PONZ Executive Committee

REBEKAH SIZER, PRESIDENT

Role: Radiation Therapist

Location: Wellington

AMY HEMMINGTON

Role: Health Psychologist

Location: Auckland

YOEL SAMSON, TREASURER

Role: Accountant

Location: Wellington

Yoel is the father of a cancer survivor and this has motivated him to give something back to the community. Yoel is a big cricket follower and has served and serves  various cricket committees in Wellington. In Summer on a Saturday you will most certainly find Yoel on a cricket field Umpiring Club or College cricket.

CATHY ZHENG, WEBSITE MANAGER

Role: Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Specialist Radiation Therapist

Location: Hamilton

Cathy is currently based in Waikato Hospital as a therapist, her special interest is the care and wellbeing of adolescent and young adult patients receiving cancer treatment. Having had many family members diagnosed with cancer, she is very empathetic and passionate about the field of psycho-oncology and has experiences from both personal and professional perspectives.

DON BAKEN

Role: Clinical Psychologist and Research Coordinator

Location: Palmerston North

Don is a clinical psychologist who works for Massey University in their Cancer Psychology Service and is a Regional Lead for the Cancer Psychology and Social Support Service. He also supervises postgraduate research some of which is in the field of psycho-oncology.

HAZEL NESER

Role: Professional Practice Fellow, University of Otago

Location: Wellington

Hazel is on the education sub-committee as she is passionate about the value of education to enhance understanding and practice in supportive cancer care. She enjoys being part of a committed group of people who have energy and enthusiasm to advocate for the supportive care needs of patients, whānau and family, through research, education and professional practice.

VANESSE GEEL

Role: Registered Psychologist

Location: Auckland

Vanesse is passionate about the changes that patient voices can affect in professional understanding of the cancer journey and policy development. She believes care of patients should be patient centred and responsive. Attention to psychological wellbeing should be a priority from diagnosis and treatment to survivorship, palliative care and recurrence. She is a caregiver survivor - caring for her husband who was diagnosed with Pleural Mesothelioma in 2012 until his passing in late 2013. Vanesse is the chair of the Northern Region Consumer Reference group as well as a consumer member of the Northern Region Cancer Governance Board, Lung Tumour Stream and Cancer Consumer New Zealand. Vanesse also volunteers her time at Dove House in Glendowie, Auckland.

MARIE WALES

Role: Manager Supportive Care Services, Cancer Society

Location: Queenstown