PONZ Executive Committee
REBEKAH SIZER, PRESIDENT
Role: Radiation Therapist
Role: Health Psychologist
YOEL SAMSON, TREASURER
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
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.
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.
Role: Professional Practice Fellow, University of Otago
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.
Role: Registered Psychologist
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.
Role: Manager Supportive Care Services, Cancer Society