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Susan G. Komen NC affiliate names new executive director

Posted June 28, 2012

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— Susan G. Komen for the Cure North Carolina Triangle to the Coast affiliate has named a new executive director, following a four-month nationwide search, the board of directors announced Thursday.

Pam Kohl will begin her new role at Komen in mid-August.

“I am honored to become part of this affiliate’s team,” Kohl said in a statement. "The organization's work saves lives every day in our communities. I have worked my entire career to advocate for prevention programs and quality health care, and nothing could be more compelling to me than to lead this organization forward."

A North Carolina native, Kohl has more than 25 years of experience working in government and non-profit management. She two health-related non-profits in Raleigh, including Planned Parenthood, and increased the number of clients and revenue for both agencies.

Kohl said her goal with Komen is to reduce politics and expand the organizations' reach.

"We're very, very committed to providing funding to try to enable women in rural North Carolina and eastern North Carolina to get the services that they need to prevent breast cancer, to treat breast cancer and, certainly, to prevent death," she said.

A veteran leader, she is respected in the non-profit sector as an effective collaborator and catalyst, according to the board of directors.

"Pam has demonstrated considerable expertise and creativity in managing local non-profit organizations in the past. Her experience will prove pivotal in the growth and delivery of benefits to the diverse geographic communities, including our newly added counties in eastern North Carolina," said Ted Smyth, president of the board of directors for Komen.

Most recently, Kohl served as district director for Democratic Congressman Brad Miller, 13th Congressional District. 

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  • TriciaZ Jul 3, 2012

    immaannoid...umm..."their body"? Exactly who created "their body"? When you get a handle on the source of our existence, you will then understand that we do not give life to ourselves. Let that sink in. Taking the life of a defenseless person, regardless of the age, has to be wrong because it is not ours to take. Why do we say a pregnant woman is "eating for two"? Because there are two people! Look at the ultrasounds and tell me that isn't a baby. I "and my ilk" do not want to prevent others from having control. We want women to make choices for life. That is true control.

  • BernsteinIII Jul 3, 2012

    "Pre-born"? Make up words much? It's called a fetus, a non-viable fetus. Don't like abortion? Don't have one. In the meantime, you and your ilk have no right to prevent others from having control over their body.

  • americaneel Jul 2, 2012

    TriciaZ...What are you, an English professor?

  • tsquaring Jul 2, 2012

    Pity, I'll not donate to them again.

  • RomneyRyan2012 Jul 2, 2012

    As long as they continue to support Planned Parenthood my money will go elsewhere.

  • TriciaZ Jun 29, 2012

    There must be some typos or misquotes in this article. The organization is "committed to providing funding...to prevent death." The word "prevent" should be "assure." The "organization's work saves lives," but the word "saves" should be "takes." As long as Komen money is given to help businesses which exterminate the pre-born, there is no "preventing" death and no "saving" lives. You can't have it both ways.