Our team

Tim Maifeleni

Support Services Coordinator

Northland Region

Tim is a registered nurse and joins the team after working in the oncology/haematology ward in Starship Children’s Hospital. He is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives outside of the usual hospital setting and empowering them to achieve the goals they aspire to and enjoys being able to support patients on an emotional level.

Rochelle Mills

Support Services Coordinator

Northland Region

Rochelle is a registered nurse and has spent the past three years working in the oncology/haematology ward in Starship Children’s Hospital. Originally from Dunedin, Rochelle made the move to Auckland after finishing study and spending time travelling. Rochelle is excited to join the team to be able to provide more personalised care with a holistic approach to patients and their families and to support patients in their communities.

Matthew Eby

Support Services Coordinator

Midland Region

Originally from America, Matt spent 6 years in Darwin, Australia working for Leukaemia Foundation Australia before making the move to New Zealand. With 5 years working in a similar role, Matt has supported numerous patients and families affected by a blood cancer. Matt strives to extend LBC’s reach by unearthing ‘holistic’ solutions to meet the emotional, practical and financial needs of patients and families affected by blood cancer.

Kerryn Waugh

Support Services Coordinator

Central Region

Kerryn has been practising as a registered nurse for over 20 years, with a background in both a clinical setting and the community. Kerryn loves being able to link families and whanau with the appropriate people to help them with their situation. Kerryn is a passionate patient advocate being able to work within many circles and enjoys seeing patients satisfied with the service they receive within the medical environment.

Ady Drummond

Support Services Coordinator

Southern Region

Ady joins the team with a number of years experience in the healthcare sector. After working in rehabilitation for ACC and Healthcare New Zealand, Ady moved to Christchurch and provided support for families and children living with cancer before joining the LBC Support Services team. Ady is a registered nurse is passionate about building resilience in patients and carers and enjoys being able to help keep families connected through difficult times.

Helen McDermott

Support Services Coordinator

Southern Region

Helen has worked in the Haematology Department at Christchurch Hospital for 15 years, firstly in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit then in their clinical trials and research area. Her role as a Support Services Coordinator means Helen can combine her knowledge with the practical, educational and emotional support to patients and their family and friends as they manage their diagnosis.

Sharon Verrall

Support Services Coordinator

Sharon loves her role as a Support Services Coordinator as it means she has the opportunity to have ongoing contact with patients outside of the hospital environment. Sharon enjoys the rewarding feeling of building long term supportive relationships knowing that a phone call can make so much difference.

Emma Dawson

Support Services Administrator

Emma works alongside the Support Services Manager and assists in operational and event support to ensure the Support Services Coordinators are well supported in the roles across the country. Emma works closely with the team to facilitate support groups and special events as well as providing administrative support such as handling financial assistance for patients. Emma also liaises with health professionals around the country ensuring that LBC’s support services are well represented.