NOVEMBER 27, 2013

Cactus Shadows grad named director at nationwide nonprofit in DC

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colleen pyraWASHINGTON, DC– The Colon Cancer Alliance is pleased to welcome Colleen Pyra to the ranks of its executive staff. A Cactus Shadows High School alumni and Arizona State University graduate, Pyra recently relocated to Washington, D.C. and took on the role as the organization’s Marketing and Communications Director. This newly formed position is charged with building the nationwide brand of the nonprofit while raising awareness and increasing screening rates for colon cancer, the number two cancer-killer.

"Her mother and I are very proud of the direction Colleen's career has gone," says Ken Pyra, Colleen's father. "She continues to follow her passion of helping people."

In her new role, Pyra will be reshaping the organization’s message while developing a strategic plan for growth, expansion and awareness. For the last 13 years, Pyra has worked in the nonprofit sector building programs, increasing awareness and raising millions of dollars to provide services and support for those in need. Her role at the Colon Cancer Alliance will broaden the reach and connect people and resources to the organization’s prevention, research and patient support programs. 

“We searched for many months to find the right candidate for this position. We needed someone that would not only bring their professional experience, but also their passion and creativity to our mission,” says Colon Cancer Alliance CEO, Jasmine Greenamyer “Colleen brings both to the table.”

Prior to joining the Colon Cancer Alliance, Pyra served as the chair of the City of Phoenix Women’s Commission, a consultant to non-governmental agencies in China, and the Development Director of the nation’s largest shelter for survivors of domestic violence. She has held distinguished positions and continues to bring her creative, professional communications skills to build awareness and create social change. 

“Colon cancer runs in my family. It’s not something that we often talk about – but we need to. In Phoenix alone, 19 people die each week due to colorectal cancer,” states Pyra. “Raising awareness about this deadly disease can save lives and that’s what I’m committed to doing here at the Colon Cancer Alliance.”