West Reading – Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks County is pleased to announce that Amanda Thomas and Raquel Capellan have joined the BCSS team as Administrative Assistant and Program Coordinator, respectively. The board of directors, team members and volunteers congratulate and welcome Amanda and Raquel to the BCSS family.
Amanda was born in New Jersey and moved to Lancaster County, PA as a child. She graduated from the Consolidated School of Business and holds a Specialized Associate degree in Travel and Office Administration. In her new role as Administrative Assistant, Amanda will oversee database management, tracking and receiving donations, manage inventory and act as a liaison to the community awareness committee, in addition to performing a variety of general administrative duties. Before that, Amanda worked for 18 years as a credit specialist for a local manufacturing company.
She lives in Exeter Township with her fiancé, David and their 5 children – Makayla, Chase, Dawson, Cameron and Kennedy. They also have a fur child named Everest. When she’s not at one of her kids’ sporting events, she can be found enjoying the outdoors…walking, biking, and running top the list.
Raquel was born in New York City and moved to Reading, PA when she was eight years old. She attended the Reading School District from 3rd to 12th grade. Raquel is a graduate of Susquehanna University with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sociology. In her new role, as Program Coordinator, Raquel will oversee and coordinate support groups and programs, research and schedule presenters, coordinate program activities, train all facilitators and volunteers, conduct community outreach, act as a program committee staff liaison and identify resources , partners and collaborative initiatives.
Raquel is very passionate about cultivating strong civic engagement in the community. A community advocate, Raquel has spent her time mentoring high school students, organizing community events, and strengthening relationships between individuals and organizations in Berks County. She has held multiple roles as a community volunteer and has held various positions in event management, facilitating workshops, served as AmeriCorps VISTA, and worked as a community education coordinator. In her spare time, Raquel enjoys hiking, reading and writing.
The BCSS Board of Directors and staff congratulate Amanda and Raquel on their new roles at BCSS and look forward to working with them.