Our Staff

Jill Smith


Jill joined CAAPS as CEO in July 2013. Over 25 years she has worked with the community and government agencies in NSW and the NT. Jill is the current Chairperson of the peak body for Drug and Alcohol Services in the NT AADANT, and a Board member of NTCOSS. ‘I felt I could help CAAPS deliver while reflecting on core principles of capacity building for Aboriginal people, working alongside the CAAPS Board and staff while bringing my leadership experience in the NGO sector to the CEO role.’

Jason Chukwukelu

Executive Manager

Jason recently joined CAAPS in 2021 as the Clinical Coordinator for AOD, he then quickly progressed to Executive Manager – AOD Programs.

Originating from Nigeria, Jason moved to the NT in 2018, now calls the NT home and has been working in the Not-For-Profit and Community Services Sector. Jason brings a wealth of experience in Mental Health and also has experience in Strategic Management, Clinical Pathology and Project Management. With a postgraduate degree in Public Health, Jason’s interest lies in Mental Health and Addictions, within the context of Aboriginal and Tropical Health.


Elisabete Pinto

Coordinator/AOD Counsellor, Strong Steps

Elisabete joins our Strong Steps team with several years experience working in the fields of AOD rehabilitation and domestic and family violence. Elisabete, a registered counsellor with strong leadership experience has specialised in the provision of services related to comorbid AOD addiction and mental health disorders and family violence support and holds a Bachelor of Counselling.

Katryna Kennedy

Family and Community Services Manager

Originally from WA, Kat has spent the last 8 years making Darwin home; working in and around the Northern Suburbs with children, youth, and families to support positive wellbeing outcomes and assist them to reach their full potential. Kat brings experience and knowledge in local systems networks and strengthening families and communities through strengths-based, trauma-informed, and collective impact frameworks.


New Coordinator Starting Soon!

Clinical Coordinator Youth Service

Check back here soon for more information. 

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Naina Qureshi

AOD Clinical Coordinator

Recently moved to Darwin from the UK with a variety of experience in supporting vulnerable populations including Out of Home Care, Corrections and advocacy for Women, Naina joins our AOD team in a leadership role. Naina holds a Bachelor in Social Work (Hons) and has a strong focus on trauma informed approaches to service delivery.