Ozark Has Completed its Transition, Now Part of United Komen Team


Sean Tuffnell
Susan G. Komen®


Ozark Has Completed its Transition, Now Part of United Komen Team

DALLAS, TEXAS – January 26, 2021 – Susan G. Komen®, the world’s leading breast cancer organization, today provided an update on the progress of its operational and mission evolution, announced in April of 2020. More than half of the organization’s independent local Affiliates have now transitioned into the new, single entity structure. This multiphase transition is ongoing and will continue through this summer.

“I’m excited about the way this new structure will enable us to serve more of our neighbors affected by breast cancer, regardless of where they live,” said Paula Schneider, Komen’s president and CEO. “To be clear, we still have staff in communities across the country; they are simply working remotely from their homes. And our mission has not changed; indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic has made our work even more critical, to ensure that everyone can access the breast cancer care they need. Breast cancer hasn’t stopped, and neither have we.”

To meet the current and evolving needs of those affected by breast cancer nationwide, Komen is now providing support to patients, survivors and their families through breakthrough research, advocacy, and a broad suite of direct services, including Komen’s free Helpline and Treatment Assistance Program. Additional breast health and patient support services will be launched soon and will be available in every community across the country.

Ozark is now part of the South Central Region led by Julie Voss, who previously served as Executive Director, Houston. Cecilia Smith will continue to serve as Development Director and is located in Fayetteville. Lauren Marquette, who served as the Executive Director of Ozark is now the Sr. Regional Manager, State Policy & Advocacy and is also located in Fayetteville.

“We are excited about the future of what we can now do for our community,” said Smith. “Our mission has not changed, and we will continue to host local events and provide ways to engage in our local communities. What has changed is our improved ability to directly connect and engage with people no matter where they live across the country and efficiently scale our support for those in need.”

The MORE THAN PINK Walk is scheduled for Saturday, September 18, 2021. The annual Pink Ribbon Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, October 20, 2021.

Last year Komen announced that it was undertaking an enterprise-wide transition from a federated business model of independent Affiliates to a single, united entity in order to increase its overall operational efficiency and impact. The evolution enables the organization to benefit from centralized back office systems and reduce duplication of efforts across the country.

In addition to centralizing operations, additional cost savings are being realized by transitioning to a completely remote workforce. This enables Komen to have team members in virtually every state in the country, without the expense of office locations.


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. Founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life, Komen remains committed to supporting those affected by breast cancer today, while tirelessly searching for tomorrow’s cures. Visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on social at ww5.komen.org/social.