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.
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.
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.
Director of Program Services
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.
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.
Valerie Garate Ramirez
Director of Strategic Initiatives
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