Most of the funding that Komen Greater CETX raises stays in this area to support those being diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. The partners we fund provide services such as free and low-cost mammograms, patient navigation services, transportation, and in-home care.
Twenty-five percent from each Komen Affiliate supports the Komen Research, Evaluation, and Scientific Program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research, meritorious awards, and educational and scientific conferences around the world.
ABOUT Susan G. Komen Greater Central and East Texas
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 Greater Central and East Texas is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Komen Greater CETX serves 5 million Texans across 58 counties, including the five counties that make up the Austin area, and its main office is located in Austin. Through events like the MORE THAN PINK Walk(TM), Komen Greater CETX has invested $18 million in community breast health programs in Central and East Texas and has contributed more than $8 million to the more than $988 million that Komen has invested globally in research.
Learn more about the community partners to whom Komen Greater CETX currently provides funding here.
Jeannine joined Komen in 2010 passionate about empowering women and providing resources to the most vulnerable in our community. Like so many, she has lost friends to breast cancer and seen countless lives and families forever changed. She brings experience in sales and operations leadership to the Affiliate, 10 years with a Fortune 200 company and 13 years in the non-profit sector, most recently as VP Operations and Walk Director for Komen Austin and Komen Greater CETX. Jeannine is most excited about connecting and empowering work teams, stakeholders and organizations to make their highest contribution. She believes strongly in Komen’s foundation of grassroots activism to elevate and expand Komen’s contributions as a thought leader, impact maker, and critical catalyst for everyone in the breast cancer space.
A life-long learner, she is a proud alumnus of Leadership Austin and the Seton Cove Leadership Pilgrimage. She has served with several community organizations, most recently as VP for Young Men’s Service League. A Midwest native, with 3 children, she enjoys everything Austin and Hill Country.
Kelly Newberg joined Komen as Development Director in May 2017. She serves as the liaison between Komen partners and donors while developing new partnership opportunities. Kelly’s long-term background in banking, financial services, business development and networking provide her valuable associations and relationships to foster and grow. Kelly serves as President of The Board of the Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce. Kelly is a proud mother of two grown children and in her free time enjoys the beach, recreational activities on area lakes, live music venues, festivals of all kinds and weekend road trips throughout the Hill Country.
Mikayla serves as the Event Manager for Komen Greater CETX’s MORE THAN PINK Walk series, including Walks in Austin, Tyler, and Waco. She is a recent graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Corporate Communication Studies. Through her education and experience thus far, she has found her passion in creating organizational relationships and managing event logistics to serve her community. During her free time, Mikayla enjoys spending time with her younger siblings, trying new foods, and traveling.
Elizabeth brings her long-running loves for verbal and visual storytelling, empowering women, and scientific research to her role as the Marketing and Communication Manager at Komen Greater CETX. She began her career as a history professor at Southwestern University, where she taught the history of science and feminist studies. She then decided to pursue her creative passions by becoming a graphic designer, and has worked in the fiber industry, at several universities, for Girl Scouts of Central Texas, and ran a small ad agency that served nonprofits and small businesses. She’s an avid knitter and reader and loves traveling with her son and girlfriend.
As Director of Mission Services at Komen Greater CETX, Eliza May directs and oversees all mission related programs focused on breast cancer such as Grants Management, Education and Outreach, Advocacy, and Research for the region. Eliza has been a part of the Komen Greater CETX team for 5 years and in this time she’s discovered there is nothing more gratifying than learning from a referral that has made a life or death difference in a person’s life because of what she does on a daily basis. As busy as Eliza is caring for the Austin community; she still finds time to take care of herself by gardening, hiking, and traveling. Her goal is to visit all corners of the world and then some.
Rebecca is excited to contribute to Komen Greater CETX’s mission impact in East Texas through building partnerships and community opportunities. A local Tyler resident, she brings 14 years of education, program development, fundraising and event experience with both nonprofits and government agencies. Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family (including their fur babies), playing board games, camping, kayaking, and trying new dessert recipes.
With more than 30 years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience, Dawn is the Campaign Manager for the Komen CETX’s MORE THAN PINK Walk series. Discovering she had breast cancer in 2018, Dawn joined the Komen team exactly 365 days later in order to help Susan G. Komen achieve its vision of a world without breast cancer. A native Texan from Corpus Christi, she loves the beach, any place on Lake Travis and any cruise ship on the water.
Susan G. Komen Greater Central and East Texas is a trusted Give Austin partner and a verified 501(c)(3) charitable organization
Susan G. Komen Greater Central and East Texas
To save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.