Jenny Mulks Wieneke, Founder & CEO, Along Comes Hope® Corporation
Jenny Mulks Wieneke is the Founder and the Chief Executive Officer of the 501(C)3 nonprofit organization, Along Comes Hope® Corporation. Jenny’s role as the founding officer consists of the creation and implementation of branding strategies, marketing strategies, grant funding, fundraising initiatives, community involvement and awareness campaigns, recruiting volunteers, budgeting and analytics, business development, physician provider communication, hospital and institutional involvement, travel programs, media and social networking, development of program criteria and the most important role, is serving our community of children who are fighting cancer.
For 15 years, Jenny’s career and business background have focused on business development and execution within the pharmaceutical sales industry as a regional business manager. She held various roles, with a concentrated focus on leadership, implementation, motivating, training and supervising sales teams. Within those 15 years of corporate experience, Jenny also collaborated with executive leadership teams and peers working on cross-functional corporate initiatives while serving on advisory boards, commercial operations, brand team, marketing, operational analytics and sales training.
Jenny made the transition from the corporate world into the nonprofit arena through a personal experience and awareness surrounding her journey with cancer, starting in 2006. Enlightened through her miraculous survival, the need to help others, in the eye of the storm became clear. The concept and mission of Along Comes Hope® was conceptually birthed in 2013. This personal journey broadened her awareness to the number of families in need of financial assistance and the importance of supporting the families that are forced to make a treatment choice due to affordability of travel versus their best attempts at survival. The mission of Along Comes Hope is to ease the financial burdens of travel for families of children with cancer, provide emotional support programs, as well as advocate for policy changes, education and awareness.
Prior to her pharmaceutical management career, she had her own business for six years in Bakersfield, California, as an intra-dermal pigmentation specialist. Jenny donated a large portion of her time to help cancer patients and the American Cancer Society where she would treat patients in need of scar camouflage, areola restoration and eyebrow and eyeliner pigmentation. She has also been an active volunteer with the American Lung Association and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Currently, Jenny offers support as a patient advocate for adults, adolescents and children. She’s also a registered mentor in the OneIAM Club, a Mentor Angel for Imerman’s Angels of newly diagnosed patients and a Caregiver Angel. She is an active planning committee member and sponsor of CureFest D.C., a national annual event held in Washington D.C., bringing the childhood cancer community together from across the country to increase national funding, research and awareness. She is currently leading a state initiative to get a Childhood Cancer Awareness License Plate approved for California.
Jenny works within community networks in a grass-roots effort of increasing awareness to the mission of Along Comes Hope® and the needs of the childhood cancer community. She collaborates with Cal Poly University faculty and students in various groups: Sustain SLO programs, Journalism, Cal Poly Public Relations, Graphics and Media. She works closely with Omega Xi Delta Fraternity that has selected Along Comes Hope® as their philanthropic cause. She assisted support to local patients and programs through the Hearst Cancer Resource Center and Central Coast Oncology and Hematology. Jenny’s mission continues to expand with her advocacy work on a national level on Capital Hill for policy change, awareness and education. The mission of Along Comes Hope will continue to expand in order to provide assistance nationwide, uniting pediatric cancer patients with the best Medical Institutional match.
Jenny graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She grew up in Bakersfield, California, attending Garces Memorial High School and Cal State University Bakersfield. She resides in San Luis Obispo, California, with her son and family.