Tena Harjoe

Education Committee Chair 

Tena was born in the United States and taken to Brazil, at the age of nine, where her parents served as missionaries for the next 34 years. She currently resides in St. Louis with her husband, David to whom she will celebrate 25 years of marriage this year. They share three daughters. Carmen, a senior at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Marissa, a freshman at the University of New Mexico, and Sofia, a freshman at Westminster Christian Academy.

She returned to the U.S. to go to college at Murray State University in Kentucky. Her degrees include a Bachelor in Special Education and Elementary Education and a Masters in Severely Handicapped. Tena is currently enjoying her 32nd year of teaching children with special needs.  She is thrilled by the challenge of how to provide special populations with the best quality of life available to them. Her passion for God, service and serving children with special needs led her to be a part of a small team to open a little school by the name of Promise Christian Academy. It is currently one of five Christian schools in the nation that serve those with special needs.

Being on the board for Blackout Melanoma brings healing to Tena’s soul. Beca, her niece, was one of the most beautiful, gentle and loving people she’s ever known. Tena watched her suffer with grace and courage while making sure that those she loved would be able to carry on when she was no longer here on this earth. Her smile was always contagious and she smiled even when she did not feel well.

Serving on the Education Committee Pillar is consistent with what Tena loves to do, which is to educate. Education is key in our mission towards a generation free of melanoma. Tena and her team will concentrate on the efforts required to let all know how to avoid this devastating type of cancer.

“Having witnessed Beca’s suffering first hand and seeing how it affects the patient and those who love her is what makes me passionate about the mission of Blackout Melanoma. It is an honor to be a part of an organization that is committed to seeing a generation free of melanoma.“

Email Tena at tena.harjoe@blackoutmelanoma.org.