Press release –

Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation Names New Executive Director

(Reno, Nev.) – The Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation (NNCCF) Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Mary Powell as the executive director of the non-profit organization. The selection was made after an extensive search and selection process.

“We are very pleased to have Mary join the NNCCF team,” said Steve Erger, president of the NNCCF Board of Directors.  “Her experience in the non profit sector will make her an asset to our organization, our staff and to the families we serve.”

Powell brings a wealth of experience to her new role having most recently served as the executive director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) of Northern Nevada. Her resume includes more than 15 years of management, development, and communications experience.  As a veteran of the United States Air Force and with a history with for-profit and non-profit leadership, Powell brings a diverse and valuable skillset to the leadership of NNCCF.

“Having grown up in northern Nevada, I am thrilled to join a strong and impactful organization serving our community,” said Powell.  “I am thankful for NNCCF and the services they provide to families experiencing childhood cancer.”

As the executive director, Powell will work with the Board of Directors, staff, and other volunteer leaders to ensure NNCCF continues to enhance the quality of life for children with cancer and their families by providing financial assistance and compassionate support programs while advocating for increased research funds and public awareness.


The Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation is the region’s only local nonprofit solely dedicated to serving local children and their families affected by childhood cancer. NNCCF’s programs and services include the Family Assistance Fund, Inspire survivorship program, Adopt-a-Family program and emotional support through counseling and family activities.  For more information, call (775) 825-0888, visit or follow on social media @NVKidsCancer.