Delores Wise Named New Chief of Komen North Florida
Delores Wise has been named the new Executive Director of Susan G. Komen® North Florida, announced Linda Allen, Komen North Florida Board Chair.
Wise has worked with Komen since March 2012, most recently as Director of Development and Mission Initiatives. She was the lead logistics coordinator of the 2012 North Florida Komen Race for the Cure, managed sponsor relationships and represented the organization in the North Florida community. She replaces Dr. Bruce Grob, who has retired.
“We are so pleased to have Delores step into the role of Executive Director,” said Allen. “In addition to her experience with us at Komen, Delores has a 15-year track record of working with nonprofits and brings strong financial leadership to her new position. She also has a very personal passion for our mission, having lost her mother to breast cancer when Delores was only 19. She is committed to doing all she can to help people in our community and putting an end to breast cancer. Her experience and enthusiasm make her the perfect candidate to help take us to the next level.”
Prior to joining Komen, Delores served as a caseworker for the Navy-Marine Corp Relief Society, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, where she provided pro bono financial services. She advised, educated and helped to create short and long-term goals for clients in need of financial assistance. In addition, Delores conducted the Budget for Baby Program, a program designed to serve new, or prospective, parents who want to learn about the impact that a new baby can have on the financial situation of the family. Delores served in several capacities as a volunteer for a variety of nonprofits. At Clay County Soccer Club, she managed several premier travel teams by organizing and maintaining team documentation and finances.
Delores hails from Shawnee, Kan. She was born a – Rock Chalk Jayhawk fan! She grew up in a large family making it important to learn communication and interpersonal skills at a young age. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
As a long-time resident of Jacksonville, Delores is deeply rooted in the community. She received her Associate in Arts Degree from Florida Community College at Jacksonville and went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida.
Delores brings endless positive energy to her work. When she is not in the office, or out in the community working with Komen supporters, or providing personal counsel to breast cancer survivors and their families, she can be found cheering on the Florida Gators, Jacksonville Jaguars or the new Armada FC, helping a friend with a remodeling project, or watching international soccer. Delores has a unique passion for life and learning that inspires everyone she meets.
“It is an incredible honor to lead a local affiliate in a global organization such as Susan G. Komen,” said Wise. “I am passionate about using my heart, knowledge and skills to help address the fear, the fight and the cure of breast cancer.”