How can this be? Stage IIIc ovarian cancer at 33? Although nauseous and weak, I found the strength to push through as I had two daughters counting on me to make it. I rang that bell on August 16, 2013, and later joined the staff of CanCare to help others. I am forever thankful for God’s love, grace, and healing power.

Janicca Lee

Cristina Vetrano
President & CEO

Cristina has over 25 years of experience in non-profit organization management. Her longtime passion for service organizations began with her Peace Corps experiences in Mongolia. She has leveraged her degree in Finance and an MBA to assist the American Red Cross and Kids Meals to expand in scope and impact, and now provides bold leadership to make the CanCare mission even more impactful.

Janicca Lee
Chief Development Officer
Stage IIIc Ovarian Cancer Survivor

Janicca has 12+ years of fundraising, marketing and management experience in the nonprofit sector and holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Wyoming (UW). Her career began at her alma mater where she oversaw donor marcom and launched a successful fundraising program for Student Affairs while also leading its parent program rebranding campaign. In 2011, Janicca moved to Houston and dove back into the nonprofit sector serving in fundraising leadership roles before joining CanCare to lead its fundraising efforts. Janicca serves on the Girls Inc. of Greater Houston Advisory Board and is a member of the Associated Fundraising Professionals Houston Chapter.

Rev. Deborah Cooper
Director, Program Services
non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma Survivor

Specializing in caring ministry, Deborah has promoted the mission of CanCare since the 1990s. She has 30+ years of experience as a programs administrator, outreach nonprofit liaison, adult educator, leadership facilitator, curriculum designer, support groups specialist, and director of hospital visitation programs. She has a Masters of Divinity and a post graduate degree, TH.M., in historical theology.

Yolanda Lopez
Director, Outreach and Training
Cervical Cancer Survivor

Yolanda’s passion to help others comes naturally from her extensive professional background in human resources having interacted with people at all levels in diverse industries in corporate America. She holds a B.A. in Foreign Languages and is a certified Paralegal. She has extensive community outreach experience and has been a Cancare volunteer since 1996.

Jacquelyn Carrier
Administrative Services Manager
Stage IIIb Melanoma Survivor

Jacquelyn’s passion for health is seen in her track record as a CanCare volunteer and a member of the M.D. Anderson Patient/Family Advisory Council. She is a certified holistic health coach with over 20 years of corporate experience in marketing, operations, project management, mentoring and building relationships.

Heather Lueckemeyer
Volunteer & Client Services Coordinator

While caring for her grandmother (diagnosed with glioblastoma), Heather developed a passion for assisting cancer patients and caregivers alike. She has worked in the areas of assisted living and hospice care for almost 15 years, using her degree in Recreational Administration with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation.

Betsy Schauer
Volunteer Programs Coordinator
Breast and Thyroid Cancer Survivor

Betsy, who has worked in multiple capacities at CanCare, serves as a Hospital Volunteer at Methodist West Hospital. With over 19 years of healthcare Human Resource experience, she has been involved with CanCare since 2006.

Gaby Solis
Development Coordinator

Gaby’s passion for helping others started in high school as a community volunteer. It was then she realized she wanted to have a career in the not-for-profit sector. She obtained her B.A. in Public Relations and has more than 8 years experience in development and research and event planning from the University of Houston, Rice University and United Way of Greater Houston.