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The Team

John Berry I President


The new President of the American Australian Association comes to the job well prepared after serving as the 25th US Ambassador and President Obama’s personal representative to Australia. Prior to that, John served in multiple senior government positions, earning three unanimous Senate confirmations, including: the head of “HR” for the Federal government as Director of the Office of Personnel Management; the “COO” of the Department of Interior as Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget; the head of 40% of Federal law enforcement as Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement at the Treasury Department; and Legislative Director for Rep. Steny Hoyer. John has also been a leader in the non-profit sector, serving as the Director of the Smithsonian National Zoo; The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and Government Relations for the Smithsonian Institution. John has accomplished many firsts, most notably, the first openly LGBT US Ambassador to a G20 country and while at OPM, he was the highest ranking LGBT executive official in US history. He has stood atop both poles – north and south, visited all of the world’s continents, as well as all of the states of both the USA and Australia. His most favorite recognitions of the many received have been Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award, a lion named “John” in his honor and a mountain in Antarctica called the “Berry Bastion.” He is married to his partner of over 20 years, Curtis Yee.

Debbie Chappel I Chief Operating Officer

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.
Georgina Duckworth I Director of Corporate, Government, Social & Cultural Programs
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 outsourcing company in NY. He later joined the Association in July of 2010. Rollette has a Bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

Melanie Chiew I Events and Communications Manager
Nancy Chapman Finance Manager
Luke Foley Events Associate 
Louisa Teo I Regional Director, New England
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