Komen Michigan announces search for new Executive Director

Olivia Adams, Byrum & Fisk Communications

Organization poised for next generation of leadership; reflects fondly on Jurgens’ leadership

GRAND RAPIDS Komen Michigan (Komen MI) announced today Jennifer Jurgens, the organization’s Executive Director since 2012, will be transitioning to a new opportunity.  Jurgens’ last day with Komen MI as Executive Director will be Jan. 26.  She will continue to be available in a support role during the next several months as the organization conducts their search for a new full-time Executive Director position to be filled in early 2017.

“Jen’s dedication and work have grown Komen MI as a leading breast health organization in the state and nation,” said Chuck Christmas, CFO of Mercantile Bank and Komen MI Board President. “We congratulate Jen for her unparalleled leadership and effort, and we are thrilled for the new opportunities that lie ahead for her and for Komen MI as we grow the organization thanks to the incredibly talented staff, dedicated partners and the next generation of leadership.”

Under Jurgens’ leadership, Komen MI has made significant achievements, including:

  • Merger of three affiliates into one unified organization serving 24 counties across Michigan;
  • Innovative mission partnerships to eliminate barriers that prevent women from getting screened and receiving treatment, such as the recent announcement of “Fueling the Cures” an initiative for rural women and Pink in the Pews for African-American and Latina women;
  • Increased fundraising, including significant growth from new organizations and expanded relationships with Komen Michigan; and
  • Revenue diversification: Beyond traditional Race for the Cure® and Ride for the Cure, Komen Michigan developed the innovative, guys-only “Pink Tie Guys” group, brought Standup for the Cure® to Muskegon, partnered with Walgreen’s for mission-based programming and expanded the Powerfully Pink grantee luncheon and a Pink Tie Ball gala.

Jurgens is planning to transition into a volunteer role and continue as an ambassador once her successor is named and fully brought on board.

“I am excited about the future of this organization and my new role in it,” said Jurgens.  “My passion for finding the cures and helping women find breast cancer early when it is most treatable has not diminished in any way, however, my professional experience and background is in marketing, start-up businesses and systems integration.  After four years of rewarding work, I believe that Komen MI is well-positioned for a new leader to bring them to the next level and that I am ready for the next phase of my career.”


Komen Michigan is committed to saving lives and reducing breast cancer mortality in Michigan. Through targeted, culturally relevant education programs, screenings, diagnostics, transportation, survivor support programs and events like Race for the Cure®, Komen Michigan has touched more than 85,000 lives in Michigan in 2015 alone. Over the last 20 years, Komen Michigan has funded $12 million in community breast health programs across 24 counties, filling the gap for much-needed services across the region. For more information, call 616-752-8262 or visit www.komenmichigan.org.