BCAN Staff


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Andrea Maddox-Smith
Chief Executive Officer


Andrea Maddox-Smith has been a non-profit social impact leader for more than 28 years.  Prior to joining BCAN, Andrea served in multiple senior leadership roles with the American Diabetes Association for 16 years, most recently as senior vice president, Eastern Division/Nationwide Mission Delivery.  In this role she was responsible for managing a budget of $46 million and all aspects of operations management, new business development, staff management and volunteer recruitment & cultivation.  Andrea started her career at Junior Achievement of southeastern Michigan which she credits for the on the ground non-profit training she received in building brand awareness, optimizing on revenue diversification and in developing a winning sales strategy.

Stephanie Chisolm

Stephanie Chisolm, Ph.D.
Director of Education and Research


Stephanie brings many years of experience in urology and education for patients and health care providers to BCAN.  She received her PhD in Health Education/Health Promotion from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2000. She has been a University professor, a public health educator and an advocate for patients. Stephanie collaborated on patient education projects in the early years of BCAN. Now, as the Director of Education and Research, she is excited to actively support the BCAN mission. She wants to help raise bladder cancer awareness in the general public. She looks forward to providing education to inform and empower patients. She is eager to support efforts to advance research to improve the lives of those touched by bladder cancer. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys being with her family, fixing old houses, baking, and biking.


Anita Parker

Director of Development


Anita Parker is a seasoned fundraising professional whose experience spans more than 25 years. A native Washingtonian, Anita’s fundraising career has taken her to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the United Negro College Fund, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Most recently, she was the senior director for resource development with an association management company where she created and executed strategic fundraising plans for multiple clients, generating support from corporations, foundations and individual sources toward missions and conferences.  She is excited to bring her skills to BCAN and is looking forward to raising funds toward education, advocacy and research for this important cause.  In her spare time, she enjoys singing, reading, cooking and entertaining.  With an interest in health and fitness, she is also a health coach and has been a spinning instructor for eight years.


Alejandra Spangler

Education and Research Manager


Alejandra Spangler’s professional portfolio, with a background in science, education and volunteering, is as diverse as her interests. Her passion for the environment took her to Disney’s Animal Kingdom where she interacted with guests and imparted valuable lessons to a wide ranging audience. She then took her informal teaching skills and applied them to the classroom, where she taught middle and high school biology in New Jersey public schools. She enjoys the challenges and opportunities teaching provides, and believes education is universal and can be conducted in many forms. Alejandra recently returned from Tanzania, where she served as an Education Facilitator for the Peace Corps, teaching physics and biology, traveling to remote and beautiful sights, all while trying to learn Swahili. She is thrilled to be joining the BCAN team and is looking forward to contributing in any way she is able. Her interests include travel, nature, outdoor activities, reading and sketching. Born in Peru, Alejandra is bilingual (Spanish/English) and enjoys meeting new people.


Rebecca Yannopoulos

Walk Manager


Rebecca brings over fifteen years of volunteer management experience from being a Girl Scout volunteer in the Nation’s Capital area.  Previously, she was the Development Coordinator at Food Allergy Research & Education.  There she focused on the Northeast FARE Walk for Food Allergy events.  She is excited to join BCAN and support volunteers across the country as they raise awareness for Bladder Cancer.  Rebecca is native to Northern VA and in her free time enjoys crafting, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

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Trenny Stephens

Office Manager


Trenny Stephens brings over fifteen years of experience in working in nonprofit that includes an extensive background in meeting planning, database management, registration, and exhibit management along with a range of other skills. Previously she was a Meeting Planning Associate, at the American Council on Education. She has over ten years of government experience in working with the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID). That provides international aid, health, education and economic development to under developed countries where she provided administrative support.  She is pursuing her degree at Montgomery College. During her down time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking, listening to music, reading and baking.

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