Ray Anne Evans

Ray Anne Evans
  • Name
  • Ray Anne Evans
  • Title
  • Executive Director
  • Organization
  • Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas
  • Years as Executive Director
  • 3

  • What does your organization do?
  • The mission of the Breast Cancer Resource Center is to support and improve the lives of those touched by breast cancer. We do this by providing patient navigation services, education, support, financial assistance and community. Our services are delivered by highly trained staff who are also breast cancer survivors. In 2014 we provided services to 1,833 unduplicated clients.
  • How did you become interested in this work?
  • When I was diagnosed 17 years ago at the age of 41, the Breast Cancer Resource Center was the first place I went for support and information. This organization is very dear to my heart because of my own positive experience during one of the most difficult times of my life.
  • What drives your passion?
  • It’s driven by my own experience of having had breast cancer and being overwhelmed by the implications of the diagnosis. It’s an understanding that hundreds of women in our community face multiple barriers that limit access to diagnostics and breast cancer treatment that ultimately impacts their survival. The BCRC can remove those barriers and improve outcomes while providing a strong community of support.
  • Did you have a mentor or role model?
  • Margo Dover was my mentor assigned through One Voice in 2014 and I found our meetings to be immensely helpful. My role models were previous Executive Directors I had worked with over the years. Through their leadership I learned many things including what not to do in dealing with Boards and staff.
  • What's the biggest challenge in your work?
  • Being pulled in multiple directions and not being able to focus on developing relationships with donors, community collaborators and the Board of Directors.
  • What's the best advice that you have ever received?
  • Don’t be afraid to ask……
  • What are your top tips for new Executive Directors?
  • - Thoroughly understand the organization before trying to make any major changes.

    - Communicate with your staff and connect with your Board and the community you serve.

    - Determine what key issues need your attention over the first few months and be prepared to put less pressing issues aside.

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