Each year, NMSS chapters nominate local volunteers to receive national recognition for their outstanding service to the Society. We are proud to announce two Oklahoma Chapter members were recipients of this prestigious recognition in 2009:
Kevin O’Sullivan, Tulsa - National Volunteer of the Year
Janet Cordell, Enid - Volunteer Hall of Fame Recipient
Kevin O’Sullivan has been making an impact in the lives of people with MS for more than 25 years. Kevin is a member and past chairman of the Oklahoma Chapter board of directors, as well as a member of the National Board since 2005. On the National Board, he has served on the Executive Committee, and has held leadership positions on the National Audit Committee and the Chapter Relations Committee.
Kevin’s twenty-five year commitment to the Oklahoma Chapter not only includes key leadership roles, but ongoing funding of the mission through special event participation and support of the Dinner of Champions. Kevin has completed more than twenty-two consecutive Bike MS events as a key fundraiser and has raised over $20,000 during each of the past three years. Kevin is President and Chief Operating Officer of MIRATECH Corporation, and is married to Karren and has two children Patrick and Kaitlyn. Kevin is a past recipient of the Oklahoma Chapter’s Volunteer of the Year and the John Hartman awards.
The Volunteer Hall of Fame honors outstanding volunteers and their ongoing commitment to a world free of multiple sclerosis. Inductees have gone above and beyond to help people living with MS and their families. Areas recognized include advocacy, fundraising, programs & services, and healthcare professionals.
Janet Cordell’s sister, Elda Jones was diagnosed with a progressive form of MS in 1993. Since then, Janet has played an instrumental role in caring for Elda, and because of Elda she understands the need and has a passion for increasing the access to care and quality of care of people with MS.
For 11 years, Janet has championed the cause of people in rural Oklahoma with MS. As n R.N., she has been a major force in educating medical professionals in Oklahoma about MS, helping them better serve their patients. Since 2004, she has traveled all across the state of Oklahoma visiting nursing homes, teaching staffs about MS and helping them better understand how to care for their patients. She is the founder of both the Enid Walk MS and the Enid MS Support Group, and has been involved with the program Gateway to Wellness and Newly Diagnosed as well.
Congratulations to both Kevin and Janet –
the Oklahoma Chapter salutes you!