Ray Anne Evans

Executive Director

512.580.4507 (Main Office) / revans@bcrc.org

Ray Anne was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997 when her youngest son was three and oldest son was 17. She underwent a single mastectomy with lat flap reconstruction, Adriamyacin and Cytoxin chemotherapy and took Tamoxifen for 5 years and then Femara for another 5 years. Ray Anne was also the caregiver for her elderly mother who died just after Ray Anne’s first chemo treatment. Ray Anne joined the staff of BCRC in 2004 and held the positions of Director of Volunteer Services and Director of Patient Navigation before becoming the Executive Director in 2012. Ray Anne is a Certified Patient Navigator through the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute, a Project LEAD Breast Cancer Science graduate, a member of the Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators, and a member of One Voice - a coalition of health and human services leadership. She also has a certificate in nonprofit leadership and management from the Texas Association of Non Profit Organizations. In her free time, Ray Anne enjoys spending time with her family and is excited to be a new grandmother to a beautiful granddaughter Leila.

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Runi Limary-Meosky

Program Manager

512.771.0432 (Work Cell) / rlimary@bcrc.org

Runi was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2005 at 28 years old. She underwent surgery, chemotherapy, targeted therapy and hormone therapy. Runi joined the staff of BCRC in 2007 as the Patient Navigator for Young Survivor Services. In 2015 she stepped into the role as Program Manager. As Program Manager, Runi plans the program delivery and evaluation to ensure clients receive the education, guidance and assistance they need to help overcome barriers to diagnosis, care and beyond. 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, and a Certified Community Health Worker through the Texas Department of State Health Services. In her spare time, Runi enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She also enjoys traveling and hiking.

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Phyllis Rose

Director of Community Partnerships

512.850.7055 (Work Cell) / prose@bcrc.org

Phyllis was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma in 1984 at the age of 26. She elected to have a mastectomy and underwent seven months of Cytoxan/Methotrexate/5FU chemotherapy and two months of radiation. Two years later, she elected to have a prophylactic mastectomy on her left breast and a bilateral latissimus flap reconstruction. Phyllis joined the staff of BCRC in 2008. As the Director of Volunteer Services, Phyllis is responsible for the oversight of BCRC’s volunteer programs including client support programs, outreach, events, and speaker’s bureau. Phyllis recruits and trains volunteers; and tracks volunteer hours. She received a BS in Marketing and Advertising from the University of Texas and has a Certificate in Volunteer Management. Prior to joining the staff at BCRC, she was an account manager for various advertising, film, and wireless technology companies. When she is not at work, Phyllis enjoys her doggies, cooking, creating art and practicing energy healing.

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Karyn Couvillion

Patient Navigator/Young Survivor Services

512.580.4497 (Main Office); 512.850.9801 (Work Cell) / kcouvillion@bcrc.org

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 Generalis (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.

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Elizabeth Freeman

512.580.4497 (Main Office)/efreeman@bcrc.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.

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Marjorie Gallece

Senior Certified Patient Navigator

512.248.2645 (Round Rock) / mgallece@bcrc.org

Marjorie detected a lump during a self-breast exam and was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma in 2000 at age 45. She elected to have a bilateral mastectomy without reconstruction and underwent four rounds of Adriamycin/Cytoxan and four rounds of Taxol. Marjorie tested positive for the BRCA2 mutation. Marjorie joined the staff of BCRC in 2005. As a Senior Certified Patient Navigator, Marjorie is
responsible for Patient Navigation in Williamson County. She provides support, information and guidance to caregivers; and directs clients to appropriate resources and provides information regarding breast cancer and treatment. Marjorie received a BA in Communications from the University of Hartford. She is a Certified Patient Navigator through the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute, a Project LEAD Breast Cancer Science Graduate, a Project LEAD Quality Care Graduate, and a Certified Community Health Worker through the Texas Department of State Health Services. She is a member of the Texas Breast Health Collaborative and an associate member of the Association of Oncology Social Workers. In 2017, Marjorie received her Oncology Patient Navigator–Certified Generalis (OPN-CG) Certification. Marjorie serves on the President’s Elite Council for the National Patient Advocate Foundation and is a Stakeholder Reviewer for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. When she is not at work, Marjorie enjoys spending time with her husband and delights in her three grandchildren. She also enjoys sewing, gardening and music.

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Elaine Gonzales

Bilingual Certified Patient Navigator

512.248.8088 (Round Rock) / egonzales@bcrc.org

Elaine was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, and joined the staff of BCRC in 2012. As a Certified Patient Navigator, Elaine is responsible for Patient Navigation in Williamson County with emphasis on Spanish-speaking clients. She provides support, information and guidance to caregivers; and directs clients to appropriate resources and provides information regarding breast cancer and treatment. Elaine received a BS in Mathematics, minor in Spanish from Texas State University. She is a certified teacher and has received a Certificate for Medical Assistant. She is a Certified Patient Navigator through the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute, and 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 her spare time Elaine enjoys reading and music and spending time with her partner, her two Chihuahuas, Junior and Mini, and her nieces and nephews.

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Nicol "Nik" Ireland

Annual Giving Manager

512.580.4493 (Main Office) / nireland@bcrc.org

Nik joined the BCRC staff in October 2016 and brings 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector. She studied Interior Design at Atlanta School of Design and received her IDS, CQRID then studied at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy,  and received her certification in Planned Giving, Principles & Techniques of Fundraising and Developing Annual Sustainability. Nik has a love of non-profits and has made it her highest mission to serve and give back to her community. She worked as the Fund Development Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of El Paso for several years, before moving to the Greater Austin Area. She’s also served as the Executive Director to the Leadership Foundation in Dallas and helped to launch LF’s Programming and Board Development before taking a job at Long Center as the Annual Giving Manager. That experience has brought her here to BCRC as our Annual Giving Manager / Donor Relations.

In her spare time, Nik enjoys spending time with friends and family. She’s a big music enthusiast who enjoys the ATX music scene. Nik currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Mike Scaccia Heart Rock Foundation in Dallas.

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Jessica Jones

Bilingual Senior Certified Patient Navigator

512.580.4496 (Main Office); 512.850.8439 (Work Cell) / jjones@bcrc.org

Jessica was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. She had a lumpectomy and underwent chemotherapy and radiation. Jessica joined the staff of BCRC in 2005. As a Bilingual Patient Navigator, Jessica specializes in navigating uninsured, minority, and Spanish-speaking individuals receiving services at the Shivers Breast Cancer Clinic at Brackenridge Hospital. Jessica received her BS in Science from Florida State University. 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. When she is not at work, Jessica is an avid runner and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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Mary Ellen Rogers

Patient Navigator

512.580.4495 (Main Office); 512.850.7898 (Work Cell) / mrogers@bcrc.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.

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Melissa Ruiz

Patient Navigator

512.580.4498 (Main Office); 512.850.7962 (Work Cell) / mruiz@bcrc.org

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.

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Rhonda Loeliger

Intake & Volunteer Manager

512.524.2560 / RLoeliger@bcrc.org

Rhonda was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma breast cancer in December 2015 at the age of 47. Her treatment included a lumpectomy, 4 rounds of Taxotere and Cytoxan, 20 rounds of radiation, and 18 months of hormone blockers. Rhonda joined BCRC part time as the Volunteer Manager in 2017, after having been a volunteer since 2008. In June 2018, she became a full time staff member that included the role of the Intake Specialist. Rhonda‘s voice is the first a newly diagnosed person is likely to hear when they call BCRC’s helpline. She comes from a long career in office management and executive support. Rhonda’s ability to organize, stay focused, and remain cool under fire make her a perfect fit for Intake and Volunteer Manager. In her spare time, Rhonda is a wife, a mother of 2 grown daughters, a mother to 3 rescue pooches, a seamstress of historical pieces, a cyclist, and a wine aficionado.

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