Executive Vice President and Operating Officer, Great West Division
Stephanie Christensen is the executive vice president of the American Cancer Society's Great West Division which serves communities in Arizona, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
As executive vice president and operating officer, Stephanie is the Great West Division's senior-most staff executive, driving development and implementation of the Society's mission and income strategies across 12 states, and engaging corporate executives, high-level donors, and leadership volunteers in furthering the fight against cancer. Under her leadership, the Division serves nearly 60,000 cancer patients and caregivers; engages thousands of volunteers to support community-based programs; inspires and equips hundreds of companies to provide healthy workplaces; and raises $50 million annually to help more people stay well, get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer.
Stephanie has served the Society for more than 25 years, most recently as the Great West Division chief operations officer since 2008 and as chief development officer for four years prior to that. She possesses a proven talent for collaborating with others, empowering volunteers and staff, and leading with integrity.
Stephanie graduated from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Political Science with a Public Administration option and a minor in Marketing. Stephanie has received specialized training in grant development and fundraising certification.
As an active member of the community, Stephanie has served on the board of directors for several organizations, including the YWCA, the Junior League of Tacoma, and Rotary #8. Stephanie has also been active with the Chamber of Commerce, the Children's Museum of Tacoma, the Franciscan Foundation St. Joseph's Ball, and the Gig Harbor PTA.
The mission of the American Cancer Society is personal for Stephanie, with both parents and a sister being cancer survivors and having lost an aunt to breast cancer. Stephanie's motivation comes from honoring the fight against cancer many family members have faced, but also the dream that her own children will not have to face cancer as a life-threatening problem as they grow up. Stephanie is a firm believer in the unique volunteer/staff partnership philosophy of the American Cancer Society and strives to empower both staff and volunteers with the information, tools, resources, and inspiration to be leaders in the fight against cancer.
Stephanie and her husband, Cory, live in Gig Harbor, Washington, with their two children, Kaycee and Jerry.