Susan G. Komen, San Diego welcomes Del Mar’s Catherine Blair as new board president

Del Mar resident Catherine Blair has been named President of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Diego’s Board of Directors.

Blair, formerly chair of grant making on the local charity’s board, will become president on April 1, as Linda Amaro, who had overseen Komen’s growth over the past four years, steps down at the end of her term. Elected unanimously to the board were Elle Peji, Craig Pobst, Dinah Smith and Nykia Wilson.

“Catherine is a community leader whose experience and expertise has served many San Diego nonprofit organizations,” said Linda Amaro, president. “And we are delighted to welcome such a dynamic group to our Board of Directors as Susan G. Komen sets the stage for continued growth in our mission to end suffering from breast cancer.”

Komen San Diego has served San Diego County’s low-income, uninsured women since 1995. Komen is the largest funder of free breast cancer treatments and services for uninsured women of any organization in San Diego County. In addition, next to the U.S. government, Komen is the largest funder of breast cancer research in the world.

A resident of San Diego for 35 years, Blair is an active community volunteer. She began her involvement in the community with Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary. She has also been involved with Junior League of San Diego and The Bishop’s School Parents’ Association. She is also involved with the UCSD Moores Cancer Center, Scripps Memorial Hospital-Polster Breast Care Center and San Diego Women’s Foundation. In 1995 she won the Headmaster’s Award for Volunteerism from The Bishop’s School and in 2012 she won The Spirit of Volunteerism Award from the Junior League of San Diego and The Salvation Army Women’s Auxilliary of San Diego Women of Dedication. Catherine recently started her own business, Hummingbird Needlepoint, where she designs original hand painted needlepoint canvases. A portion of all her sales go directly to local breast cancer programs funded by Komen San Diego.

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