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 regular meetings either in person or via teleconferencing. We welcome your feedback and ideas.
Juanita Copeland - President and Regional Representative, Christchurch
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 6-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 reporter 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.
Brad Edley - Vice President
Brad has witnessed friends and family face the challenges, heart break and success of fertility treatments. As such, he welcomes the opportunity to be part of an organisation whose aim is to educate, advocate and support New Zealanders with fertility issues.
Brad has extensive experience, predominantly as a senior finance executive, both in New Zealand and internationally having worked in the United Kingdom, Asia and New Zealand. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Auckland. In addition, Brad is a Chartered Accountant with New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and has been admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.
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 infertility. 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 though their own individual, personal and unique journeys.
Corporate / Medical Members
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 (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.
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.
Stewart is a Barrister and Solicitor at Ryken and Associates, Auckland specialising in the law relating to assisted reproductive technology, domestic and international surrogacy, and adoption, as well as immigration and refugees. Stewart comes to FNZ as a gay man, who together with his same-sex partner are the parents to children born as a result of domestic altruistic surrogacy. Stewart is a keen advocate for LGBTIQ rights and for access generally to assisted reproductive technology. He looks forward to working with the FNZ board and membership to ensure greater access to assisted reproductive technology for all members of society, as well as advocating for changes to related legislation.
K-J Dillon is an experienced non-profit board member serving her third 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.
Ali joined fnz after reaching the end of her (unsuccessful) attempts at having a child. Having experienced the difficulty of trying and the even greater difficulty of deciding to stop trying, Ali feels she can offer genuine empathy and support to others in the same predicament. She is also passionate about increasing the amount of support available to women going through assisted fertility treatments.
When she is not working in her role as a Senior Academic Administrator, Ali loves getting outdoors with her partner and two greyhounds.
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 second term serving on the Board, and she is passionate about raising awareness of the support Fertility New Zealand offers to those experiencing infertility.
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.
Nicola Bitossi - CEO
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 email@example.com
Beccs Hini - Support Coordinator
Beccs is responsible for providing ongoing day-to-day support to the Business Manager, Group Faciliatotors based throughout NZ and Fertility NZ members. Beccs will most likely be the first-point-of-contact for anyone who needs support, advocacy and information on fertility related issues.