Steering Committee

Melissa Culligan is a clinical instructor in surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the Director of Clinical Research for the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center and a Nurse Navigator for the University of Maryland School of Medicine Mesothelioma Research and Treatment Center. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundations.
She received her undergraduate degree from Wilkes University and went on to receive a Masters of Science degree from Drexel College of Medicine in area of Clinical Research Organization and Management. She has more than 28 years of experience working in the field of thoracic surgical oncology with a special focus and expertise in caring for patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma and advanced stage lung cancer. She has a special interest in clinical trial development and management for this patient population.
Maria has worked in respiratory medicine at University hospital Aintree since qualifying in 1989.
She became one on the first Lung Cancer Clinical nurse specialist in the North West in 1997.
Along with a colleague in the Manchester area, Maria co-founded the North West lung cancer nurses group, with the aim of support, education and development in 1997. This was thought to be the first such group in the UK of its kind at the time and subsequently led to the formation of the National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses.(NLCFN) Maria was involved in the inaugural formation and recruitment to the Roy Castle support group, Liverpool in 1991/2000.

Maria was NLCFN committee member for 9 years and completed her term of office as chair of 3 years in 2008.
During her time as chairperson she was a keen advocate of true Multidisciplinary team working, including accentuating the importance and protecting the role of the Lung clinical nurse specialist and in collaboration with the United Kingdom Lung Cancer Coalition(UKLCC)conducted the NLCFN first parliamentary “fly in” accentuating the importance of specialist nurse support for all patients with Lung cancer.

Maria has been involved in many of the NLCFN projects highlighting the influence of the clinical nurse specialist in improving patient and carer experience across the whole cancer pathway.
Maria is an member of the NLCFN Research Interest Group (RIG) and has contributed to many of the research findings over the past decade. Maria has published papers on various clinical topics including developmental roles in cancer services and management of patients receiving oral therapies.

Maria represents lung cancer nurses on various committees/advisory bodies both locally and nationally.
Since 2010 she has worked with international colleagues on the development and launch of the International Thoracic Oncology Nurses Forum, (ITONF) which recently held its third successful international nurses workshop at the World Lung Cancer conference in Denver 2015. Maria was recently elected as vice chair for the forum which is currently planning its activities in conjunction with the world lung cancer conference in Vienna 2016.

Beth Ivimey, Oncology Nurse, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Sydney Australia.
Beth has worked exclusively in oncology nursing for over 20 years. Beth has a particular interest in thoracic oncology as she was a lung cancer nurse coordinator for nine and a half years. Beth is about to step down as the inaugral chair of the ITONF, she is the Vice Chair of the ANZLCNF, was the Australian Nurse on the successful Austrlaian bid to host WCLC in Sydney in 2013. Beth was the Chair of the nursing track for this meeting. Beth is actively involved in Australian lung cancer related activities for Lung Foundation Australia and sits on many lung cancer related committees including the Australian Lung Cancer Trials Group, Lung Cancer Consultative Group and is actively involved in the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia and shares the position of the Education Officer in Sydney. Beth has been an invited speaker at national and international oncology and lung cancer meetings.
Thoracic Cancer Nurse Coordinator (Western Australia)

Caitlin is the Thoracic Cancer Nurse Coordinator for Western Australia and is employed by the WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network. She has been in this post since its inception 2006. The role is operational at the patient, health professional and service level.The role includes strategic input contributing significantly to service development as well as providing support, information and education to patients with lung cancer and mesothelioma. . Caitlin’s interest in supporting and improving care for this patient population has led her to undertake her Masters in nurse practitioner studies specialising in Oncology, and she is currently a Registered Nurse Practitioner.
Caitlin has been a past committee member of The Australian and New Zealand Lung Cancer Forum, and has been a member of the International Thoracic Oncology Nursing Forum since 2010.

Liz’s interests within lung cancer have always focused on developing the nursing contribution, within the multidisciplinary team, to improve outcomes but also the patient and carer experience across the whole cancer pathway.

To meet demand locally and nationally Liz developed an interest in Mesothelioma which resulted in the establishment of Mesothelioma UK, the National Macmillan Mesothelioma Resource Centre. Liz is currently a Consultant Nurse and Director of Services for Mesothelioma UK which has established itself as an essential part of the UK Mesothelioma landscape; a centre of excellence providing mesothelioma information, support and education. The charity funds mesothelioma research and supports an increasing number (currently 11) of Mesothelioma Clinical Nurse Specialists across the UK. Liz is a core member of the Leicester Thoracic Oncology Multi-disciplinary Team; she leads the lung cancer Nurse Specialist team and works clinically within the extensive mesothelioma service the team provides.

Liz is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the DeMontfort University, Leicester and Associate Lecturer at the Royal Marsden School of Cancer Nursing and Rehabilitation.
Liz has served 10 years as a committee member (2 years as chair) for the National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses (NLCFN), whilst chairing the NLCFN she established a Research Interest Group (RIG) that included an annual research grant opportunity for members.

Liz is a current member of the British Thoracic Oncology Group steering committee which at the outset required her to establish the Nursing Research Workshop held at the annual conference each year where nursing delegates now number over 100, approximately 20% of the total attendees. Liz is a member of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer Membership Committee, and Nurses and Allied Professionals Committee. Liz is also proud to be a founding member of the International Thoracic Oncology Nursing Forum which held its inaugural meeting in 2011.

John McPhelim is the lead nurse for lung cancer services in NHS Lanarkshire.

He took on this role in July 2005. Prior to this, he worked for 13 years at Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow, as a lung cancer specialist nurse. He is formerly the lead nurse for the West of Scotland Managed Clinical Network for Lung Cancer, and has contributed to several national working groups over the years. He is a past Chair of the National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses (UK), and currently chairs the Scottish Lung Cancer Nurses Forum.
In January 2013, he was appointed to the position of lead Clinician for The West of Scotland Lung Cancer Managed Clinical Network, the first nurse to hold such a role in Scotland.
His clinical interests focus on supporting patients who are receiving active treatment, and the development of lung cancer services. These include the management of patients receiving various oral therapies and nursing role development in this area. Additionally he has an active interest in the strategic development of lung cancer services and nursing positions. He has published papers on various topics including nursing role development, nurse management of oral therapies, and various other clinical topics, including patient reported outcomes.
Away from work John, enjoys participating in different sports including, running, squash and hill walking. He has been a supporter of Glasgow Celtic for many years, which has been a source of pleasure and misery in equal parts.

Beth Eaby-Sandy is a nurse practitioner in the cancer center at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, USA and has an adjunct faculty appointment in the school of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. She specializes in the care of patients with lung cancer. She has over 17 years of oncology nursing experience. She received both her undergraduate and master’s degrees in nursing from Temple University.
Beth has authored or co-authored over 40 journal articles, book or online chapters, and continuing education programs pertaining to lung cancer or the supportive care of lung cancer patients. She has lectured nationally and internationally on the topic of lung cancer and supportive care. She is a member of MASCC, specifically the skin toxicity study group. She is a member of APSHO and an associate editor for the corresponding journal JADPRO. She is a member of ONS as well, and served as President of her local chapter in the past.
Massey is an Oncology Clinical Trials Coordinator at the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre at Southlake in NewMarket, Ontario. She is a Harvard Macy Institute scholar and received her certification in education. She has her adjunct clinical appointee at Lawrence S. Bloomberg faculty of nursing at UoT , serves as Board of Directors for CPEN, the Cancer Patient Education Network, and a committee member in international lung cancer network. Massey is currently chairing the lung cancer nurse’s network in Canada as part of the larger organization. Massey’s passion is lung cancer research and patient education, and she has been a clinical educator and patient education lead at central LHIN working directly with CCO for a number of years. She was also honored with the Canadian Nursing Hero Award last May.
Nurse Coordinator, Lung Services, Peter MacCallum Hospital. Melbourne, Victoria.
Mary is the longest serving Lung Cancer Nurse in Australia. Mary is the Chair of the Australia & New Zealand Lung Cancer Nurses Forum, is an inaugural committee member if the ITONF, sits on numerous Australian & International Lung Cancer committees as the lung cancer nurse representative, is an invited speaker at national & international conferences & is published.
Following a career in thoracic medicine, Vanessa joined the Lung Cancer Team at Aintree University Hospital, Liverpool in 1999 as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Vanessa’s interests in lung cancer and mesothelioma include improving the patient and carer experience throughout the pathway. She is interested in the development of nurse led services and pre –post habitation. She has given invited presentations on both national and international level, on various aspects of lung cancer including: Wellbeing; Holistic Needs and Surgical Pathway & Navigating pathways. She is a past member of BTOG steering group, and former chair of the Thoracic Surgical Group chair. Vanessa is currently member of the IASLC subcommittee for Nurses and AHP’s. She is delighted to be a member of the National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses, having recently taken on the role of chairperson for the forum.