Keynote Mission Speaker, William MacNally
As a person who has lived with MS for many years, William “Bill” MacNally harnesses his experience of the often complex nature of this disease and related challenges in his substantial voice on behalf of the MS community.
Bill provides high-level guidance as a trustee of the Upper Midwest Board, and joins the Society’s annual Public Policy Conference and State Action Days. He has served on countless committees and advisory groups, including eight years on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program Peer Review Team where he has helped make important decisions about government MS medical research funding.
As a former healthcare-industry insider and disability rights activist since the 1970s, Bill has negotiated with health plans and influenced legislation to reduce prescription drug co-payments, as well as built and leveraged relationships with key federal and state legislators.
Now retired, Bill enjoys volunteering his time at local Society events and programs throughout the year and is an around-the-clock MS ambassador. Bill rallies his peers to do more for the MS movement, leverages his personal and professional experience and connections, raises awareness, and engages new people in the Society’s mission and was recognized by the National MS Society as Volunteer of the year in 2015.