Ray Anne Evans
Ray Anne Evans is a passionate advocate for women with breast cancer and puts her advocacy into action through her work with Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC). She began her relationship with BCRC as a client when was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997. When she completed her treatment, she volunteered for the organization and joined the staff in 2004. She held the positions of Volunteer Services Coordinator and Director of Client Services before becoming the Executive Director in 2012.
Ray Anne has a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the Texas Association of Non Profit Organizations. Ray Anne also serves on the Transit Empowerment Fund board and the board of the Breast Health Collaborative of Texas and is the 2016 winner of the Dorothy Gibbons Trekker Award.
She is the wife of Rush Evans III, mother to Chris Calfee and Rush Evans IV and grandmother to Leila and Ford Calfee.
512.771.0432 (Work Cell) / firstname.lastname@example.org
Runi started with the Breast Cancer Resource Center in June of 2007 as a Patient Navigator for Young Survivor Services. In 2015, she transitioned into Director of Programs and is currently BCRC’s Operations Manager. Runi received a BS in Education from the University of New Mexico and is a Certified Patient Navigator through the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigator Institute, Project LEAD Breast Cancer Science Graduate, a Certified Community Health Worker through the Texas Department of State Health Services, and a member of the Cancer Alliance of Texas. In her spare time, Runi enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She also enjoys traveling and hiking.
512.580.4508 (Main Office); 512.962.2280 (Work Cell) / email@example.com
Evette joined the staff August of 2019 as a Patient Navigator. She was diagnosed with metaplastic breast cancer March of 2017 at the age of 34. Evette underwent a bilateral mastectomy and DIEP flap surgery shortly after being diagnosed. While going through treatment, she also received her B.A in Communications from Concordia University of Austin. In her free time, Evette enjoys baking, reading, and hiking. She is also an Army wife. Her and her husband have four children ages 18, 17, and two 15-year old's. When she is not being a personal chauffer to her horde; as a family they like to volunteer around Austin.
Jessica Jones, CN-BA, CHW
Bilingual Senior Certified Patient Navigator
512.580.4496 (Main Office); 512.850.8439 (Work Cell) / firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica joined the staff of BCRC in 2005. As a Bilingual Patient Navigator, Jessica is responsible for patient navigation with an emphasis on our uninsured, underinsured, and Spanish-speaking clients. Jessica received her BS in Science from Florida State University at Tallahassee. She is an Austin Community College Medical Assistant Program graduate, a Certified Patient Navigator through the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigator Institute, a Certified Community Health Worker through the Texas Department of State Health Services, a Project LEAD Breast Cancer Science graduate, a Project LEAD Quality Care Graduate, Certified Medical Translator, and Certified Fit Specialist for Amoena prosthetics. Jessica is also a member of the Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators and the Association of Oncology Social Work. In 2018, Jessica received CN-BA credentialing through the National Consortium of Breast Centers. Jessica was invited to participate in a panel discussion with Dr. Jill Biden during SXSW 2018- Biden Cancer Initiative. Jessica is 14 years out from treatment and enjoys spending time with her family.
Karyn Couvillion, OPN-CG
Patient Navigator/Young Survivor Services
512.580.4497 (Main Office); 512.850.9801 (Work Cell) / email@example.com
Karyn was diagnosed with cancer in January of 2014 at age 41 with two young daughters aged 6 and 3. She had a lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy with a followup re-excision 3 days later, along with 5 months of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Currently being treated with Tamoxifen, Karyn credits her own BCRC patient navigator with empowering her to take control of her treatment plan. Karyn joined the BCRC in November of 2015. As a Patient Navigator, Karyn provides support, information and guidance to caregivers; and directs clients to appropriate resources and provides information regarding breast cancer and treatment. Karyn also leads BCRC’s Young Survivor Services including the Pink Ribbon Cowgirls, a networking group for younger survivors, and Lotus Forum (L4), a support group for younger newly diagnosed and long-term survivors of advanced metastatic breast cancer. In 2017, Karyn received her Oncology Patient Navigator–Certified Generalist (OPN-CG) Certification. Karyn received a degree in Public Policy from Duke University and spent several years working in media, marketing and tech. She lives in South Austin with her husband, two kiddos, and her crazy dog Cayenne.
512.524.2560 (Work Cell) / firstname.lastname@example.org
Kirsten Sorensen began her career as a community advocate in 2011, starting out by educating teens and young adults about healthy dating and relationships. She has since served in various advocacy and management roles with Loveisrespect, the American Cancer Society, and the National Domestic Violence Hotline. She started as Support Specialist with the BCRC in August 2019.
512.962.2589 / email@example.com
Laura was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma and HER2+ in July of 2016. She received 6 cycles of TCHP prior to double mastectomy surgery including the removal of eight axillary nodes. Radiation along with a year of Herceptin followed. Knowing very little about breast cancer she found the BCRC by researching online and soon found a calming foundation in a BCRC Patient Navigator. Soon after treatment she became active within the breast cancer community as a two-year Art Bra Model then becoming part of the volunteer leadership team for the signature fundraiser. In February of 2020 Laura joined the BCRC as a Patient Navigator supporting the needs of women over 45 in Travis and Williamson counties. Laura holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering along with a Project Management certification. Laura resides in Burnet with one of her two grown daughters, enjoys house remodeling, motorcycling, swimming, and being part of PWP, Paddles with a Purpose, Austin’s first breast cancer specific Dragonboat team.
Mary Ellen Rogers, CHW
512.580.4495 (Main Office); 512.850.7898 (Work Cell) / firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Ellen was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma in April of 2014. She received neoadjuvant chemotherapy which included 4 rounds of Adriamyacin Cytoxin then 12 rounds of Taxol. Her surgery in which no cancer cells were found was followed by 21 days of radiation and she is currently on Tamoxifen. Mary Ellen joined BCRC as Patient Navigator on June 4, 2018. She provides support, information and guidance to caregivers; and directs clients to appropriate resources and provides information regarding breast cancer and treatment. Her background is in team management and people development and prior to coming on staff she was a very active BCRC volunteer involved with outreach, client assistance and companionship during times of need, Scare for a Cure and Art Bra. She lives in North Austin with her husband and two dogs, Lucy and Lila. When she is not at work, she enjoys cooking, music, jewelry making and gardening.
Melissa Ruiz, CN-BA, CHW
512.580.4498 (Main Office); 512.850.7962 (Work Cell) / email@example.com
Melissa is a two-time breast cancer survivor. Melissa was first diagnosed with breast cancer just four days away from her 37th birthday in 2009 and again in 2012. She underwent a bilateral mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and the DIEP flap procedure for her reconstruction. Her first introduction to the BCRC was with her patient navigator that visited her at the infusion room with a tote bag, a pillow and a friendly face. She attributes her successful treatments to the BCRC’s support and education. Melissa joined the BCRC in July 2016 and she provides support, information and guidance to caregivers. She also directs clients to appropriate resources and provides information regarding breast cancer and treatment. She holds a BA in Business Administration from Concordia University. She enjoys swimming, bike riding, and spending time with her two daughters, Chelsea and Emily. In 2016, she added a new addition to her family, her grandson Lorenzo.
CDC Project Team
512.962.2402 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharyn started with the Breast Cancer Resource Center in April of 2020. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 20 years on behalf of minority students, sexually abused children, victims of domestic violence and mothers and babies. She is a public health advocate with a passion for working on behalf of those that do not have a voice or who think they do not have a voice. Sharyn received her BS in Biology from Waynesburg University and her MPA from the University of Houston. As Project Director, she oversees the CDC grant including working with partners, increasing resources for clients and ultimately, improving the quality of life for clients and their caregivers. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading and arts and crafts.
Elaine Gonzales, CN-BA, CHW, CHWI
512.248.8088 / email@example.com
Elaine Gonzales was a client of BCRC when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. She joined the staff of BCRC in 2012 as a Bilingual Patient Navigator of Young Survivor Services and Spanish-speaking clients in Williamson County. In 2019, she transitioned to Community Educator to support the Young Breast Cancer Patients program funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Elaine received a BS in Mathematics from Texas State University, she is a certified teacher, and received a Certificate for Medical Assistant. She is a Certified Patient Navigator through the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute, a Certified Community Health Worker through the Texas Department of State Health Services, in 2016 Elaine received CN-BA credentialing through the National Consortium of Breast Centers, in 2020 became a Certified Community Health Worker Instructor through the Texas Department of State Health Services, and is a member of the Cancer Alliance of Texas.
Elaine is a native Austinite. In her spare time Elaine enjoys spending time with her family, 5 nieces and nephews, 4 grandchildren, and her Chihuahua Minnie, tap dancing, reading, and cycling.
512.831.1051 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Molly joined the Breast Cancer Resource Center in May of 2020. Most recently she worked at the Muscular Dystrophy Association in San Diego as the Associate Director of Care & Clinical Services where she coordinated services and resources for families and individuals living with neuromuscular diseases. She enjoys working with under-served, vulnerable populations and has a passion for advocating for those who cannot. Molly received her BS in Biology from Xavier University in Cincinnati and her Master of Public Health (MPH) from DePaul University in Chicago. Molly and her husband Eric moved to Georgetown in March of 2020 and enjoy spending time with their puppy Guinness. When she’s not working, Molly enjoys testing new recipes in the kitchen and exploring new coffee shops and breweries.
Demetria George Caston, MS, CFRE
Chief Development Officer
512.734.0152 / email@example.com
A native of Lafayette, Louisiana, Demetria joined the BCRC team in July 2020. For more than 20 years, she has worked in the non-profit field helping to raise more than $27 million for programs, capital, and capacity building. Before BCRC, Demetria worked for Make-A-Wish Hawaii, Mercy Ships, CCS Fundraising and M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. She holds a BS in Biology and a MS in Health Care Management.
Demetria is an active alumnus of her alma mater, Xavier University of Louisiana, for which she has held leadership roles such as 1st Vice President and Recording Secretary of the National Alumni Association. She continues to volunteer on various committees. Recently, Demetria was recognized for 20 years of consistent giving.
Breast cancer is familiar to Demetria as she lost her favorite aunt, her Dad’s sister, to breast cancer in 2008 at the age of 48. Over the past year, she helped a close girlfriend, aged 44, through her breast cancer journey.
Demetria loves coffee and fitness! She is married to Colonel Dexter Caston, a U. S. Army officer of more than 26 years. They recently moved from Hawaii to Austin with their 9- year old, super awesome son, Dylan. They also have adult kids – Darian (25) and Tia (22). Together, they enjoy spending time at home, participating in Cub Scouts activities and traveling.
Arlene joined BCRC in February 2020. Arlene has lived in many states but Virginia she considered “home” until she found herself in Los Angeles where she met and married her husband and had one son. She started her non-profit career with MADD, giving public talks to teens and parents on the dangers of driving under the influence. Soon she became a victim advocate, guiding families through the criminal court procedures. She is most proud of being part of group victim’s rights advocates that worked to bring about the inclusion of Victim’s Impact statement at sentencing.
She went on to work for an agency that focused on the most vulnerable children and families in Los Angeles, offering a wide range of services including therapeutic residential treatment, academic education, foster care and adoption, outpatient intensive mental health interventions. Her role was in administration, which included donor relations, event planning, public relations, branding, and collateral material development. After 20 years, she retired and moved to Austin to be near her two amazing grandsons.
512.580.4497 (Main Office)/firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth started with the Breast Cancer Resource Center in October of 2017. She volunteered at Art Bra in 2016 and knew she had to be a part of this wonderful organization. She worked for over 11 years for the State of Texas and served as the Manager for the Medical Transportation Program and then in public health as the Breast and Cervical Cancer Services (BCCS) branch manager, managing the CDC grant . Elizabeth graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a BA in Psychology. Her passion is helping others and making a difference. When Elizabeth isn’t at work, you can find her exploring the Austin area with her husband, enjoying new foods spending time with her friends and family and trying to keep her 5 year old daughter busy.
512.580.4494 (Work Cell) / email@example.com
Jessica began working for the Breast Cancer Resource Center in December of 2019. She has passionately volunteered and worked in various nonprofits, the latest being the Girl Scouts of the Central Coast as Volunteer Support Manager, managing some of the largest areas in GSCCC’s council. Jessica graduated from Cal State Channel Islands with her bachelors in Sociology, and a minor in Communications. She is devoted to supporting children and woman affected by trauma. When Jessica is off the clock, she is trying new coffee shops with her pup Ruby, spending time connecting with family and friends out of state or cuddling up on a couch enjoying a Criminal Minds episode with her husband.
Call Our Helpline at 512-524-2560 | Línea de Ayuda 512-796-5808