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Board of Directors

Peter Poulos


Peter is the longest serving Board member, having been appointed as a Director in 1995. He is the owner/manager of Theo Poulos Real Estate in Katoomba and has many years of experience in the field. Peter has overseen many advances at Greystanes and brings his experience and commitment to people with disabilities to his role as President of the Board.

Ron Jones


Ron joined the Greystanes Board of Directors in November 2009 and has been Treasurer since July 2011. Ron was in public practice in the Blue Mountains from 2005 to 2015 being retiring from full time public practice. He continues to provide accounting and some audit services to community organisations and incorporated associations in the Blue Mountains and Penrith areas. Prior to being in public practice, Ron held senior finance positions in a number of Australian and overseas companies including over 15 years as Associate Director Finance at Jones Lang Lasalle (Commercial Real Estate Agents). Ron has a Master of Business Degree (Accounting) from Monash University and is a Fellow of CPA Australia, a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries, a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants and a Justice of the Peace.

Robert Tinsey


Robert Tinsey is the Chief Executive of Greystanes Disability Services. Robert Tinsey joined the Greystanes Board in June 2012. He has been a solicitor for over 36 years, practising as a sole practitioner in Katoomba since 2002. He has degrees in Economics (major in accounting) and Law, with considerable experience in corporate and commercial matters. Robert is a Life Member of Hepatitis NSW, having served as a Board member for over 10 years. He has been an honorary solicitor for numerous service clubs, branches of charities and community organisations, and provided pro bono legal services throughout his legal career.

Jane Adams


MBA Charles Sturt University 2013-Bachelor, Education, with distinction, University of Technology Sydney, 1994-Higher National Diploma, Hotel and Catering Management, Westminster College London UK 1983.

John Curry


John was the treasurer for the Greystanes Foundation. John has worked in both the public service and family business, including a stint as a Federal Ministerial Advisor. John has lived in Katoomba since 1979, commuting daily to Sydney for work for many years. In 2006 John qualified as a conveyancer with Macquarie University and is a licensed conveyancer and consultant to Southwick Conveyancing in Katoomba.

Maxine Kerrison


Maxine has been a Director since October 2010. For the past 30 years, Maxine has been involved and worked for a number of disability organisations, working with group homes and assisting with the first Post School Options Program for deaf and blind young adults. After retiring from paid work, Maxine continued in the field as a volunteer for Riding for the Disabled (RDA) Blue Mountains. She is a Coach and President of RDA’s Management Committee. Maxine is also a parent and carer for her daughter who attends Leura Day Options.

Merylese Mercieca



Merylese has been a Director since October 2017. Merylese has been responsible for Blue Eco Homes business operations since 2003, with responsibility for office administration, financial management and marketing. Before Blue Eco Homes, Merylese had a distinguished career in nursing. Most recently, she was a Clinical Nurse Consultant for Respiratory Inpatients at Sydney’s Nepean Hospital. Merylese holds a Cert IV in Carbon Management alongside her Bachelor and Masters degrees in Health Science from the University of Western Sydney, and has been a member of numerous health-based Working Groups and Committees. As a senior nursing practitioner, Merylese understands well the importance of time management, operational efficiency, and client service and delivery.


Rod Newman



Tania Pearce


Tania has actively supported Greystanes Disability Services since 2009 and was appointed a director on the Greystanes Disability Services Board in 2014. She is one of the owners of Da-Mell Air Conditioning & Heating Pty Ltd, servicing the communities of Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains for over twenty five years. She is pleased to have assisted scores of young apprentices to achieve trade qualifications. Tania is an active member of the Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce as well as the Housing Industry Association. Tania has worked extensively in faith based charity organisations in the Emu Plains area, with a particular focus on mentoring young adults and providing compassionate service to persons in need. Tania is a happily married mother of four children.

John Rankins


 As a former TAFE NSW Hospitality Head Teacher, John has had a long history as an educator and trainer of young people and is a passionate advocate for those less fortunate. Although now retired, John is a current serving board member of numerous charitable organisations including Blue Mountains Retirement Villages, Blue Mountains Food Services (BMFS) and Rotary. He is very active with initiatives at BMFS’s Ben Roberts Café where he has assisted with training programs to assist young disabled people gain work skills. John was awarded an Order of Australia medal in 2016 for his volunteer work with Community. He also a Paul Harris Fellow (Rotary International) and was awarded a Commonwealth of Australia Polar Medal for his work with as an Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditioner.

Nicholas Tziavaras


Dr Nick Tziavaras (FRACGP MBBS) was a Director with the Greystanes Foundation. NIck has had over twelve years’ experience in general practice and has an interest in all aspects of health care, health promotion and children’s health with particular interest in cardiovascular disease and disease prevention.

Alexis Viles


Alexis was appointed to the Board in April 2011. Alexis retired from her position as Senior Nurse Manager at Blue Mountains District Anzac Memorial Hospital where she worked in many areas, including emergency and cardiology nursing. In 1980, Alexis began a long working partnership with Dr John England, establishing his stress testing clinic and facilitating the clinical trials Dr England undertook with the National Heart Foundation. Alexis has been the Chairperson of the Board of the Blue Mountains Retirement Village for six years, is a trustee with the Blue Mountains Health Trust, is a Justice of the Peace and has a tertiary qualification in Health Administration.

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