Stockman Kast Ryan’s Marjorie Noleen is known not only for her professional strengths, but also for her personal stamina.

Five years ago, Noleen discovered she had BRCA2, a common type of inherited breast cancer gene.

The 39-year-old and mother of two said it was a life-altering experience that changed her mind, body and soul.

“To overcome my fears, I reached out to others to make sense of hereditary cancer,” she said. “I also chronicled my journey publicly, fought my health insurance for coverage and won. I started a component fund with Pikes Peak Community Foundation and I danced — a lot.”

And in the midst of adversity, she launched BRCAgirl, a community to build awareness of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

Noleen has a background in marketing and business and now works as the marketing manager at Stockman Kast Ryan+ Co., a locally owned accounting firm. Previously, she worked as a marketing specialist for multiple companies before taking on leadership positions as director of marketing and events for the Better Business Bureau and vice president of communication for Peak Vista Community Health Centers.

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Peak Vista’s chief financial officer Brady Fitzwater first met Noleen while working together on leadership.

“Marjorie is a highly productive and resourceful up-and-comer in Colorado Springs, and is skilled in seeing relationships and mutually beneficial connections where others may miss them,” he said. “She is a demonstrated lifelong learner and emerging leader who I am sure will continue to contribute to our community personally and professionally for years to come.”

Noleen is a board member for the Pikes Peak chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, committee member for  Small Business Week and outreach coordinator for FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered.

“I’m motivated by my children, my need to learn and positive people who believe in making our communities a better place,” she said.

Noleen has resided in Colorado Springs most her life, but also lived in Germany and Utah.

She said her next goal as marketing director at SKR+Co. is to build upon the existing marketing efforts and brand awareness while increasing the accounting firm’s digital presence.

“This will include updating our website, spotlighting our accounting expertise for tech companies, promoting our CFO-for-hire services and elevating the customer service level we provide to clients,” she said.

She said she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, and lives in Colorado Springs because of the sense of community.

“We live here to love our city, to embrace people from all walks of life and socioeconomic status, to enjoy outdoor adventures waiting in our backyards, and to look toward making this town an even better place for our children and friends in the future,” she said.