BCAN Staff

Monica Smith

Executive Director

In her role as Executive Director for BCAN, Monica is working to increase awareness and funding for bladder cancer which has been greatly overlooked. BCAN’s mission is also of great personal importance to Monica as bladder cancer has directly impacted her family. Monica has spent nearly 20 years working in the non-profit arena. She has 13 years experience as a development professional with healthcare organizations. She previously spent 7 years as the Director of Development for Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey, where she was responsible for the organization’s fundraising and community relations and six years at CancerCare of New Jersey as the Assistant Director of Development. Monica began her non-profit career provide direct patient service for various mental health organizations in New York and New Jersey. She graduated from the University at Albany with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

Natalie Bennett

Development Specialist


Natalie Bennett brings over 11 years of development experience to the BCAN Team.  Previously, she was the Development/Public Relations Manager for the DC College Access Program.  She is a graduate of the University of Maryland – University College, where she received her Master’s degree in Management with a Nonprofit and Associations concentration and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).  She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Integrative Studies with a Business Administration concentration from George Mason University.  Natalie is an active member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. (Southern Maryland Chapter). When she has an opportunity, she loves to travel.

Vanessa Hoffman

Program Coordinator, Research & Education

Vanessa Hoffman is a graduate of Cornell University and has a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she conducted research on community health and nutrition. She spent the past year as a health policy fellow with the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. She is also a registered dietitian and has worked with patients in a clinical setting. Vanessa’s family has been affected by bladder cancer and as BCAN has served as a vital resource for her family in accessing relevant information, she is excited to work on promoting research and helping BCAN do the same for others.

Veronica Hunter Sloan

Community Resource Coordinator

Veronica Hunter Sloan brings over 10 years of experience in nonprofit and corporate communications and development to the BCAN Team. Previously, while living in the Netherlands, she worked for GE in the niche market of plastics which gave her an insight into the manufacture of medical equipment. Returning to the US, Ms. Hunter took a position as the Communications Manager for the World Wildlife Fund’s Global Forest & Trade Network, working with funding sources from USAID and other high profile institutions. She is a graduate of the Evergreen State College with a degree in Communications and elated to be a part of the BCAN team in a development and fundraising capacity.

Michelle Hannon

Office Manager

Michelle joined BCAN in 2013 as an Office Manager. Michelle works closely with processing donations and with the BCAN team, providing comprehensive support for a variety of projects. Before joining the team at BCAN, Michelle worked in the nonprofit sector for many years. Michelle lived and studied in Israel for three years. In her free time Michelle enjoys volunteering at various charity organizations and going to the park with her dog.

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