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Leadership and Staff

Johnnette du Rand Kelly

Program Director, Founding Director

Raised on the east coast of South Africa Johnnette's first experience of the benefits of massage for cancer patients was in 1994 following her mother’s diagnosis. Shortly after arriving in Orange County, CA, in 1999 and with the objective to pay-forward the kindness her family had been beneficiary of during her mother’s illness she enrolled in a massage therapy training program, completed Hospice volunteer orientation, and began providing comfort-oriented massage for people nearing the end of life.  Shortly after joining the massage therapy team at Spa Gregorie’s, Newport Beach, CA, in 2003. she became one of the first Greet The Day volunteers. Johnnette is passionate about improving the quality of life and experience of cancer treatment for adults, children and families living with cancer.

 

Johnnette's role within Greet The Day includes helping each therapist student find his or her optimal pathway into the specialized area of integrative oncology therapy, and supporting the integration of massage therapy as standard care for people living with cancer.

 

 

Kelly Schwab

Marketing Manager

Kelly has been an liscensed esthetician since 2012.  While working at Spa Gregorie's, Newport Beach, Kelly began volunteering as Greet the Day's Spa Day Retreat Coordinator.  During that time she took Greet The Day's oncology massage workshop and infusion center massage training.  In 2015, Kelly stepped down as the Spa Day Retreat coordinator to welcome a baby boy into the world.  In Jan 2016, missing her connection to Greet The Day, she became an employee and makes a valuable contribution in her role of marketing and media management.

 

 

Julie Rubin

Office and Administration

Julie is our go-to staff member for all aspects of Greet The Day office and administration. Her business experience includes positions in small-business management, nonprofit development and community relations. Julie's role within Greet The Day is to ensure compliance requirements are in place and to support the development of education and patient service programs.

 

 

Dr. Desmonette Hazly

Integrative Health and Wellness Committee, Chair

Desmonette holds graduate degrees in social work, public policy and a Ph.D. in International Politics and Policy. She has developed community health programs for the VA hospital in West Los Angeles, International Red Cross and UNICEF.

 

Dr Des was awarded a 2016/2017 fellowship to study international integrative health methods and arts in medicine and public health. She will be collaborating with medical and health care abroad and implementing integrative health programs for health and medical facilities throughout Southern California, including a dance-based health and wellness programming she is creating with the assistance of the dance department at Cerritos College.

 

Read her blogs about the important role of mental health in coping with illness and as part of integrative care and how massage can be incorporated as part of hospice care, and provide support for the whole family.

 

Board of Directors

Johnnette du Rand Kelly

Acting President, Founding Director

Rick Werblin

Karen Lee

Linda Tobin

Catherine Bailey, MSW, LCSW

 

 

Advisory Board

Thérèse Duggan, RN, MPA

Thomas Farr, CPCU

Sandy Finestone, PsyD

Desmonette Hazly, CMT, MSW, PhD, Integrative Care Committee Chair

Christine “Tinka” Hrountas, MD

Nandini Narayanan, MSW, LCSW, Reiki Master

Cheryl Taylor, EA

 

 

Founders' Council

Scott Duncan, Founder

Christine “Tinka” Hrountas, MD

Donna Thompson

John Link, MD

James Waisman, MD

Nandini Narayanan, MSW, LCSW, Reiki Master

 

 

Educator Team

Sharon Bell

Lori Clark Collins

Johnnette du Rand

Karey Hazewinkel York

Sarah Hoeven

Rebecca Bruckner

 

Inpatient Massage Therapists

Tamara Bunge

Johnnette du Rand

Janna Gaston

Alicia Hamner

Adrianna Showalter

Helping people affected by cancer live better and feel their best throughout their cancer journey.

Johnnette du Rand Kelly

Program Director, Founding Director

Raised on the east coast of South Africa Johnnette's first experience of the benefits of massage for cancer patients was in 1994 following her mother’s diagnosis. Shortly after arriving in Orange County, CA, in 1999 and with the objective to pay-forward the kindness her family had been beneficiary of during her mother’s illness she enrolled in a massage therapy training program, completed Hospice volunteer orientation, and began providing comfort-oriented massage for people nearing the end of life.  In 2002 she was nationally certified as a massage therapist and shortly after joining the massage therapy team at Spa Gregorie’s, Newport Beach, CA, in 2003 became one of the first Greet The Day volunteers. Johnnette is passionate about improving the quality of life and experience of cancer treatment for adults and children living with cancer.

 

Angel Brazil, Education Coordinator

Angel is our go-to staff member for all aspects of Greet The Day/iiO education programs and courses. Her business experience includes positions in community relations, small-business management, publishing and marketing. Integrally involved with Greet The Day since 2010, Angel is an oncology-trained massage therapist and has spent time working in the Chemo Comfort Touch infusion center program as well as providing Spa Day Retreat services. Angel's role within Greet The Day includes helping each therapist student find his or her optimal pathway into the specialized area of integrative oncology therapy.

 

Jacki Sellers, Clinical Supervisor

Jacki has been with Greet The Day since 2009. She is a professional member of the Society for Oncology Massage, and nationally certified in massage, bodywork and Manual Lymphatic Drainage. As Clinical Supervisor, Jacki manages the Infusion Center and Inpatient Massage programs, and mentors volunteers and interns new and seasoned, as they provide foot and hand massage for people receiving chemotherapy. Her dream is to see oncology massage in the Infusion Center become a regular component to cancer care everywhere. Jacki has been an educator for over 30 years, first in the field of music education and performance - including 13 years at the college level - and now in the specialized discipline of oncology massage.

 

Kelly Schwab, Office and Marketing Manager

Kelly has been an liscensed esthetician since 2012 with Spa Gregorie's Day Spa in Newport Beach.  While working at Spa Gregorie's Kelly began volunteering as Greet the Day's Spa Day Retreat Coordinator.  During that time she took Greet The Day's oncology massage workshop and infusion center massage training.  In 2015, Kelly stepped down as the Spa Day Retreat coordinator to welcome a baby boy into the world.  In Jan 2016, missing her connection to Greet The Day, she became the newest employee and makes an invaluable contribution in her shared roles between office and media management.

Angel Brazil, Education Coordinator

Angel is our go-to staff member for all aspects of Greet The Day/iiO education programs and courses. Her business experience includes positions in community relations, small-business management, publishing and marketing. Integrally involved with Greet The Day since 2010, Angel is an oncology-trained massage therapist and has spent time working in the Chemo Comfort Touch infusion center program as well as providing Spa Day Retreat services. Angel's role within Greet The Day includes helping each therapist student find his or her optimal pathway into the specialized area of integrative oncology therapy.