When you are facing a cancer diagnosis, finding the right care and services you need can feel overwhelming. At Ascension Seton, we want to help. An Ascension Seton nurse navigator is a registered nurse with the knowledge and skills to support you, your family and other caregivers through the cancer treatment experience. Your nurse navigators can assist you with:
- Clinical information to assist in making informed decisions. Nurse navigators can provide education to patients and families about the cancer diagnosis and treatment options available.
- Referrals to the resources you need. Cancer treatment can be physically, emotionally and spiritually demanding. Nurse navigators can help minimize distress by listening to your concerns, answering questions, and referring you to resources for helpful information and support.
- Assistance in facilitating communication among healthcare providers and scheduling appointments. Our nurse navigators will work to keep your entire healthcare team informed and working together to monitor your progress, and will make sure your appointments are scheduled as conveniently and quickly as possible.
- Access to transportation. If you have trouble getting to your doctor appointments, a nurse navigator can help arrange transportation for you.
- Assistance in locating financial resources. Our nurse navigator and social workers may be able to find financial assistance with medical and nonmedical expenses.
- Noelle Clark, MSN, RN, OCN, CBCN – Lung
- Barbara Colson, BSN, RN, OCN – Head & Neck, Gastrointestinal
- Jennifer Dinh, BSN, RN – Cancer
- Cynthia Fawver, RN, BSN – Lung
- Jessica Garris, RN, BSN, CPBN-IC – Breast
- Elizabeth Gillespie, RN, BSN – Head & Neck and Hepabobillioary
- Maria Marek, RN, MTS, BA, ADN – Young Adult Survivorship
- Djhoanna Mendoza, BSN, RN, CMSRN, CNRN – Adult Survivorship
- Lorie Miller, BSN, RN, CMI – Hematologic
- Maria Rios, RN, OCN, Gynecological Oncology
- Veronica Serrano, RN- Adult Survivorship
- Angela Walker, BSN, RN – Cancer
Noelle Clark, MSN, RN, OCN, CBCN
Noelle Clark is a clinical nurse navigator with Ascension Seton Cancer Services who specializes in lung cancer. She helps patients receive high quality treatment by coordinating care throughout their cancer journey.
After receiving her nursing degree at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio, Noelle continued her education at Walden University where she received a Masters in Nursing. She has eleven years of experience in oncology nursing. Prior to working at Ascension Seton, Noelle was with Hillcrest Hospital’s Cancer Center, a regional hospital of Cleveland Clinic. Her oncology experience includes infusion, medical, radiological, gynecological, research and education.
Barbara Colson BSN, RN, OCN
Barbara Colson is a clinical nurse navigator for head and neck cancer and gastrointestinal cancer patients. She came to the clinic in 2000 as a chemo infusion nurse, bringing with her nine years of oncology experience from MD Anderson as an inpatient RN and later as an outpatient case manager. She now supports the Gastrointestinal Multidisciplinary Conference at the Cancer Care Collaborative on Tuesday mornings and is available as a network navigator for Head and Neck and GI cancer patients.
Jennifer Dinh, BSN, RN
Jennifer Dinh is a clinical nurse navigator with the Cancer Navigation Program. She received her nursing degree from The University of Texas School of Nursing in Austin, TX.
Her nursing experience includes 5 years of general medical surgical/oncology/neurology in the inpatient setting of University Medical Center Brackenridge. As a clinical nurse navigator, she helps to ensure that individuals with breast cancer receive high-quality care by providing individualized assistance to patients, their families and caregivers to facilitate timely access to quality medical and psychosocial care during their cancer journey.
Cynthia Fawver, RN, BSN
Cynthia Fawver is a clinical nurse navigator with the Cancer Navigation Program at Ascension Seton Medical Center Williamson. She received her nursing degree from University of Saint Francis in Joliet, Illinois. She has been practicing nursing for 14 years, with a twelve-year focus in oncology specializing in radiation therapy. Cynthia is a recipient of several awards for nursing leadership including Caregiver of the Year.
As a clinical nurse navigator, Cynthia helps ensure that individuals with any type of cancer in Williamson or surrounding counties receive high quality treatment through individualized coordination of care. Cynthia works with patients, their families and caregivers to facilitate access to community resources and to timely medical and psychosocial care during their cancer treatment course.
Jessica Garris, BSN, RN, OCN, CN-BN
Jessica Garris is a clinical nurse navigator with the Cancer Navigation Program and Ascension Seton. She received her nursing degree from Baylor University School of Nursing in Dallas, Texas.
Ms. Garris has 18 years of nursing experience and has been an oncology nurse working with breast cancer patients for 16 years. She has worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient and outpatient medical oncology as well as radiation oncology, transplant and hospice. As a clinical nurse navigator, she specializes in helping ensure that individuals with breast cancer receive high-quality care by providing individualized assistance to patients, their families and caregivers to facilitate timely access to quality medical and psychosocial care during their cancer journey.
Elizabeth Gillespie, RN, BSN
Elizabeth Gillespie is a clinical nurse navigator with the Cancer Navigation Program at Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin, assisting head and neck cancer patients in the Central Texas community. She received her nursing degree from Houston Baptist University and has been practicing for 20 years, with a twelve-year focus in oncology.
As a clinical nurse navigator for head and neck cancer patients, Ms. Gillepsie specializes in ensuring that this very complex patient population receives the highest quality treatment through coordinating their care. Beyond educating patients and caregivers about their disease and treatment, she handles communication between all physicians and disciplines involved, identifies barriers, and provides resources to facilitate timely access to quality medical and psychosocial care during patients’ cancer journey
Maria Marek, MTS, BA, ADN, RN
Maria has been practicing as a nurse at Ascension Seton since 2002 at University Medical Center and at the Ascension Seton Community Clinics for the uninsured and “under-insured” as both staff and nursing supervisor prior to her role as navigator in 2011. Maria brings an educational background in science as an educator and a master in theology where she served youth and adults in education as well as pastoral care. This experience helps her understand the varied challenges that young adult cancer survivors face. In her role as nurse navigator, she helps young adults transition to adult medical care and coordinates the Ascension Seton Cancer Survivorship clinic where the focus is on late effects from treatment, surveillance of any new cancer and overall general health.
Djhoanna Mendoza, BSN, RN, CMSRN, CNRN
DJ is a clinical nurse navigator serving adult cancer survivors age 40 and above. She has specialized training in the issues that cancer survivors face after treatment. Before moving to the survivorship program, DJ was a nurse at University Medical Center Brackenridge where she cared for inpatients with complex needs, including cancer patients.
Lorie Miller, BSN, RN, CMI
Lorie Miller is a clinical nurse navigator who provides care coordination, education and support for patients undergoing treatment for hematologic malignancies. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts and previously obtained a Bachelors of Arts in International Studies at the University Oregon. She has four years of oncology nursing experience and is also a Certified Medical Interpreter in Spanish.
Maria Rios, RN, OCN
Maria Rios graduated from Galveston College with a degree in nursing. She has been working with oncology patients for over 35 years, and been a part of the Ascension Seton for 39 year. As a part of the Cancer Care Collaborative from the beginning, she has been a general case manager for hematology, lung, genitourinary and gynecologic cancer patients, helping educate and guide them, improving their experience as cancer patients. Maria currently navigates gynecologic cancer patients.
Veronica Serrano, RN
Veronica is a clinical nurse navigator serving adult cancer survivors ages 40 and above. She has specialized training in helping breast and gynecologic cancer patients after their treatment is completed.
Angela Walker, BSN, RN
Angela Walker is clinical Nurse Navigator with the Cancer Navigation Program. She is located at Ascension Seton Medical Center Hays and works with all oncology diagnosis in the South Market. She received her nursing degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. Her nursing experience includes 5 years of general medical/oncology/neurology in the inpatient setting of University Medical Center Brackenridge and 2 years as a clinical nurse in the outpatient setting of Shivers Center.
As a clinical nurse navigator, Angela helps conduct the Multidisciplinary Conference where doctors from all discipline; radiation oncologist, medical oncology, pathologist, surgeons and radiologist get together monthly to discuss patient cases. She provides education on disease and treatment, as well as, works with patients and their families to identify barriers to their care, help communication between all physicians and disciplines involved and provide community resources to ensure they get the quality care they deserve.