A short introduction to the members of the Board of Governance and the staff members who work for Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand.
Jane has two children with Cystic Fibrosis and lives in Auckland with her family. Jane brings with her a depth of knowledge and experience in the not-for-profit sector, gained from her service to the CF community, time working in community development for the city council and various roles at her children’s schools. Jane has been the Chairperson since 2006.
Catherine Rusby of Hawke’s Bay is the driving force behind CFNZ Hawke’s Bay’s successful casino night, which has raised more than $30,000 since its inception three years ago. Catherine has friends who are affected by CF, and is aware of the challenges that families and people with CF face due to the condition. Catherine has over 25 years experience in senior management, board membership, strategic planning, risk management and financial management.
Warwick, who is based in the Bay of Plenty, has 20 years experience in senior management roles and local government, Warwick has been a Board Member of the Auckland Zoo and other sports and non-profit organisations, and is also a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. He has been involved in a wide range of conservation and environmental initiatives around NZ. As a father of a child with CF, Warwick has a strong understanding of the needs of the CF community.
Cheryl has worked in the not-for-profit sector for 25 years, initially as a fundraiser and more recently in management; currently she is the Southern Region Manager for Coastguard. Cheryl is a Fellow of the Fundraising Institute of NZ, and is also on the Board of Volunteering Canterbury. A member of the Zonta Club of Christchurch South for 20 years, she is their current Treasurer. Her daughter has CF and after a successful lung transplant is living and working in Sydney. She is interested in the growth of leadership, governance and strategic development within NFP organisations.
Kim lives in Wellington and has two daughters Charley 6 (with CF) and Georgia 8 (without CF). After 18 years living overseas Kim and her family decided to settle in Wellington in 2013. She has an extensive events background and a keen interest in fundraising activities for CFNZ. It’s her goal to provide equality for all people with CF in NZ, no matter where they live.
Jane has a strong background in community development. Her past roles include holding a management position at Citizens Advice Bureau in Auckland, and Business and Community Development Manager for Plunket’s Northern Region. Jane, who lives in Auckland with her family, has a wealth of experience working with government agencies and not-for-profit organisations. She has experience working in medical research, and holds a science degree in nutrition from Otago University plus post-graduate qualifications in health management and finance. She is based at the Auckland office, and is committed to ensuring that people have the information, advice and support they need.
Executive Assistant/Administration Manager
Emma has a history of working in the not-for-profit sector. Along with administrative skills, Emma has had experience with practice management and fundraising. Her past roles include positions at Anxiety New Zealand Trust, Arthritis New Zealand and Family Works. Emma is the one to contact about grant applications and Breath4CF grants. Emma is providing executive support to the CFNZ Board and also the Shares in Life Trust.
National Information Coordinator
Vicky is the one to talk to about website updates, CF News, the monthly Panui e-newsletter, media requests and the CFNZ Business Facebook Page.
She has a background in news and medical journalism, and is committed to the goal of improving the lives of people with CF.
Laura is a communications professional with a background in public relations and social marketing. She is responsible for managing and progressing projects as part of the management team to meet CFNZ’s strategic objectives. Laura’s also the one to talk to if you need promotional resources such as posters, flyers or stickers designed, printed or sent to you. Laura has a love for creative media campaigns, smart graphic design and strong brand identity and brings a variety of communications knowledge to the charity.
Jeanette is a trained pharmacist who discovered a talent for applying for grant applications when her children were at kindergarten in Auckland. Her past role as the grants coordinator for Plunket – Northern Region has given her extensive knowledge of the grant sector. Jeanette works part-time from her home office. She is keen to work closely with the wider CF community to maximise the effectiveness of grant applications for our whole organisation.
Chantell has 10 years experience working as an accountant. Originally from South Africa, Chantell has moved to Auckland with her family and is working for CFNZ two-days a week, based in the Auckland Office. Chantell is involved in all aspects of CFNZ’s finances to meet the accountability required by charitable organisations.
Gretchen lives in Auckland and her role covers all aspects of social work for the CF community in the Auckland, Northland and Waikato regions. With a strong background in the Health and Disability Sector, Gretchen – a trained social worker – has also worked in the Liver Transplant Unit. Gretchen’s role is to care and support families and people with CF by ensuring they have access to the right support.
Jude lives in Wellington and her role covers all aspects of social work for the CF community in Wellington, Hawke’s Bay, Central Districts and the Bay of Plenty region. Jude has a background in social work and counselling in hospitals, care and protection, schools, and service agencies. She can help people access support services available to them.
Susan is the Fieldwork team leader and her role covers all of the South Island. She has lots of experience working with CF families and is well-versed in many of the challenges that face people with CF and their families. She can provide advice on all aspects of the condition, as well as life-planning and liaison with government agencies.
Auckland Branch Coordinator
Kath organises all Auckland Branch activities including fundraising and awareness events. She produces the Auckland Branch E-News, delivers hospital packs, organises the equipment and undertakes any general administration tasks. Kath has a background in health, administration and event planning, and is the first point of contact for any Auckland Branch related business.