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The Team

Frances Cassidy I President


Frances has been CEO of Meat and Livestock Australia, Ltd., since 1990 and a Director of the Association since 1997. Frances is an accomplished Australian who has had a distinguished career in business and government which has focused on the development of American – Australian trade and business relationships. She was the First Assistant Secretary with the Department of Primary Industry in Canberra. She has spent the last 18 years in the United States, first as Minister-Counselor for Agriculture at the Australian Embassy in Washington, and then, as CEO with Meat and Livestock Australia. Frances received a BA from the Australian National University in Economics and Political Science. Ms. Cassidy joined the Association as President in 2002.

 Diane Sinclair I Vice President


Diane leads the Association’s Education Fund, Fundraising and Communications initiatives. She has spearheaded business development, marketing and technology for the Association. Through Diane’s efforts the Association has raised over $13 million for their education fund. In a past project Diane was able to secure a $25 million grant from the Australian Government for the United States Studies Center. Diane holds a Masters of Law from Georgetown University, is a member of the New York Bar, and is an accomplished corporate lawyer. Diane’s greatest strengths include her resourcefulness, leadership and drive. 

 Debbie Chappel I Director, Corporate, Government, Social & Cultural Programs

Debbie joined the Association in March 2008, after moving to New York with her husband in November 2007. Prior to arriving in New York, Debbie lived and worked in Australia and the Russian Federation. Debbie has held positions in the offices of senior Australian Cabinet Ministers, including the former Federal Treasurer, the Hon Peter Costello and former Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Alexander Downer. Most recently Debbie worked on strategy development and policy formulation for a national liaison network within the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. Debbie holds a Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations and Political Science from the Australian National University and a Bachelors degree in Government and Public Policy from the University of Queensland.
Ericia Antoine I Development Manager




Louisa Teo I Regional Director, New England


Born and raised in Sydney, Louisa has previously held marketing and communications positions at Sherman Galleries, Sydney Symphony, Biennale of Sydney, Macquarie Bank and MLC, the wealth management division of the National Australia Bank. Since graduating from the MS-MBA program at Boston University in Fall 2006, she founded Hire Purpose LLC, providing client companies, including Akamai Technologies, AT&T, BearingPoint, Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble, with tools to recruit and engage leadership talent. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Commerce from Sydney University and a Graduate Diploma in Art History from Melbourne University.


Jhelum Bagchi I Education Manager


Jhelum has a background in Sustainable Development with a Master of Science in Global Affairs from New York University. Previously, Jhelum was with the United Nations Development Program in New York. As the Education Manager, Jhelum manages and administers the Association’s Education Fund programs. 

Anna McCrea I Events and Membership Manager



Rollette Lusanta I Director of Finance, Operations & Technology 


Originally from the Philippines, Rollette moved to the US in 2003 to work as a Systems Manager in a global call center outsourcing company in NY. He later joined the Association in July of 2010 and is responsible for managing the technology needs of the Association. Rollette has a Bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

Melanie Chiew I Events Associate 
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