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.’

Elizabeth Stubbs

Deputy CEO

Elizabeth has worked in our organisation over many years in different positions including client-facing roles and management roles. She brings great experience to the clinical governance of the organisation and is instrumental in promoting cultural safety for our clients, staff, and community stakeholders. Elizabeth currently oversees the operation of CAAPS programs and services.

Leah Cawood

Office Manager

Leah commenced with CAAPS in late 2019 as the Office Manager and has worked in various NT Government Agencies and in the private sector around Darwin. She has experience in facilities management, corporate administration, and emergency management. A born and bred Territorian, she is dedicated to the NT and supporting her community.

Cassandra Fisk

Clinical Coordinator Youth Service

Cass has recently started with CAAPS after moving to the NT in August 2020 and is the Clinical Coordinator for Youth Services. Cass brings a wealth of knowledge regarding intensive therapeutic residential care, trauma-informed practice, strength-based interventions, youth mental health, and child protection. Cass was worked with youth for over 17 years and is passionate about bringing support and empowering youth to reach their maximum potential.

Katryna Kennedy

Darrandirra Family Centre Coordinator

Kat has recently joined CAAPS to coordinate our Northern Suburbs Family Centre. Originally from WA, Kat has spent the last 8 years making Darwin home, working in and around the Northern Suburb with children, youth, and families to support positive wellbeing outcomes and assisting 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.

Anupa Mathew

Coordinator/AOD Counsellor, Strong Steps

Anupa commenced with CAAPS in 2012, has worked in various roles since then. Anupa currently oversees the Strong Steps AOD counselling program in Coolalinga. Anupa has been passionate about working with young people and she received The AADANT “Outstanding Contribution to Youth AOD” Award for the year 2021, recognising her commitment, perseverance, and dedication to youth AOD treatment. Anupa holds a master’s degree in social work and has completed Cert III in Community Services and Cert IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs. Anupa currently studying advanced diploma in AOD counselling.

Jason Chukwukelu

Clinical Coordinator AOD

Jason has recently joined CAAPS as the Clinical Coordinator for AOD. 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.