Governor's Chief of Staff Honored, $450,000 Raised For MS October 31, 2013 Lisa Gerrol, president and CEO of the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, presents Mark Ojakian, chief of staff in the Governor’s Office with the 2013 Man of The Year Award. The award was presented on Thursday, Oct. 24, at a reception hosted by the chapter at The Society Room inHartford. Ojakian, of West Hartford, is very familiar with the effects of MS. After years of combatting unpredictable physical symptoms, his father, Gene Ojakian, was diagnosed with MS. Sixteen years following Gene’s diagnosis, Mark’s younger brother, Paul, was also diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, followed two years later by his sister, Cathy’s, diagnosis. Through past events, Ojakian, a 10-year member of the Connecticut Chapter board of trustees, has raised more than $225,000 to benefit the National MS Society. Funds raised by the Man of the Year Celebration, which also commemorated Ojakian’s 60th birthday, bring his total fundraising to $450,000. For more information about multiple sclerosis, its effects and the many ways the National MS Society assists people living with MS, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.