Kris Newcomer, Executive Director
Executive Director Kris Newcomer believes this is her “Barbara” project. Two of the closest people in her life, both named Barbara, are breast cancer survivors and when asked to build this organization, it was a chance to give back in a way that melded career experience and skills with a passion to make a difference.
Having a variety professional of experiences: fundraiser, digital marketer, community builder, lean start up practitioner, Kris brings the right blend of knowledge and experience to Firefly Sisterhood. With an idea, a name that resonates, a logo that rings true, she started working on the planning and development of the organization in December of 2013.
Over the two years, with Kris’ help and the board of directors oversight, Firefly Sisterhood has an engaged board with a focus on living the mission of fostering one-to-one connections, one hundred volunteers and three staff people dedicated to the one-to-one program. Many women dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis have been helped. But for her, there are many more Barbara’s out there to offer hope, create a connection and light the way home.
Jenny Cook, Program Manager
Jenny’s involvement in the Twin Cities breast cancer advocacy community began in 2004 as a celebration of her mother who is now a 17-year breast cancer survivor. Jenny’s connections to this cause keep her active as a participant in local breast cancer fundraising events including the 3-Day walk and the Breast Cancer Ride.
Before coming to Firefly Sisterhood, Jenny was a staff member for the Susan G. Komen Twin Cities 3-Day walk. Her work with the 3-Day focused on supporting participants as they prepared for the event, building strong relationships with volunteers and driving community support for the event. Jenny earned her Master of Arts degree in Occupational Therapy and has a Bachelor of Social Work degree.
Jenny is particularly excited about meeting and building relationships with our Guides and expanding The Firefly Sisterhood, so that we can foster these important one-to-one relationships in the Twin Cities.
Amy Tix, Communications Manager
Amy has previously been involved in the Firefly Sisterhood as a Guide, having been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. Her two beautiful children were her inspiration during her journey through treatment. Breast cancer family genetics keep Amy involved in a variety of breast cancer research and review agencies in hopes that her girls will grow to be women confident in the knowledge that there will be a cure for breast cancer.
Amy comes to the Firefly Sisterhood with administrative experience and formal education in Molecular Biology. Having been a young mom when diagnosed, a relationship with a Guide from the Firefly Sisterhood would have been a tremendous help during cancer treatment, and this is what inspires Amy in her current position with Firefly Sisterhood: to ensure that newly diagnosed women have the support they need when they need it most