Giovanna joyce imbesi, MBA
FOUNDER, executive director
Giovanna Joyce Imbesi is a patient advocate, pianist, and composer based in Los Angeles. Giovanna was diagnosed in 2005 with metastatic neuroendocrine carcinoid cancer and founded the non-profit Generate Possibility and the Los Angeles Carcinoid Neuroendocrine Tumor Society (LACNETS) program. She received her MBA from UCLA Anderson in 2013. Giovanna is the proud recipient of the 2016 Warner Advocacy Award.
A frequent speaker on living with neuroendocrine cancer and the healing power of music, Giovanna was featured as one of six leaders in Integrative Cancer Care at the 2018 Symington Public Forum at Commonweal.
Her musical compositions can be heard on "Short Stories - piano music for healing, meditation & relaxation" recorded while in recovery from neuroendocrine cancer surgery. These pieces were inspired by her belief in the healing power of music as a vital element of our well-being. She frequently contributes music to NET causes.
Thought to live by: #AgeIsAPrivilege
Lindsey A. jeu de vine
Director of Communications
Lindsey joined LACNETS in 2016 as an Event Coordinator and is now the Director of Communications. Before joining LACNETS, Lindsey was a nonprofit consultant who helped agencies achieve their goals through social media and marketing strategy, event planning, grants and other fundraising services. Lindsey assisted nonprofit agencies including Pepperdine University, Lions, Tigers & Bears, and Healthy Child Healthy World, where she coordinated multiple fundraising events annually and assisted with all development, communications and outreach programs. Lindsey received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing & Public Relations from Pepperdine University. Outside of her career in the nonprofit sector, Lindsey teaches yoga and enjoys surfing, helping animals and hiking with her rescue dog.
Lisa Yen, NP, NBC-HWC
Lisa Yen was a nurse practitioner hospitalist for over 12 years prior to her husband’s diagnosis with advanced, metastatic pancreatic NET in January 2015. As a medical professional, a caregiver, and most recently, a health coach to NET patients, she brings a unique perspective to LACNETS. In her role as Program Director, she works with the team to plan content for the monthly educational meetings and annual patient educational conference as well as developing such as NETConnect and a program to offer health coaching to NET patients. Her passion is to help improve the quality of life for those who have been touched by NET.
Lisa earned a bachelor of arts in psychology from Wheaton College in Illinois in 1997, a bachelor of science in nursing from Loyola University of Chicago in 1998, and a master of science in nursing from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Nursing’s Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program in 2003. She recently completed Vanderbilt University’s Health Coaching Certificate Program. She has been active in community service and church activities including serving breakfast at homeless shelters for over 10 years. She also has served in medical missions in Kenya and Haiti. Other than her passion for helping people, she also enjoys cooking, snowboarding, and musical theater.