What is your title and when did you start working at the BCRC?
I’m a Patient Navigator, primarily working with those diagnosed with Breast Cancer at age 55 and older. I started at the BCRC June 4, 2018.
What do you do for the BCRC?
I spend most of my time working with clients by providing guidance, resources and assistance based on their needs. I also facilitate some of our breast cancer support circles: North, Lakeway and IV League.
What inspired you to work for the BCRC?
I started as a client in 2014 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and I have been a volunteer since early 2015. As a volunteer I was involved with community outreach, client assistance and companionship during times of need, Scare for a Cure and Art Bra. I feel the reason I had a breast cancer experience was so that I can now help other women whose lives have been suddenly turned upside down from a diagnosis of breast cancer. I feel privileged to have this opportunity to meet so many women at their most vulnerable time in life, and I am grateful that I can assist them with wherever their diagnosis leads them.
What did you do prior to your work at the BCRC?
I was born in a small town in Indiana and I moved to Philadelphia at 18. From there I moved to Atlanta where I met my husband Mike. He is a Texan and when we decided to get married we moved to Texas so that he could be close to his parents who were dealing with his Dad’s cancer diagnosis. First we were in Houston and then landed in Austin where we have been for over 30 years. We have two children, Jane and Greg. My background is in team management and people development. For the 14 years prior to starting with BCRC I mentored and coached a diverse team as a sales manager for a CPG company representing the consumer line for a major pharmaceutical company.
What do you enjoy most about working at the BCRC?
All of my career I have always felt it is the people you work with and work for that is the most important aspect of the job. Here at BCRC I am surrounded by an awesome, caring, compassionate staff. They cultivate a sense of belonging and identity, relieve stress, help me feel safe and supported, and make me laugh and have fun. I love the feeling that what I do every day for work is meaningful and makes a difference in the lives of others.
What do you do in your spare time?
I enjoy cooking, reading, playing with my two dogs Lucy and Lila, and shopping for treasures. I recently inherited a Bernina sewing machine so I hope to get back into some sewing and jewelry making. I am also involved with SXSW as a volunteer manager and I volunteer with Austin City Limits.