Search underway for permanent leader


Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee today announced the appointment of Denise Alper as its Interim President and CEO. Alper takes the reins for the non-profit cancer support organization from Sandy Obodzinski, whose last day is June 14.

“We are pleased to announce that longtime Gilda’s Club friend and advocate Denise Alper will serve as our Interim President and CEO,” said Board Chair Jim Brown. “In addition to being an enthusiastic, committed activist for our cancer support community, Denise is a respected non-profit professional. Her servant’s heart and extensive leadership experience made the Board’s decision an easy one. We are excited and grateful for her willingness to serve Gilda’s Club in this role.”

Apler brings to Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee more than 25 years’ leadership experience in consulting and project management in both the non-profit and healthcare spaces. Most recently, she served Alive Hospice, where she co-created and founded The Gift Initiative, a collaborative, educational endeavor focused on end-of-life care that was recognized with a $100,000 Humana Community Benefits grant. Denise also has served The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, The Women’s Fund, Compass Executives, St. Thomas Hospital, and HCA.

According to Brown, Gilda’s Club Middle Boar of Directors has approved an ad hoc Search Committee charged with leading the search for a permanent CEO.

“The Search Committee and our Board are committed to hiring a dynamic leader who will build on our successes and ensure our evidenced-based cancer-support programs are available and accessible throughout Middle Tennessee,” he said.

Resumes for the posted position are being accepted through July 8 at To learn more about Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee, visit