Breast Cancer Alliance, Inc.


Breast Cancer Alliance (BCA) has established itself as the major private foundation committed to early-stage research. That means it can identify important new scientists, or those tenured in their careers, and provide the crucial bridge funding that gets them from the conceptual stage to eligibility for federal support. Breast Cancer Alliance understands that survival rates and quality of life are dramatically improved when patients are in the care of specially trained breast surgeons and is committed to funding breast surgery fellowships annually at selected Society of Surgical Oncology accredited institutions. We also dedicate grant funding each year towards breast health awareness and to eliminating barriers of access to care for underserved women.


The mission of Breast Cancer Alliance (BCA) is to improve survival rates and quality of life for those impacted by breast cancer through better prevention, early detection, treatment and cure. To promote these goals, we invest in innovative research, breast surgery fellowships, regional education, dignified support and screening for the underserved.


Breast Cancer Alliance (BCA) was founded in 1996 by 6 women, one of whom was dying of metastatic breast cancer, as an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to funding innovative, early-stage research and to supporting the breast health needs of underserved women.


To date, Breast Cancer Alliance (BCA) has granted over $25 million - $1.8 in 2017 alone - to provide crucial funding in our 3 areas of focus: early-stage, cutting edge research at medical institutions across the US, the training of future breast surgeons, and to eliminating barriers of access to care for underserved women.


Breast Cancer Alliance (BCA) is one of the most prominent, private, non-corporate breast cancer organizations in the United States. A once regional organization, it is now making significant, national impact.

Goals this year

To continue to expand the breadth and capacity of our funding to support critical advances in the field of breast cancer.

Board Members

Yonni Wattenmaker, Executive Director

Yonni was graduated from The George Washington University in 1993, and from HUC-JIR in New York City with an MA in 1996. Upon graduation, Yonni spent ten years as Director of Education at Temple Shaaray Tefila in Bedford Corners, NY, two years as Development Director for Tikva Children's Home, a charity supporting homeless and abandoned children in the former Soviet Union, and four years as Director of Lifelong Learning at Central Synagogue in Manhattan. Yonni has been the Executive Director of Breast Cancer Alliance since June 2011, a once regional but now national breast cancer charity headquartered in Greenwich. Yonni is also an active volunteer, currently sitting on the Community Advisory Board of Greenwich Hospital and the National Council for Arts and Sciences at The George Washington University, and is a consultant for an addiction recovery center based in Los Angeles.


Board Of Directors:

Mary K. Jeffery, President

Marci Barr Abbot

Kim Augustine

Susan Bevan

Jill Coyle

Sue Delepine

Xandy Duffy

Lisa Fischer

Donna Hagberg, MD

Karen Lowney

Dee Mayberry

Andrew Mitchell-Namdar

Justin Nelson

Courtney Olsen

Sharon Phillips

Mary Quick

Ellen Schapps Richman

Mary Jo Riddle

Barbara Rodkin

Nancy Rosen

Meg Russell

Trish Shannon

Lisa Skinner

Nancy Smith

Loren Taufield

Lisa Walsh

Jaime Cooper Warner

Jane Gershon Weitzman

Elisa Wilson

Diane Zarrilli

Medical Advisory Board:

K.M. Steve Lo, MD, Chair

Eva Andersson-Dubin, MD

Susan K. Boolbol, MD

Patrick I. Borgen, MD

Rachel Brem, MD

Andrew J. Danneberg, MD

Alison Estabrook, MD

Alexandra Heerdt, MD

Brigid Killelea, MD

Gregory S. LaTrenta, MD

Donna-Marie Manasseh, MD

Monica Morrow, MD

Elisa Port, MD

David L. Rimm, MD

Andrea Silber, MD

Eleni Tousimis, MD

Barbara A. Ward, MD

Richard Zelkowitz, MD


No member of the Board of Directors, Advisory Council, Medical Advisory Board or Founders Board received remuneration for their support of Breast Cancer Alliance. They are not paid - they are strictly volunteers

Advisory Council:

Frannie Burns

Kathy Clark

Frank Corvino

Carol Crapple

Nat Day

Patti Fast

Lile Gibbons

Michele Haertel

Brett Holey

Susan Holey

Polly Park Hyman

Lisa Matthews

James McArdle

Patricia McLaughlin

Kenneth E. Mifflin

Scott Mitchell

Donna Moffly

Betsy Donovan Nolan

Indra Nooyi

Maureen Perry

Carol Santora

Margaret Sinclair

William C. Sinclair

Turner Smith

Cathy Sutton

Peter J. Tesei

Marylou Williams

Ramze Zakka




Breast Cancer Alliance

48 Maple Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830

369 Lexington Avenue, Suite 251, New York, NY 10017

203.861.0014 * 646.237.7851

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