Erica A. Johnson, Executive Director
When Erica’s father was given a ’30 days to live’ cancer diagnosis nearly 25 years ago, finding the connection between health, wellness and cancer became a core mission. After seeing her father overcome the odds and live a healthy, cancer-free lifestyle today, Erica’s mission remains to help all people understand the importance of integrated wellness–especially women, as breast cancer can be linked in many ways to diet, exercise and nutrition.
“Being able to help women really understand that breast cancer is treatable, preventable and curable through non-invasive means is my goal. There’s hope and options beyond surgery–there aren’t enough people that understand non-invasive options exist. At BCCA, we are leading the way to integrated health and wellness in finding the cure to breast cancer.”
Erica is an advocate for non-invasive breast cancer research and focuses on putting the patient first. “Too many times people get caught up with funding only research that they forget there are people who need help today, right now—that’s why our Help Now Fund and non-invasive research funding puts that focus back on the patient.”
Erica enjoys photography, working out, singing, cooking and spending time with her family.
Angela Gonzales, Program Services Director
Before joining Breast Cancer Charities of America, Angela spent the past 2 years raising her daughter. Prior to that, she spent 6 years teaching high school and middle school science, while coaching college softball. She has a strong passion for helping and educating others which led to the opportunity in joining the BCCA team. Angela oversees programs services such as the Help Now fund, Feeling Beautiful Again, and the University Education Program.
Jennifer Bruse, Digital Marketing Manager
With over 10 years experience in digital marketing, Jennifer has produced creative strategies, viral campaigns, and award-winning content for organizations and brands around the world. With a passion for helping others, she enjoys creating and sharing articles, videos, and campaigns as BCCA’s Digital Marketing Manager.
Jennifer loves to cook, share healthy recipes and videos on ILoveFlavor.com, and spend time with her family, friends, and two dogs.
Tori Carruth, PR & Events Coordinator
Tori is a graduating senior from Sam Houston State University. Her passion for helping women overcome Breast Cancer stems from her own family’s past, as her grandmother, mother, and sister all battled Breast Cancer. During her time in college, Tori has dedicated her time as president of her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, whose philanthropy is Breast Cancer Education & Awareness.
In her spare time, Tori enjoys reading, yoga, traveling, and trying out new restaurants.
Tristan Fernandez-Cablay, Assistant Executive Director
Tristan is a firm believer in the power of the mind-body-spirit connection. Whether it is a person battling the disease, or a loved one searching for ways and methods to be supportive, one must always remember there are many shades of pink. The most powerful way to overcome is to stay present and be educated. Tristan comes to the BCCA with 10 years in higher education and 8 years spent in the non-profit arena. She is currently in pursuit of a doctorate degree in education.
Tristan aims to educate women on the importance of holistic wellness and creating a space to learn and grow. Spreading the word is everything.
Tristan has had several special ladies in her life that have survived breast cancer. She remains passionate about the cause and the importance of prevention, early detection, and access to support services if diagnosed. In her free time, Tristan loves spending time with her children and traveling.
Stephanie Flores, Finance and Missions Manager
Stephanie comes to us with a Bachelor’s Degree from Sam Houston State University plus 16 years experience giving her a diversified portfolio. She has been evolved with several endeavors that have added to her business and finance acumen. She brings a new synergy to the role and looks forward to using her skills and talents at BCCA.
One of Stephanie’s passions is giving back and helping others and she is thrilled that the work she does makes a difference in the lives of those affected by breast cancer.
When Stephanie is not working, she loves spending time with her husband and five children playing and coaching soccer, watching boxing and MMA, or just hanging out watching a movie. She also has an enormous love for animals and spends all her extra time with her four Great Dane puppies and her two cats.
Margie Barraza, Program Assistant
Margie Barraza is a 10 year breast cancer survivor, whose primary role at The Breast Cancer Charities of America is coordinating the “Feeling Beautiful Again” program by organizing inventory, packing the FBA bags, and preparing them for shipment. Margie also works closely with our Program Manager in overseeing the tasks to help assure the BCCA programs are operating smoothly.
Outside of BCCA, Margie loves to travel, appreciates the arts and loves life. She is active in various community outreaches. “I want women to always feel ‘special’ and ‘blessed.”