Greater New England Chapter
Annual Meeting of Members & Conference
Save the Date
Saturday October 26, 2013
Doubletree, Portland, ME
Best Western, Marlborough, MA
Church Landing, Meredith, NH
Hilton, Burlington, VT
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Augusta, ME; Worcester, MA; Manchester, NH; and Essex, VT
MS Research Series
More than 400 people attended the 2012 Annual Meeting of Members, which included workshops, research updates, and an exhibitors fair. The annual MS Research Lecture included a prominent MS researcher or clinician in each state.
- Alexius E.G. Sandoval, MD, from the Maine Rehabilitation Center at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, and a member of our Clinical Advisory Committee, spoke in Augusta, Maine. Topic: MS & Rehabilitation: What’s New that can Help You?
- Elliot Frohman, MD, Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology, was the Stanley F. Waterman Research Guest Lecturer in Worcester, Massachusetts. Topic: The Hope of Emerging Therapies in Multiple Sclerosis.
- Nicholas LaRocca, PhD, a clinical psychologist, spoke in Manchester, New Hampshire. Topic: MS Research: What’s on the Horizon.
- Ann Cabot, DO, a neurologist specializing in MS, spoke in Essex, Vermont. Topic: Mapping the Way: Directions in MS Research.
From left: Doug Bryant, Elise Waterman, Jane Waterman, and Arlyn White
at the 2012 Annual Meeting of Members in Worcester.
A New Chairman of the Board
At the head of the slate of officers for fiscal year 2013 was Doug Bryant, who was elected Chairman of the Chapter Board of Trustees. Senior VP & Regional Manager at Wells Fargo Bank RCBO, Doug’s daughter, Carrie, was diagnosed with MS in 2004. Additional officers elected to one year terms: First Vice Chair: Piper McNealy. Vice Chairpersons: Woody Chittick, Mary Jalbert, and Eli Rubenstein. Clerk: Joan Kaplan. Treasurer: David Gladstone. Assistant Treasurer: Michael Mingolelli. Immediate Past Chair: Ropbert Shapiro.
Several Chapter Trustees also have significant leadership roles at the national level. Eli Rubenstein is Chairman of the Society’s national Board of Directors. Dan Rattner, Richard Slifka, and Peter Galligan also serve as Directors on the Society’s national Board. Additionally, Woody Chittick is Chairman of the Northeast Region Leadership Advisory Council and sits on the National Leadership Council.
Fundraisers Going Beyond the Call of Duty
Elite fundraisers, who raised at least $19,000 during fiscal year 2012 ($1 for each person with MS in our Chapter), were welcomed into the Mission Possible Club during the Annual Conference. Thirteen people achieved that level or higher: Eli Lipcon, Liam Kennedy, Douglas McAllister, Marjorie Van Houten, James Boudreau, Susan Martin, Ron Joseph, David Parker, Pamela Littell, Sumner Weeks, John Overbay, David Gladstone, and Kevin Lombardi.
Thirteen Volunteers Recognized
Maine - Alexius E.G. Sandoval, MD: Professional Volunteer of the Year. Robert Picone: Advocacy Volunteer of the Year. Stefanie Peary: Volunteer of the Year. Max Michaud: Self Help Group Leader of the Year.
Massachusetts - Linda Buchwald, MD: Advocacy Volunteer of the year. Stephanie Annichiarico: Program Volunteer of the Year. Sandy Forman: Program Volunteer of the Year. Diana Towle: Self Help Group Leader of the Year.
New Hampshire - Christine St. Laurent: Healthcare Professional Volunteer of the Year. Tammy Perham: Self Help Group Leader of the Year.
Vermont - Jim Cookson: Vermont Office Volunteer. John Pierce: Mission Volunteer of the Year. Susanna Weaver: Self Help Group Leader of the Year.