Staff & Board

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Staff & Board 2018-10-12T10:01:45+00:00


Heidi Prowse

Executive Officer

Megan Mills

Program Director

Megan joined Mental Illness Education ACT in 2017 as Program Director. Megan joins us with over ten years’ experience in the mental health, aged care and disability sectors in NSW. With a Degree in Health Science, and a management and training background, Megan is passionate about the use of education as a tool for change, and is excited to be with MIEACT!

Samantha Lambert

Client Relations

Sammy has over 10 years experience working in the public service and community services sectors, focusing her strengths on administration, event management and working with young adolescents. During this time Sammy has found that her passion lies with educating the Canberra community, especially young adolescents to better understand mental health by reducing stigma as well as promoting early help-seeking strategies through personal lived experience stories from our Volunteer Educators. Sammy started at MIEACT in February 2015 as our Office Manager and has now moved into working directly with our Volunteer Educators and our external stakeholders.

Kathy Heagney

Communications, Promotion & Design

Kathy has a background in news journalism and has worked as a Managing Editor and Senior Journalist on several Fairfax Media newspapers since 1995. She specialised in court and crime reporting while at The Canberra Times, frequently writing about the lack of options for mentally ill offenders. She developed a passion for digital design and operated several online stores and websites before joining MIEACT to combine the two interests. She feels strongly that mental health is an issue that is only now attracting the positive attention it deserves, and is encouraged by the trend towards teaching positive mental health habits and the importance of self-care from an early school age.

Hannah Bennett

Office Co-Ordinator

Hannah has over 10 years experience in the community sector as an early childhood educator, working as a team leader for both small and large childcare centers and after school programs. During this time she has gained her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. Her work with children has been interspersed with several roles in administration for many organisations varying from a small start-up design firm all the way up to a global financial company. More recently, she has undertaken studies in Public Health majoring in counselling. Throughout this course she has gained a passion for health promotion, especially in the area of mental health. She is excited to bring her enthusiasm for the sector in to her role and watch MIEACT grow as an organisation. Hannah has previously completed training to become a Volunteer Educator and felt strongly that the philosophy and goals of the organisation aligned with her own beliefs about reducing stigma and educating the community through sharing personal stories. She is excited to learn and grow within both her volunteer role and her position on staff.


Ian McDermott


Mike Banham

Vice President

Michael (Mike) Banham joined MIEACT’s Board in November 2016.  Mike has thirty-eight years experience as a serviceman (Army and Air Force), contractor, consultant, public servant and ministerial adviser.  He is currently a Director within the Estate and Infrastructure Group within the Department of Defence. He joined MIEACT to “support the good work delivered by MIEACT to the ACT community, it would in some small way, allow me to contribute to the broader community that me and my family have called home since 1997.”

Terri Warner

Secretary / Public Officer

Michael Konarzewski


Ordinary Members

Simon Viereck

Simon is Executive Officer of Mental Health Community Coalition ACT and brings 15 years of experience from the mental health and disability sectors in the ACT, Denmark and Ireland to the MIEACT Board. A personal enjoyment of story-telling and being the proud father of two teenage daughters makes him appreciate the unique contribution of MIEACT. On the Board Simon offers a strong understanding of ACT Government processes, good connections across the mental health sector and extensive experience in governance of community sector organisations.  Simon was the President of the MIEACT Board from 2015 – 2017.

Ian McDermott


Tessa Cleradin

Dr Tessa Cleradin has worked in the mental health sector for over a decade. She previously held coordinator positions at the Black Dog Institute and Urban Mental Health Institute (St Vincent’s Hospital) and undertook research for Carers NSW. She also managed a recovery  service for people with severe and complex mental illness in Western Australia (Pathways SouthWest) before returning to Canberra to raise her two young girls closer to family and friends. Tessa completed her doctorate at the University of New South Wales on the lived experience of bipolar disorder and is passionate about promoting mental health early intervention and contributing to the reduction of stigma in workplaces and the broader community. Tessa is a published author. She also has a border collie called Billie, loves hot yoga and watching ‘Midsomer Murders’.

Kim Garretty

Greg Francis

Volunteer Representative

Greg has been a teacher for 28 years, with a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma in Education from Sydney University, and a Masters of Educational Administration from University of NSW. He joined MIEACT as a Volunteer Educator several years ago, and has proudly presented more than 250 workshops during that time. He presents for the School Education Program, Community Awareness Program and Stress Better. He is a former Board member of four years, serving two of them as Vice President. He now returns to the Board to assist in smooth transition after a year of changes.

Heidi Prowse

Staff Representative