BCRC Staff


From mission services to development, our BCRC staff is dedicated to serving local clients and their families who have been touched by breast cancer. Their professional expertise helps BCRC to fulfill its vital mission and vision in our community.


Alyssa Williams Mallow

Director of Development


Emily De Maria

Emily De Maria, MPAff

Executive Director


Lee Perez, BHA-HM, CRT 

Director of Operations


Sharyn Malatok

Sharyn Malatok, MPA

Chief Program Officer


Sharyn joined the BCRC team in 2020 as Director of Programs where she managed the CDC federal grant initiatives. In 2021, she was promoted to Chief Program Officer with leadership of the Mission Services team which includes Patient Navigators and the CDC grant team. Sharyn supports a portfolio of program and community initiatives providing strategic and operational leadership to ensure that all are working in concert to achieve agency and community goals.

Sharyn has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 25 years, serving in several director roles. She has worked on behalf of minority students, sexually abused children, victims of domestic violence and mothers and babies. BCRC allows her to bring her nonprofit management experience to serve breast cancer survivors in Central Texas.

Sharyn received her BS in Biology from Waynesburg University and her MPA from the University of Houston. Sharyn lives with her wife and they have three sons, a daughter, and four grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading and arts and crafts. Sharyn is a huge Pittsburg Steelers fan!

Mission Services

Annette Juba

Annette Juba, LCSW

Program Director


Annette Gracy Juba, LCSW, a native Austinite, joined the Breast Cancer Resource Center as Program Director, in December 2022.

A clinical social worker, Annette earned her Master of Science in Social Work degree from the University of Texas and began her career providing direct services to older adults, persons living with dementia, and family caregivers. From her start in direct services, she moved into program development and non-profit leadership. She has presented about aging, social work, and memory loss at the local, state, and national level. Most recently, she served as Chief Program Officer for AGE of Central Texas, where she spearheaded the programs’ shift to remote services during the COVID pandemic. She is a past co-chair of the Aging Services Council, currently serves as Vice-Chair of the OneStar National Service Commission, and is a Field Affiliate with the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin.

Outside of work, Annette is a member of a book club that has read together for 20 years, loves traveling, plays the flute, and is, most importantly a wife, mom, and grandmother.

Jessica Jones, CN-BA, CHW

Bilingual Senior Certified Patient Navigator


In 2004, Jessica walked through the doors of the BCRC and received the help she needed. It inspired her to work at the BCRC to help ensure that people with breast cancer are armed with information. Today, Jessica is a Certified Bilingual Patient Navigator with an emphasis on uninsured, underinsured, and Spanish-speaking clients. Prior to BCRC, Jessica was a NICU Nurse. She has worked for St David’s and Ascension (formerly known as Seton Family Hospitals).

Jessica received a BS in Science from Florida State University at Tallahassee. She is an Austin Community College Medical Assistant Program graduate, Certified Patient Navigator through the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigator Institute, Project LEAD Breast Cancer Science graduate, and a Project LEAD Quality Care Graduate, Certified Medical Translator, Certified Community Health Worker, and Certified Fit Specialist for Amoena prosthetics, and received her CN-BA credentialing through the National Consortium of Breast Centers. Jessica is also a member of the Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators and the Association of Oncology Social Work

Jessica is married and has 2 adult kids. Besides visiting her children, Jessica loves to work out and to paint outdoor sceneries. She comes from a large family that live all over the world and she wishes that she could have them all in the same place and at the same time.

Laura Reutter, CN-BA, CHW

Certified Patient Navigator


In February of 2020, Laura joined the BCRC as a Patient Navigator, supporting the needs of women over 45 in Travis and Williamson counties. The full community of love that she received while going through her own treatments inspired her to want to be part of the BCRC.
Laura was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. 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 Art Bra® Austin. Before working at the BCRC, Laura was a program manager, account manager, and a small business owner.

Laura has a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology, AAS Product Design, and certificate in PMP. She is also a Certified Community Health Worker through the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Laura has 2 adult daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys motorcycling, swimming, and paddling with Paddles with a Purpose, Austin’s first breast cancer specific Dragonboat team.

Mary Ellen

Mary Ellen Rogers, CN-BA, CHW

Certified Patient Navigator


Mary Ellen was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 and reached out to BCRC for support. She is grateful for her Patient Navigator with helping throughout her treatment; so she started volunteering with outreach, client assistance and companionship. In 2018, May Ellen joined BCRC as a Patient Navigator.

Mary Ellen received her CN-BA credentialing through the National Consortium of Breast Centers and is a Certified Community Health Worker through the Texas Department of State Health Services. Prior to the BCRC, Mary Ellen worked in retail management and was also a sales team manager.

Mary Ellen has been married for 40 years and has 2 adult children living in the Austin area. She has 2 dogs and enjoys gardening and cooking during her spare time.

Melissa Ruiz

Melissa Ruiz, CN-BA, CHW

Senior Certified Patient Navigator


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. 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. Melissa attributes her successful treatments to BCRC’s support and education. Melissa joined he BCRC team in 2016 as a Certified Patient Navigator. Prior to BCRC, she worked for a dermatologist office and a local cancer center as their financial advisor.

Melissa holds a BA in Business Administration from Concordia University. She received her CN-BA credentialing through the National Consortium of Breast Centers and is a Certified Community Health Worker through the Texas Department of State Health Services.

A native Austinite, Melissia lives with her adult daughters. She enjoys swimming, bike riding, and spending time with her grandchildren.

CDC Project Team

Elaine Gonzales, CN-BA, CHW, CHWI

Community Educator


Elaine was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 and reached out to BCRC for support. She joined the staff of BCRC in 2012 as a Bilingual Patient Navigator. In 2019, she transitioned to Community Educator to support the Young Breast Cancer Patients program funded through a cooperative agreement with the CDC. Elaine supports the CDC grant by coordinating public, professional, and community breast cancer related educational programs to Community Health Workers, BCRC clients, health care providers and public. She has a desire to give meaning and purpose to her breast cancer diagnosis and to support and educate the Latina population. Prior to the BCRC, Elaine was a high school math teacher and an adult GED math teacher.

Elaine received a BS in Mathematics from Texas State University. She is a certified teacher and received a Certificate for Medical Assistant. Elaine is a Certified Patient Navigator through the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute, a Certified Community Health Worker, and Instructor through the Texas Department of State Health Services. Elaine received a CN-BA credentialing through the National Consortium of Breast Centers. She is a member of the Cancer Alliance of Texas.

Elaine is a native Austinite. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her wife, 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren and her fur babies. She also enjoys reading, riding her bike, and spending time with family.

Molly McAdam

Molly McAdam, MPH

Grant Coordinator


Molly joined the Breast Cancer Resource Center in May of 2020 as Grant Specialist. She implements the CDC grant initiatives by developing relationships with community partners, identifying new opportunities and resources for BCRC clients, and evaluating resources and programs to determine the success of the grant objectives. Before joining the BCRC team, she worked at the Muscular Dystrophy Association in San Diego as the Associate Director of Care & Clinical Services. 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 and Masters in Public Health from DePaul University.

Molly and her husband, Eric, live in Georgetown with their dog, Guinness. Molly enjoys cooking for her family and friends, discovering new coffee shops and breweries, having Harry Potter or Star Wars movie marathons, and traveling to explore new places, meet new people, and learn about new cultures.

Nell Guzman

Nell Guzman

Community Partnership Manager


Nell joined the BCRC team in October 2022 as Community Partnership Manager. She has been in the Non-Profit and Wellness field for over 20 years, working as a Volunteer Event Coordinator, Yoga Instructor and Wellness Program Manager in some of the most respected and successful Non-Profits in New York City and Hawaii. Prior to BCRC, she managed the Afghan Refugee Community Engagement Program at Refugee Services of Texas.

Nell’s accolades include her 1,234-hour Advanced Medical Massage Degree from the nationally acclaimed Florida College of Natural Health and a bachelor’s in business administration and Human Resources Management. She is a certified Yoga and Food Healing Instructor, she’s passionate about educating the community, her organization, community partners and clients, empowering them to take control of their own health and well being.

Nell and her family moved from Maui, Hawaii to Austin in 2021, she loves traveling, hiking, yoga, and spending time with her partner, her two kids and their dog. On a weekend, you might find Nell and her family paddle boarding Lady Bird Lake, swimming in the Barton Springs pool or surfing at the Waco Surf Ranch.

Development Team

Arlene Joy

Arlene Joye

Database Specialist


Arlene joined BCRC in February 2020 after relocating from Los Angeles. Even though she recently retired from the non-profit sector, Arlene still wanted to be part of something important, especially since she had a dear friend that died from breast cancer. She started her non-profit career with MADD as a community speaker and victim advocate. Arlene has worked in non-profit administration in many roles such as Director of Support Services and Director of Victim Services, which included donor relations, event planning, public relations, branding, and collateral material development.

Arlene moved to Austin to be near her son, his wife and two grandsons. She enjoys reading, birdwatching, photography, and travel.

Celina Maggi

Celina Maggi

Assistant Director of Development and Special Events


With so many people in her life affected by cancer, Celina knows the impact of the BCRC. When those she loved were fighting their own battle, she wished she had a resource like the BCRC to help them. Celina has honed her non-profit skills to spearhead fundraising growth for various non-profits locally and in her 10 years previous spent in Chicago. She specializes in special events like our one-of-a-kind Art Bra® Austin!

Celina received a BA in Visual Communications and Advertising and PR from Loyola University Chicago.
A native of Detroit, Celina enjoys being an urban farmer with a large garden and chickens. Celina also loves woodworking, paddle boarding and exploring Austin with her three dogs – Olive, Ethel, and Otis.

Cris Mueller

Cris Mueller

Development Manager – Communications and Grants


Phyllis Rose

Phyllis Rose

Corporate & Community Partnership Manager


In 1995, Phyllis’ life was forever changed after reading about Breast Cancer Resource Center opening. Diagnosed in 1984 at age 26, she experienced first-hand what is was like to face breast cancer alone, and recognized how much easier her journey could have been with BCRC support. So she immediately became involved first as a donor, then as a volunteer and since 2008 as staff, serving in many roles including Director of Volunteers, Physician Outreach, Community Partnerships, Fundraising Consultant and now Community Engagement Manager.
Before joining the BCRC, Phyllis’ career in account management and business development, spanned various industries including advertising, commercial film production and wireless. She’s a native Texan from the Rio Grande Valley who came to Austin to attend UT, and has happily lived here ever since.
Phyllis loves spending time with her family and friends, many of whom she’s met through BCRC. She also loves to cook, create, hike and walk in nature, and adventure with friends. Gratitude for each day we are given, has been a most important lesson learned from her time with BCRC.

Staff photos by Felicia Reed Photography

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