BOARD MEMBERS

Martti Honkanen

President
Martti is currently serving his second term as President of the AFRHA Board. A native Finn, Martti is settled in Canberra. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. He has extensive professional experience in a wide range of building industry roles including senior management and executive roles ranging from small to multinational companies, dealing with project feasibilities, raising project finance and managing tendered and development projects. More recent experience has been in building consultancy areas of resolving construction technical issues and dispute resolution as an arbitrator, expert witness, expert determiner and party advocate.

Amy Piekkala-Fletcher

Vice President
Over the past 15 years, Amy has managed projects across a variety of industries, in the private, academic and public sectors. She is currently a Construction Project Manager at Seqwater, South East Queensland's bulk water supplier. She delivers projects implemented to maintain infrastructure and to build new assets where required. She holds a Bachelor of Media and Communication, a Graduate Certificate of Integrated Water Management and a Certificate IV in Project Management. Amy is born and bred in Brisbane, of a Finnish mother and an Australian father.

Tuula Kokkonen

Secretary
 Tuula is a long-term member of the Canberra Finnish community, having settled there after relocating from Riihimäki, Finland. She has been involved in the Canberra Finnish Lutheran Church since 1968, has been part of the Suomi Conference Executive as Secretary, and has been both Secretary and President of AFRHA. She is a graduate of Stirling College in Canberra and worked for the National Museum of Australia as well as running her own business. Tuula has taken early retirement so she can give back to the Finnish community and she has a clear vision concerning Finncare. She joined AFRHA because she believes that elderly Finns needs one place to call their ‘home’ and that place should be Finncare.

Arja Moilanen

Treasurer
Arja currently resides in Canberra, having been born in Haukipudas, Finland. She trained in Business Administration at the Marketing Institute of Helsinki. She has over 20 years’ experience working in administration roles, specifically financial roles, in organisations from Hewlett Packard to the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority. Arja has been involved with the Finnish-Australian community since 1993 and has held offices in the Canberra Finnish Home Care Committee, Canberra Finnish Society, Australasian Federation of Finnish Societies and Clubs and Canberra Finnish Radio.

Jouni Juntunen

Board Member / Public Officer
Jouni is AFRHA’s longest serving Board member, making him an invaluable resource for historical questions about AFRHA. He brings a strong IT knowledge to the Board, having spent his career working for various IT software and service providers in both Finland and Australia. Coming from Kajaani, Jouni now resides in Canberra and is an active member of the Canberra Finnish community. He was a founding member of the Canberra Finnish Home Care Community and has been President of the Australasian Federation of Finnish Societies and Clubs. Jouni holds a Bachelor of Information Technology and has worked for both the private and public sectors.

Leena Siiteri

Board Member
Leena was born in Lappeenranta and now resides in Canberra. She is exceptionally qualified to be on the board of AFRHA, as a qualified Registered Nurse with 8 years of experience in the disability services and aged care, as well as general hospital care. Leena also holds a Bachelor of Social Work, and spent 28 years as a senior social worker, primarily looking at family assessments, foster care, adoptions, court reporting, counselling and training. Leena is a member of the Canberra International Church and represents the Australian Hyvä Sanoma Inc. (Finnish Pentecostal Churches) on the AFRHA Board. She is also a member of FinnSupport, a voluntary service for elderly Finns in Canberra, and actively participates in providing support, companionship, advice and outings to older Finnish speaking people. Leena is retired and therefore has an increased capacity to participate in assisting elderly Finns, including residents in Finncare.  

Helena Curran

Board Member
Born in Tampere, Helena now calls Brisbane home. She is well placed to sit on the board of AFRHA, as she is a Registered Nurse and was previously Director of Nursing at Finlandia Village. She currently specialises in Intensive and Coronary Care and provides invaluable clinical knowledge to the Board. Helena is an active member of the Brisbane Finnish community.

Mikko Makelainen

Board Member
Born in Brisbane and of Finnish heritage, Mikko holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts. He has been a solicitor since 1983. He is currently consulting to a law firm and voluntary organisations. Mikko has extensive experience in advising unincorporated and incorporated associations including clubs, churches, charities, retirement homes, ATSIC and NGOs. He has been involved on the Boards of Life Aid Australia, AFHRA, the AC Superannuation Fund and Hillsong Aid and Development Australia, assisting in governance issues, strategy, systems, compliance and fiduciary duties. He is fluent in Japanese and Finnish. He has extensive cross-cultural experience, having worked and lived overseas in both Finland and Japan.

Katja Nexo

Board Member
Katja has many years international experience in business management across corporate and not-for-profit industries and works currently as a Support Services & Quality Manager for Healthy Options Australia. In her role she strengthens all aspects of the organisation through mitigation of risk and continuous improvement of corporate and clinical governance practices. Katja is a native Finn, who lived in London prior to settling in Brisbane. Katja holds a Master in Business Administration and is on the executive committee of the Finnish Australia Chamber of Commerce.

Tuula Kuusela

Board Member
Tuula was born and raised in Finland and relocated to Australia when she was 29, with her family. She is currently living in Sydney, where she previously worked in a children’s bookstore and undertakes administration work for her family business. Tuula plays an active role in Sydney’s Finnish community, including the Southern Cross Finnish Church Council and West Sydney Finnish Club. She organises fundraising functions for the Finnish Church in Sydney, and volunteers for Surf Life Saving NSW as an official. Tuula believes that all elderly people deserve quality care, and for Finns, this means care in their own language.

Mika Siltala

Board Member
Mika migrated to Australia from Espoo with his parents after graduating from the Helsinki Business College in 1986. He returned to Finland to complete his National Service, coming back to Australia in 1989 with his fiancé Elina to settle permanently. Mika has worked in the IT industry since 1989 in a variety of roles, both for his own business and for the Queensland Government. Mika undertook a short-term contract with AFRHA to review IT infrastructure, giving him a valuable understanding as to how the organisation operates. Mika is very active in the Brisbane Finnish community. He took part in chartering the Lions Club Brisbane Finlandia Inc – the first ethic-based Lions Club in Australia. Mika also helps young Finnish working holiday travellers settle into Australia by assisting with accommodation and documentation.

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