Susan G. Komen Great Plains Announces Kristin Hunter as New Executive Director

OMAHA, Neb. (Dec. 9, 2019) The Board of Directors of Susan G. Komen® Great Plains has named Kristin Hunter as the organization’s new executive director. Hunter succeeds highly regarded nonprofit leader Karen Daneu who retires later this month after serving Komen Great Plains as executive director since 2012.

“I’m honored to join a team that has been committed to meeting critical breast health needs in Nebraska and South Dakota for nearly 30 years,” said Hunter. “Building on the foundation of this organization, we will continue our mission to save lives by meeting the most critical breast health needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.”

Hunter has experience in the areas of nonprofit management, community engagement, and fundraising, including nearly seven years of experience in senior-level leadership roles with Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, serving as chief operating officer from 2014 to 2016. Hunter also brings 15 years of experience in marketing and communications, organizational development, and nonprofit leadership. Kristin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Bellevue University and received a Master of Communication Leadership degree from Drake University.

“Everyone on the Susan G. Komen Great Plains board of directors is excited to welcome Kristin and have her guide our organization. We strongly believe her background and skills will enable us to continue our momentum in serving our region,” said Dawn Gonzales, board president of Komen® Great Plains. “As our Affiliate transitions from one leader to the next, we also honor the commitment, service and passion of Karen Daneu who has left such a positive mark on this organization.”

About Susan G. Komen® Great Plains

Komen® Great Plains is helping fuel research, advocate for patients and support people facing breast cancer locally through a variety of direct patient-centered services and by collaborating with area providers to remove barriers and connect people to needed care in Nebraska and South Dakota. Since 1994, Komen Great Plains has invested $9 million for programs in its service area and has helped contribute to the more than $1 billion invested globally in research. For more information, call 402-502-2979 or 605-271-1751 or visit Komen Great Plains is an affiliate of Susan G. Komen.

About Susan G. Komen®

Susan G. Komen® is the world’s leading nonprofit breast cancer organization, working to save lives and end breast cancer forever. Komen has an unmatched, comprehensive 360-degree approach to fighting this disease across all fronts and supporting millions of people in the U.S. and in countries worldwide.  We advocate for patients, drive research breakthroughs, improve access to high-quality care, offer direct patient support and empower people with trustworthy information.  Born out of a promise between two sisters, Susan G. Komen remains committed to supporting those affected by breast cancer today, while tirelessly searching for tomorrow’s cures.