Manager for Diversity and Health Equity, CSC Central Indiana
Karissa Rates has been with Cancer Support Community Central Indiana (CSCCI) for the past 7 years. She began as the Special Events & Program Coordinator and shortly thereafter transitioned to the role of Marketing & Communications Manager, where her top priority has always been making sure that participants and their family members get connected with the information they need to find help and hope during their cancer journey.
Karissa has also transformed the brand of the CSCCI affiliate by single-handedly executing a complete redesign of the print and digital marketing collateral for the organization and its programs and events. Karissa has recently accepted the new role as Director of Marketing, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, in which she has been working to create a DEI action plan for the organization and has been integral in the implementation the new Community Navigation Program that will focus on outreach to under-resourced communities of color in and around the Indianapolis area.