General Inquiries:

Molly O’Connor
Executive Director

Molly O’Connor is the Executive Director for Komen Puget Sound, joining the team in April 2020. Molly brings nearly 20 years of experience with Puget Sound non-profits, working on a broad range of education-focused issues.

Molly joins the team from Thrive Washington, where her leadership helped thousands of families connect with vital early childhood information and interventions and brought together dozens of state and local organizations to better coordinate and leverage their efforts to support the state’s youngest children.

Molly has helped organizations create overall strategy, enhance their work around advocacy and community engagement, and take action with an equity lens. She is passionate about helping organizations find and leverage untapped potential and she is committed to working in local, underserved communities. Molly lives in Seattle with her two teenage sons.


tina-burnsTina Burns
Senior Events Manager

Tina joined Komen Puget Sound in January 2013 as a development intern and was promoted to full-time development staff in September of that year. As senior events manager, Tina oversees the success of the affiliate’s largest fundraiser, the Grace Notes Gala.  She also plays a key support role for other Affiliate fundraisers and serves as the liaison for several large third party partnership events, including Row for the Cure.

Tina holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Western Washington University and returns to Bellingham at least a few times a year. In her spare time, she enjoys being an aunt, baking, doing crafts and DIY projects and planning events for friends.


SilviaSilvia Kennedy
Director of Programs

Silvia Kennedy is the Director of Programs for Komen Puget Sound. She joined the Komen Puget Sound staff in May 2011. She has over a decade of experience leading high-impact teams in the Puget Sound area. Dedicated to enhancing program effectiveness to improve the organization and the community outcomes, Silvia has built lasting relationships that enable strong teams, meaningful collaboration, mutual trust and shared partnership.

Silvia is the co-chair of Latinos Promoting Good Health Statewide Committee; Board member of the CHW’s, Migrant and Refugees Coalition; Member of the Leaders In Women’s Health, Board member of the Latinx Health Board, Board member of the King County Promotores Network, Member of the Healthy King County Coalition, Member of the Protecting Immigrant Families Coalition (PIF-WA), Member of the Health Care/Race Equity Coalition and others.

A native of Mexico, Silvia speaks fluent Spanish. She is passionate about other cultures especially their cuisine.

Silvia lives in Newcastle with her husband and two children. Silvia likes to encourage her family to speak more Spanish, but also to learn the cultural values that the US has to offer.


Heidi McAfee
Data and Development Administrator

Heidi joined Komen Puget Sound as an intern in January 2017 and has since transitioned into the Development team, first assisting with events and now working in finance, managing the Affiliate’s databases and supporting accounting. Heidi is driven to help cancer patients and survivors have a great quality of life; her dedication to the Komen mission draws inspiration from her dad’s battle with brain cancer.

She loves connecting with survivors and strives to become a positive influence in others’ lives.

Heidi completed a business administration degree at the University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business in June 2018. Together with her husband Luke and their dog Bear, Heidi can usually be found visiting the dog beach park in Edmonds or relaxing at home with a movie.


Christine Szekeres
Communications Manager

Christine joined Komen Puget Sound in April of 2019. In her role as Communications Manager, Christine oversees all general Affiliate communications and social media as well as communications, marketing, and social media for Affiliate events.

Christine joins Komen Puget Sound with nearly a decade of non-profit communications experience and an additional 17 years of communications, marketing, and event management experience with various corporations. A storyteller at heart, Christine hopes to bring connection to her position as the communications manager. Christine holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor concentration in Communications from Missouri Southern State University.

Christine loves the Pacific NW and has called Seattle home since 2001. She is an avid paper crafter and you will often find her with inky fingers, busily making cards and other paper-based art for friends and family or blogging about paper crafting. She also enjoys traveling, both the region and the world. A favorite place is Florence, Italy. Hungary and China are on her bucket list of spots to visit.