SOURCE: National MS Society, Arizona Chapter

National MS Society, Arizona Chapter

February 26, 2015 14:29 ET

National MS Society, Arizona Chapter Names Karen LaPolice Cummins New Chapter President

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwired - Feb 26, 2015) -  The National MS Society, Arizona Chapter announced today its Board of Directors voted to name Karen LaPolice Cummins as the new chapter president. Cummins began as chapter president Wednesday, February 18, 2015.

Cummins takes on the top leadership position of the Arizona chapter, overseeing the budget, staff and day-to-day operations of the organization. The chapter encompasses all 15 counties in Arizona and delivers programs and services to the more than 8,000 people living with MS in the state. "I am honored to work with the board and our community to raising funds for cutting-edge research, drive change through advocacy and provide programs and services that empower people with MS and their families to move their lives forward," Cummins said. "I believe whole-heartedly in the NMSSAZ vision and I look forward to helping bring that vision to life."

Cummins began her career with the American Heart Association in 1995 as a Finance Director and was then promoted to Vice President of Planned Giving. In 2004 she was promoted to Executive Director, where she was responsible for the Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Hawaii markets. Most recently, Cummins co-owned a consulting practice, Go Big! Enterprise, where she consulted with a variety of nonprofit organizations assisting with feasibility studies, fundraising, strategic planning and board recruitment and development.

"This is an exciting new era for the Arizona Chapter," Phyllis Robsham, executive vice president of the National MS Society Midwest region, said. "The search committee is confident in her appointment and is looking forward to her vision and fresh approach she brings to the role."

About Multiple Sclerosis Society of Arizona

The National MS Society helps each person affected by MS in our area address the challenges of living with MS. We help by raising funds for cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education and providing programs and services that empower people with MS and their families to move their lives forward. For more information visit http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Chapters/AZA/

About National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now -- to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn't. We help each person address the challenges of living with MS through our 50-state network of chapters. The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. To learn more visit http://www.nationalmssociety.org.

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