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Board of Directors

The function of our Board of Directors is to govern and advise the world's largest breast cancer organization in its efforts to save lives and end breast cancer forever. The board leads the funding of the best science and the equipping of the boldest community to make the biggest impact as the Komen family stands united against breast cancer.

Linda Custard, Chair
Nancy G. BrinkerFounder and Chair of Global Strategy
Jane Abraham
Alan D. Feld
Susie Knopf, Affiliate Representative
Dr. Olufunmilayo Olopade
Connie O'Neill 
Tricia Ory, Affiliate Representative 
John D. Raffaelli
Linda Wilkins 

 Photo of Linda Custard     Linda Custard is a full-time volunteer with a wide range of experience in educational, cultural and social service boards. She has served as president of the Junior League of Dallas, vice chair of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, chair of the Board of Trustees of the Hockaday School, president of the Community Council of Greater Dallas and president of the Dallas Woman's Club. Presently, she serves as a trustee of Southern Methodist University and as a director of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Foundation. She has served on the Susan G. Komen® board since 1982.
 

 
   

 Nancy Brinker Color Photo 

    Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker founded Susan G. Komen for the Cure on a promise she made to her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer. She led a relentless breast cancer information and awareness campaign and succeeded in breaching the silence surrounding the disease, fundamentally changing the way it is talked about and treated. She started the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® and also pioneered cause-related marketing, both of which have had a profound impact on the breast cancer movement. An outspoken champion of all people with breast cancer as well as those who are at risk for developing the disease, Ambassador Brinker takes her cause and her passion all over the world, seeking the fresh input and international partnerships essential to ending breast cancer forever. Among her many leadership roles, Brinker served as U.S. Ambassador to Hungary from 2001-2003 and as U.S. Chief of Protocol from 2007-2009.
     

 Jane Abraham 

  Jane Abraham was elected to Komen's Board of Directors on May 31, 2012, after serving as an interim board member and as a member of the Komen Advocacy Alliance Board of Directors. The wife of former Senator and U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, she has long been a breast cancer advocate, having actively participated for a number of years in both the annual Komen Global Race for the Cure in Washington, D.C., and Race for the Cure events in her home state of Michigan. She serves on the boards of the Detroit-based Covenant House Michigan, the Arab American National Museum, and The Nurturing Network and is general chairman of the Susan B. Anthony List. Abraham is president of Abraham Strategies LLC., which handles strategic marketing assignments for a variety of clients.
     

   

 

Alan D. Feld joined Akin Gump Strauss, Hauer and Feld, LLP in 1960 and is one of three senior executive partners in one of the world’s most respected law firms. He was appointed by the governor to the Texas State Securities Board in 1985 and served as the board’s chairman through 1991. In 1998 he was honored by the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law with the establishment of the Alan D. Feld Professorship. He currently serves as chairman of the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law’s executive board. He has served on the American Bar Association Commission on Opportunities for Minorities in its Profession. He was a member of the board of directors of the Dallas Citizen Council, a trustee of Southern Methodist University, board of visitors member for UT Southwestern University Hospitals and Clinics, board of visitors member at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and a former board member of the ARC, Timberlawn Psychiatric Research Foundation, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Brandeis University.

     
Susie Knopf    Susie Knopf serves as one of the two Susan G. Komen Board Affiliate Representatives, representing the interests of the breast cancer organization’s more than 120 Affiliates worldwide. As a 21-year survivor, Susie has spent many years with the St. Louis Affiliate and has served in the role of president and worked tirelessly to develop innovative programs and support the Race for the Cure, which has grown to one of the largest nationally for the organization.     
     
 Olufunmilayo Olopade Photo   

 Dr. Olufunmilayo “Funmi” Olopade, M.D., F.A.C.P. currently serves as one of the Komen Scholars, an advisory group of 70 distinguished scholars and leaders in breast cancer research who participate in Komen's scientific peer review process. As a widely respected leader in breast cancer research, Dr. Olopade’s work has helped scientists around the globe gain a greater understanding of breast cancer. A highly skilled hematology oncologist with proven expertise in cancer risk assessment, Dr. Olopade is an expert on individualized treatment for breast cancer as well as quality of life concerns for breast cancer patients. She currently serves as Director of the Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics and Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Olopade has received numerous honors and awards, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology Young Investigator Award, the Scholar Award from the James S. McDonnell Foundation, the Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the MacArthur Fellowship. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and the American Philosophical Society. Dr. Olopade currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Internal Medicine, and in 2011 was appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Cancer Advisory Board.

     

Photo of Connie O'Neill 
   Connie O'Neill has been involved with Susan G. Komen for the Cure since 1992. She served as treasurer of the organization for two years and then chaired the National Awards Luncheon in 1994. In 2000, she was again appointed treasurer of Komen for the Cure and served for three years. In addition to her work with Komen, O'Neill serves on the boards of Children's Medical Center Foundation, Children's Health Services of Texas as chair of the audit committee, the SMU Alumni Association where she was past president, La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas and the Highland Park Education Foundation as vice president. She also serves on the finance committee of the Highland Park ISD. O'Neill is a member of the Leadership Dallas Alumni Association and the Crystal Charity Ball. She was formerly president of the Junior League of Dallas and also has served on the boards of Presbyterian Hospital Foundation, St. Paul Medical Center Foundation and St. Mark's School of Texas Parents Association Board. O'Neill is a 1977 graduate of SMU and worked as a certified public accountant for Ernst & Young from 1977 to 1985. She is married and is the mother of four children.
 
     
 Tricia Ory   

Tricia Ory served six years on the Komen Charlotte Affiliate Board: two years as president, two as treasurer and two as board secretary. During her tenure with the Charlotte Board, the Affiliate increased staff, race participation and revenues (from $1.4 million to $2.5 million), and increased the Charlotte Affiliate’s funding of community health programs from $825,000 to $1.4 million. Also during her tenure as Board President, Komen Charlotte won the prestigious Outstanding Philanthropy Award, presented by the Charlotte Chapter of the Association Fundraising Professionals in 2010. Ory is currently Director of External Reporting for Peak 10, Inc., where she is responsible for the preparation and presentation of financial and operational results to all key stakeholders, board of directors, shareholders, executive management, financial institutions and reporting agencies.

     
  John Raffaelli     John D. Raffaelli brings to Susan G. Komen for the Cure more than 25 years of experience in federal policy and policymaking. He is a founding partner of Capitol Counsel, LLC and prior to that was a founder and former chairman of The Washington Group, a government relations firm in Washington, D.C., where he represented a wide variety of business, tax and trade clients on Capitol Hill and before executive branch agencies. Raffaelli also spent four years on Capitol Hill as counsel for tax and international trade to Senator Lloyd Bentsen (D-TX). 

Raffaelli has been nationally recognized by outlets such as the Washington Post as one of the most effective lobbyists in Washington and is respected by both Democratic and Republican lawmakers for his knowledge of the legislative process and his ability to develop public policy solutions to client issues. 

 Linda Wilkins    Linda A. Wilkins has been a long-time supporter of Susan G. Komen, serving six years on the Komen Dallas Affiliate board. As a breast cancer advocate and survivor, Wilkins brings to Komen her passion for the cause. She is a tax attorney and founding partner of her certified women-owned law firm Wilkins Finston Law Group LLP in Dallas. She has practiced in the areas of ERISA, employee benefits, compensation and tax law for over 30 years.