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.
Monica Muniz, Program Relations Coordinator
Monica is outgoing, positive, and has a passion for helping others. Every day she works to help impact the community in a positive way and makes sure that she never meets a stranger. Before joining The Breast Cancer Charities of America team, Monica worked as the Development and Volunteer Coordinator for the Montgomery County Food Bank.
Monica loves spending time with her friends and family. Monica is the proud mother of two fur babies, Stanley and Phyllis. Lastly, she is a huge Houston Texans fan as well as a proud Spurs fan (Go Spurs Go)!
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.
Melissa Wilkinson, Program Developer
Melissa has spent the last 10 years of her career selling highly customized market research consultative projects. Though her successful track record yielded $1M+ per year in new business, Melissa knew something was missing and sought to follow her heart and pursue a career in the non-profit sector with Breast Cancer Charities of America. She will be the first to tell you that she has now found her ‘forever home’. Melissa brings to BCCA extensive sales and marketing skills that will be leveraged to further develop and grow the BCCA Programs.
Melissa is originally from Boston, MA and is the proud auntie to four nieces and nephews whom she adores. She spends much of her time enjoying her friends and family, as well as her dog Dakota. Melissa loves to smile, loves to laugh, and is always down for an adventure.
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.”