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.
Judith 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.
Nancy G. BrinkerFounder and Chair of Global Strategy, Member of the Board of DirectorsAmbassador 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.
Linda 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.
Norm Bowling, Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer As Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer, Norm Bowling is responsible for setting the strategic vision and leading day-to-day operations of Susan G. Komen's fundraising, marketing, corporate relations, and development departments. Learn more about Norm now.
Ellen Willmott, General CounselAs 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.
Katie Merrell, VP Human ResourcesAs vice president, human resources for Susan G. Komen, Katie Merrell oversees the people-related programs and policies to attract, retain and develop Komen's human resources. This includes defining, organizing and directing recruitment, employee benefits, compensation, employee relations, staff development and performance management. Learn more about Katie now.
Miguel 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Connie 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 agencies.
John 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.
Linda 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.
Our 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 members now.
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 programs. To learn more about a specific Affiliate’s leadership, go to Find a Local Affiliate, search by zip code and visit the Affiliate’s dedicated site.
To make a request for a representative from Susan G. Komen to attend or speak at a third-party event, download this form and email it to SpeakerRequest@komen.org. Please complete every field on the form with as much detail as possible.Komen leadership attendance at events is subject to availability, and we are unable to guarantee fulfillment of every request. After submitting the form, you will be notified when your request has been processed and whether a Komen representative will be able to attend.
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