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Patient and Family Support Team

Patient and Family Support team members help cancer patients and their loved ones cope with the emotions and life changes brought about by a cancer diagnosis. Services include the following:
  • Meeting with individuals, couples, and families
  • Teaching stress reduction skills and other mind-body techniques to aid the healing process
  • Collaborating and consulting with doctors, nurses, and other medical care providers to enhance comprehensive, holistic care
  • Assisting with hospital services, accessing community resources, and addressing other practical needs
  • Helping with advance health care directives such as a living will and medical power of attorney

Patient and Family Support Manager
Amy Horyna, LCSW, OSW-C 801-587-4592

Blood and Marrow Transplant 4th Floor
Jessica Rivera, LCSW, 801-213-5612

Breast Cancer
Lisa Gauchay, LCSW, 801-585-0212
Annie Nebeker, PhD, LCSW 801-213-4393
Victoria Pineiro, CSW 801-213-5609 (for Dr. Khong)

Victoria Pineiro, CSW 801-213-5609

Gastrointestinal Cancer
Angelique Colemere, LCSW, 801-587-4732
Victoria Pineiro, CSW 801-213-5609

Gynecological Cancer
Jen Mijangos, LCSW, OSW-C 801-587-4761

Head and Neck Cancer
Nichole Robinson, LCSW, OSW-C , 801-585-9150

Hematological Cancer, Leukemia, and Lymphoma
Daniel Lancaster, LCSW, 801-213-5659

Inpatient 4th Floor, HCH
Peg Hunter, LCSW, 801-587-4397

Inpatient 4th Floor Hematology and Medical Oncology, HCH
Faeiza Javed, CSW, 801-213-5712

Inpatient 5th Floor, HCH
Virginia Wilson, MSW, LCSW, 801-587-9208

Intensive Care Unit
Erin Gibson, LCSW 801-213-4361
Emily Rousseau, CSW 801-587-4665

Lung Cancer
Nichole Robinson, LCSW, OSW-C , 801-585-9150

Multiple Myeloma
Geri Etringer, LCSW, 801-587-4695

To-be-detemined, 801-581-2585

Amy Horyna, LCSW, OSW-C, 801-587-4592

Urologic Cancer
Kris Nelson, LCSW, OSW-C, 801-585-0138

Steven Caverley, MSW, LCSW, and Courtney Nebeker, LCSW, cover as needed. Our team is available 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Please call our Administrative Assistant at 801-585-9755 if you are not able to reach someone.

Financial counselors are available by calling

  • 801-587-4649 for inpatient services, surgery
  • 801-587-4038 for radiation therapy
  • 801-587-4037 for outpatient clinics and radiology
  • 801-587-4034 for chemotherapy/infusion services
  • 801-587-4674 for medication co-pay assistance

A chaplain is available to help with spiritual needs 7 days a week by calling 801-213-2484.

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Reverend Linda Brewer, Chaplain

As HCI's first chaplain, Linda Brewer provides spiritual support for patients, their loved ones, and staff. She has been a health care chaplain for nine years, first at St. Mark's Hospital and subsequently with two different area hospices. As a multi-faith chaplain, she brings no religious agenda of her own but rather looks for how to support each individual in what provides ultimate meaning and comfort to that person. She can provide requested religious rituals or be a liaison with leaders from one's own faith community to help ensure that each person’s spiritual needs are met.

Before coming to chaplaincy, Linda was ordained for a counseling ministry and founded the Kindred Center, a counseling and consulting practice in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was a Licensed Professional Counselor in that state for 20 years. She is also a licensed spiritual counselor with the Centers for Spiritual Living.

Linda is a two-term past president of the Utah Professional Chaplains Association (UPCA) and is part of the Interfaith Roundtable and the Utah Bereavement Coalition. In 2007, she created the Blue Christmas service, which has become an important annual tradition in the greater Salt Lake community for those who are grieving.

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Angelique Colemere, LCSW

Angelique works with lung, gastrointestinal, and Phase 1 clinical trial patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). She earned her master's degree in social work from the University of Utah in 1996.

For 10 years, Angelique worked at the Department of Human Services as a family therapist, clinical consultant and investigator, pediatric mental health program manager, and most recently communications liaison between the internal agencies in the department throughout the state of Utah. While in private practice, she has also provided individual, group, and couples therapy, as well as clinical supervision to MSW graduates.

Before joining HCI, Angelique worked for 11 years with the University of Utah Hospital Emergency Department as a crisis social worker, where she supported patients and families facing medical trauma and other critical care issues. She has worked with numerous populations including disabled, elderly, youth, and mentally ill patients. She has also managed the Homeless Youth Resource Center through Volunteers of America, providing services to Utah’s homeless youth.


Geri Etringer, MSW, LCSW

Geri works with outpatient multiple myeloma and blood and marrow transplant patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). Geri received bachelor's degree in health and behavioral science and sociology and a master's degree in social work from the University of Utah.

Before joining HCI, Geri worked as a clinical social worker at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute, working with children, adolescents, and their families. She also spent 12 years at the University of Utah Solid Organ Transplant Program, working with recipients of heart, lung, and kidney transplants, as well as kidney donors.

Geri has experience working with patients and families who are experiencing health and psychiatric emergencies, coordinating community support and resources, and providing supportive counseling and education to patients and their families.


Lisa Gauchay, MSW, LCSW

Lisa works with breast cancer patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). She earned her master's degree in social work from the University of Utah in 2006.

At HCI, she provides psychosocial assessment and emotional support to cancer patients and their families, collaborates on a multidisciplinary team to ensure patients and families receive needed services, and provides training to nursing staff and other staff as needed.

She previously worked as a social worker in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City. She also spent a summer as an intern at the University of Timisoara in Romania, where she visited and worked in a variety of social service agencies. Her work there focused on the psychosocial needs of adolescents suffering from HIV.

Erin Gibson

Erin Gibson, LCSW

Erin works in the ICU at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital. Her career began in 2005 when she started working as a guide in a therapeutic wilderness program for adolescents. She then went on to graduate with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Utah in 2010.

Erin’s clinical focus centers on treatment of trauma, abuse, eating disorders, crisis intervention and Post-Traumatic Stress. She developed her niche as a trauma centered therapist while she worked as a therapist at the Rape Recovery Center providing mental health therapy services for survivors of sexual assault. Erin also has experience working in inpatient and outpatient substance abuse settings. Currently, in addition to her work at HCI, Erin works at an outpatient clinic where she continues to treat clients with trauma, eating disorders, struggles with sex/ intimacy and complications with life transitions.

Erin strongly believes in the power within every individual to cope and recover from life changing events. Outside of work Erin enjoys spending time with her friends/family, playing outside on skis and bikes and hiking with her dog, Izzy.


Amy Horyna, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Amy is the manager for Patient and Family Support Services for Huntsman Cancer Institute and she provides primary social work support to sarcoma patients. She also has worked with the Pain Medicine and Palliative Care Service, Supportive Oncology and Survivorship Service, as well as gynecologic cancer patients and dermatological cancer patients in the past. She earned her master's degree in social work from the University of Utah and her bachelor's degree in psychology from Westminster College. She has over 15 years of professional experience working with individuals and families. In 2009-2010, Amy was selected to participate in ACE, Advocacy for Excellence in Palliative Care, a competitively selected program where participants received more than 30 hours of didactic and experiential transdisciplinary education to improve end-of-life knowledge, team skills and leadership abilities.Before joining Patient and Family Support at HCI, Amy worked in mental health and substance abuse treatment, employee assistance services, and crisis intervention. She is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy and has provided individual, couples, family therapy. She has facilitated a number of therapeutic groups and has trained and educated individuals in developing anger management, parenting, relapse prevention, healthy human sexuality, and effective communication skills. She is currently a member of the Association of Oncology Social Workers (AOSW) as well as Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network.


Peg Hunter, LCSW

Peg has worked for 30 years in medical and oncology social work. She has served on diabetes, liver and kidney transplant, cardiac, and oncology teams in several medical settings.

Peg earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Utah in 1981. She received the 2002 Courage to Care award from the Intermountain Oncology Nursing Society for her work as patient services manager at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Desert Mountain Division. She also received two Patient Service Awards from the American Cancer Society. She served on the boards of directors of the Utah division of the American Cancer Society and the National Kidney Foundation, Utah chapter. She is a member of the Utah Chapter of Social Workers in Health Care Leadership.

Peg works on the Huntsman 4th Floor inpatient unit.

Daniel Lancaster

Daniel Lancaster, MSW, LCSW

Daniel works with patients who are being treated for leukemia, lymphoma, and other types of hematological disorders at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI).  A native son of Utah, he was born in Salt Lake County and raised in Davis County.  He spent some time living in Jamaica before he returned to Utah to pursue a career in mental health.  Daniel completed in undergraduate education at Weber State University and received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Utah.

Daniel’s professional experience includes having worked with adolescents at a day-treatment program in Ogden followed by working as an outpatient psychotherapist with adults and families in Salt Lake.  Immediately prior to his work at HCI, Daniel performed crisis evaluations in the emergency department of University Hospital where he also provided grief support to the family members of patients who died of medical trauma.  In addition to his work at HCI, Daniel is a psychotherapist in private practice and has research interests in suicide assessment, logotherapy, and healthy grieving.


Jennifer Mijangos, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Jen works primarily with the gynecologic cancer patients here at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). She is also the primary social worker for Dr. Anna Beck, program leader for the Supportive Oncology and Survivorship services. She earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Hamilton College.Jen works as an integrated member of the medical team, offering support to patients and their families. She has facilitated various groups for patients and caregivers in the 5 years she has been a member of HCI's Patient & Family Support team. Jen has a diverse clinical background and a strong interest in evidence-based treatment models. In 2010 Jen participated in an NCI funded Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) training specific to oncology clinicians. Jen previously worked at the University of Utah Counseling Center, where she provided direct clinical services to individuals, couples, and groups. She also coordinated the agency's substance abuse services, providing supervision, training, and consultation for colleagues and graduate students. Prior to this Jen was employed as a social worker with the University of Utah School of Medicine; conducting assessments and facilitating referrals for people with alcohol or drug-related concerns. Jen is also fluent in Spanish.

Annie Nebeker

Annie Nebeker, Ph.D., LCSW

Annie Nebeker, PhD, LCSW, works in the Breast Cancer Clinic at Huntsman Cancer Institute. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with her MSW degree and completed an internship at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center.  Annie completed her PhD in social work at the University of Utah.  In Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah, she has over twenty years of clinical experience.  She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults utilizing individual, group, family and multi-family therapy.  She has experience in an array of health care settings including home-based clinical services, private practice, gynecology, obstetrics, psychiatry, oncology, cardiology, and intensive care units.  Most recently, she has worked for 15 years in higher education at the University of Utah, including six years as the Dean of Students.  Annie has written and presented on topics including suicide prevention, crisis intervention, chronic illness and women’s health issues.  She has served as a clinical staff associate the University of Utah Counseling Center and the Women’s Resource Center.  Annie also served on the Advisory Board of the Children’s Justice Center. 


Kris Nelson, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Kris works with urological cancer patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute. She earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Utah in 1989.Kris has more than 20 years of experience providing individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy at the Salt Lake Department of Veterans Affairs, the University of Utah Counseling Center, and Primary Children's Residential Treatment Center, and has also worked as a medical social worker at the University of Utah Hospital. She has facilitated numerous groups over time and is especially interested in mindfulness and evidence-based treatment models.Kris is member of International Psycho-Oncology Society and the Association for Contextual and Behavioral Psychology. She has held adjunct faculty positions at the University of Utah College of Social Work, the Department of Clinical Psychology, and the University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry. Volunteer work has included groups at the Cancer Wellness House and psychotherapy services to veterans and their family members through the national organization, Give An Hour.

Victoria Pineiro

Victoria Pineiro, CSW

Victoria Pineiro is a Psychosocial Oncology Clinician. She works with dermatology/melanoma, breast, gastrointestinal and Spanish-speaking cancer patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). She is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Victoria earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston College and a bachelor’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in addiction counseling from the University of Utah.

Victoria has several years of experience working in advocacy and behavioral health, serving students, Latinos, low-income families, at risk youth and offenders. She is experienced in providing assessments, counseling, coordinating community supports and specializing in Spanish speaking individuals.

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Jessica D. Rivera, LCSW

Jessica works with inpatient bone marrow transplant patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute. She earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Chicago in 2003, where she was the recipient of the Brinks Family Support Fellowship. Before joining the Patient and Family Support team, Jessica was the Patient Services Manager at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, offering psychosocial support to blood cancer patients and their families for four years. She moved to HCI in 2009 to work in the Bone Marrow Transplant Outpatient Clinic first as a Clinical Care Specialist, then as a Bone Marrow Transplant Facilitator for myeloma patients. Prior to working in oncology, Jessica offered mental health services to inmates at Cook County Jail in Chicago, developed public policy with the Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health and provided health education as an AmeriCorps volunteer. She also has an interest in cancer survivorship, complementary therapies and end of life care.Jessica has been a member of the Utah Cancer Action Network since 2005, serving on the Executive Committee and as the Co-Chair of the Quality of Life Workgroup where she helped to develop the annual Utah Cancer Survivorship Summit. She has been a volunteer at the Cancer Wellness House, Rape Recovery Center, and Planned Parenthood.

Nichole Robinson, LCSW, OSW-C

Nichole Robinson works Lung Cancer patients, as well as Head and Neck Cancer patients, at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). She earned her master's degree in social work from the University of Utah in 2005 and has over 8 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families. During her master's in social work training, Nichole was an intern at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital on the Medical Oncology Inpatient Unit. It was during that time that she developed a passion for helping cancer patients and their loved ones through this difficult life transition. Following graduation, she worked with the University of Utah Solid Organ Transplant program, where she had worked throughout college (2003-2006), providing medication assistance to transplant patients. Nichole then began working at the University of Utah Hospital Emergency Department as a crisis social worker 2006, performing behavioral health assessments in psychiatric emergencies and supporting patients and families facing medical trauma and other critical care issues. She never lost her love for cancer care though and she finally rejoined the Patient and Family Support team in 2009. She spent her first four years working with patients undergoing Blood and Marrow Transplants. During her time with BMT, she facilitated a caregiver support group, provided education to new patients, training and bereavement support for staff, all the while offering emotional, spiritual, and practical support to patients and families throughout their transplant journey.Nichole has special interests in survivorship, complementary therapies, young adult issues, compassion fatigue, and bereavement. She is currently a member of the Association of Oncology Social Workers. She has presented on various topics in the community, including distress in cancer care and compassion fatigue.

Emily Rousseau

Emily Rousseau, CSW

Emily works as needed at HCI. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Utah with an emphasis in mental health and medical social work. As an undergraduate she studied women’s health and earned degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology.

Prior to HCI, Emily focused her career on working with children and adolescents. She taught leadership development for teens, was a supervisor for an after school program for underserved and impoverished youth. She spent nearly three years in the southwest desert working with adjudicated youth in Wilderness Therapy. Emily also has spent time working in special education in both middle and high school settings.

Shifting her focus to adults, Emily has worked at Valley Mental Health being involved with chronic homelessness and those who have a severe and persistent mental illness. As an oncology social worker, she focuses on supportive counseling. She has been a part of Caring Connections bereavement and loss groups as well as Caregiver Support Groups here at HCI.

Virginia Wilson

Virginia (Jini) Wilson, MSW, LCSW
801-587-9208 or 801-587-4464

Jini has over 20 years of medical social work experience, working in a variety of outpatient and inpatient settings including, home health care, hospice, in patient rehab, psychiatric, oncology, acute care and intensive care units. Her work at the University of Utah started on the Crisis team in the Emergency Department responding to traumas and providing behavioral health assessments and services. Most recently she has been providing clinical social work services to patients and families on the Women’s & Infant’s Units at the University of Utah with primary responsibility for the Newborn ICU, High Risk Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic, and the OB Emergency Services. She has also been serving on the Perinatal Bereavement Team. Jini has a passion for cultural diversity having been raised in India, and working in the Peace Corps in Nepal. Her undergraduate degree was in comparative religion and anthropology before obtaining a Master's degree in social work from Colorado State University.

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Steven Caverley, MSW, LCSW

Steve works with cancer patients as requested at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). He earned two master's degrees at the University of Utah in social work and gerontology.

Before joining HCI, Steve worked as a health program administrator with the Utah Department of Corrections, overseeing clinical staff and managing inpatient, outpatient, and community-based mental health programs for offenders. He has also worked as a clinical social worker at several institutions including LDS Hospital Transitional Care Center and Wasatch Canyons Hospital. He has more than 30 years of experience in the mental health field.

Steven is also an accomplished athlete, having completed nine Ironman World Triathlon competitions (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run).

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John Cooper, MS, MDiv

John Cooper is a PRN chaplain at Huntsman Cancer Hospital. He has completed two full residencies in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at St. Mark's Hospital, his second residency specializing in research into the efficacy of spiritual care. John did his Masters of Science at the University of Utah in Family Ecology and his Masters of Divinity at Iliff School of Theology. Prior to working in spiritual care, John was a business and marketing manager specializing in products with challenging communication needs. John's areas of interest in spiritual care include articulating the impact of spiritual care on patients, mental health and end of life care.


Kellie M. Custen, MSW, LCSW

Kellie works on the intensive care unit at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). She earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Utah and a bachelor's degree in health care administration and health promotion from Weber State University.

Before joining HCI, Kellie worked with elderly and disabled individuals at the Institute on Aging in San Francisco, California. She was previously employed as a social worker with the University of Utah School of Medicine, facilitating assessments and referrals for people with substance abuse issues.

Kellie has a background in health promotion and public health and specializes in working with underserved populations. She is experienced in providing group, individual, and family counseling.

Ryan Fischer

Ryan Fischer, LCSW

Ryan works as needed with Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) with patients and their families in any area as needed. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Utah, Graduate School of Social Work, and BA in Psychology from the the University of Utah.

Before joining HCI, most recently he ran a intensive outpatient, substance addiction illness program. Most of his experience has been in community mental health, including local community health and the VA in Las Vegas. Before social work, he gained 15years experience in customer service at Delta Airlines.

In his off time Ryan enjoys working in his yard and playing with his grandson, nieces and nephews. Ryan is a total FOODIE, he loves checking out new restaurants, especially diners and cafe's. If you have recommendations, he'd love to hear it.

Faeiza Javed

Faeiza Javed, CSW

Faeiza works as needed at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). She is multilingual in English, Urdu/Hindi, and Hindko. She graduated from the University of Utah with a master’s degree in social work in 2014, where she also received the Leo Duran Community Award for promise in social work.

At HCI, Faeiza is experienced working in the outpatient clinics and on the inpatient floors. She works with patients and their families as they learn to manage and process their difficult healthcare needs.

Faeiza has a background in international and forensic social work. Before joining HCI, Faeiza worked with refugees at Catholic Community Services of Utah as a family preservation specialist. There she focused on vulnerable refugee families and assisted them in issues such as domestic violence, child abuse, cultural adjustment, emotional support, mental health, and taught specialized trainings to help refugees’ lead self-sufficient lives. Faeiza has also worked at both domestic violence shelters in Salt Lake City, Utah, the YWCA and South Valley Services, and has worked with victims and perpetrators. Faeiza is passionate about international and forensic populations and enjoys helping them learn how to adjust and/or reintegrate to their new homes in Salt Lake. Additionally, Faeiza serves as the general secretary for the executive board of Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake (ISGSL). In this position she works with the Muslim population addressing social issues within the community.

In her spare time Faeiza enjoys reading, kickboxing, trying new restaurants, and exploring her hometown.

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Cortney Nebeker, LCSW

Cortney earned a master's degrees in social work from the University of Utah with a certificate in substance abuse treatment with an undergraduate degree in Finance and International Studies.

Cortney's background includes work in micro-finance. She has worked with multiple international communities providing health promotion and financial education in Guatemala, Republic of the Union of Myanmar and also worked providing tsunami relief in Thailand. She has previously worked for Valley Mental Health at ARTEC working with adolescents and their families providing therapy and facilitating therapeutic groups dealing with addiction. Cortney has also worked with the Caring Connections program where she facilitated grief and loss support groups and was also able to contribute to research revolving around bereavement.

Cortney is a member of the National Association of Oncology Social Workers and the National Association of Social Workers.


Suzanne Pratt, MSW, LCSW

Suzanne works in the Intensive Care Unit at Huntsman Cancer Institute. She earned her MSW degree from New York University and worked at St. Luke's Roosevelt Medical Center in New York City upon graduation.Both in New York and Utah, she has worked and volunteered in a variety of medical and clinical settings including Gilda's Club (a cancer support community), Cancer Wellness House, St. Mark's Hospital, and the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute. Suzanne's initial professional focus was to assist clients emotionally impacted by life-threatening medical illnesses, primarily through individual therapy and group work.

She serves as program consultant at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society where she was recently awarded Professional of the Year. She is an honorary clinical board member of the Utah-Idaho Chapter of the National Lupus Foundation. For these and similar organizations, she has written and made numerous presentations on a wide variety of wellness-related topics. Besides assisting people affected by chronic medical illness, Suzanne has completed training and is a Gottman-Certified Couples Therapist.She is a member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, the Utah Society for Social Work Leadership in Utah, Women in Private Practice, National Association of Social Workers, American Psychosocial Oncology Society, Archetypes of Everyday Living, and various other professional organizations.