Fertility NZ is a registered charity dedicated to providing information, support and advocacy to people experiencing fertility issues.

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Executive Committee

Our Executive Committee directs the organisation and its key objective is to ensure that the needs of our members are effectively met.  The Committee conduct meetings on a monthly basis either in person (four times per year) or via teleconferencing. We welcome your feedback and ideas.

Anita Killeen - President Profile_Photo_Anita_Killeen_small.jpg

Anita Killeen is a Barrister at Quay Chambers specialising in financial crime and fraud, civil and criminal litigation, and governance and decision-making. She is the former Chief Prosecutor of the Serious Fraud Office NZ and holds a variety of governance roles in the legal, financial, local  government, education, health and not for profit sectors including serving as a Visiting Justice, a Tribunal member of the New Zealand Legal Aid Tribunal, as a Director of the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board, a Director of the SPCA Auckland and as an Advisory Board Member of New Zealand Career College. She established and is the Chair of the Pro-Bono Panel of Prosecutors for the SPCA Auckland. As President of Fertility New Zealand, Ms Killeen is committed to assisting New Zealanders to obtain support and access to appropriate Assisted Reproductive Treatments.

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Juanita came to the FNZ Executive Committee as a former consumer of fertility services.  After years of unsuccessful treatments, she is now the mother of 5-year-old Hazel.  Facing infertility was the biggest challenge of her life to date and she is certain that support from a group like FNZ would have helped, but she didn’t know it was there.

Her career expertise is in the media industry.  For 8 years, Juanita was a report for 3News, based in the Christchurch newsroom.  She has also worked in talkback radio, Event Management and Communications as a Media Advisor at CERA (Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority).

Through her role as co-facilitator of the FNZ Christchurch Support group as well as involvement on the Executive
Committee, Juanita hopes to be able to be a part of helping others deal with this most trying of times.

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Janet Parker - Secretary

Janet has been involved with FNZ for 8 years as a consumer and in a support role for Secondary Infertility following IVF to conceive her second child.

As a senior manager specialising in Customer Services, Janet brings her expertise to the Executive Committee and takes on the role of Secretary.  Janet is also a member of the Institute of Directors.

‘It is a privilege to work with FNZ and be able to contribute, having experienced the challenges of the fertility journey’.

 

Lisa Miller – Treasurer

Lisa is a Chartered Accountant who has worked on a number of charities, in recent years. She also has extensive work experience as an Accountant in various businesses.

When starting her journey towards having a family, Lisa and her husband, Lance, were diagnosed with unexplained fertility. She did, however, manage to conceive naturally, but unfortunately they lost their first baby 2 weeks before her due date (for unexplained medical reasons).

They have been blessed to have 3 more children since, but can empathise and sympathise with all those who have suffered at any point on their journey towards becoming a parent.

Lisa is enthusiastic to be a member of the FNZ Executive Committee, in the finance role, and looks forward to supporting her colleagues and co-ordinators, to be able to support people going through individual, personal and unique journeys.


Corporate / Medical Members

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John Peek, PhD, has been involved in providing fertility treatment from 1984, first as an embryologist and Scientific Director, and most recently as General Manager - Quality, Information and Science at Fertility Associates.

He has been involved in fertilityNZ on and off (more often on than off) since its inception.  He has particular interests in quality, and the long and difficult road to improving public funding and access to treatment.  
   

 

 

  

Jo_Barnett.jpgJo Barnett 

Jo Barnett (Dip Med Herb, BPharm, NZAMH) is a registered medical herbalist.  She has specialised in fertility, preconception health care and women's health for the past 20 years.  She completed her Bachelor of Pharmacy in 1992 and went on to train as a medical herbalist.  She now runs her own private clinic, Natural Fertility & Womens Health, in Christchurch and has a passion for supporting couples or individuals through their fertility journey, whatever path that may take, as well as emphasising the importance of preconception healthcare.    She is currently completing a smart DNA training, which will offer another useful clinical tool in assessing and addressing a lot of hormonal and fertility issues.  

 

Consumer Members

Jo_Catty.jpgJo Catty

Jo is a former consumer of fertility services and came to FNZ at the end of her four year journey.  After five full rounds of IVF, Jo was lucky enough to fall pregnant while waiting to begin her sixth round and welcomed her little boy into the world in late 2017.

She has a 16 year background in IT and is keen to assist and support those going through their own journeys however she can.

 

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K-J Dillon is an experienced non-profit board member serving her second term on Fertility NZ’s Executive Committee.  She joined the FNZ Executive Committee in 2016 to contribute her skills in governance, strategy development, and leadership.  K-J and her husband Matt chose to trade in their fertility treatment frequent flyer status some time ago and confirm that life does exist on the other side of fertility treatment.  K-J remains committed to the advancement of refreshed assisted reproduction laws and technology options for consumers. 
K-J has postgraduate qualifications in governance from Waikato University and has been a member of the Institute of Directors since 2011.

 

Megan Kitchener

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Megan is an experienced communications and organisational development specialist, and has spent the past 10 years working for central government departments in Wellington delivering successful change, engagement and communications campaigns.

Megan and her husband have two young children as a result of a single successful IVF treatment. They have recently relocated to Nelson to take advantage of the lifestyle on offer and spend more time with the children, and Megan has taken up a role as the Communications Manager for the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce.

This is Megan's first term serving on the Board, and she is passionate about raising awareness of the support Fertility New Zealand offers to those experiencing infertility.

Gemma McGarry

Gemma joined the Executive Committee as a consumer member. She and her husband persevered through several years of stressful and heartbreaking unsuccessful IVf treatment, and eventually chose to receive the gift of donated eggs to fulfill their dream of having a family. They now have a very healthy and happy daughter.  Gemma is passionate about becoming involved and building upon the existing support networks for parents and offspring of donor gametes, and ensuring there is a support and information network for those seeking to achieve their family using donated gametes. Gemma's background has largely been in human resources, business development and business ownership.  Gemma hopes the experience gained in her career will be of benefit to FNZ, its members and consumers of fertility treatment. 

Regional Representatives

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Karina Wong - Auckland   

Karina is the interface between the Auckland branch and the national organisation. 

Karina is a trained primary and TESOL teacher, also with a background of experience managing a large team of volunteers at Auckland International Airport.

Karina has been a consumer of fertility treatments going through a number of years of infertility and finding it terribly lonely and isolating. Discovering Fertility NZ, and the support groups, was a real lifesaver for Karina when she was very low. Karina always wanted to contribute back and help others the way Fertility NZ helped her.

Karina finds volunteering with Fertility NZ extremely rewarding and has great passion and empathy for those travelling this road.

Employees

Nicola Bitossi - Business Manager  Nicola_close_up.jpg

Nicola is responsible for the day-to-day running of Fertility New Zealand.  Nicola implements FNZ's strategic direction and drives the organisation forward, including managing funding, stakeholder relationships, major projects and overseeing consumer and volunteer support.  Nicola can be contacted on nicola@fertilitynz.org.nz 


Position currently vacant - Support Coordinator