and is currently Managing Director, China for Danish research-based company Lundbeck.

Lorena has fulfilled senior global corporate roles in mental health and neurology where patient support has been a priority.

Lorena began her career at Lundbeck in 1995 and was promoted to roles including Vice-President, Marketing, Managing Director of Lundbeck Australia and Vice- President of Neurology in the United States.

Lorena holds an MBA from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and speaks four languages.


Bill Greer

SMART Recovery USA representation

William (Bill) Greer also serves as president of SMART Recovery USA. He has forty years of leadership and communications experience in the nonprofit sector, having served as an executive for the Food Marketing Institute, representing the global supermarket industry, and SmithBucklin, North America’s largest nonprofit association management firm. He has facilitated SMART meetings for people recovering from addiction, for family members and friends, and for inmates in correctional facilities (the InsideOut® program). He has played a leadership role in SMART branding and communications initiatives. Mr. Greer earned an MSJ from the U.S. Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.


Shiv Sharma

UK SMART Recovery representation

Shiv is a Peer Trustee on the Board of Trustees for UK Smart Recovery. He first encountered SMART Recovery meetings in his hometown of Hounslow. He went on to become a Peer Meeting Facilitator and a volunteer in his local drug and alcohol service, which led to his employment as an Engagement and Recovery Worker. In his spare time Shiv helps out at the Outside Edge Theatre Company, which works with and for people with substance misuse issues.


Bill Stearns

SMART Recovery USA representation

Bill is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and holds an MS in Corrections from Xavier University in Cincinnati. He has a JD from Salmon P. Chase School of Law at Northern Kentucky University. Bill has been an attorney in his own general practice law firm in the greater Cincinnati area for 44 years. For some 30 years, he served as a part-time magistrate in a local juvenile court that he helped establish and over which he presided. He became actively involved in SMART Recovery in January 2011, beginning as a participant then moving on to become a meeting facilitator. He has facilitated at least two meetings per week for the last four years, including the first in-jail meeting in the State of Ohio. In January 2015, Bill was elected to the Board of Directors of SMART Recovery USA and currently holds the office of secretary.


Kim McCreanor

SMART Recovery International Executive officer
Ex-officio Director

Kim is an experienced Executive Manager with significant leadership and management capabilities developed over three decades of working in the community service sector. She has worked in some of the most remote areas of Australia as the CEO of AMRRIC in the Northern Territory, and as EO of KIFSA in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. Prior to joining SMART Recovery International Kim completed a 12 month assignment with the Australian Volunteers for International Development program in Indonesia. Kim holds an Advanced Diploma Community Sector Management, Graduate Certificate of Management and is working towards completing her Master of Public Health.


Angie King

UK SMART Recovery Executive Director
Ex-officio Director

Angie’s professional background is health. She holds a degree in Social Policy and a post graduate qualification in management and leadership. She has worked in the voluntary sector for the last 20 years. Angie has led a number of charities from their earliest stages of development and then onward to becoming established organisations with excellent reputations. She hopes to achieve a similar goal with UK SMART Recovery, which resonates with her personal philosophy of empowering people to ‘live life to the full’.


Ryan McGlaughlin

SMART Recovery Australia Executive Director
Ex-officio Director

Currently Executive Director of SMART Recovery Australia, Ryan has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 25 years, including nearly 20 years in executive roles. This has been has been primarily in the fields of mental health, suicide prevention, HIV/AIDS advocacy, Gay and Lesbian rights, social justice and the environment. Ryan was the Chief Executive Officer for Suicide Prevention Australia for over eight years and the Executive Officer of People Living With HIV / AIDS (NSW) Inc (now Positive Life) for over 5 years. Ryan has a Master of Not-for-Profit and Social Enterprise Management at the University of Technology, Sydney.


Mark Ruth

SMART Recovery USA Executive Director
Ex-officio Director

As Executive Director (ED) of SMART Recovery USA, Mark Ruth oversees operations and works with the Board of Directors to achieve its Five-Year Strategic Plan. Prior to joining SMART, he served as ED of the Western Reserve Counselling Service, which helps clients overcome addictions and resolve many other mental and behavioural issues. Ruth served as Director of Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Ohio. He has extensive entrepreneurial experience in IT and management consulting, helping businesses and organisations improve profitability, streamline operational inefficiencies, leverage technology, build effective teams, grow financially and increase their community impact.