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Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network Staff

  • Andrea Maddox-Smith

    Chief Executive Officer

    As CEO for the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN), Andrea brings more than 20 years of experience within the voluntary health space and 30 years as a non-profit impact leader.  Since joining BCAN in 2016, Andrea has transformed the organization’s approach, structure and focus and has helped to better the lives… Read More
  • Valérie Aldana, MPH

    Senior Research Project Manager

    In her role, Valérie supports the implementation of BCAN’s research and grant activities, including post-award management and tracking award deliverables and outcomes. She also works collaboratively in project management and oversight, support of new or existing funding initiatives and processes, award management and reporting, monitoring programs and awards, as… Read More
  • Joslyn Brown

    Development and Marketing Coordinator

    Joslyn is a California native, but has recently made her way to the East Coast. Earning her degree in Communication Studies from Cal State Northridge, it was there that she met a professor who sparked her passion for nonprofit work.  She worked as a Development Associate at a nonprofit… Read More
  • Stephanie Chisolm, Ph.D.

    Director of Education and Advocacy

    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. Read More
  • Rob Demske

    Chief Development Officer

    As the Chief Development Officer for the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, Rob is responsible for the development and execution of the organization’s global development strategy Read More
  • Bernadette Fitzsimmons

    Research Grant and Volunteer Manager

    Bernadette K. Fitzsimmons is a native Washingtonian with over 25 years’ experience working and volunteering in associations, and advisory boards in medical research, health promotion/advocacy and program management.  Since joining BCAN in 2018, Bernadette has overseen an increase in the number of research grant award applicants and is passionate in… Read More
  • Rebecca Johnson

    Director of Research

    Rebecca Johnson, MPH is BCAN’s Director of Research.  She is responsible for the day-to-day operational oversight and management of all grant activities including application solicitation, grants management, investigator support, and analysis of program efficiency.  Rebecca also manages BCAN grants from pre-award through award close-out while working closely with BCAN’s… Read More
  • Ivan Martinez

    Community Engagement Manager

    Ivan Martinez graduated with his bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary Washington. He brings over 10 years of social services experience, which includes, community engagement, resource networking, and providing support for those in need. He has a true passion for making a difference in people’s lives and connecting… Read More
  • Trenny Stephens

    Office Manager

    Trenny Stephens brings over fifteen years of experience working in nonprofits.  Her experience includes an extensive background in meeting planning, database management, registration, and exhibit management along with a range of other skills. She has over ten years of federal government experience.  During her down time she enjoys spending time… Read More