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2020 40 Under 40: Allyson Tuckness, 38

Chief Operating Officer, Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks

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Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks Chief Operating Officer Allyson Tuckness was first hired at the foundation as a part-time temporary worker. She’s come a long way since then.

Tuckness was named COO at BCFO in 2019, and was tasked to lead the foundation’s main fundraiser, Hooked on Dance. In her first year, the event brought in about $700,000 with roughly 900 attendees.

“I am not afraid to take on my task, but also remain humble in the fact that I am there to assist in whatever capacity,” she says.

In addition to her work at BCFO, in 2012, she became the first ever executive director for Champions Committed to Kids, a nonprofit organization that works to develop a special bond between children with medical conditions or disabilities with local athletic teams. She helped start the Tour de Crawdad bike ride and crawfish boil. The nonprofit had 75 registered riders for the first year, surpassing the group’s goal.

What is your theme song? Garth Brooks’ “Standing Outside the Fire.” I am not one to let opportunities pass me by or be afraid of a challenge. That is how I was able to grow into my position at work and how I fought (and beat) my leukemia diagnosis.

Have you ever met a celebrity? I interned for the George Michael Sports Machine. They needed b-roll from a Washington Wizards basketball game. It also meant going into the Wizards’ locker room post game and getting a quick interview for soundbites from Michael Jordan.


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