Staff

SilviaSilvia Kennedy
Director of Programs
206-633-0303 ext. 118

Silvia joined the Komen Puget Sound staff in May 2011 to coordinate the La Mujer Hispana Project. Funded by Yoplait Save the Lids to Save Lives ®, La Mujer Hispana (The Hispanic Woman) aims to increase breast cancer awareness and screening among Hispanic women in King and Pierce Counties. Her responsibilities expanded in April 2012 when Silvia became Community Outreach Coordinator. She now focuses on all cultures and communities within Puget Sound.

Silvia has more than 6 years experience working with underserved and diverse populations. Silvia is an active member of ELLF (Eastside Latino Leader Forum) and a member of the Diverse Advisor Committee for the City of Bellevue.

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

 

Jennifer Teeler
Director of Development
206-633-0303 ext. 103

Jennifer joined the staff of Komen Puget Sound in February 2011 where she oversees the volunteer program and works with the Philanthropy team to plan Affiliate Events. Her prior employment includes coordinating volunteer and neighborhood programs for the City of Federal Way and working as a Police Service Specialist for the Renton Police Department. Jennifer holds a B.A. from Western Washington University in Business Marketing with a Minor in Communications. Reading, craft projects and pickleball are some of Jennifer’s favorite activities. She also enjoys travelling with her husband and three teenagers.

Being a breast cancer survivor herself, Jennifer has a special passion for Komen’s mission – “a world without breast cancer.” She feels blessed to be able to connect with other survivors while working toward eliminating this disease for future generations.

 

tina-burnsTina Burns
Senior Events Manager

206-633-0303 ext. 115

Tina joined Komen Puget Sound in January 2013 as 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.

 

Theresa Chu
Donor Relationship Manager
206-633-0303 ext. 105

Theresa joined Komen Puget Sound in July 2019 as the Donor Relationship Manager. She manages a portfolio of donors by developing a personal connection to them individually as well as to Komen’s mission to save lives. Theresa holds a degree in Community Health from Western Washington University and brings extensive experience in donor management, fundraising, and healthcare advocacy.

Theresa is no stranger to the Puget Sound region, having been born and raised in the greater Seattle area, and growing up in a large Chinese-American family. You might find Theresa at the movies, local concerts, swimming at the pool, hiking the trails, or sitting at a coffee shop. She is also active at the Evangelical Chinese Church and volunteers her spare time in service there.

 

Matt Jarrell
Senior Corporate Relations Manager
206-633-0303 ext. 102

Matt joined the Komen Puget Sound team in October of 2018. As the Senior Manager for Corporate Relations, he manages Komen’s corporate portfolio and sponsorships for the organization’s signature events. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Western Washington University and has more than eight years of professional experience in non-profit management and development.

One of Matt’s passions is advocating for health equity. In his former role as the Associate Executive Director for the University Family YMCA, he and his team were able to fundraise more than $250,000 annually to provide access to healthy living programs at The Y. He continues to share that passion by engaging companies and organizations in opportunities to help provide care to underserved communities and increasing research dollars to find a cure for breast cancer.

An avid traveler and outdoors enthusiast, Matt enjoys supporting local artists with his partner and spending time with his family in Federal Way.

 

Heidi McAfee
Data and Development Administrator
206-633-0303 ext. 109

Heidi joined Komen Puget Sound as an intern in January 2017 and has since transitioned onto 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.

 

Aissa Perez
Development Coordinator
206-633-0303 ext. 110

Aissa joined the Komen Puget Sound staff in September of 2018 where she works on the development team. In addition to supporting the Senior Events Manager on Komen’s key events, she also oversees Komen’s Lunch for the Cure and all Third-Party fundraising events. Before joining Komen, Aissa worked for a nonprofit in California aimed at increasing access to affordable healthcare coverage. She is passionate about social change and ensuring that everyone gets the services they need and deserve.

Aissa holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and English from the University of California, Davis. She recently relocated to Seattle from California after years of spending summers in the Pacific Northwest. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the city and all this beautiful region has to offer.

 

Dawn Sanders
Community Engagement Manager
206-633-0303 ext. 117

Dawn joined Komen Puget Sound in August 2016 following a two-year visit to Vietnam, where she supported an orphanage by starting an English program and helping to organize a mentoring project. Dawn has also worked for the City of Sammamish, where she developed and ran its volunteer program. A longtime volunteer at heart, Dawn enjoys meeting and working with volunteers and other community members.

Dawn grew up in Issaquah; she and her husband John raised their own family in Sammamish. They have six children and three grandchildren. On weekends she enjoys biking and exploring, searching out new coffee shops and sampling the many excellent Washington wines.

 

Yogbir Singh
Community Outreach Coordinator
206-633-0303, ext. 106

Yogbir joined the Komen Puget Sound Team in September 2019 as the Community Outreach Coordinator. She oversees the planning and implementation of outreach strategies. Her goal is to work in communities to ensure they have access to breast health services. Gaps in health are large and persistent- Yogbir is passionate about combating health inequities for everyone to be able to live their healthiest life possible no matter who they are, where they live, or how much they make.

Yogbir holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a specialization in Population Health from Central Washington University and a minor in Spanish. She is fluent in Punjabi. On weekends Yogbir can be found with her friends and family enjoying what the PNW has to offer.

 

Christine Szekeres
Communications Manager
206-633-0303, ext. 107

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 travelling, both the region and the world. A favorite place is Florence, Italy. Hungary and China are on her bucket list of spots to visit.