BOARD MEMBERS

Amy Piekkala-Fletcher

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 Kuusela, AFRHA Board Member

Tuula Kuusela

Vice President
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.
Katja Nexo, AFRHA Board Member

Katja Nexo

Secretary
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.
Arja Moilanen, AFRHA Board Member

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.
Jaana Susanna Pitkanen AFRHA Board Member

Jaana Susanna Pitkanen

Board Member
Susanna was born in Lappeenranta and immigrated to Australia as a one year old. She spent her formative years in Papua New Guinea and has lived in Brisbane since. Susanna has worked in the health care sector for the last 29 years and has worked across both tertiary and community settings. She currently works at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in the Acute Stroke unit and is also a nurse manager for Metro South outpatient services. She has a keen interest in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement. When not working, Susanna enjoys hand crafts, camping, singing and caring for her animals. The older she gets, the more Finnish she realises she is.
Satu Piekkala-Fletcher

Satu Piekkala-Fletcher

Board Member
Satu was born in Brisbane to a Finnish mother and Australian Father. She is currently studying to become a Registered Nurse with a view to working in the community health sector with a focus on Aged Care. Satu has previous experience working with Aged Care organisations in a voluntary capacity. Before studying to become a nurse, Satu worked as an administrator and bookkeeping support person for accountancy firms. In her spare time Satu enjoys spending time with her family and pet cats, reading, watching movies and going for walks by the beach.

Tom Ruonala

Board Member
Tom was born and raised in Brisbane to Finnish parents. After completing a Bachelor of Engineering, he joined the family business to work as a Machine Operator, Production Manager, R&D Engineer, and eventually Managing Director. Uniline has grown from a small family business to an international manufacturing company and Tom currently serves as a member of the Board. He has also completed an MBA and been the Honorary Consul of Finland for over 20 years. Together in 2009, Katherine (his wife) and Tom established a non-denominational church in Brisbane, which is thriving and expanding in Australia and the USA. He is the father of 3 grown children.
Jarkko Laukkanen

Jarkko Laukkanen

Board Member
Jarkko is a native Finn and a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland. He works as a Manager for KPMG, servicing the defence, government, transport, power, and utility sectors. Beyond his practice as a management consultant, he has worked in various roles across Australia, Scandinavia, Europe, and Asia over the past 20 years. Jarkko holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Marine Engineering from the Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences in Finland.
Katriina Tahka

Katriina Tähkä

Board Member
Katriina holds a Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Laws and has specialised in employment law. She has more than 20 years experience advising businesses on strategic people management and resolving workplace issues. Katriina was born in Sydney to Finnish parents and is a dual citizen as are her children. Katriina has a strong commitment to her Finnish background and culture and to ensuring that all communities are inclusive of different cultures and people. Her previous Board experience was helping new migrants feel welcome in Australia.
Milka Underhill

Milka Underhill

Board Member
Milka (Kettunen) Underhill is a native of Juankoski, moving to Melbourne in 2001. Milka brings to Finncare significant experience from a 20-year corporate finance career. She has worked in all aspects of financial management for privately owned, publicly listed and government business enterprises operating in consumer-centric environments. Holding a Master of Science Degree in Economics and Business Administration from Helsinki School of Economics, Milka is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA Australia), a Chartered Accountant (CA ANZ) and an ASIC-accredited Financial Planner in the areas of General Advice, Insurance, Managed Investments, Derivatives, Securities and Superannuation. Milka also has personal experience in advising financial evaluation and selection of aged care services.
Jouni Juntunen, AFRHA Board Member

Jouni Juntunen

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 Committee 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.