Co-Founder and General Manager
Genevieve Mora spent most of her teenage years battling Mental Illness. As part of her recovery she has made it her mission to offer hope to those fighting mental illness. Genevieve co-founded Voices of Hope and through this uses her lived experience to show people that recovery is possible and that there is no shame in having a mental illness. Genevieve is the co-creator of Love your Kite, a global eating disorder resource app and speaks about her journey regularly on her YouTube channel and TikTok page. Gen was also named as a Westfield Local Hero for her work and a finalist for the Impact Awards.
Having overcome childhood adversity and multiple suicide attempts, Jazz Thornton has now dedicated her life to speaking hope and creating change in the area of mental health. Jazz co-founded Voices of Hope and her unique experience and practical message has gained worldwide recognition, being shared through media, international speaking engagements and through documentary feature film, The Girl on The Bridge. Jazz is also the award winning director of Jessica’s Tree, Young New Zealander of the Year 2021 and author of Stop Surviving Start Fighting, My Journey Starts Here and new release, Letters to You.
Supporting Gen behind the scenes is Maddi. Maddi comes with experience of working in mental health promotion and community development. With her own lived experience and others around her, Maddi is passionate about changing the way we approach mental health and illness, and creating communities that supportive collective wellbeing. When she’s not at VoH she’s hanging out with bees and becoming a Bee Keeper.
Digital Communications Coordinator
Angela is our administrative support at Voices of Hope! She's a self-proclaimed jack-of-all-trades. Angela is passionate about breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health and using her superpowers (aka her ADHD) to make a difference. When she's not busy being a bit of everything, Angela can be found enjoying quality time with her friends and family!
Claudia Rose is a writer from New Zealand and has written for several online publications. When Claudia is not writing, she’s a tea enthusiast, enjoys reading and spending time with her dog, Wren, and cat, Crystal.
She is passionate about the work that Voices of Hope do. Claudia shares her stories to inspire hope and wants to help others do the same
Leilani is a graphic designer who also has a background in journalism, so with the combination of her skills she loves bringing stories to life through her designs. Leilani also leads community youth programmes and is passionate about uplifting young people and caring for their mental health. She’s a creative who lives by the phrase, ‘created to create’.
VOH Board Members
KIRSTEN (KP) PATTERSON
Kirsten (known as KP) is the Chief Executive of the Institute of Directors. She is a lawyer and a Distinguished Fellow of Human Resources. KP is actively involved in supporting not-for-profit governance and is a Board Member of the New Zealand Rugby Foundation and Wellington Homeless Women’s Trust.
KP is a mother of two and is passionate about teen mental health. She is committed to helping Voices of Hope provide love and hope to young people across New Zealand and the world
Chris is a lawyer with extensive experience practicing in both private and public sector organisations and in governance roles for not for profit entities in New Zealand.
He is committed to seeing Voices of Hope develop and grow its reach to make a genuine difference to people of all backgrounds by spreading a message of hope and advocating for change.
Stephanie is a General Practitioner who has worked in primary care for over 15 years. Stephanie is passionate about shaping the future of mental health care in New Zealand and has both the enthusiasm and experience to ensure that the Voices of Hope can continue to give hope to those that are struggling.
Stephanie is also a mother of three, a director of Procare Network Limited (New Zealand’s largest Primary Health Organisation) and is a member of the New Zealand Medical Association General Practice Council.
Wayne is an international multi-award winning music producer, director of an Auckland performing Arts School, and an ordained pastor who has been caring for people of all ages for over 30 years. He is passionate about the mission of Voices of Hope, about mental health and seeing this generation of NZers rise to an unprecedented level of hope, life and wellness.