Cyndi Zagieboylo | President & CEO, National MS Society
Cyndi was appointed President & CEO of the National MS Society October 2011. She has been with the Society since 1985.
Prior to her appointment as CEO she served in several positions focusing on ensuring an effective chapter-based structure to best serve the Society’s mission. Cyndi was instrumental in establishing the Information Resource Center and the annual implementation of the chapter certification standards program in addition to supporting virtually every key Society initiative. As Chief Field Services Officer, Cyndi led the establishment of the Society’s regional structure.
As President & CEO, Cyndi serves on the National Board of Directors and is an ex officio member on all board committees and works closely with the Research Programs Advisory Committee, which provides her with advice about research funding. She is also a board member of the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation.
Cyndi’s priorities include: increase funding to drive research toward a cure; establish the international Progressive MS Alliance to find solutions for people with progressive MS; align the Society-wide planning and budgeting process to ensure that the Society most effectively drives change toward a world free of MS; and ensure the National MS Society is an organization of choice.
Cyndi is a graduate of Springfield College and earned a Master of Arts in Social Psychology from the University of Connecticut.
Frans Johansson | 2013 Keynote Speaker
Frans Johansson electrifies and inspires audiences worldwide with his message on innovation, diversity and success based on the core ideas in his books: The Medici Effect (HBS Press, 2004), an international bestseller that shattered assumptions about how great ideas happen, and The Click Moment (Penguin Portfolio, 2012), his acclaimed follow up that obliterates the idea that in business we can plan and strategize our way to success.
An intersectional thinker and entrepreneur, Frans Johansson has founded a software startup, a healthcare firm and a hedge fund. After years of inspiring through his talks, he founded The Medici Group to put his innovation approach to work with Fortune 500 clients developing strategic options.
Masters of Ceremonies
For nearly 30 years, Michael Gerber was a leader in the real estate and mortgage industry. Michael helped found the California Association of Mortgage Brokers and was a part of the organization's leadership for many years. He also served on the board of the National Association of Mortgage Brokers and received "broker of the year" from both organizations. From his beginnings as a salesperson to founding and successfully running his own mortgage company, Michael's enthusiasm for life and his unlimited energy have had a significant influence on the lives of all those he has touched.
Since his diagnosis with MS in 2004, Michael has used his passion for living and unique perspective on life to help others reach for their fullest potential. Michael is now the Walk MS team captain for the "Jiggywiggits", which has raised over $200,000 in just 7 years. He has also been a support group leader for four years, as well as a co-facilitator (with his wife, Gail) of the "8 Hours to a Lifetime of Relationship Satisfaction" weekend program. He is a regular speaker on behalf of his chapter and writes a blog called "Perspective is Everything".
Michael shares his life with his beautiful wife of 33 years, Gail, and their two wonderful, grown children, Jenica and Adam.
After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 22 in 2002, Reina made it her goal to continue living a fulfilling life. Her determination paid off as she pursued and attained her dream career as a clothing buyer for a major retail chain.
Since earning her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Long Beach and an associate's degree in Merchandise Marketing from Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Reina has had the privilege of buying and merchandising for such nationally respected companies as Arden B., Bath & Body Works, Abercrombie & Fitch, and bebe. She is currently assisting with the dresses buying team for Ross Stores. While devoted to her career, she still makes time for her family, friends and boyfriend. Although she no longer has the ability to maintain classical training as a dancer, she enjoys Pilates and finds alternate opportunities of staying physically active.
Having lived with the challenges of MS for a decade, Reina has experienced high points as well as low points — she's learned some tough, but valuable lessons. Reina leans heavily on her faith to help maintain her positive outlook and makes it her goal to share the positivity and strength that she has gained by connecting with others as an active participant in the MS movement.
Eli Rubenstein | Ambassador
Eli Rubenstein is chair of the National Board. He has been a member of the Board since 1998; chaired the 2012 CEO search committee; served on the 2004 CEO search committee; and chaired the 2004 review of national leadership task force. In 2008 he served on the charting our future task force. As chair of the Board, he serves ex officio on all board committees and chairs the executive and compensation committees.
Eli has been a member of the Greater New England Chapter since 1980, serving as board chair from 1994 - 1996. He received the Norman Cohn Hope Award in 1998. In 2010 he joined the board of the MS International Federation. Eli received his B.A. degree from Columbia College and his J.D. from New York University School of Law. He is partner in the law firm of Goulston & Storrs in Boston. His community involvement includes the Board of Visitors of Dimock Community Health Center and member of the board of the American Jewish Committee, Massachusetts Chapter.
David Osmond | Ambassador
David has music running through his veins, literally. He's the 4th son of Alan Osmond, oldest of the performing Osmond Brothers, and began performing as the lead singer with his own brothers when he was only four years old, a group that evolved into the admired The Osmonds 2nd Generation.
He was forced to put music on hold for several years, however, shortly after receiving a diagnosis of MS in 2006. Then, taking his father Alan as his model, who also lives with MS, David set his sights back on making music acknowledging that he may have MS, but MS does not have him.
Now whether recording a song that stirs your soul while getting your toes tapping or rousing participants at a Women on the Move luncheon or speaking out with passion on a broad spectrum of platforms such as The Today Show to raise awareness and resources for the MS community, David inspires people whether or not they personally have MS themselves. In recognition of his support of the MS movement and work of the Society, he received the Society's Spirit of Life Award. The honor was made even more special because he had presented his father with the inaugural Spirit award in 2000.
David is encouraged by the exciting research underway to stop MS, restore function lost, and end MS forever as it gives him reason to hope there will never be a third generation of Osmonds with MS. "I know it's going to be a bright future," he said.
Krista Collopy | Ambassador
In May 2013, Krista Collopy, age 22, graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and Rhetorical Theory. Her participation in Bike MS events throughout her life has greatly shaped her goals and aspirations. She became a Bike MS team captain at age 9 and has fundraised over $70,000 for the National MS Society over the past 13 years. Though Bike MS is her favorite event, she has also participated in Climb to the Top, MuckFest MS, Walk MS, and MS Kids Camp. The MS movement is so close to Krista’s heart because her mother and college roommate both live with this debilitating disease.
Krista was elected to the National MS Society’s New Jersey Metro Chapter Board of Trustees at 20 years old and currently is the youngest Trustee in the country. As a Board Member, she focuses on the needs of youth with MS both in the United States and Internationally. Spring 2012, Krista decided to take classes abroad in London. Knowing she could not stay very active with the Society, she reached out to the MS Society in the UK and the MS International Federation for volunteer opportunities.
Her passion for volunteerism doesn’t stop with the Society; she also donates her time to Comfort Zone Camp, a free weekend camp for children who have lost a parent or sibling. Krista was elected to Comfort Zone Camp’s NJ/NY Volunteer Council in 2010, where she organizes fundraising events such as Zumba, Scavenger Hunts and Mud Runs.
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