With more than 100,000
survivors and activists, we are the world's largest, most progressive grassroots
network of people fighting to end breast cancer forever. As the face and voice
of the global breast cancer movement...
We are local
activists in more than 120 cities and communities, mobilizing more
than 1.7 million friends and neighbors each year through events like the Susan
G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series.
A. Salerno, M.D., M.S.,President and CEO, Head of the Leadership team,
Member of the Board of DirectorsAs the President and Chief
Executive Officer of Susan G. Komen®, Dr. Salerno is responsible for
the day-to-day operation of the organization and for setting Komen's strategic
vision. Dr. Salerno brings extensive experience in research, public health
policy and community health to the role. Learn more about Judith now.
Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker founded Susan
G. Komen 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 Susan G. Komen and also pioneered cause-related marketing,
both of which have had a profound impact on the breast cancer movement and
earned her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. 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. Learn more about Nancy now.
CustardChair of the Board of DirectorsLinda P. 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. Learn more about Linda now.
Green, Chief Financial Officer As chief financial officer for
Susan G. Komen®, Bob Green is responsible for all financial matters affecting
the world's largest breast cancer organization, including the oversight of
Komen's financial, accounting, information technology and human resources
systems. Green will guide financial strategy for operations at Komen's
headquarters as well as its global network of Affiliates. Learn
more about Bob now.
Ellen Willmott, General Counsel
and Corporate SecretaryAs General Counsel and Corporate
Secretary, Ellen Willmott is responsible for the overall legal and risk
management affairs of Susan G. Komen®, including oversight of the Internal Audit
and Legal Departments. Ms. Willmott supports the Board of Directors and Komen by
providing legal advice and risk management counseling to the Board and executive
staff of the organization. Learn more about Ellen now.
Eric Montgomery, VP Information
TechnologyAs vice president, information technology for Susan G.
Komen®, Eric Montgomery is responsible for the IT function of the world's
largest breast cancer organization. In this role, Montgomery oversees enterprise
IT solutions for Komen's global infrastructure and operational needs. Learn
more about Eric now.
Catherine Olivieri, VP Human
ResourcesAs vice president, human resources for Susan G. Komen®,
Catherine Olivieri oversees the people-related programs and policies to connect
and align business to people strategies throughout the organization. This
includes talent acquisition, talent management, employee benefits, compensation,
employee relations, succession planning and organizational development. She
assures that Susan G. Komen complies with requirements of ERISA, EEO and all
federal, state and local statutes in support of the world's largest breast
cancer organization. Learn
more about Catherine now.
Perez, VP Affiliate NetworkAs vice president, Affiliate network,
at Susan G. Komen, Miguel Perez is responsible for Komen's global network of
Affiliates. In this role, Perez oversees all aspects of Affiliate Network
leadership and support, including Affiliate operations, revenue generation and
communications. He also serves as the primary liaison with the Affiliate
Leadership Council, and represents the Network within Komen's Senior Leadership
Team. Learn more about Miguel now.
Lurie, Vice President, Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Corporate
SecretaryLesley Lurie is Vice President, Assistant General
Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary of Komen. She oversees various
responsibilities of the legal department, helps coordinate the development and
implementation of legal processes and policies for Komen and provides counsel to
all departments within the organization. Learn
more about Lesley now.
Our Board of
Directors governs and advises us in our endeavors to save lives and end breast
cancer forever, and leads our efforts to fund the best science and equip the
boldest communities in order to make the biggest impact.
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 Susan G. Komen
Washington D.C. Race for the Cure (formerly known as the Global Race for the
Cure) 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
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 “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.
O'Neill has been involved with Susan G. Komen 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 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
D. Raffaelli brings to Susan G. Komen 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.
Wilkins has been a longtime 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 Friedman Law Group LLP in Dallas. She has practiced in the areas of
ERISA, employee benefits, compensation and tax law for over 30 years.
mission team members are rock stars—the best and brightest researchers,
clinicians, advocates and other experts who help guide and implement our mission
programs. Thanks to their efforts, we’re driving discovery, affecting change and
accelerating progress in the fight against breast cancer.
The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)
provides strategic guidance and direction for our research and scientific
programs. It helps prioritize our global research investment and serves as the
executive committee of the Komen Scholars. Learn more about the esteemed
The Komen Scholars are an advisory group
of 60 distinguished leaders in breast cancer research and advocacy. Representing
more than 32 institutions in seven countries, their expertise spans everything
from clinical research, laboratory research, pathology, prevention, radiation
oncology, surgery and other disciplines and specialties. They contribute to our
programs, activities and events in many ways, most notably our scientific peer
review process, and act as our ambassadors in communities around the U.S. and
the world. Get
to know our Komen Scholars now.
The Advocates in Science Steering
Committee is comprised of seven advocates who’ve demonstrated their dedication
and leadership in breast cancer advocacy. The committee works closely with Komen
staff, both locally and nationally, to develop the strategy for the AIS program,
expand its community of members and leverage the benefits of effective breast
cancer research advocacy. They are also active members of either the Komen
Scholars or the Scientific Advisory Board. Get to know the members of
our AIS steering committee now.
Thanks to survivors, volunteers and
activists dedicated to the fight against breast cancer, the Komen Affiliate
Network is the nation's largest private funder of community-based breast health
education and breast cancer screening/treatment site.
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