Komen Orange County Appoints New Executive Director, Megan Klink

Susan G. Komen Orange County Appoints New Executive Director, Megan Klink

Longtime Komen Orange County leader Lisa Wolter to retire

Susan G. Komen Orange County, local breast cancer organization and leading community resource for breast health, has named Megan Klink as its new Executive Director. Klink succeeds highly regarded nonprofit leader Lisa Wolter, who will retire in November, and has served Komen Orange County as Executive Director since 2005. Klink brings to the Orange County Affiliate more than 15 years of nonprofit experience in the areas of training, development, management, community engagement and public policy.

“I am deeply honored to join a team that for nearly 30 years, has been committed to fighting breast cancer in Orange County through research, community outreach, public policy advocacy, education and access to healthcare,” said Klink. “The innovative breast health initiatives put in place by longtime Executive Director Lisa Wolter, the dedicated board of directors and the talented staff have made Komen Orange County the vital and trusted organization it is today, and I look forward to being part of the work that carries the mission forward.”

Klink most recently worked in New York as Director of Strategic Engagement and Custom Services for StoryCorps – a nonprofit dedicated to recording, preserving and sharing the stories of individuals from all backgrounds and beliefs, living in America. Previously, Klink was part of the executive team at Irvine-based Working Wardrobes, which provides dignified workforce readiness services to those overcoming difficult challenges, including homelessness and transitioning from military to civilian life. Klink served Working Wardrobes in an array of leadership positions, including client services, development and social enterprises. Klink has made it her mission to carry out the change she wants to see in the world – a personal and professional attribute to be leveraged in her new role.

“Everyone on the Susan G. Komen Orange County board of directors is excited to welcome Megan and have her guide our organization as she is deeply committed to seeing the Komen mission gain even more momentum in Orange County,” said Carrie Swanson, Board President of Komen Orange County.  “As our Affiliate gets a new leader, we salute nearly 15 years of commitment, service and passion of Lisa Wolter, whose pioneering spirit and tenacity for ending breast cancer and helping those struggling with the disease has left an indelible positive mark on this organization.”

The driving force behind many of the organization’s innovative and diverse initiatives, Wolter led the Orange County affiliate to a prestigious Affiliate of the Year award in 2014 from the national office of Susan G. Komen. She also has received many individual accolades during her tenure as executive director, including the 2015 Women in Business award from the Orange County Business Journal. As part of Komen Orange County’s Annual Grants Breakfast on December 7 at the Irvine Hotel, the Affiliate will celebrate Wolter’s service to Komen’s mission. For information and tickets, visit komenoc.org/breakfast.

“I’m grateful to have witnessed a passionate and dedicated team make a remarkable impact toward our vision of helping every breast cancer patient become a breast cancer survivor. I am confident Komen Orange County will continue to strive toward breast health equity as Megan takes the reins of the organization,” Wolter said. “Many wonderful people make up the Komen Orange County family, and it has been my honor to work alongside and learn from longtime volunteers, breast health advocates, survivors and people with metastatic breast cancer.”

Throughout its 27-year history, Komen Orange County has raised more than $40 million. Seventy-five percent of funds raised stay in Orange County to provide breast health education, screening and treatment for uninsured or underinsured community members. The other 25 percent raised benefits Komen research and scientific grant programs, which support groundbreaking breast cancer research.