ABOUT US

We Are Warriors For You!

When you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, medical bills, mortgage payments, and everyday living expenses can quickly add up. This can add a huge burden on top of the burden of battling a cancer diagnosis. Pink Warrior Advocates is a non-profit that directly assists those that have been diagnosed with breast cancer in the Hill Country and surrounding areas. Our goal is to create a sisterhood of Angels to carry them through the emotional battle, while also alleviating the financial burden, allowing them to focus on healing.

Together we will Grow, we will Rise, and we will Heal!

Our Mission

Empowering those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer while advocating for their emotional and financial wellness.

Our Philosophy

Pink Warrior Advocates is focused on providing various forms of support to those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. We believe in creating unity as well as a sisterhood to empower our Warriors through their journeys.

OUR FOUNDER

Jen Reynolds

Her journey began when she was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer at the age of 33. After four months of chemotherapy and a double mastectomy, she was then facing a new battle with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. For Jen, giving back began with her blog and her passion to tell her story in its raw and honest form.  She realized the need for more support, and she would spend her free time sitting with newly diagnosed women during their chemotherapy treatments. During the summer of 2015, Pink Warrior Angels was formed with a fellow breast cancer survivor she met during her battle.

Just short of celebrating her 5 years of being cancer free, at 38, Jen was re-diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer with progression to her spine, liver, and lymph nodes, and though she faces treatment for the second time, it has not stopped her. It was after her second diagnosis that the decision was made to restructure Pink Warrior Angels. Thus, Pink Warrior Advocates was founded with a focus on redirecting our funds to the Hill Country of Texas and surrounding counties while continuing to provide our kits and bras nationally. Jen is extremely proud of the passion and support that her team has shown in helping grow the organization.

Originally from Ohio, she moved to Florida at 21, but has since planted her roots in New Braunfels, TX. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at the lake, wake-surfing and making memories with her husband, two step-children, and her two rescued dachshunds. She loves to travel, dance, attend concerts, karaoke, and experience everything life has to offer.  She says her metastatic diagnosis has given her the opportunity to connect on a deeper level with all stages and all those that have battled with this disease. She feels beyond blessed to be surrounded by so much love and support through her community in New Braunfels, Texas. Her hope is that people will see her new journey as one of strength, faith, and hope, and most importantly, she hopes to inspire anyone facing challenges in life to find simple joys in each and every day.

Our Team

Desiree Hahn

Vice President

Desiree Hahn is the Vice President of Pink Warrior Advocates after having been involved with the organization since 2017. In January of 2017, Desiree reached out to PWA in hopes of helping a friend who had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, and was so moved by the organization’s purpose, she decided she wanted to be more involved. Her journey with Pink Warrior Advocates began as a volunteer for the annual Breast In Show gala and her passion for the organization became apparent through her continued hard work and dedication. In the spring of 2018, she was approached to join the Board of Directors, served as the first MetaWish chair, and in the fall, she was nominated to serve as Chairperson of the Board. When she was offered the Vice President position, she felt honored to be given the chance to make a tangible difference in the lives of others.
Desiree grew up in Alvin, Texas, a small suburb of Houston, and later graduated from Texas A&M University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in French language. After working for Inlingua Austin for a few years, she decided that it was a good time to direct her attention toward her family, thus, she entered the world of a working stay-at-home-mom as she taught an Adult ESL class online.
In February of 2016, her mother was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer—8 years after losing her grandfather to Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma—so the calling to be more involved with Pink Warrior Advocates is deeply personal. She wanted to make a difference in the lives of the Warriors and their co-survivors when cancer makes it difficult to keep their heads above water, so it is an honor for her to serve as Vice President.
In her free time, Desiree enjoys spending time with her family and two German Shepherd dogs, reading books, visiting museums and parks, listening to live music, enjoying the company of her friends, and spending time in the pool or the Comal River.

Lindsey Meyer

Director of Operations

Lindsey Meyer serves Pink Warrior Advocates as the Director of Operations. She is passionate about Pink Warrior Advocates because everyone matters and PWA makes sure that those who are in one of the most vulnerable places do not get forgotten. Lindsey counts it as a bonus that she gets to be inspired everyday by the strong women that surround her in the organization. Her path was fortunate enough to cross Jen’s on the soccer field; she grew to love her and her passion for life. Because of that and Lindsey’s own desire to give back, she found herself getting more involved year after year. She grew up as a military brat living in places like Utah, California, Philippines, and Hawaii until 5th grade when her family settled in New Braunfels. She is definitely a die-hard local and is proud to lay her roots down here with her husband, Kelly, her son, Rogan, her daughter, Kailee, and her furbabies, Skyler and Piper. Outside of PWA, she owns a local brewery and works a full-time job. She has two very active kids and is proud to be active in their lives as well. What feeds her soul is traveling, outdoor adventure, and listening to practically any music, and as much as she can, attending live music concerts. Lindsey loves to be creative and build programs from the ground up, and her passion lies in family, friends, and helping those in need.

Tina Davis

Patient Care Coordinator

Tina Davis serves Pink Warrior Advocates as the Patient Care Coordinator, which involves assembling chemo care kits and mastectomy kits, and seeing to it that they reach our amazing Warriors. Originally from Houston, Tina graduated from Texas State University and moved to Austin, now she and her husband, Shay, and their daughter, Taylor live in New Braunfels and have happily acclimated to the Texas Hill Country. She became involved with Pink Warrior Advocates initially to be Jen’s assistant and help with coordinating volunteers but has now excelled at her role as the Patient Care Coordinator. Tina loves PWA because it’s a great organization with a wonderful mission that supports community. Outside of her role at PWA, she is a homemaker, caretaker, and everything in-between.

Krystal Haas

Patient Liaison

Krystal Lee, of New Braunfels, Texas, serves Pink Warrior Advocates as the Patient Liaison and is often the first point of contact to a Warrior who needs to talk to someone who knows what they’re going through. She became involved with PWA when, at an event her friends organized in her honor, someone gave her Jen Reynolds’ business card. They met and Krystal knew that PWA was where she belonged because it gave her a way to give back and turn her experience with cancer into a way to help other women. She has so much support from her family and friends, but Pink Warrior Advocates has given her a sisterhood of people who understand, relate, and bond in a way that nobody else can. Outside of PWA, Krystal is a single mother to two children, a nurse, and a survivor.

Christy Meaux

Volunteer Coordinator

Christy Meaux serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for Pink Warrior Advocates. She became involved with PWA after she met Jen through a mutual friend, and when she heard Christy was moving to New Braunfels, she reached out and connected her with women who have become her friends, so she wanted to help PWA grow. She loves PWA because it’s a community that gives back and builds others up with incredible support. Christy is Auntie (TiTi) to Dawson & Audie Mae, Girlfriend to Lance & encourager/cheerleader for his kids, Maddie, Mackinnon, & Brooks; Daughter to Judy & Duane. Originally from Houston, she moved to Waco (Sic ‘Em), San Marcos, Austin, and finally New Braunfels; and when she’s not serving our PWA Community, she is a Mortgage Lender and master networker; in her free time she is usually at the baseball field, watching sports, crafting, seeing some live music somewhere, or cooking.

Misty Estrada

Outreach Coordinator

Misty Estrada serves Pink Warrior Advocates as the outreach coordinator. She loves PWA’s mission. Having and going through cancer is scary. We help people to not do that alone and provide resources for someone to feel like they have an army to go to battle with. She became involved with PWA initially by helping with the 2019 Gala, then subsequently interviewed to join the Board of Directors at the end of 2019. Her family is her husband, Phillip Estrada, and he is an aviation mechanic with Boeing. She has two children, Malachi and Savanna. Misty was born and raised in Austin TX and has lived in New Braunfels since 2012. Outside of PWA, she is a Realtor with Black Label Real Estate Advisors. She and her husband started The Estrada Group, and they work from Buda/Kyle to San Antonio.

Danae Quijano

Executive Assistant

Danae Quijano, of San Antonio, Texas is the Executive Assistant for Pink Warrior Advocates. She is a 7-year breast cancer survivor and met the President, Jen Reynolds, when they were completing treatment, and has been involved with PWA since its inception, sometimes as a volunteer, and once as a recipient of our assistance. When she was diagnosed, there were no other local non-profits that helped Survivors the way PWA does. Pink Warrior Advocates helped Danae and so many other women on this journey, and it’s very important to her to be a part of this organization because of the difference we make in so many lives. Danae’s family consists of her husband, Frank, her 16-year-old daughter, Amelia, and her 13-year-old Son, Elliott. Outside of PWA, she enjoys spending time with her family and going to the beach. They love their weekly bible study group, her kids and husband practice jiu-jitsu, and Danae loves her bootcamp class. They do their best to appreciate each and every day, which is truly a gift.

Cathy Cassidy

Marketing Director

Cathy Cassidy serves Pink Warrior Advocates as the Marketing Director, who became involved after meeting Jen as a client, and it was friendship at first sight. She is passionate about PWA because, unfortunately, most of us have been touched in some way by breast cancer. For her it was her best friend/mother, who was cancer free for 7 years and then had recurring breast cancer in the other breast. So many women face the fear of diagnosis, treatment and the possibility of reoccurrence without the support of others that have gone through the same. Even the love and support of family and friends doesn’t resolve those fears. Being able to help someone get through it is what PWA is all about and gives women who are going through it a place to feel safe with their fears and receive financial and emotional support as needed. Meeting Jen and hearing her story and her why was all Cathy needed to want to be a part of such an amazing organization like PWA. Cathy was born and raised in Austin, has three grown children, three wonderful grandchildren, and outside of PWA, she owns an advertising agency.

Emily Tolson

Chairperson of the Board of Directors

Emily Tolson serves as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors, is a member of the Gala Committee, and a member of the Metawish committee. She loves being a part of this amazing organization because the strength and camaraderie that these women and men have inspires her to be a better person and to live life to the fullest. Emily and Desiree happened to come into contact with Jen who gave Desiree her personal scarves because Desiree was making a chemo care kit for one of her friends, and while they were at Jen's house, Jen told them about PWA and the rest is history: they started going to the Gala planning meetings and they have both been hooked ever since. She and her wonderful husband, John, who are originally from El Campo, Texas have two children: a son, Landon, and a daughter, Makenzie. She is a proud Texas A&M Former Student, and is the technology application instructor and facilitator at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School in New Braunfels, TX. Outside of work and PWA, she loves spending time with her family and saltwater fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.

Stacy Gonzales

Treasurer

Stacy Gonzalez of Pleasanton, Texas, serves as the Treasurer of Pink Warrior Advocates. She is passionate about PWA because she’s a breast cancer survivor and jumped at the opportunity to work with her hero, Jen. Stacy also works closely with Jen to coordinate and lead the T.V. Thursdays meetings, which is a monthly meetup for Survivors and Warriors. Her family, which includes her parents, siblings, and fiancée, are her rock and inspiration. Outside of Pink Warrior Advocates, Stacy is an investment Accountant for the Lynd Company.

Charlene Doll

Secretary

Charlene Doll is the Secretary of Pink Warrior Advocates. She was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and lived there for 52 years until she moved to Texas to be with her daughter, Jen. Charlene has been involved from the inception of the organization and began by helping Jen make drain bags and pillows for women who had just undergone mastectomies and has been involved as the organization has grown. She is especially passionate about Pink Warrior Advocates because Jen has breast cancer and she has seen first-hand the physical and mental effects this diagnosis curtails. She has three children and two grandchildren. Outside of PWA, Charlene is a travel agent, as well as a volunteer at a horse therapy barn, and used to have a dog she took to nursing homes, which is something she hopes to be able to do again soon.

Kristi Kirby

Historian

Kristi Kirby serves Pink Warrior Advocates as the historian, keeping a scrapbook with pictures of our escapades and events, and she also creates and sends out our monthly newsletter. She chooses to serve PWA because she loves the integrity and mission of this group. Kristi is a registered nurse and, for a time, worked as a breast cancer nurse navigator. She heard about PWA in the Herald Zeitung and after meeting Jen, started referring her patients who needed emotional and/or financial support. She is married to a wonderful man and they have two grown sons, and her first grandbaby arrived in March of this 2020. Kristi was raised on a small farm east of Kyle. She works at Christus Santa Rosa New Braunfels in the Cardiovascular Center and she loves her job. Outside of work and serving with Pink Warrior Advocates, Kristi loves to garden, kayak, bike, paint, and take rides in the country in her old jeep.

Sara Howard

Voting Board Member

Sara Howard serves Pink Warrior Advocates as a voting board member. A breast cancer survivor herself, she holds the PWA mission close to her heart. She came to know Jen and has been involved with Pink Warrior Advocates ever since, giving back to the local community that she loves so much. She has been instrumental in helping PWA raise funds to give back to our local breast cancer survivors. Sara lives in New Braunfels with her husband, Ryan, and has three amazing kids, Jessi, Ryli, and Wesli. Outside of PWA, Sara owns and operates BarBelles Boutique in Gruene, and helps her children raise show pigs to show them in livestock shows, and loves spending quality time with her family.

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