Current Board Directors

Dr Dennis O'Brien (Board Chair)


After graduating with his PhD Dennis worked for five years in the Philippines and Indonesia.  He has also worked in Canada, USA, Bangladesh, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea and China.

He and Gail returned to Australia with their three children in 1985 to take up a position at the University of Wollongong. He moved to Southern Cross University in 1993, where he was Head of the School of Business.  

In 2002 he was appointed Associate Professor and Head of the Dookie Campus of the University of Melbourne. He was the foundation Director of the Postgraduate Program at Marcus Oldham College from 2009 to 2010. 

In addition to his current role as a Board Director at Benalla Health, he is also Chair of the Winton Wetlands Committee of Management and Chair of the Benalla Art Gallery Special Committee. 

He has a long history of commitment to community development locally and in his home state of NSW. He and Gail operate a small Wagyu cattle farm at Stewarton.

He chairs Benalla Health's Medical Consultative and Medical Appointments committees, and is on the Community Advisory Committee.



Lisa Marta (Vice Chair)


Lisa is a pharmacist with more than 30 years’ experience in community and hospital pharmacy. She is a partner in a local community pharmacy, with her husband Gareth.

They moved to Benalla in 1995 and have three children. During this time Lisa has been involved in several community groups.

In her spare time Lisa enjoys spending time playing  tennis, doing craft and travelling.

Lisa is Chair of the Benalla Health Quality and Safety Committee.



John Papatheohari (Vice Chair)


John has 11 years’ experience as an IT and digital transformation executive across private and public health.  John has assumed Chief Information Officer roles over the past six years, having previously let the Health Shared Services entity for the Victorian Department of Health. 

John made the transition to industry after 26 years as a Management Consultant. He has a diverse work experience background, having spent more than 10 years in various overseas postings. John is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Chisholm Institute Board Sub-Committee member. He is a sports enthusiast and active fun run participant.

John has a Bachelor of Business, is a qualified Chartered Accountant, and has CIO Certification from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

John is a representative on the Quality & Safety and Audit Committies 



Peter McNeill (Treasurer)


Peter is a Chartered Accountant with more than 30 years’ experience in the public and private sectors.
He has a strong background in governance through working on large projects with federal government agencies.
He was on an independent member of finance, audit and risk management committees with a government agency in the health sector and a local council.
He is a keen golfer and sports fan and has been actively involved in a local school Board.
As Treasurer, Peter Chairs the Benalla Health Audit Committee. 



Dr Sarah Chaplin


Sarah Chaplin is an animal welfare specialist with expertise in project management, analysis, communication and stakeholder engagement.

She is currently on secondment as a Senior Policy Officer in Agriculture Victoria but in her substantive role, she is a Development Specialist, designing practice change programs for the dairy industry.

Sarah was born in England and came to Australia in 2000 to take up a lecturing position at the University of Melbourne. She was based at Dookie Campus for nearly 10 years and both her children were born at Benalla Hospital. Sarah is a Fairley Fellow (2017) and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Sarah runs a Murray Grey stud at Yabba North with her husband.

She is a member of Benalla Health's Community Advisory Committee. 



Tammy Smith


Tammy is a 2017 Graduate of the Alpine Valleys Community  Leadership Program and has strong committee experience. 

Tammy is focused on utilising her skills for the betterment of North East Victorian communities. Her involvement includes current Committee membership of the Wangaratta Women in Leadership Group and the ACVL Alumni Sub-Committee. She has worked in both the USA and UK in various social work focused positions. 

Tammy is currently employed in the role of Respectful Relationships Liaison Officer for the Department of Education and Training. 

Tammy brings to the Board a strong a background in counselling and support particularly working with persons experiencing family violence and held a role managing the local integrated family violence service sector for a number of years. She has also worked in the area of Disability Client Services and Child Protection with the Department of Health and Human Services. 

Her Benalla Health Committee membership includes the portfolios of Community Advisory and Quality and Safety.


Associate Professor Janet Chapman


Janet has had a long career in the health sector and is currently working as the Executive Director Regional Partnerships & Planning for Albury Wodonga Health.

She is the former Regional Director for Health, Hume region and has held positions in both the NSW and Victorian health systems. She is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is the Board Chair of Lifeline Albury Wodonga. 

She is passionate about rural health with a particular focus on improving access to care for rural communities. Janet lives in Albury, is a keen traveller and bird-watcher, and enjoys playing cello in the Albury Conservatorium Orchestra.

Janet is currently on a leave of absence.  When active, her Benalla Health Committee membership includes the portfolios of Quality and Safety and Medical Consultative Committees. 


Binda Gokahale

Binda joined the Benalla Health Board of Directors in July 2021.

Binda is a member of the Quality & Safety Committee and Appointments Committee.


Leanne Turner

Leanne joined the Benalla Health Board of Directors in July 2021.

Leanne is a member of our Audit Committe and Community Advisory Committee.