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Jessica Peace-Urgelles is the Outreach Director for Miss A. She first and foremost, a mom to a very handsome and intelligent little boy and a frenchie named Escobar. She is addicted to social good and connecting people to charitable causes.

She grew up in the hills of southeastern Kentucky, and loves all things related to the Bluegrass State. They take pride in horses, basketball, and bourbon, but she likes porch swings and sweet tea too! She is torn between her love of cowboy boots and designer heels, and is always wearing at least one strand of pearls. Her heart is equally content enjoying a night out in the city or a weekend away getting dirty on the farm. She has a thick southern accent and is notorious for using it to her advantage. Her competing interests led her to write her blog, Blog of a Bluegrass Belle about growing up Southern, people dear to herheart, and herlove of various causes.

She is a member of the Bluegrass Junior Womans Club. BJWC is a non-profit whose focus is helping underprivileged women, children, and families in central Kentucky. Her work with BJWC led her to the United Nations Foundation Shot@Life campaign where she became a Champion and passionate advocate. She believes every child deserves a shot at a healthy life through global vaccine access.

Dr. Judith Salerno To Serve As Susan G. Komen CEO And President


Dr. Judith Salerno and Nancy Brinker
(Photo Credit: Susan G. Komen)

Susan G. Komen has hired a new CEO and President, Dr. Judith Salerno. Dr. Salerno previously served as Executive Officer of the Institute of Medicine in Washington, D.C..  She is also the former Deputy Director of the National Institute on Aging.  She earned Medical Degree from the Harvard School of Medicine and her Master of Science in Health Policy from Harvard School of Public Health.  She is a former Associate Clinical Professor at George Washington University.

Dr. Salerno has been very vocal about her hopes for the charity which faced public backlash last year.  The charity had cut funding for breast cancer exams at Planned Parenthood, which was quickly reinstated following a strong national objection.


President Obama bestowing Presidential Medal of Freedom on Nancy Brinker
(Photo Credit: Nancy Brinker)

Susan G. Komen has struggled, but has maintained their four star Charity Navigator rating. In 2012, the nonprofit raised significantly less money and had to cancel events in several cities.

Susan G. Komen was founded following the death of Nancy Brinker’s sister Suzy from breast cancer in 1980.  Three years later Nancy had to undergo a double mastectomy and chemotherapy following her own diagnosis of breast cancer.  Over 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States each year, my own mother was one of them.  Susan G. Komen has been vital in helping alleviate the burden of breast cancer by promoting early diagnosis, treatment, and screening options.


Dr. Judith Salerno
(Photo Credit: Susan G. Komen for the Cure)

Komen has granted $740 million in research, with $58 million given in 2012 alone. Millions of women have relied on the research and funding provided by Susan G. Komen.  A few short months from now in October, National Breast Cancer Awareness month will occur.  We should support Dr. Salerno’s efforts to further the organization, and help prevent thousands of women and families from suffering through the anguish of breast cancer.  Congratulations Dr. Judith Salerno, and best of luck with your new position.

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