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Current CCONS Executive Board Members

Alison Tray, MSN, APRN-BC, AOCNP started her journey as a clinical nurse in Inpatient Hematology/Medical Oncology in 2013, and most recently, has been the Program Director, Medical Oncology and Infusion at Hartford HealthCare’s Cancer Institute since September 2021. She currently works collaboratively to design, implement and oversee programs and best practices to ensure optimal standardization, integration, and growth at all ambulatory medical oncology practices and infusion centers, which spans 7 acute care hospitals and 13 infusion centers. Prior to that, she was the Lead Inpatient Hematology and Medical Oncology Advanced Practice Provider (APP) on the same unit she started as a Clinical Nurse. As the Lead APP she worked on various quality improvement projects related to her specialty and unit before coming to Hartford HealthCare.

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. 


Nicole Zaza, BSN, RN is currently an infusion nurse at the Hospital of Central Connecticut. She has been an oncology nurse since graduating in 2016 working in both inpatient and outpatient departments. Nicole is currently working to help standardize chemotherapy teaching materials throughout the Hartford Healthcare system. She enjoys training new nurses and finding new evidence-based practices to further the nursing practice.


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!

Program Director
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.


Kris LeFebvre MSN, RN, NPD-BC, AOCN works as an Oncology Clinical Specialist, at the national office of the Oncology Nursing Society. She works on a variety of educational and collaborative projects, including the ASCO/ONS Chemotherapy Administration Safety Standards, the Oral Chemotherapy Education Sheets, ONS Chemotherapy and Immunotherapy Guidelines, and many ONS safe handling, international, and leadership initiatives. Kris has been an oncology nurse for more than 30 years, working clinically in the roles of staff nurse, nurse manager, and clinical nurse specialist in oncology and bone marrow transplant. She lives in western Massachusetts and began working at ONS in 2004. 

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.