Aug 29, 2012
Three volunteers from the National Capital Chapter have earned the honor of being inducted in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Volunteer Hall of Fame. Yvonne Brown, Sarah Keitt, and Bruce Pearlman will attend the National Leadership Conference held in November in Dallas, TX, where they will be recognized for their contributions to the Society.
Yvonne Brown has been selected as an inductee for Advocacy. Brown has advocated for MS and disability rights for 8 years. She played a significant role in the Social Security Administration’s Compassionate Allowances Outreach Hearing on Autoimmune Diseases, providing a testimony that inspired legislators to add an aggressive form of MS to qualify for aid. Through Advocacy Days and Public Policy Conferences, Brown has established relationships with local and national government officials, developing strategies to elicit action that benefits the various faces of MS.
Sarah Keitt has been selected as an inductee for Programs and Services. Keitt first became involved in the Society 12 years ago, soon after her diagnosis. Her dedication and leadership skills made her an obvious choice for the Chapter Programs Committee and soon after she was selected for the National Programs Advisory Committee. She served for five years, acting as mentor for chapter support. Along with her volunteerism in chapter programs, Keitt moderates an online chat support group and works as a reviewer for the CDMRP.
Bruce Pearlman has been selected as an inductee for Funding the Mission. Pearlman combined his skills as a CPA/PFS with his passion for the MS Movement. Inspired by his wife’s diagnosis and passing, Pearlman began fundraising for the Society in his first Walk MS event, 17 years ago. Since then, he established a scholarship for college students affected by MS, served on the chapter’s Board of Trustees, and forged sponsorships with significant in-kind donors. Pearlman’s financial knowledge has been an invaluable asset to the Society.
The National Capital Chapter is extremely proud of these dedicated volunteers, and is incredibly grateful for their involvement in the Society.