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National office

Please contact the relevant team advisor below.

Office Manager
Hayley Watkinson

Hayley Watkinson

National Office - Auckland
Ph: (09) 624 2148
Fundraising Manager
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Kate Dalders

National Office - Auckland
Ph: 027 206 9606
Communications Specialist
Julia Davies

Julia Davies

National Office - Auckland
Ph: 027 276 3787
MND COMMUNITY & RESEARCH ADVISOR
Claire Reilly

Dr Claire Reilly

National Office - Auckland
GRANTS ADMINISTRATOR
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Patricia Bell

National Office - Auckland
Ph: (09) 624 2148
Acting Chief Executive Officer
Mnd Staff Greg Horton

Greg Horton

National Office - Auckland
Ph: (09) 624 2148

Support staff

MND New Zealand Support Team provides free, personalised support and advocacy for almost every person with motor neurone disease in New Zealand, from Stewart Island to Northland. They work together with people living with MND, and their families, to enable them to have the best quality of life possible.

If you are not sure which support team advisor to contact, or have a general MND support question, please contact Toni Foster.

TEAM LEADER - NATIONAL OFFICE
Toni Foster

Toni Foster

National Office - Auckland
DHB(s): Waitemata (west)
Ph: (09) 624 2148 or 021 230 3038
NORTHLAND/AUCKLAND NORTH & WAITEMATA
Sally King

Sally King

Northland & Waitemata
DHB(s): Northland & Waitemata
Ph: 09 280 3196 or 027 202 8166
AUCKLAND & COUNTIES MANUKAU
Linda Oliver

Linda Oliver

DHB(s): Auckland and Counties Manukau
Ph: (09) 849 6931 or 021 036 0218
EAST & CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND
Jane Kay

Jane Kay

DHB(s): Bay of Plenty, Lakes, Hawkes Bay, Tairawhiti
Ph: (07) 543 0438 or 029 777 5588
WEST NORTH ISLAND
Megan Teboekhorst

Megan TeBoekhorst

DHB(s): Waikato, Taranaki, Whanganui (North)
Ph: (07) 870 1496 or 029 773 6662
LOWER NORTH ISLAND
Moira Young

Moira Young

DHB(s): Capital & Coast, Hutt, Wairarapa, Mid Central, Whanganui (South)
Ph: (04) 569 2825 or 021 0278 4494
LOWER SOUTH ISLAND
Kate Moulson

Kate Moulson

DHB(s): South Canterbury, Southern
Ph: (03) 697 4881 or 029 777 9944
UPPER SOUTH ISLAND
Hefina Malone

Hefina Malone

DHB(s): Christchurch, West Coast, Nelson and Marlborough
Ph: (03) 424 4952 or 027 292 8581

National council

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Chair

Lucy Haberfield

I am an experienced Corporate Support Manager with a background in Finance. I have been a Chartered Accountant since 1995 and also hold a marketing diploma. I have a particular interest in strategic and business planning.
I am a keen trail runner and multi-sporter, having completed the Captain Cooks Challenge on the Queen Charlotte Track. I am married with three adult children and a daughter-in-law. My husband and I live in Greytown and I commute daily to Wellington.
My history with MND is that my father passed away as a result of MND in 1999. I’m keen to give something back to my community and I feel MND is a good fit.
Caronpalmer
Deputy Chair

Caron Palmer

My husband and I live on a lifestyle property just outside Leeston in South Canterbury with a menagerie of farm animals, pets, and horses.

My introduction to Motor Neurone Disease began 7 years ago, when Dr. Claire Reilly contacted me about marketing and branding support for the Association. It goes without saying that I was eager to help in any way I could. I developed marketing campaigns to promote brand awareness across the annual national walk and MND awareness month for the first five years before joining the council in 2019.

Over the course of my career, I have primarily worked in sales and marketing roles for large multinational companies. These days, I am a principal consultant for my own marketing and consulting business, Hound + Steed Strategic Marketing & Consulting, where I work with clients predominantly in Australia.
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Council member

Alan Stanley

I am a consultant neurologist currently working in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. I completed my training in Internal Medicine and Neurology in Cape Town, South Africa. I have been qualified in Neurology since 2015. I moved to New Zealand in 2018.

I have been privileged to care for people with motor neurone disease throughout my career. I have always admired the brave and positive manner in which the majority of people manage to face the condition, however I am also aware of the intense support that they need to help them do this.

Organisations such as MND New Zealand play an extremely important role in providing, coordinating, and advocating for this support at a practical and legislative level.
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Council member

Michael Fuyala

I first learned about motor neurone disease, and gained insight to the work the organisation does, around eight years ago when accompanying my uncle to hospital when he learned that he was living with motor neurone disease.

Our family spent time learning about the disease and trying to figure out ways to help, and as result, started attending Walk 2 D’Feet MND events. We have also followed the Facebook page for some time, and have been impressed by the sense of community that MND New Zealand has created.

My background is in digital media. Until recently, I ran the digital division of Bauer Media, but I have just launched two digital marketing platforms (including a fundraising platform called Rewardhub).

I’m keen to use my digital skills to help the organisation engage people online, where it’s important to keep learning to remain relevant. I’m also a creative and innovative person that likes trying to solve problems in new ways.
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Chris Sawers

Chris is an Independent Consultant with a background in management and governance in both the Health and Science sectors. She is a member of the Institute of Directors New Zealand.

Chris’ research and training in microbiology and immunology at Otago University led to a close and continued association with BLIS Technologies. Her career pathway developed into senior lecturer roles in health and on to advisor and consultant roles in science and business for both the Dubai and New Zealand governments and for private companies.

Recently, Chris has been supporting Dementia Hawkes Bay Charitable Trust (DHBCT) as a Chair and latterly Change Manager. DHBCT provides community support and education across Hawke’s Bay and day respite at their facilities, for those affected by dementia.

Chris is looking forward to being able to support MND New Zealand.
Melanie Glenn 2021

Melanie Glenn

I grew up in rural Missouri USA and attended medical school at the University of Kansas (KU) where I met my husband, Charley.

We moved to Miami in 2008 where I completed a neurology residency and a fellowship in neuromuscular medicine. During this time, I began seeing patients with MND and knew right away I wanted to continue the journey.

Charley and I had two children while in Florida and then moved back to Kansas City where I became an assistant professor at KU Medical Center in 2013. Over the next five years I evaluated and diagnosed many patients with MND and worked as part of a healthcare team in a weekly MND multidisciplinary clinic supported by the ALS Association (ALSA). Through ALSA, I participated in fundraising activities and worked to improve access for rural patients via a telemedicine multidisciplinary clinic.

At KU I was also involved in neuromuscular research, including several MND studies. In late 2018, Charley accepted a position as a consultant forensic pathologist with the ADHB and we moved with our two children to New Zealand.
Currently I practice as a very part-time neurologist seeing patients in rural Kansas USA via telemedicine from my home in Auckland.
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Estelle Arts

Although always aware of MND, I became more intensely aware 2 years ago when my husband was diagnosed with MND. To be able to assist with support, education, research, and advocacy for people with MND and their families is an honour. I have experience of being on a non-for-profit board, and college boards, also reporting to a NFP board in 2 of my career positions, where I pride myself on the ability to communicate in a fully transparent way to the stake holders and serve them in an honest and professional manner.

I have always been aware and ensured I have practised in a voluntary and work environment that any group I’m managing or representing are involved in the discussions or decisions. My working career is extensive and varied - I started my career as a nurse and continued on a part time basis while raising 3 children. Then started my own business in the wool industry. After 10 years I sold the business and moved into the non-for-profit sector as a Development Manager at St Peters College, until moving to the Maritime Museum as the Commercial Manager. Since then, I have been NZ Manager for a variety of international brands like Swarovski, Guess, Monte Blanc and currently Calendar Club.