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.

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.

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Jeanne Mahoney

Community Resource Manager


Jeanne Mahoney has over ten years of nonprofit experience, primarily with volunteer programs and event management.  Most recently she worked at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, where she was responsible for providing training, online resources and other forms of support for the thousands of volunteers who maintain the Appalachian Trail.  Before that, she worked at Volunteer Frederick, managing an annual volunteer event very similar to the Walk for Bladder Cancer.  She is excited to support the volunteers who make it possible for BCAN to achieve its mission.  A graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle, Jeanne likes to spend time outside, and with her family and friends, in her free time.


Alejandra Spangler

Education and Research Coordinator


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.

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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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