Our Team

Board Of

as of 4/1/24

Karen Colella, President

Alexis Abernethy

Rachel Baritz

Erica Blob

Sandra Caruso

Meagan Davis

Rebecca Davis

Jennifer Dreilinger
Amy Dates Fletcher

Donna Hagberg, MD
Erica Juneja

Lois Kelly

Lori Kron

Stephanie Latham

Nina Lindia

Evan Margolin

Dee Mayberry
Justin Nelson

Betsy Donovan Nolan
Monique Olivier

Barbara Rodkin
Julie Stein

Magali Swanson

Desiree Thayer

Claire Weil

Susan Weis
Jane Gershon Weitzman
Diane Zarrilli

Molly Zola

Mary K. Jeffery and Andrew Mitchell-Namdar, Trustee Emeriti

Medical Advisory

as of 4/1/24

K.M. Steve Lo, MD, Chair

Susan K. Boolbol, MD
Patrick I. Borgen, MD
Rachel Brem, MD

Lucy de la Cruz, MD

Leif Ellisen, MD
Alison Estabrook, MD
Alexandra Heerdt, MD
Brigid Killelea, MD
Gregory S. LaTrenta, MD

Linda LaTrenta, MD
Donna-Marie Manasseh, MD

Starr Mautner, MD
Monica Morrow, MD
Elisa Port, MD
David L. Rimm, MD
Barbara A. Ward, MD
Richard Zelkowitz, MD

No member of the Board of Directors, Advisory Council, Medical Advisory Board or Founders Board received remuneration for their support of Breast Cancer Alliance. They are not paid - they are strictly volunteers 


as of 4/1/24

Allison Aston

Kim Augustine

Jane Batkin

Susan Bevan

Frannie Burns
Kathy Clark

Jill Coyle
Carol Crapple
Nat Day
Patti Fast

Lisa Fischer
Lile Gibbons
Brett Holey

Catherine McCool Leech
Karen Lowney
James McArdle
Kenneth E. Mifflin
Scott Mitchell
Donna Moffly

Berk Nowak

Grace Pittner
Jordan Rhodes

Ellen Schapps Richman

Nancy Rosen

Meg Russell
Carol Santora
William C. Sinclair
Nancy and Turner Smith

Elisa Wilson
Ramze Zakka








Yonni Wattenmaker, Executive Director

Yonni has been serving as Executive Director of Breast Cancer Alliance since June 2011, a local charity upon her arrival and now one of the highest-ranked and most prominent breast cancer charities in the United States. Yonni remains an active volunteer, currently serving as a board member on the Jewish Book Council and member of the Community Advisory Council of Greenwich Hospital. In 2019 she was honored to be named one of “40 Fascinating Women” by WAG Magazine and as a "Woman Who Inspires" in 2021 by the YWCA. Yonni is also a certified health coach and founder of Yon Appetit, offering healthy recipes, tips and personalized nutritional coaching. 

Yonni grew up in Great Neck, New York, and graduated from The George Washington University in 1993. In 1996 she earned her Masters degree from HUC-JIR in New York City.  Prior to her time with BCA, she spent ten years as Director of Education at Temple Shaaray Tefila in Bedford Corners, NY, two years as Development Director for Tikva Children’s Home, a charity supporting homeless and abandoned children in the former Soviet Union, and four years as Director of Lifelong Learning at Central Synagogue in Manhattan. 


Kristen Linardos, Executive Assistant


Kristen joined BCA at the start of the pandemic in 2020 and has  grown with the changes. Kristen grew up at the beach in Fairfield and later went to school at Eastern Connecticut State University. Currently, she lives in Black Rock and spends as much time as she can with her dog, family and friends.


Irene Horowitz, Bookkeeper


Irene has worked with the BCA team since December 2019. After 30 years of providing bookkeeping services for both businesses and individuals, Irene has settled in with BCA as her sole client. Growing up in southern Ontario and attending college in Calgary, Alberta, Irene now splits her time between Westport, CT and Park City, UT where she enjoys a variety of outdoor activities.


Mallory MacDonald, PR and Special Programs Consultant


Mallory is a freelance consultant for BCA focused on communications, partnerships and events. She spent over 15 years working in public relations, ultimately as the Vice President of Fashion at a leading PR firm in New York City. Throughout her career, she managed global communications strategies for luxury and emerging European and American brands. She also has extensive event management experience. Mallory went to Davidson college in North Carolina, where she met her husband. They returned to Greenwich, her hometown, 10 years ago.

Ryan O'Malley, Marketing and Media Consultant


Ryan O’Malley is a freelance marketing and media consultant for BCA focused on building awareness of the BCA brand and mission across a variety of verticals, including social and earned media. Ryan has spent the majority of his career working in marketing, communications and public relations for national nonprofits, including the National Restaurant Association, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and YMCA of the USA, in addition to spending years supporting nonprofi clients while with FleishmanHillard PR agency. Originally from St. Louis, Ryan is a 23-year resident of Chicago where he lives with his wife.

Vedangana Saini, Development Associate

Vedangana Saini is a freelance medical writer, editor, neuroscientist, and the founder of Intelligible Scientific Writing LLC. She holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience and a certificate in medical writing and editing from the University of Chicago. Dr. Saini specializes in writing scientific manuscripts and grant proposals, designing educational material for continuing medical education for health professionals, and writing science in plain language for lay audiences. Prior to founding Intelligible Scientific Writing LLC, Dr. Saini has done two postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, and Burke Neurological Institute, White Plains, NY. She has published original research and review articles and book chapters with hundred plus citations in reputed, peer-reviewed journals such as Pharmacological Research, Journal of Neurochemistry, Scientific Reports, etc. She is also an active member of the organizations such as the American Medical Writers Association and the International Society for Publication Professionals. Dr. Saini loves to coach undergraduate and graduate students and new medical writers on the nits and grits of academic writing and publishing. She lives in Columbia, MD, with her husband, her son, one dog, and a lot of fishes.

Leadership Circles



Deborah G. Black (1952-2017)
Paula & Robert Burton, Sr.
Joanne & Michael Masin

Lisa & Mark Walsh



Courtney Combe & Christopher Combe

Lucy & Nat Day

Ilda & Charles Lee

Susan & Stephen Mandel

Barbara & Gary Rodkin



Jane & Alan Batkin

Cynthia G. Biondi

Carol & George Crapple
Lile & John Gibbons
Pamela & Robert Goergen

Mary K. & Kim Jeffery

Kerstin Lindholm

Giovanna Miller
The Mitchell Family
Mary & Garrett Moran
Gloria & Dan O’Connell

Ellen Schapps & Richards Richman

Barbara & Gary Rodkin

Nancy & Turner Smith

Russel Taylor
Peggy Van Munching

Jane & Stuart Weitzman

Elisa & Tom Wilson

BCA Founders

Lucy Day (1944-2020)
Susan Elia (1944-2017)
Kenny King Howe
Valerie Marchese
Cecile McCaull
Mary Waterman (1944-1997)


"Women need to know [breast cancer] affects everyone around you. If you love yourself, and those who love you, you’ll watch your body."


Enjoy the video from BCA's 20th anniversary here

Breast Cancer Alliance Sterling Club

To commemorate its milestone 25th anniversary, Breast Cancer Alliance is assembling a special advisory and outreach group comprised of influential and diverse voices impacted by breast cancer. It is named the "Sterling Club" to recognize the special and unique attributes of those involved.

We are thrilled to announce the inaugural members of this esteemed council:


Pat Battle, survivor, NBC News

Ann Caruso,  survivor, celebrity fashion sylist, tastemaker, Vogue and Harper's Bazaar alum

Dr. Nora Disis, survivor, Director, Cancer Vaccine Institute, University of Washington, Seattle and BCA Exceptional Project Grant recipient

Dr. Steve Lo, Oncologist, Stamford Hospital and BCA Medical Advisory Board Chair

Chaunte Lowe, survivor, four-time Olympic medalist and world champion high jumper

Joan Lunden, survivor, former host of Good Morning America, journalist, and author

Andrea Mitchell, survivor, journalist, anchor and NBC News commentator

Ali Rogin, previvor, Foreign Affairs Producer at PBS NewsHour and author, Beat Breast Cancer Like a Boss: 30 Powerful Stories 

Lara Spencer, Co-anchor, Good Morning America

Patty Steele, survivor, CBS FM Morning Co-host and Deep 6 Podcast

Anne Thompson, survivor, Chief Environmental Affairs Correspondent, NBC News

Judy Woodruff, Anchor and Managing Editor, PBS NewsHour


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