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Current CCONS Executive Board Members

Wendy Garvin Mayo, MSN, APN-BC is the 2020-2022 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. 
Lisa Bazinet MSN, RN, OCN is the Past President 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.


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, RN, BSN, OCN is a medical oncology and hematology practice nurse at Yale New Haven Hospital on the Smilow Guilford Care Center. Her focus has been oncology for the duration of her 10-year career and experienced both in-patient and ambulatory nursing. Arlene has held a Hospice and Palliative care Nurse certification and is currently Oncology Nursing Certified. She is working on her master’s in nursing management and leadership and plans to continue her studies to obtain a PhD in health services. Arlene’s goal is to advocate for policy that benefits oncology patients and the nursing profession.

Program Director
Hayley Dunnack Yackel, PhD, RN, CMSRN, OCN is the current program director of the Central Connecticut Oncology Nursing Society. She works in infusion at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, and in the clinical trials unit of Hartford Hospital. Hayley received the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing in 2018. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Nursing Research at UConn. Her research interests are in oncology education for health care professionals and patients, including evidence-based practice and simulation initiatives.


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.