Dr Marion Kuper-Hommel
Marion is a Consultant Medical Oncologist, and Clinical Director Medical Oncology at Waikato Hospital. She is passionate about improving breast cancer care and promoting access to high quality breast cancer clinical trials.
Amongst her committee memberships, Marion is a very active member of Breast Cancer Trials Australia and New Zealand, including the Breast Cancer Trials Scientific Advisory Committee and Systemic Therapies Subcommittee. She is an active member of the New Zealand Breast Cancer Special Interest Group.
She has been, or is, Principal Investigator for multiple international breast cancer clinical trials. Marion is a member of the Breast Cancer Foundation National Register – Midlands region Executive group. She is currently Principal Investigator for several clinical trials introducing new targeted drug treatments to advanced breast cancer and also the “NeoN trial” introducing immunotherapy treatment to early triple negative breast cancer (a more aggressive subtype).
Marion has a special interest in advanced breast cancer (ABC) and is leading a NZ pilot study introducing an electronic, nurse led patient symptom management survey and service, to better support women living with ABC. She is most proud of being the initiator and Chair of the NZ ABC Guidelines Consensus Group. These guidelines will help improve and extend the lives of those living with ABC in NZ.
Marion enjoys spending time at the beach and is a trained lifeguard.
Heather is a registered nurse and one of the research nurses for the Trust. She is responsible for coordinating international clinical trials for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer.
Heather trained as an enrolled nurse during the late 1970s and worked in a variety of roles over the years, in nursing and farming. She then completed a degree in nursing, and became a registered nurse in 1999. From there she worked in mental health, inpatient haematology, oncology, and palliative care. She has learnt a lot about different cancers and how they affect people. She has journeyed alongside many cancer patients and has had the opportunity to help make a difference in the final stages of some of their lives.
Having had a mother go through cancer, and her own cancer diagnosis several years ago, gives her an understanding of what people go through when diagnosed.
In her spare time she enjoys walking or jogging around different areas of New Zealand, kayaking, hanging out with grandchildren, or having fun developing a garden with partner Lee at their new home.
Caro has a passion for people, life, business and hospitality.
Her professional development to support her trustee role includes: Director and Financial Advice Provider of Caro&Co Insurance Specialists; Strategic planning; Institute of Directors governance course; Business Management training; member of NZFAA; Waikato Dio Governance Board Trustee (9 years); and a former member of global organisation Million $ Roundtable.
Caro’s insurance practice is in its 19th year and specialises in Personal Life /Income buy/sell and key person insurances. Assisting with client’s claims enables Caro to work closely with medical processes and procedures. Caro&Co have supported the Breast Cancer Research Trust for 18 years, and been a Trustee for nearly 6.
Caro and her partner Hugh have also owned boutique Lodges which attract international and national tourists; plus guests for corporate, sporting and wedding events. Current community roles include board member of Marlborough Chamber of Commerce; and Trustee for the Peptalk Foundation (a publication advocating Mental Wellbeing).
Caro’s personal interests include gym; tennis; walking; cooking; wine tasting, travel and reading. She is blessed with three adult children who fill her heart.
Debbie Gisby has been with Graham Brown & Co Limited since 2001, and specialises in commercial operations and not-for-profits. Her background and experience in successful business management, and management accounting means she can offer not only tax advice, but also practical business solutions at a grass roots level.
Debbie became involved with the Breast Cancer Research Trust as a trustee and as treasurer.
Dani is a public relations and communications professional and is co-director with her husband Chris of their consultancy business, Dynamic Media.
Her background is in media, having been an award-winning journalist and editor for almost 20 years. It was working in community news that she developed a strong sense of community spirit and now enjoys giving back to charitable organisations that are close to her heart.
Having close family and friends diagnosed with breast cancer and having lost her first husband, Clinton, to brain cancer, Dani is passionate about supporting both the Breast Cancer Research Trust as a trustee and the Brain Tumour Support Trust in a pro bono capacity.
Dani is a member of the Institute of Directors and the Waikato Chamber of Commerce.
Her personal interests include cooking, F45, reading, and enjoying family time at Waihi Beach.
Madeleine is currently a residential real estate professional for Harcourts Hamilton. Homes and property have always been a passion of Madeleine’s especially working with communities and families along their journey. Properties are not just houses but homes where we create our memories and stories. Madeleine made the move to Real Estate in 2010 after a 13 year career in the media advertising industry selling and marketing ideas and intangibles for Radio and TV. Prior to that Madeleine spent 6 years in various roles through the Justice Department.
Madeleine has always had an affinity supporting and working alongside many not-for-profit charitable organisations. She was the President of Dress for Success Hamilton from 2008 to 2013 and currently volunteers for several charitable organisations throughout the year as well as financially contributes to The Harcourts Foundation at her work. She is also in the fortunate position of being married to one of Hamilton’s leading Charity Auctioneers, Campbell Scott from Harcourts. Both Madeleine and Campbell fully live the Harcourts values of People First, Doing The Right Thing, Being Courageous and Fun and Laughter.
Madeleine joined the Breast Cancer Research Trust in 2020. Madeleine is not great with the science and medical lingo side of the Trust however has absolute drive and determination to raise major funding for the Trust and to create education and awareness to help fight the breast cancer battle, especially after having a close friend battle this and another friend pass away.
Born and raised in Christchurch, Madeleine has lived and worked across the North Island and settled in Hamilton in 2002. She is a keen Chief’s supporter especially now that Harcourts sponsor the Chiefs!; however when the Crusaders are in town the Yellow in the jersey seems to go. Away from real estate and volunteer work, Madeleine is a wife, a very proud mum and nana – or as Madeleine’s mum would say – the Chief Cook and Bottle Washer! She is also a keen “learner” gardener, champagne connoisseur, novice road and mountain bike rider as well as enjoying hiking with her husband. Everything she does is always with a smile and a laugh!
Born in Ireland, immigrating to NZ when I was 8 and growing up in a rural seaside environment in Northland with hard working, kind parents, gave me a terrific platform to life.
I have spent over 20 years developing systems and processes to successfully project manage residential builds, and over the last 15 years have worked with developers to create a software company for the building industry, called Rave Build Management.
Rave is now operating successfully and I decided to step away from the company to pursue more projects of the heart, and was thrilled to be asked to join the Breast Cancer Research Trust with my focus on organising the main fundraising event of the year.
I am particularly passionate about this trust as I lost a close friend to breast cancer, I believe today she may have had a better outcome.
I am also a Trustee for the Resthaven Retirement Village. I feel we need to treasure our elderly and make their lives as rich as possible. They are our past and are the foundations to our future, and have a great deal of knowledge to offer.
In my personal life I enjoy entertaining, skiing, horses, cooking (and eating!), travel, gardening, and yoga.
I am most grateful for my wonderful husband of 30 years, my two children, and my friends.
Widely recognised for her extensive experience as an MC across entertainment, corporate, and charity sectors, Anne-Marie is passionate about giving back to her community. She has first-hand experience of the incredible research undertaken by the Breast Cancer Research Trust making a real difference in loved ones’ lives.
After many years as a broadcast journalist, Anne-Marie is now a marriage and funeral celebrant and considers it a privilege to walk beside a couple to celebrate their love or a family to enable them to farewell their loved one with dignity, sensitivity, and aroha.
Anne-Marie remains involved with journalism through roles within the dairy industry, is a member of the Waikato Rugby Union Centenary 2021 Committee, and a board member of the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators. Anne-Marie has previously dedicated her time and energy to the Waikato Fine Homes Tour Charity Committee from 2015-2019, raising funds for many Waikato charities.
Anne-Marie and her husband Justin have three energetic teenagers, two mad cats, and a chihuahua x labrador dog called Bob. An active relaxer, Anne-Marie enjoys exercise and catching up with friends and family in her spare time.
Breast Cancer Foundation National Register
Rachel graduated with a Masters of Social Science specialising in population statistics. She worked for ten years in the UK Pharmaceutical industry before returning to New Zealand to join the Breast Cancer Research Trust, to coordinate and manage the then Waikato Breast Cancer Register. This role included research and entry of breast cancer patients diagnosed in the Waikato region into the register, annual follow-up reviews, data extract for breast cancer analysis, and helping consolidate the four regional breast registers into the Breast Cancer Foundation National Register. This year Rachel was promoted to Project Manager – data automation. The aim of this role is to help alleviate the data entry and resource burden on the register by interfacing with other local and national collections datasets to pull data electronically into the register to minimise duplicate data entry.
Research Data Support
Breast Cancer Foundation National Register
Kate worked for 14 years for the BreastScreen Aotearoa Programme in the Midland region. The first two years were with the call centre for BreastScreen Midland, and then 12 years as Data Coordinator. Kate therefore brings to her Midland Data Support role for the Breast Cancer Foundation National Register an extensive knowledge of breast cancer diagnosis and treatments.
Midland Data Manager
Breast Cancer Foundation National Register
Cathy brings an extensive knowledge of breast cancer diagnosis and treatments. She worked for 12 years with Breast screen Aotearoa and for 10 of these years was a data coordinator. She has also worked as a coordinator for the National Immunisation Register.
Cathy’s main role as Midland Data Manager will be to enter data into the Register, ensure quality data entry of other team members. Extract data for reports and analysis. She will also work with other Data Managers throughout NZ to provide researchers and clinicians a rich and accurate resource on NZ breast cancer data.
Jane’s background is in education, as a teacher at tertiary and secondary level, and she has a Masters in Education. More recently she has worked in support roles for the University of Waikato Research Office. Her role at the BCRT is to assist with administration and involves a variety of support tasks. Jane’s main interest has always been literature and she is an avid reader. She has experience in editing and proofreading academic writing and has worked on theses, journal articles, and books.
Fundraising, Events and Marketing
For over 18 years Cindy was the Managing Director of PIP Group. A company consisting of a Corporate Marketing and Change Management Services and Consultancy department, an Event Management department, and a Model and Talent Management department. Her passion for creating fresh and creative solutions combined with rational approaches led to an impressive portfolio of high concept and winning projects.
She conveys her passion and familiarity in these industries to her position within the BCRT and looks forward to being a (small) part of the marvellous research work towards reducing side effects and improving the quality of life for individuals diagnosed with breast cancer.
Cindy immigrated from South Africa to New Zealand in 2018 with her husband and their (then) 6-year-old son. In 2021 they welcomed a daughter to the family. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, exploring her new Country, painting, and socialising.