Our Board

United Synergies prides itself on having a model of governance that provides strategic leadership within a solid and accountable set of governance policies and procedures.

The combined experience, expertise and commitment of the Directors has resulted in a Board that understands and practices strategic ways of governing.

Greg Livingstone


Greg Livingstone has experience in general management, strategy, finance and HR in a large Australian agribusiness and consumer products company.

Since leaving his corporate role, Greg has been engaged in areas of particular interest including sustainability in its broadest sense and has worked with the Noosa Biosphere, University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) Sustainability Advisory Committee and has chaired the Sunshine Coast Economic Development Advisory Board.

Greg has a Master of Commerce degree from the University of New South Wales.

Paula Holden


Paula has over 20 years leading multidisciplinary teams in the people and culture expertise. Paula is a Fellow Certified Practising Human Resources Professional and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has extensive experience in leading the implementation of significant change in organisations across varied sectors including mining, employment, health and not for profit.

As an executive leader, Paula demonstrates commercial strategies with a strong value alignment to enable a whole of business approach. Leveraging her MBA, her expertise is in developing and implementing business strategy, risk and systems to ultimately align ‘people’ (customers and employees) to deliver best in class outcomes.

In the not-for-profit sector, Paula serves as a director for organisations focusing on mental health, suicide bereavement and homelessness. Other than her professional commitments, and her genuine passion for people, her family and her fitness also form a significant part of her world.

Joyce Chorny


Joyce is a ‘New Australian’ having migrated here from Canada in 1996. Before arriving in Australia her work life has included a degree in Sociology and a 20-year career in the visual arts, managing public collections, coordinating public artwork placements, developing policy on the arts and managing major festivals and events, including the local visual arts component for the 1988 Winter Olympics.

Upon arriving in Hervey Bay, she took up the role of Principal Coordinator of the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre where she has worked with disenfranchised and vulnerable people for the last 18 years. Under this auspice, Joyce managed a variety of licensed and regulated programs including childcare, aged care, youth at risk and family support programs. She also worked with the community planning, fundraising, designing and building a $7M community hub which now provides a public meeting space and houses 20 services supporting community.

Recently retired from work, Joyce is an active Rotarian and incoming President of the Rotary Club of Hervey Bay Sunrise. Joyce brings extensive knowledge of community, grant writing expertise, fundraising acumen and enthusiasm to the board.

Glen Damro


Glen has 25 years’ experience as a senior manager across a range of industries both in Australian and internationally. At present he is the Manager – Consulting Services for a large Brisbane based organisation specailising in safety, security, compliance and risk management. Glen’s strengths are innovation, strategy design, business development, and operations accountability.

Glen has two Masters’ Degrees including an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA). He is also a qualified Lead Auditor and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Oscar Modesto


Oscar is a registered psychologist with a Master Degree in Family Therapy (Mexico) and PhD in Psychology from Macquarie University.

Born in Mexico, Oscar migrated to Australia in 2004 and following the completion of his studies gained a decade of experience working across Centacare Parramatta and CatholicCare Sydney. Oscar held senior roles overseeing services in post separation, family violence, counselling, parent education, and men’s services, where he played a crucial role in the development of outcomes strategy for the organisation.

While living in Mexico Oscar worked with “street children” and the families of children who had been affected by mental illness. He now has a special interest in working with families from CALD backgrounds in Australia.

Oscar has conducted research on attachment, identity and relationship issues, presenting his findings at several international conferences.  Recently Oscar joined the Australian Catholic University (ACU) as a Lecturer on a permanent basis and coordinates the postgraduate counselling programs.

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