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Trudy Ender // Executive Director
Trudy brings over nine years in the non-profit sector (Humane Society of West Michigan and Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service) and over a decade in the government sector. Trudy's leadership and experience in managing organizations will enhance current and develop new strategic partnerships with community members and organizations that will help Komen eliminate barriers that prevent women and men from receiving vital health services. Trudy received her Bachelor's Degree from Central Michigan University and has taken several master level classes. In her free time, Trudy enjoys "all things nature" including swimming and walking. Best moments are spent with her children, Ben and Ruby, Mom Joan, and many friends.
Erica Bills // Community Resource Advocate
Working in the nonprofit sector for more than a decade, Erica brings experience in nonprofit leadership, fund development and strategic marketing to Komen MI. She also has a proven track record in developing strategic relationships with diverse groups of donors and increasing community partnerships. Erica was previously a board member for Komen MI. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Kalamazoo College in Health Sciences, and her Master's Degree in Public Administration from Western Michigan University. Before coming to Komen MI, Erica worked at Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Quality Resource Management, Muscular Dystrophy Association as Executive Director. She enjoys volunteering with Rotary Club (member), Women Working Wonders, Jackson Symphony Orchestra (Chair), Habitat for Humanity, and ITEC. In her free time she loves to play with her 8-year-old daughter, Chloe, being out on the water and playing soccer or running.
Sarah Hockin // Mission Director
Sarah got her start at Komen Michigan in 2015 as a Special Events Intern, volunteer, and finally Community Events Coordinator in 2016 while also working at an area hospital prior to joining Komen Michigan full-time in January 2017 as the Mission Director. As the Mission Director, she directs the funds we raise from our many sponsors and fundraisers by grant making, advocacy, and outreach. All of these pillars work towards our bold goal of reducing breast cancer deaths by 50% before 2026 and our mission of ending breast cancer forever. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, with a degree in Public and Nonprofit Administration, emphasizing in Community Health and minoring in Spanish, Sarah brings a strong understanding of nonprofit effectiveness within the diverse communities of our 24-county service area. Along with that, her background in healthcare and customer service has provided many opportunities in which she effectively and consistently is building relationships with many members of the community to continue the fight against breast cancer.
Rachael Burnosky // Director of Community Engagement
Brady Velazquez // Director of Event Logistics and Operations
Brady has worked in customer service for over a decade and has career experience in project management, process analysis and quality assurance. She began working with Komen in 2010, as a Race for the Cure Committee Volunteer before joining the Komen Michigan Staff. As the Director of Event Logistics and Operations, she will organize, plan and lead all Komen Michigan events. Brady received her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science – Community Relations with a cognate in Sociology from Michigan State University. She remains active in the community through volunteer work, which includes being on the Board of Directors for Capital Area Latina Youth (CALY). Brady is a self-proclaimed foodie and loves to travel. In her free time, she loves to cook and bake, spend time with her husband, niece and beagle.
Winni Walsh // Director of Donor Relations
Winni is a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) and has over two years of experience in nonprofit development and fundraising. She graduated from Central Michigan University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Law and Economics and Political Science with a concentration in Public Administration. As the Director of Donor Relations, she is responsible for overseeing the identification, cultivation, and stewardship of donors at all levels. Winni began her relationship with Komen at a young age by participating as a team member at numerous Komen fundraising events. In her free time she enjoys traveling, crafting, cooking, and spending time with her niece and nephews.