Karen Tripp, President

Author and counselor Karen Tripp MS LMFT is the President of Cancer Companions, a ministry that trains volunteers to facilitate Christian cancer ministries.   Her roles have included author of Christian books including God is Bigger Than Your Cancer, daughter of a colon cancer survivor, and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.   Her father was a 23 year colon cancer survivor and her step-mother died of breast cancer.  Karen has used her experiences to teach how to step into another person’s struggle to help build another’s faith while strengthening your own.

In addition, Karen is blessed with an adorable husband, Kelly, and a dynamic son Garrett, a precious Daughter-in-law Cecilia and a vivacious daughter Heidi. She enjoys leading Bible studies, playing in creeks, and making sugar cookies with kids of all ages.

To contact Karen, email her at karen@cancer-companions.org

Cecilia Tripp, Communications Coordinator

Cecilia was born and raised in St. Louis, MO where she grew up with her 7 siblings. Growing up in the mid-west, in a big family, taught her everything she knows about hard work, not shying away from competition, and the importance of being a genuine person. Now that she lives in Los Angeles these are the traits that she carries with her in every thing she does. In 2014, Cecilia graduated from Missouri State University with a BFA in Acting. Shortly after graduation she packed her bags and headed West. She is honored to be a part of the Cancer Companions team. With faith being such an integral part of who she is, she can not wait to help spread God’s message of love and hope to all those on their cancer journeys. To find out more about Cecilia you can check out her website at https://ceciliatripp.com/.

To contact Cecilia, email her at cecilia@cancer-companions.org

Melissa Barnes, Member Services Specialist

Melissa lives in St. Louis with her husband and their two children.  She has a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and a passion for serving others in any way she can.  She is honored to have the opportunity to work for Cancer Companions and be able to help people find hope and support through this ministry.  Melissa also serves part-time with the Children’s Ministry at her church and loves being rooted in helping bring up the church’s youngest generation.  Aside from nonprofit work and volunteering, her favorite things include baking, photography, graphic design, and playing with her sweet kiddos.  Additionally, she loves traveling with her family and checking new states, countries, and National Parks off her extensive travel bucket list!

To contact Melissa, email her at melissa@cancer-companions.org

Becky Dunning, Operations Administrator

Becky grew up in North County (MO) and moved to St. Charles, MO in 1999 after having spent 1 year in Milwaukee and 2 years in Kansas City.  She graduated from the University of Missouri – St. Louis with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with a Minor in Accounting.  I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this organization.


To contact Becky, email her at becky@cancer-companions.org