Susan G. Komen Colorado Announces CEO Denver-area nonprofit champion
Susan G. Komen® Colorado Announces CEO
Denver-area nonprofit champion and one-time national Komen grantmaker will lead affiliate
Denver, CO – Susan G. Komen Colorado’s board of directors has tapped Jill Fricker as the organization’s chief executive officer.
Fricker recently returned to direct Komen Colorado’s Mission and Public Policy department, a position she previously held from 2007 to 2010. With the departure of former CEO Dianne Primavera, Fricker stepped up to lead the organization with the full Board’s support.
“This was an unexpected opportunity, but I am excited to be able to lead such a talented team as we continue to move forward, focused on saving lives right here in Colorado.”
In Colorado, African American and Hispanic/Latina women die at a greater rate from breast cancer than white women. Fricker is passionate about health equity and ensuring all people in our communities have access to vital breast health care and cancer services.
“We could cut the number of women who are dying from breast cancer by 30 percent without a research breakthrough if we could just connect them to services already available,” Fricker said.
A seasoned not-for-profit advocate, Fricker is a strategic leader with a strong background in community advocacy and grant management. She supported Komen’s national grantmaking program and served as a consultant for more than 100 affiliates. Recently, Fricker was executive director of a Denver nonprofit which supports the state’s refugee and immigrant population.
Having lost her mother to metastatic breast cancer, Fricker has a personal connection to Komen’s work.
“Over the last decade, we have made research advances that I know would have kept my mom alive that weren’t available 15 years ago,” Fricker said.
Komen Colorado board president Joby Koren said Fricker’s nonprofit experience and organizational familiarity ensures Komen Colorado remains sharply focused on saving lives in our community.
“We are so fortunate to have Jill in our office, especially as we near our largest fundraiser, Race for the Cure, on September 30,” Koren said. “Not only does Jill’s background fit our needs, her personal dedication to fighting breast cancer underscores that our mission remains at the forefront of everything we do because she understands how important Komen Colorado is to our community.”
Fricker holds a Bachelor of Arts in cultural anthropology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a dedicated wife and mom, and she has held numerous volunteer leadership positions within her community.
About Susan G. Komen Colorado®
Denver-based Susan G. Komen® Colorado has invested more than $42.7 million into 126 Colorado-based non-profit health clinics, hospitals and community-based organizations to provide life-saving breast cancer care to those in need in 22 counties (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, Garfield, Gilpin, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan, Morgan, Park, Phillips, Pitkin, Sedgwick, Summit, Washington, Weld, and Yuma). Komen Colorado’s local investments have provided Coloradans with more than:
- 39,537 clinical breast exams
- 54,759 mammograms
- 27,523 diagnostic tests that diagnosed more than 650 breast cancers
- 2,122 treatment services (surgery, chemotherapy, radiation)
In addition, the organization has raised nearly $15.6 million for ground-breaking research to understand risk-factors for the disease, treatment protocols, how the disease metastasizes, and evidence-based interventions to increase survivorship. Learn more at www.komencolorado.org.