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.
Annmari Cooper, Staff Accountant
Prior to joining the BCCA team as Staff Accountant, Annmari was the VP of Finance for another local non-profit in Montgomery County.
She has worked in the finance and accounting realm for most of her career. Her passion for helping others led her to the non-profit sector.
Annmari attended college at Kaplan University as well as Harvard Extension school. She has raised 3 children who are the light of her life.
She enjoys spending time with family, writing, floral design and drawing.
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, blog about healthy recipes, film and edit videos, and spend time with her family, friends, and two dogs.