Meet the Team
Manager / Educator
As manager/educator, Annette's role is it put into practice the strategic direction set by the Board of Trustees. A large part of the job involves personal education sessions, community education and raising awareness especially at expos and other events. Annette is married to Ralph and has a teenage daughter by adoption.
Why Annette joined us:
"It gives me immense satisfaction to be able to translate dry research reports into accessible information to empower women. Endometriosis is such a complex and challenging condition, but every day we are learning a bit more about it, which can help women improve quality of life. It saddens me that so many women struggle for so long undiagnosed and misunderstood - especially impacts on relationships, work, study and OE. Many women appreciate being able to chat with someone with personal experience of endometriosis. We work hard to vastly improve outcomes for women of all ages and backgrounds".
Jenny loves telling the stories that make people connect with an organisation. With seven years’ experience in marketing and communications, Jenny recently joined Waikato Breast Cancer Research Trust as their Fundraising Coordinator and now also joins Insight Endometriosis in the Community Connector role. Originally from the UK, Jenny left a ten-year career in retail management to be with her Kiwi husband. Jenny and Brad have a four-year old daughter, Mackenzie and love living in the Waikato.
Why Jenny joined us:
“I am passionate about women’s health and connecting people with others that can educate, support and empower wāhine to lead healthy lives. By sharing through the website, social media, newsletters and other media platforms, our community will be aware of who Insight Endometriosis are and that our organisation provides information, education and support to women, and their whānau. The amazing work of the team at Insight Endometriosis empowers wāhine to manage their conditions and seek the best treatment and outcomes for themselves and I want to be part of a team that is there for their community and the wāhine they walk alongside.”
Volunteer Development Manager
In one way or another, I have held positions that go to my core belief of helping and protecting people to the best of my ability. I initially worked as a nurse for 20 years working in many different disciplines with in the field of nursing. For the last five years of my nursing career, I studied part and then full time complete my Bachelors and Masters in Science. I currently work for Fonterra working in the Microbiology lab performing food safety and quality control checks on products that are made in the dairy factories of the upper North Island. I’m married to Trevor and have three step-children, two daughters and a son. One of my step-daughters was diagnosed with Endometriosis a few years ago and surgery was required to help her with the condition. Since the surgery, she has remained well and now has a daughter herself.
Why Tanya joined us:
In my current role at Fonterra, I’m responsible for training new and existing staff to enable them to be the best that they can be. I love to teach and to develop people, so that in turn, they can go on to do the same for others. While I have been involved more on the practical side of training and development of people, this role is bringing new challenges for me in the planning and admin side, which is an area that I have wanted to develop in myself for some time. I look forward to the challenge.
3rd year Counselling Student (volunteer)
Alexandra offered her support to Insight Endometriosis as part of her Bachelors Degree in Counselling. Alex is in her final year and is required to gain counselling hours in order to graduate. Having worked with a range of people, ages, ethnicities and agencies in her time studying, Alex is passionate about mental health and supporting women in their endometriosis journey.
Why Alex joined us:
"I was diagnosed with endometriosis in mid-2018 and after surgery and the physical and emotional strain I endured I began to realise that women need more support with their endometriosis journeys. There is so much pain that women can go through and I believe that our mental health is just as important as our physical health. I want to be able to guide you to understand where you are in your journey, what this can mean for you and potentially try to find that light at the end of the tunnel for you, and your whānau or partner".
Team Leader of the Support Group Co-ordinators (volunteer)
I'm married to Terence and have an 11 year old daughter called Rhiana. I was diagnosed with Endometriosis in my mid 20's. I have been through a lot with this horrible disease including infertility. Finally after two IVF rounds we became parents to our beautiful girl. I met Annette at an information evening about Endometriosis many years ago and have been involved with Insight Endometriosis for a while starting with poster deliveries.
I am the Financial Administrator at Independent Extrusions Ltd, taking care of our Powdercoating and our Anodising Plants. I'm the most important person in the company ... The Payroll Administrator for four Companies, LOL.
Why Silvia joined us:
"I decided to become a volunteer for Insight Endometriosis as I can sympathsise with all the other women going through their own journey with this disease. I want to help get the word out about Endometriosis".
Support Group Co-ordinator - Hamilton Mid-week (volunteer)
I am married to Darryl and have two lovely teenage daughters. I was diagnosed with endometriosis in 1994 and started a support group in Hamilton for Endometriosis in 1999, it was called Endometriosis Waikato back then and has since progressed into Insight Endometriosis under Annette’s careful guidance. After finally overcoming many years of infertility I took a step back from the group only delivering posters, taking support calls and helping a little with the Purple Walk when I could, to concentrate on motherhood but have recently stepped my involvement up a little to become half of the Coffee Group Co-ordinator team.
Why Hayley joined us:
"I enjoy helping others and supporting people with endometriosis come naturally as I can empathise with them. When I returned to Hamilton to live in 1998 and there was no support here then it seemed natural to get a group started along with the help of some other lovely ladies. I decided the monthly coffee group was the ideal place for me to become a little more involved again as I love to talk and I love coffee!"
Support Group Co-ordinator – Hamilton Weekend group (Volunteer)
I have recently graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Health Promotion, and
am currently completing a Diploma in Science. During the weekend, you can find me working
at The Warehouse as part of the Head to Toe team. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends during my free time, either going out to lunch or catching a movie.
Why Natasha joined us:
"I am new to the health sector but motivated and very eager to be able to use my skills and knowledge to benefit the community. I first came across Insight Endometriosis on the Volunteering Waikato page, the position caught my eye instantly and I went on to find out more about it. I’ve since become quite aware of how common it is among women all around us. I believe that this is a great opportunity to be able to help women and their friends and family by providing them with the support and information they need to take control of their health. I look forward to being able to make a real difference in this position and learn a lot through facilitation and interaction within the group."
Support Group Co-ordinator - Hamilton Weekend group (Volunteer)
I am currently working as a Health Improvement Advisor at the Public Health Unit, Waikato DHB and a youth leader volunteer. I love my job as I can engage in my passion every day; health, wellbeing and the empowerment of communities! I graduated from a Bachelor of Health Science, Majoring in Population Health at the University of Auckland in 2016 and since then I have had many opportunities to work with diverse communities in the Waikato. I enjoy interacting with different people, cultures, coffee, dancing and art!
Why Suha joined us:
“I am highly passionate about empowering women to live life to the fullest regardless of circumstances. Being a volunteer for Insight Endometriosis definitely opens the door to support women who live in complex life situations. I also know what it feels like to live with endometriosis, so I can empathize with women who are going through ups and downs due to chronic, ongoing and debilitating seasons in life. I look forward to many conversations with strong women about everyday life, share credible information, research and tips to live a positive and enriching life. I also hope that my support with increase awareness about this condition to younger women to prevent diagnostic delays.”
Thames Support Group Co-ordinator (Volunteer)
I am a mother of four and also a grandmother of four. I work as a tertiary-level tutor, which I really enjoy. I love teaching adults, not only is it rewarding, but I learn so much from my students as well.
My hobbies include playing the ukulele, painting, sculpting, reading and writing.
Although, I myself don’t have endometriosis, a close family member does and I have supported her through her journey.
Why Dianne joined us:
"I joined as a volunteer because I enjoy facilitating groups and supporting others."
Young Women's Support Group Co-ordinator - Hamilton & Facebook (volunteer)
I am hoping my experiences will help to make the Young Women's Support Group an amazing and supportive place for young women. I was diagnosed with Endometriosis after my first surgery at 18 and have tried countless treatments since. By day I am a Facilitator working for Deaf Aotearoa: New Zealand's Deaf Association - supporting the Deaf community to be independent and live full, well-rounded lives. I am fluent in NZSL and am passionate about my work. I hope that through this role I can bring people together and learn a little something (or a lot! Haha) along the way.
Why Nisha joined us:
"I am passionate about supporting people to become the best versions of themselves. I feel I have experience that will allow me to support the young women in the Waikato and I want to raise awareness about the disease that affects so many of the women we love. Awareness and access are everything."
Team Leader of the Poster Delivery Team (Volunteer)
I am the mother of two little boys 4 and 5 years old. Other than keeping busy with them for work I support a small security business in the office and as a security officer on occasion. Outside of work and volunteering I enjoy the outdoors and travelling.
Why Letisha joined us:
"I was lucky enough to join as a poster deliverer some time ago after seeing an advert on the Volunteer Waikato website and although I had heard of endometriosis I did not know exactly what it was and I thought that this would be a good way to learn about it. I imagine just like me there are thousands of women that know nothing about this condition and I am extremely lucky to be involved with this charity to help spread awareness. I was recently asked to take on the Team Leader position and am glad I can help in this way too."
Fundraising Co-ordinator (volunteer)
Fiona has lots of experience with fundraising both in NZ and UK and enjoys helping in this way. She worked in marketing and management for many years and is now studying at university with the aim of changing careers into education. When she gets a moment to herself, you will find Fiona outdoors with her camera taking photos of nature.
Why Fiona joined us:
"I was diagnosed with Endometriosis in my early 30's despite having symptoms since my teens. Annette and Deborah have been supportive, understanding and knowledgeable; and helping them in this role is my way of giving something back. I strongly believe in raising awareness about this condition to reduce diagnostic delays, and a great way to do this is through fundraising which I enjoy."
Please also join us on our Facebook Fundraising page to keep up-to-date with our Events.
Meet our Board of Trustees
Our Trustees steer our organisation and ensure our accountability to funders and the wider community.
All our Board members are volunteers.
Our Trustees steer our organisation and ensure our accountability to funders and the wider community.
All our Board members are volunteers.
May Low - Chair
Appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2014
May is the Operations Manager at Kiwi Innovation Network located at the University of Waikato. She manages the company's PreSeed portfolio and Investment Committee to help grow economic return for NZ from publicly funded research and innovation. May is passionate about developing stronger communities and also serves on a number of other charities. May is also a Chartered Accountant, graduating from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Commercial Law and a Bachelor of Science specialising in Logic and Computation.
Why May joined the Board:
“I have a real passion for not for profits, especially those that help grow stronger, more robust communities – so it was a real honour to be approached to join the Insight Endometriosis Board. To be a part of a team that has such enthusiastic staff and volunteers is a real privilege and I hope to contribute and to learn from this experience”.
Emma Leaver - Treasurer
Appointed to Board of Trustees in July 2017
Emma is a Chartered Accountant and works for a small accountancy firm in Hamilton. Emma studied at WINTEC graduating with a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Accounting.
Why Emma joined the Board:
"Having been diagnosed with endometriosis in 2010 I am passionate to see Insight Endometriosis thrive. Joining the Board seemed like the perfect way to give back to the organisation that has helped me, and the community it serves."
Annette Evans - Manager / Educator
Ex-officio member of the Board
Annette is currently employed by Insight Endometriosis in the role of Manager / Educator. Prior to that, she was employed for 9 years as Administration Manager for the innovative Dairy Goat Co-operative (NZ) Ltd. DGC enjoyed extremely rapid growth and Annette was responsible for the accounting and administration functions as well as development of business processes, systems and software applications and their implementation. In 2013 Annette completed a Graduate Diploma in Not-for-Profit Management through Unitec, having previously completed a Management Studies degree majoring in Accounting and Management. She is currently serving a third 3-year term on the Hamilton/Kirikiriroa COGS funding committee, as well as Treasurer for a local art-based organisation and Finance Administrator for a local social service. Annette has personal experience of endometriosis.
Why Annette joined the Board:
"I have been involved with the organisation through its transition to a Charitable Trust. It gives immense satisfaction to not only see the improvement in women’s lives but also be involved in the growth and development of an organisation which provides leadership and support to the local endometriosis community".
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