NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Feb. 21, 2019 – Dana Niven has been named Mission and Education Manager of Susan G. Komen Central Tennessee.  Susan G. Komen® is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside the federal government.  Niven began work in January.

“We’re so pleased to welcome Dana to our team,” said Dawn Eaton, Susan G. Komen Central Tennessee Chief Executive Officer.  “We’re very fortunate that because Dana worked with us for eight months last year as our intern in this area, she hit the ground running.  Dana’s work of connecting with women and men to provide breast cancer-related education, information and services is our vital everyday work and central to our bold goal of reducing U.S. breast cancer-related deaths by 50% by 2026.”

In her job, Niven oversees all aspects of Susan G. Komen Central Tennessee’s mission and education programming, including grant making, community outreach, breast cancer education and public policy advocacy related to breast cancer.  She works to build strong relationships with community organizations, volunteers, public policy makers, other funders and the health care community to deliver information, education and services.  A key focus is providing support and services to women and men who are underserved.  Over the past year, this work resulted in an investment of $420,000 in community breast health programs throughout the Central Tennessee Affiliate region, which includes 41 counties in Greater Nashville, Chattanooga, Upper Cumberland and North Georgia. 

“I was initially drawn to Susan G. Komen Central Tennessee because breast cancer strikes so many women, and one of my passions is empowering women to be strong,” Niven said. “I come from a family of strong women, including my mom, my sister, and several aunts and cousins. I’m really excited about being able to make a difference in the lives of women and help fight this disease.”

Niven, originally from the Chicago area, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and a Master of Social Work with a focus in Healthcare Administration from Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois. In addition to both teaching and health care experience, while in college Niven worked as an intern at Ronald McDonald House in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, and at the Child Advocacy Center in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  She currently is a member of the Pi Delta Chi service sorority and Character Quest, a leadership organization. 



Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit except the U.S. federal government, while providing real-time help to those facing the disease.  Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by

50 percent in the U.S. by 2026.  Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she

would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life, founded Komen in 1982.  Komen Central Tennessee is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community.  Through events like the Komen Central Tennessee Race for the Cure®, this past year Komen Central Tennessee has invested $420,000 in community breast health programs throughout the 41-county area the organization serves, and has helped contribute to the more than $998 million invested globally in research.  For more information, call Susan G. Komen Central Tennessee at 615.383.0017, visit komencentraltennessee.org or connect with us on social media at https://komencentraltennessee.org/about-us/contact_us/