Karin A. Tollefson, PharmD
Board of Directors
Eli Lilly and Company
Karin Tollefson received her Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Kansas and has spent most of her more than two-decade career in pharmaceutical research and development with a particular emphasis on oncology research. Through her tenure at Eli Lilly and Company, she has held several leadership positions centered on developing and registering innovative medicines for patients seeking treatment. She was the senior director of oncology medical affairs and clinical development at Eli Lilly and Company, responsible for global medical affairs strategy and portfolio operations; leading global programs through research and development colleagues to advance the Lilly Oncology portfolio. Her experience with lung cancer research and involvement in the thoracic research community introduced her to the local leadership of the American Lung Association, where she became involved in the inaugural programs focusing on lung cancer research and prevention.
In a natural extension of her professional pursuits, Tollefson's volunteer efforts have focused on advocating for the needs of cancer patients and caregivers through involvement in the state and national advocacy and professional relations organizations that serve them. Currently, Tollefson serves on the Board of the American Lung Association in Indiana; the Executive Leadership Committee for the Indiana American Lung Association Stair Climb; the Board of Directors for the Indiana Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; and serves on several professional women’s mentoring networks.
Tollefson resides in Indianapolis, Indiana and Hilton Head, South Carolina. Outside of her professional and philanthropic commitments, she actively supports educational, service and athletic programs with Cathedral High School, Indianapolis and Colorado State University where her son is currently a student in the Warner School of Natural Resources.