Melissa "Missy" Amschwand Bellinger
Inspired by her late husband Tom, Missy Amschwand Bellinger founded ASCF in 2001 serving as the organization’s first board chair. Since then, it has been Bellinger’s personal mission to help celebrate the blessings and lift the burdens of cancer families in need of shelter, stability and support.
A native Houstonian, Bellinger recognizes the advantages inherent to living in such close proximity to the Texas Medical Center and has long served in the nonprofit community helping to minimize barriers to health care access. Prior to joining ASCF full-time, Missy served as Executive Vice-President/Administrator of Patient & Public Affairs for Harris Health (formerly Harris County Hospital District). She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Houston and a patroness with National Charity League (Sienna Chapter). Missy has her Master in Public Health from UTHSC School of Public Health & an undergraduate degree in Government with a minor in Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin.
Bellinger’s personal interests include travel, a variety of outdoor activities but most important, spending quality time with her husband James & daughters MaryAnna & Ava “Rose”.
Director of Development and Communications
Since 2016, Shellyn has called Houston home. She comes to ASCF with over 20 years experience in communications, development, marketing and community relations. She is thrilled to be serving cancer families and connecting with donors, companies and community partners to ensure ASCF's mission for generations to come.
In 2012, Shellyn received the news that she had acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and immediately began a 2.5 year journey to receive the very lifesaving treatment so many who depend on ASCF come to Houston in search of. While she has served the cancer community in many ways since her diagnosis, her role here is especially close to her heart and she will strive to bring ASCF to new heights so that even more families can find the stability, shelter and support they deserve.
When Shellyn is not being a champion for ASCF, she can be found volunteering at her children's' schools, with BSA Troop 505, in her Parish and with various other community causes. She also adores her time with her family - husband Dan, son Jake & daughter AJ.
Director of Operations
An Austin native, Madelon McGrenera later graduated from Texas Tech University and eventually her family made their way to Houston now calling H-town home. Madelon served in a number of volunteer roles for ASCF prior to joining A Shelter for Cancer Families' staff. Her vast experience, professional polish & attention to detail have enabled Madelon to provide a much needed level of support to ASCF. In her role with ASCF, she oversees the operational functions of our Drake property, manages volunteers, helps orchestrate cancer family celebrations and ensures the integrity of our property.
When not working for ASCF, Madelon & her husband Ryan can be found cheering for son Grady on the ball field or supporting daughter Reese in her acting & singing endeavors.