Komen North Jersey appoints Verplanck, former N.J. Chamber president, as new development director

Susan G. Komen North Jersey announced on Wednesday it has appointed Joan Verplanck as its development director, tasked with raising funds for the Parsippany-based organization.

Verplanck, who spent 15 years as president of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, is known throughout the state for her many roles contributing to the growth of the business community. Prior to the chamber, she was president of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce and a registered lobbyist.

“I initially became involved with Susan G. Komen North Jersey as a volunteer, because I am a ten-year breast cancer survivor,” Verplanck said. “What struck me, and continues to do so, is this horrific disease has a face. The mere mention of ‘breast cancer’ brings to mind someone we know who has dealt with its ravages. It’s what makes it so personal, motivating millions across the country to participate in fundraising efforts each year with the intention of finding a cure. Breast cancer is a terrible club to be a part of, and yet, getting to know your fellow members calms your fears and inspires you to be grateful for your blessings and to share them with others. Being part of the Komen team reminds me to appreciate every day and inspires me to help others find the same peace.”

She was the first woman to serve as chairman of the National Board of Trustees, Institutes for Organization Management, U.S. Chamber; and first to chair the Council of State Chambers. She also has substantial nonprofit experience, including her own company, Profit by Association, as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce board of directors, the U.S. Chamber Foundation board of directors, New Jersey Economic Development Authority board, Clean Communities Council and the New Jersey Employment Security Council.  She currently serves on the boards of Wenzhou-Kean University and the Citizens Campaign.

“We are thrilled to have Joan join the team,” Perla Haltner, acting executive director of Komen North Jersey, said. “With her experience and passion, Joan will certainly make an impact and help us continue funding breast cancer treatment and care for those who can’t afford it. It is Joan’s drive and compassion that will help us fuel hope. Hope that a lack of insurance will not be a barrier to care. Hope that new, more effective treatments and the cures to finally end breast cancer are just around the corner.”