About Komen Southern New England

Connecticut is the state with the highest incidence of breast cancer in the United States and Massachusetts is the second highest (National Cancer Institute). These are startling statistics. And it’s why we at Susan G. Komen® Southern New England — and all of our volunteers, donors, teams and sponsors — are dedicated to helping local women (and men) diagnosed with breast cancer with the research, education, screening and treatment that supports them in the fight of their lives.

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Keeping it local

And we mean local. Seventy-five percent of the funds we raise remain in your state, and are invested in local breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs across the state. The remaining 25% is invested in research to find the causes and cures for breast cancer.

Our primary focus is on educating local women and men in our state on the importance of early detection, funding free screening services and providing support to those who are diagnosed with breast cancer. With your help, we raise money to provide grants to fund essential programs in both Connecticut and Massachusetts that our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends rely on for the care they need.

Keeping a promise

Susan G. Komen was founded on a promise made between two sisters — Susan Goodman Komen and Nancy Goodman Brinker. Suzy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1978, a time when little was known about the disease and it was rarely discussed in public. Before she died at the age of 36, Suzy asked her sister to do everything possible to bring an end to breast cancer. Nancy kept her promise by establishing Susan G. Komen in 1982 in Suzy’s memory.

Today, Susan G. Komen is a global leader in the fight against breast cancer. Komen Southern New England joins more than 100 other affiliates worldwide, working locally to fulfill the promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.

Komen Southern New England Staff

Lori van Dam - CEO
Nicole Marohn - Development Director, Connecticut
Catie Fauvelle - Development Director, Massachusetts
Elizabeth DiMartino - Manager, Marketing & Communications
Denise Rivera Coladonato - Grants & Mission Coordinator
Michele Guerrera - Finance Director
Meg Staubley - Development Coordinator, Connecticut
Holly Raissipour - Development Coordinator, Massachusetts

Susan G. Komen Southern New England Board of Directors

Komen Southern New England is operated by a local board of directors, which makes all decisions regarding how our funds are allocated based on the breast health needs of our communities.

Tracy Church – President
Richard Campbell - Vice President
Casey Hines - Treasurer 
Christine George - Past President
Gail Marcus - Past President
Tracy Curley – Member at Large
Samuel Lin, M.D., FACSMember at Large
Nora Machata – Member at Large
Karen Mankes - Member at Large
Mark Melendez, M.D., MBA – Member at Large
Nancy Meyer - Member at Large
Lori Rodden - Member at Large
David Spannaus – Member at Large
Elisabeth Vanzura - Member at Large