Karen Tripp, Executive Director and Founder

Author and counselor Karen Tripp MS LMFT is the Executive Director 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

You can purchase Karen’s God is Bigger than book series here. All proceeds from these books will go back to Cancer Companions.

Meet our Staff:

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

Kristen Nelson, Member Services Specialist

Kristen was born and raised in the St. Louis area.  She graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Development and a minor in Psychology.  While pregnant with her first child, her husband was diagnosed with stage II cancer.  As the wife of a survivor, she is honored for this opportunity to work with Cancer Companions and share some of the kindness and support she herself received.  In addition to her work with Cancer Companions, Kristen enjoys working with the Children’s Ministry in her home parish, spending time with her husband and two energetic kiddos, good books and of course, coffee.

“Be joyful always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16

To contact Kristen, email her at kristen@cancer-companions.org
To get in touch with Kristen on the phone, call her at 202-996-8311.

Meagan Spalding, Project Coordinator

Meagan resides in Lake St. Louis, MO but will always be a Texas girl at heart. She graduated from Stephens College with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, and is happily married to her first and last boyfriend. A mama to two precious children she enjoys gardening, yoga and listening to Frank Sinatra while cooking. Her favorite thing to do is laugh, and explore God’s great outdoors.

Meagan feels blessed to join Cancer Companions and be a part of this amazing ministry. Making a positive impact and helping others are things she is truly passionate about.

John 10:10 I have come that they may have life. And have it to the full.

To contact Meagan, email her at meagan@cancer-companions.org
To get in touch with Meagan on the phone, call her at (202) 996-8447.