Wendy Garvin Mayo, MSN, APN-BC is the most recent Past-President for CCONS. She has over 10 years of clinical experience in solid tumors and hematology malignancies in both the outpatient and inpatient settings. Wendy currently works as an Associate Director, Oncology Clinical Scientist, at Janssen Research & Development. Wendy and the Executive Board will focus on engaging CCONS members through Mentorship, Advocacy, Leadership, and Education & Social programming.
Arlene Paradise Mingione, MSN, RN, OCN is a practice nurse for medical oncology and hematology at Yale New Haven Hospital in the Smilow Guilford Care Center. Her focus has been oncology for the duration of her nursing career and has experience in both the in-patient and ambulatory setting. Arlene has held a Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse certification and is currently Oncology Nurse Certified. She has recently completed her master’s in nursing management and leadership. Arlene’s current efforts are expended on normalizing the advance care planning conversation with dissemination of her cap-stone project throughout the Yale Health Care System and beyond. She enjoys advocating for policy that benefits oncology patients and the nursing profession. Her free time is spent watching the NY Giants with her husband, Stan, cuddling with her pups: Lennon, McCartney, and Georgie, and partnering with her friend as “GiveBackGirls” for a year of volunteer!
Hayley Dunnack Yackel, PhD, RN, CMSRN, OCN is currently an Oncology Clinical Research Nurse/ Scientist in the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute. She is a PhD-prepared nurse with a research interest in interprofessional approaches to enhance symptom management and cancer care delivery. Hayley received the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing in 2018. Hayley is committed to improving healthcare delivery, particularly cancer care delivery, for CT residents and beyond.
Holly DeFeo MSN, RN, NPD-BC is an oncology nurse educator for the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute. She is a University of Connecticut and University of Hartford graduate and has enjoyed a 22-year career in oncology nursing and nursing education. Holly started at The Hospital of Central Connecticut as a registered nurse on the medical-oncology unit where she served for a period of time as the assistant nurse manager. Throughout her career, she has held multiple roles including Clinical Educator, Professional Development Educator and adjunct faculty at Charter Oak State College where she assisted with the revision of the RN Refresher program curriculum. Holly received the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing in 2006. She is nationally certified in Nursing Professional Development and serves as a Director-at-Large for the Central Connecticut Oncology Nursing Society.
Mary Kate Eanniello RN, DNP, OCN is a Director at Large for the Central Connecticut Oncology Nursing Society. She is currently the Director of Nursing Education & Professional Development at the Hartford Healthcare Cancer Institute. She has been an oncology nurse for the majority of her 35-year career at Hartford Hospital serving in many different clinical roles. She is the co-chair of the CCONS/SWONS Annual Symposium. She serves the chapter in the role of political advocacy as well as strengthening partnerships with local university nursing programs.
Lisa Bazinet MSN, RN, OCN is a Director-at-large of the Central Connecticut Oncology Nursing Society. She is currently the Regional Nurse Manager of Oncology Services, East Region at Harford Healthcare. She has been an oncology nurse for the majority of her Nursing career – working in both the inpatient as well as the outpatient departments. She also adjunct clinical facility at the University of Connecticut with focus on oncology care. She is married to her husband Paul and has two sons, Alex and Jack along with two German shorthaired pups- Chase and Echo. In her free time, she enjoys reading James Patterson and Kathy Reichs murder mysteries.