Our Team / Meet Our Board & Staff

Giovanna Joyce Imbesi, MBA

Executive Director & Founder

Giovanna Joyce Imbesi, MBA, is a patient advocate, pianist and composer based in Los Angeles, California.  Ms. Imbesi was diagnosed in 2005 with metastatic neuroendocrine carcinoid cancer. Following her diagnosis, she founded Generate Possibility, a non-profit dedicated to supporting those affected by cancer through education, awareness and the healing arts. Ms. Imbesi received her MBA from UCLA Anderson in 2013 and leads the Los Angeles Carcinoid Neuroendocrine Tumor Society (LACNETS), a program by Generate Possibility. LACNETS works on behalf of neuroendocrine cancer patients providing support, awareness and education.

Ms. Imbesi’s compositions can be heard on “Short Stories – piano music for healing, meditation & relaxation”, recorded in 2006 while in recovery from neuroendocrine surgery.  These pieces were inspired by her belief in the healing power of music as a vital element of our well-being. As a professional musician, Ms. Imbesi has performed internationally with musicians such as Anita Baker, Dave Koz, John Denver, Stanley Jordan, Yanni and Andy Summers of The Police, and her compositions are broadcast globally.

Lindsey Jeu De Vine

Event Coordinator

Lindsey joined LACNETS in early 2015 as the organization’s monthly seminars and annual NET Conference event planner. She is a nonprofit consultant who helps organizations achieve their goals, through social media and marketing strategy, event planning, grants and other fundraising services. Before joining LACNETS, Lindsey was the Community Outreach & Social Media Coordinator for Lions, Tigers & Bears in San Diego. Prior to joining the animal sanctuary, she was the Program & Outreach Coordinator for Healthy Child Healthy World, now part of Environmental Working Group in Washington, D.C., 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.

 

Kavya Velagapudi

Board Member

Kavya is a Certified Fund Raising Executive with eight years of diverse experience generating revenue and resources for nonprofits. With a Masters in Social Welfare and a concentration in Non-Profit Administration & Policy Advocacy, Kavya has a unique blend of development, management, and clinical skills. Before launching Honu, she was the Development Director of International Museum of Women, now part of Global Fund for Women, in San Francisco. Prior to joining the Museum, Kavya was the Western Region Director of Starlight Children’s Foundation in Los Angeles, where she oversaw all development, communications and program services in Starlight’s Western Region. Kavya has raised funds for various nonprofits through grants, special events, corporations, memberships, annual appeals, crowd-funding, e-appeals, silent auctions, and major gifts.