New executive director for Northwest Hope and Healing: Karyn Blasi Hellar

Another area nonprofit has announced a leadership change. From Northwest Hope and Healing, which assists breast- and gynecologic-cancer patients with everyday needs:

Please join us in wishing our Executive Director, Kristina Dahl, well as she transitions into a new position as a high school English teacher. Under Kristina’s leadership, NW Hope & Healing has grown, and more women than ever have been helped with our grants and healing baskets. We are sad to see her leave, but wish her all the best in her new endeavors.

We are excited to announce the selection of Karyn Blasi Hellar as our interim Executive Director. Karyn has served as Board President at NWHH, and is prepared to lead NWHH with enthusiasm, knowledge of the organization and our patients’ needs, and a commitment to our cause.

Karyn will be working with Kristina Dahl to seamlessly transition Executive Director leadership.

Karyn brings a wealth of experience to her new role. While managing breast imaging for Swedish Hospital, First Hill, she was asked to join the NWHH Board where she filled roles on the executive team as Board Chair and Vice Chair. Prior to her tenure at Swedish, for a decade she worked for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, where she more recently managed the breast cancer program.

“I look forward to continuing to serve and partner with Seattle’s dynamic community in this new capacity,” remarks Karyn. “I am dedicated to supporting and developing NWHH because it provides vital resources to those in need, contributing to this region’s quality of life.”

Kristina’s last day was August 18th. Please join us in wishing her well in her new endeavors, and also in welcoming Karyn to her new role.

As noted here last weekend, NWHH is no longer presenting the Alki Beach 5K, but is the beneficiary for the event that has replaced it, the Cosmo 7K/5K, happening on Alki next Sunday morning.

3 Replies to "New executive director for Northwest Hope and Healing: Karyn Blasi Hellar"

  • forgotmyname August 23, 2017 (11:07 am)

    So, my sister and sister-in-law discussed racing in this and asked me to join them – is it open to men?  The pictures on the Facebook page and ‘swag’ (cosmos, women’s only shirts) don’t seem like it is.  The kid’s run is “boys and girls”, but no mention one way or the other on the adult race.  Seems like a definitive “for women, but all are welcome” or “women only” instead of being vague about it would be helpful. 

    • WSB August 23, 2017 (11:20 am)

      You’d have to ask the Cosmo organizers (who are *not* NWHH – which is now the beneficiary, not the organizer). As noted in discussion on the original story, we never even got an announcement; the organizers told me, when I asked, that they don’t send out media advisories. I wrote about it mostly to note the transition and because it does close a local road for a few hours – TR

  • Kersti Muul August 23, 2017 (10:17 pm)

    Yes, men can participate in the race, but will get a women’s cut type t-shirt :)

    I ran into my friend Kristina Dahl tonight at Lowman and asked her this for you. 

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