Today marks a decisive moment in Colon Cancer Alliance history as we pause to welcome Mr. Eric Hargis as our new CEO. Eric brings more than 30 years of relevant leadership experience in national health organizations to his new role as our fearless leader.
“Our Board of Directors and executive staff selected Eric after a nationwide search. As a seasoned executive, his strong leadership abilities, history in strategically growing health organizations and passion for our mission make him the right candidate to take our organization to the next level and move our mission forward,” says Jasmine Greenamyer, Colon Cancer Alliance COO.
Eric joins our team after serving as the Executive Director for the National Parent Teacher Association. Prior to the National PTA, Eric served as CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation of America, COO of the Arthritis Foundation and Director of Development for the American Diabetes Association. He has a proven track record of being a transformational leader, specifically leading nonprofit organizations through strategic growth plans. Nationally, Eric has successfully led the development of numerous programs, partnerships, events and fundraising initiatives.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of the Colon Cancer Alliance, an organization that is directly saving lives,” says Eric. “The foundation has already been laid: more people than ever before know they need to get screened, but yet, colon cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States and it shouldn’t be. Through early detection and lifesaving screening, we can fulfill our mission to knock colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers. I’m committed to this organization and know that with the support of our Board of Directors, staff, sponsors and volunteers, we can save more lives than ever before.”
Eric graduated with a degree from the University of San Diego. He lives in Maryland with his wife and two children.