Executive Vice President and Operating Officer, South Atlantic Division
Shari Henning is the Executive Vice President of the American Cancer Society’s South Atlantic Division, which serves communities in Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.
As Executive Vice President and Operating Officer, Shari is the South Atlantic Division’s senior-most staff executive, driving development and implementation of the Society’s mission and income strategies across seven states and the District of Columbia, and engaging corporate executives, high-level donors, and leadership volunteers in furthering the fight against cancer.
Shari began her American Cancer Society career in 1998 and has developed extensive leadership experience and expertise in building high-level relationships with volunteers, health systems, and employers. As a regional vice president in the former Illinois and Pennsylvania Divisions, she led the strategic planning and implementation of a comprehensive income and mission portfolio.
Moving to the Midwest Division in 2010, Shari strengthened and expanded the Division’s annual giving program, and guided the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and Distinguished Events programs to significant growth. Before moving to the South Atlantic Division, she served as the senior vice president for the Midwest Division, successfully leading the day-to-day management of that Division through tremendous change while also playing an instrumental role in helping develop a new nationwide staffing structure.
Prior to the Society, Shari was the senior staff accountant for Rockford Memorial Hospital, a major health system in northern Illinois. Originally hired in 1995 as an accounts payable clerk, she was promoted within nine months to the accounting department even while carrying a full course load to complete her accounting degree.
Shari has been touched by cancer in many ways throughout her life and utilizes those experiences as the driving force behind her desire to finish the fight against cancer.