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Komen Missouri board names new executive director to lead affiliate
Funds raised through the Komen Greater St. Louis race benefits local breast health programs and global breast cancer research
ST. LOUIS, MO – Jan. 4, 2018 – Susan G. Komen Missouri announced today that its board of directors named Suzanne Fontaine as the organization’s next executive director. Fontaine, formerly the director of events and marketing for St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation, fills the vacancy created by Helen Chesnut’s departure in December 2017. Fontaine assumes the executive director responsibilities immediately.
“We are pleased to announce Suzanne’s addition to our team,” says Renee Hall, Komen Missouri’s board president. “Suzanne will bring leadership and creativity to Komen Missouri’s mission to fight breast cancer in our 38-county Missouri/Illinois service area by funding local programs that support those in the fight to save lives and educating individuals about breast cancer risk factors, the importance of early detection and the resources that are available to them.”
In her previous roles, Fontaine established herself as a proven leader in building community partnership opportunities. At St. Louis Children’s Hospital, she and her team raised more than $3.5 million in charitable contributions annually.
“It is an honor to take on this role as Komen Missouri celebrates its 20th year of making a difference in the lives of women in our region,” said Fontaine. “As a 13-year survivor of breast cancer, I’m emotionally committed to Susan G. Komen, and I look forward to bringing innovative ideas to support the mission and great work Komen Missouri does in fighting breast cancer.”
Fontaine earned her master of arts in communication from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her bachelor of arts in communication from the University of Tulsa.
About Susan G. Komen® Missouri
Susan G. Komen Missouri is an independent, local nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting breast cancer year-round. Komen Missouri’s mission is to save lives by meeting the critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. Komen Missouri is dedicated to meeting the breast health needs of the women, men and families in its 38-county Missouri/Illinois service area. Seventy-five percent of the organization’s net proceeds stays in the local community to fund breast cancer screening, breast health education and patient navigation and support services. The remaining 25 percent of net proceeds funds cutting-edge breast cancer research. Visit komenmissouri.org or call (314) 569-3900 (Greater St. Louis office) or (573) 445-1905 (Mid-Missouri office). Connect with Komen Missouri on Facebook and Twitter.
About Susan G. Komen®
Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $889 million in research and provided $1.95 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on social at ww5.komen.org/social.