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Cancer Connection welcomes new ED Chelsea Kline



The Board of Directors of Cancer Connection announced Chelsea Sunday Kline has been named executive director of the nonprofit devoted to providing a haven of strength and hope where services are free and all facing cancer are welcomed.

“As we mark the 22nd Anniversary of Cancer Connection and transition to in-person and virtual programs and services, we are pleased to introduce Chelsea Kline as our new Executive Director.” Said Jennifer Ewers, Board President, “With Chelsea’s demonstrated community involvement, leadership and enthusiasm, we are so lucky to move forward with her guidance.”

Kline’s hiring comes as Cancer Connection is poised to create and implement a new plan of strategic growth in programming, development, and outreach. Kline is eager to support the staff in safely reopening to provide in-person supports for participants and their caregivers, from massage, reiki, mindfulness, and more.

According to the American Cancer Society, a little over 1.9 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in the US in 2022. Furthermore, an estimated 40 out of 100 men and 39 out of 100 women in the US will develop cancer during their lifetime, so the free services offered by the Cancer Connection are unfortunately very necessary.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Cancer Connection. The organization is poised to really expand its vision and build on its solid reputation of the past 22 years of compassionate service. I look forward to being a part of the effort to bring the organization to the next level, making a positive difference for even more people living with Cancer and their caregivers,” Kline said.

Chelsea extends her gratitude to outgoing Executive Director Rev. Beverly Herbert for safeguarding Cancer Connection’s stability, free services, and spirit of appreciation during these few turbulent years, and wishes her well on her future endeavors.

Kline joins Cancer Connection with a wide range of applicable professional skills and expertise. She also brings deep personal appreciation for the Center’s programming since her mother is a survivor and utilized the free services nearly 20 years ago. Ms. Kline is a graduate of both Smith College and Harvard Divinity School and has a background as an academic program director for a local university, an interim executive director of a small non-profit, and is currently a consultant and professional life, career, and transition coach. Moreover, Ms. Kline contributes a regular column to the Daily Hampshire Gazette’s Living section entitled “In the Present”, featuring content about mindfulness, gratitude, and kindness. Recently appointed to Northampton’s Human Rights Commission, Chelsea is the proud mother of 3 awesome humans and an exceptionally handsome rescue dog named Charlie.

About Cancer Connection: Cancer Connection offers a haven where people living with cancer, their families, and their caregivers can learn how to cope with their changed lives and bodies and emotional turmoil by sharing strategies, resources, hope, and strength.


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