Senior Staff

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Dr. Izane Reyneke
Program Coordinator

Izane grew up in Bloemfontein where she obtained both her B.Sc and MB.Ch.B. degrees at the University of the Free State. She moved to Cape Town at the end of 2002 and completed her medical internship at New Somerset Hospital during 2003. It was here where she developed a keen interest in the management of HIV. She was placed at Wesfleur Hospital in Atlantis to perform her Community Service year during the following year. She started the ARV unit in the area in 2004 and remained in charge of this unit until 2013. Izane joined the HOPE Cape Town team in 2013 as Program Coordinator. She oversees all projects and is involved in the strategic and day-to-day management of the organisation.

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Pauline Jooste
Training and Outreach Officer

Pauline worked in state primary health care settings for 11 years as a Professional Nurse. She was a Facility Manager at four primary health care clinics prior to joining HOPE Cape Town in 2005. She currently works as Outreach Facilitator where she manages all HOPE Community Health Care Workers and is responsible for community outreach projects.

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Kerstin Behlau
Consultant Donor Liaison Europe

Kerstin assists Larissa Walter in specific areas of the Donor Liaison Europe position. She has previously been employed by HOPE Cape Town as Donor Liaison Europe and as the Administrator for the HOPE Cape Town Trust. She currently supports the organisation as a consultant, facilitating a smooth transition period.

Larissa Walters

Larissa Walter
Donor Liaison Europe

Larissa was born in Germany and moved to South Africa in 2010. Having a background in the banking and HR field, she had been working as a Tour Guide for the past 8 years. The one thing she really loved about her guiding job was meeting all kinds of people, visiting different townships and projects and being a mediator between South Africans and foreigners. She is passionate about community development and started as Donor Liaison Europe at HOPE Cape Town in November 2020. Her tasks entail welcoming our sponsors, donors and visitors and presenting the work of HOPE Cape Town to them. She will update all our European sponsors, donors and friends regularly and stays in contact with them. She responds to enquiries and requests in English and German and assists the Chairperson of the HOPE Cape Town Trust.

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Sonia Daniels
HOPE to Home Coordinator

Sonia Daniels started to work at HOPE Cape Town in April 2010. She is the Care and Support Coordinator at the Paediatric Wards of the Tygerberg Hospital. Sonia counsels mothers and caregivers and does group talks on a number of HIV related subjects. Additionally, Sonia is also involved in the volunteer and elective student programme and works closely with the PR office of the Tygerberg Hospital.

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Dr. Ana Houston
HOPE Cape Town Doctor

Ana completed the required 2 year internship at the Pietermaritzburg Hospital Complex in KwaZulu Natal in 2007-2008. She then completed her community service year in Tintswalo Hospital, Mpumalanga, rotating through 6 months of Adult Internal Medicine (including TB wards, clinics and psychiatry) and 6 months in Accident & Emergency. After a short break to travel in South America, Ana took up a post as a Senior House Officer in paediatrics at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Cape Town, in 2010-2011. After completing her DCh, she moved to Michael Maphongwana Community Health Centre in Khayelitsha, where she practiced as a Family ARV Medical Officer from 2012-2014. During this time, she initiated the adolescent ARV service at the clinic. Ana took a month sabbatical to join an internship at the International House of Prayer, Kansas City, MO, USA in 2015. Upon returning from the States in October 2015, Ana joined the team at HOPE Cape Town as a part time Medical Officer.

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Dr. Michelle du Plessis
HOPE Cape Town Doctor

Michelle obtained her MBChB degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 2010. She worked for about 5 years in Mbombela, Mpumalanga. During this time there was a natural progression of her career path, starting as a medical doctor in internal medicine, to rural primary health care clinic outreach programmes, progressing to HIV medicine as HIV clinician. Her family relocated to Cape Town in 2015, where she spent the next 5 years in mostly the paediatric research environment (at both Stellenbosch University and University of Cape Town) on preventative infectious diseases trials as well as epidemiological longitudinal studies, specifically looking at which child and maternal interventions can improve early child health and the subsequent health trajectory of the child. She is currently enrolled for the MPhil in Infant Mental Health at Stellenbosch University that will give her the necessary qualification and opportunity to further her passion for improving maternal mental health and child development in South Africa. She has a passion for early childhood development and is involved in Prochorus Delft Early Childhood Development Programme (NGO) in her free time. Michelle joined the team at HOPE Cape Town in January 2021 as part time medical officer.


Robyn Meissner
Occupational Therapist

Robyn graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BSc in Occupational Therapy in 2009. She has many years of experience in working and supporting the needs of children and families infected and affected by HIV. Her MSc dissertation (funded by the National Health Scholars Program) earned a distinction upon graduating in 2016 from the University of Cape Town. Robyn joined HOPE Cape Town in May 2017.

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Marlene Whitehead
Donor Relations Manager

Given her strong background in financial and programmes development and management, Marlene acted as a resource person to build capacity in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa’s (ACSA) dioceses in six Southern African countries from 1989 to 2008. Having received training and certification in Financial Management and Programmes Management from USAID in Washington DC, and with funding secured from USAID and DfID (UK), she headed the intermediary grant-making Board of ACSA and managed more than 900 community-based projects. Prior to being recruited by HOPE Cape Town, Marlene was employed as the Research and Development Officer at the Historic Schools Restoration Project where she worked closely with educationists at historically significant schools throughout South Africa and the Department of Basic Education at provincial and national government level. Marlene has served on various NPO boards which include the GOAL Trust, Fikelela, Braehead House Retirement Housing Trust and ACSA Pensions Board.

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Maria van Blerk
Social Worker

Maria completed her Hons BDiac (Social Work) in 1988. During her career, she worked as a Social Worker for the SANDF and PEN, a Pretoria based NGO. At PEN she specialized in therapy with children. She started working for HOPE Cape Town on a contract basis in 2013, and joined the HOPE Cape Town team as a permanent staff member in 2018. She focuses on the enablement and empowerment of vulnerable children.

Charmaine Pillay

Charmaine Pillay
Financial Accountant

Charmaine was born in Durban. Before she moved to Cape Town she and her family lived in Gauteng and Tanzania. She worked with NGOs and Parastatal Finances for many years before she was appointed as Financial Accountant at HOPE Cape Town in 2020.

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Shelly Stamatiadis
Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Shelly is a passionate communicator with over 25 years’ experience as a stakeholder engagement specialist across the disciplines of public relations, marketing, strategic communication, brand building and eventing.

During her tenure in senior positions at two of SA’s leading communications consultancies she developed and implemented strategic communications and content strategies for various blue-chip, private and public sector and lifestyle clients. Shelly joined the team at HOPE Cape Town in April 2021.