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National MS Society, Minnesota Chapter names new president

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, April 9, 2010 - Holly Anderson, a seven-year veteran of the movement to create a world free of multiple sclerosis, has been named president of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Minnesota Chapter.

Most recently the executive vice president of the Minnesota Chapter, Anderson has worked tirelessly on behalf of and with people with MS, a chronic, unpredictable neurological disease with symptoms ranging from numbness and fatigue to blindness and paralysis.

Anderson replaces Maureen Reeder, who joined the chapter in 1998 and served as president for 12 years until her recent promotion to regional executive vice president for 11 states in the Midwest.

"The Minnesota Chapter Board of Trustees is thrilled to welcome Holly Anderson as president of the Minnesota Chapter," said Karen Larson, chair of the board of trustees. "Her passion for people with MS and her desire to find a world free of MS will serve this chapter well."

Anderson said the opportunity to lead the Minnesota Chapter - one of the society's largest chapters, which has a history of excellence in service and program delivery for people living with MS - was a dream come true.

"I have met thousands of people who want to see a world free of MS in their lifetimes," said Anderson. "As chapter president, I am committed to working hand in hand with people with MS, their friends and family, our strong leadership volunteers and the community at large to ensure we meet the needs of every person who lives with multiple sclerosis as we move forward toward that ultimate goal."

Anderson has been working in the nonprofit arena for more than a dozen years. She began her nonprofit career in Washington, D.C., working for the National Consumers League and later the National Mental Health Association where she served in leadership roles in communications and public affairs. She managed communications and public awareness campaigns on important health issues such as drug labeling, food safety and mental health parity.

In 2002, Anderson moved to Minnesota and began her career at the MS Society as vice president of marketing and communications. In her tenure in this position, the chapter won seven national communications awards, increased revenue by more than $1 million and doubled participation in key programs.

As executive vice president, Anderson oversaw the chapter's annual planning and budgeting and successfully worked to maintain program and service levels for people with MS through the economic storm of 2009.

About multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects nearly 10,000 people in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.5 million worldwide.

About the National MS Society

MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn't. We help each person address the challenges of living with MS through our 50 state network of chapters. We fund more MS research, provide more services to people with MS, offer more professional education and further more advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world. The society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. We are people who want to do something about MS now. The Minnesota Chapter represents nearly 10,000 people with MS in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Join the movement at www.MSsociety.org.

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