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MS Young Leaders Network

The MS Young Leaders Network (MSYLN) is a group of young professionals dedicated to creating a world free of MS. The MSYLN fosters awareness among young adults throughout Northern California, and drives both volunteer and financial support for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Northern California Chapter.

What We Do

Members of the MS Young Leaders Network serve as National Multiple Sclerosis Society ambassadors helping those affected by MS recognize that they are not alone in this battle. Members produce unique events and opportunities for young adults to connect with each other and with supporters - raising much needed funds and awareness in the Bay Area.

Help Us End MS Forever

We hope you will consider joining the MS Young Leaders Network and give your time and talents to create a world free of multiple sclerosis. You can also support our cause by attending one of our fundraising events.

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Join the MS Young Leaders Network

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Meet the Leaders

Kate Konieczny, Co-Founder and President of MSYLN, became involved with the MS Society when her mother was diagnosed with MS over 15 years ago. Kate is a Senior Marketing Coordinator for the global law firm Baker & McKenzie with a focus on business development for their North America Employment Law Practice. When she's not working, Kate enjoys spending time with her two rescued chihuahuas and exploring the West Coast.

Penny Desatnik, Co-Founder and Co-Vice President of MSYLN, joined MSYLN in support of a family friend with MS. An Account Supervisor for Blattel Communications, Penny works with professional services companies on their media relations and marketing initiatives. Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, and with a Journalism degree from Ohio University, Penny is a true Midwestern at heart. In her spare time, she can often be spotted trying a new restaurant, adding to her extensive book collection or supporting her Cleveland teams.  

Mary Thornhill, Co-Founder and Co-Vice President of MSYLN, became involved with the group in support of her grandfather who was diagnosed with MS late in life. His daily struggle motivates her to spread awareness and help others who face similar challenges. Mary currently works for Deloitte Consulting in their Marketing Department. She's originally from San Diego, but went to Santa Clara University for her undergraduate degree and ended up staying in the Bay Area. During her free time, Mary enjoys exercising, cooking and spending time with friends and family.

Chapin Cole, Social Media Chair, was diagnosed with MS in 2010. Chapin is a strong advocate for the young adult community's involvement with MS-related causes, especially the MS Society. She (along with her team, Team Chapin) is proud to be part of the Elite 100, the 100 top fundraisers for all Walk MS sites in Northern California. Professionally, Chapin serves as the Donor Relations Manager for Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. She received her Masters in Nonprofit Administration from University of San Francisco in December 2013. In her free time, Chapin enjoys volunteering, meditating, and spending time with friends and family. She greatly values the support and guidance she has gained from the MS Society during her journey with the disease, and is so thankful to the other members of MSYLN for their work to create awareness and fundraise for the MS Society.

Bailey Hagen, Events Chair, joined the MSYLN in July of 2014 in order to continue to support her aunt and multiple family friends living with MS. After graduating from Colgate University in 2013, Bailey moved to San Francisco to join the Environmental Risk Assessment and Management Team at Aon Risk Solutions. In her spare time, she enjoys running, biking and cheering for the Seattle Seahawks.

MSYLN at DuskBuster

MSYLN at Walk MS: San Francisco

MSYLN at Walk MS: San Francisco

MSYLN at Walk MS: San Francisco


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