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
cristinav@cancare.org

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
janiccal@cancare.org

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.

Jacquelyn Carrier
Director of Program Services
Stage IIIb Melanoma Survivor
jacquelync@cancare.org

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.

Yolanda Lopez
Director, Outreach and Training
Cervical Cancer Survivor
yolandal@cancare.org

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.

Valerie Ramirez 
Director of Strategic Initiatives 
valerier@cancare.org

 

Valerie has a great passion for making a positive difference in the lives of others, and has experience working and volunteering in the nonprofit sector for 5+ years. Valerie has a B.A. in Mass Communications focused on Public Relations and Advertising, and a M.A. in Nonprofit Management from the University of Houston- Downtown. She has diverse experience in program development, marketing, communications, community outreach and client advocacy. Valerie is currently a member of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Young Professionals Group and the Philanthropy Advisor for the University of Houston Delta Zeta Sorority Collegiate Chapter.

Olivia N. Ekeke 
Database Specialist
Oliviae@cancare.org

 

Olivia has over 2 years experience in health, data management and the nonprofit sector. Her passion for service began with her AmeriCorps experience after graduate school. Olivia obtained her B.S. in Health Promotion and Education from the University of North Texas, followed by a Masters in Public Health from Texas A&M University.

Heather Lueckemeyer
Volunteer & Client Services Coordinator
Heatherl@cancare.org

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
betsys@cancare.org

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
gabys@cancare.org

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 from the University of Houston and has more than 8 years experience in development and research and event planning from Rice University and United Way of Greater Houston. 

Alexandria Young 
Communications Intern
alexy@cancare.org

Alexandria initially developed her desire to work in non-profit, while participating in a mock not-for-profit business plan in her graduate program. Since that moment, she has been involved in non-profit work while obtaining her master’s degree in Business Administration from Prairie View A&M University. Having the ability to combine her skills in marketing and her passion for non-profit work has been the utmost joy for her.