Komen Great Plains Executive Director Announces Retirement


Komen Great Plains Executive Director Announces Retirement

Aug. 13, 2019 (OMAHA, Neb.) – The Board of Directors of Susan G. Komen® Great Plains announced today that Executive Director Karen Daneu will retire in December 2019 after nearly 10 years of service with the organization as volunteer, Board member and Executive Director. This is her second ‘retirement’ after 30 plus years in government service that included 26 years as a U.S. Air Force officer.

Karen Daneu,
Executive Director
Susan G. Komen Great Plains

While at Komen Great Plains, Karen worked to ensure Komen was recognized in Nebraska and the Dakotas as the leader in breast health education, affordable breast cancer screening options, treatment support and breast cancer research. Daneu worked to establish relationships with community partners to help women overcome obstacles to breast health care and improve timely access to affordable breast health screening and treatment services for underserved women and men.

Daneu has been instrumental in ushering in the new More Than Pink Walk™ which will debut in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on September 29 and in Omaha on October 6. The Walk replaces Komen’s signature fundraising event, Race for The Cure, and will focus on how donors help fight breast cancer on all fronts – funding research, ensuring everyone has access to breast health care, and caring for those in the community living with breast cancer.

A committee has been appointed and a search for her successor will begin in August. Daneu will continue to lead Komen® Great Plains until a successor is named in December. For more information on the position, please contact Deb Graeve, Komen Great Plains Board Vice President and Executive Director Search Committee Chairwoman at 402.255.6087 or employment@komengreatplains.org.

About Susan G. Komen® and Komen Great Plains

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside of the federal government while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Komen was founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen Great Plains is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through fundraising events and donor generosity, Komen Great Plains has invested $9 million in community breast health programs in Nebraska and the Dakotas and has helped contribute to the more than $988 million invested globally in research. For more information, call 402-502-2979 or visit www.komengreatplains.org