Board of Directors

Chair: James M. Anderson, Esquire (Ridgeland, MS)

Jim Anderson is the Managing Member of Anderson Crawley & Burke, pllc, a Mississippi law firm headquartered in the Jackson, Mississippi area. An Honor graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and a cum laude graduate of the Mississippi College School of Law, he is active in numerous professional organizations surrounding his private law practice where he focuses on workers’ compensation litigation, insurance/self-insurance regulation, and mediation. He carries Martindale Hubbell’s highest rating (A-V), has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1995, and he was named Lawyer of the Year for 2012 by Best Lawyers in the field of Workers’ Compensation – Employers in the Jackson, Mississippi area. Also in 2012, he was named the Lawyer of the Year for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in the Legal Community by the Mississippi College School of Law.

Vice-Chair: John McCorry (Princeton, NJ)

John McCorry is Executive Editor, Americas at Bloomberg News, where he is responsible for headline news from North and South America and coordinates coverage from 53 bureaus in the region. Previously, McCorry had been in charge of global company and regional news operations since 2003.

Prior to that, McCorry was Managing Editor for North American company news, a position he began in 1998. He joined Bloomberg as a reporter in 1992 covering municipal finance and the bond markets and helped Bloomberg News win a Deadline Club award for its coverage of the Orange County bankruptcy.

He became an editor for company news in 1995, and helped lead Bloomberg’s coverage of tobacco settlement negotiations; selective disclosure and Enron Corp. Stories on two of those topics — selective disclosure and Enron’s collapse — were finalists for Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism. McCorry was Managing Editor of the Bond Buyer from 1982 through 1987 and the Founding Editor of Bond World for Thomson Financial in 1990.

Treasurer: William Saunders (Bryn Mawr, PA)

Having become interested in alternative investments 25 years ago, Bill created, in 2005, Meeteetse Advisors, LLC, a financial services company specializing in alternative investments. Meeteetse assists wealthy, sophisticated investors in finding superior, smaller, alternative investment managers and opportunities that are housed in limited partnerships which invest in physical assets, such as real estate, private equity, mineral rights, timber, and various hedge funds.

Bill has been involved with various charities around Philadelphia: the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, where he was its head of Forum 3; the Center for Literacy, where he was a long-serving member and previously served as its Deputy Chairman, was on its Executive Committee, and chaired its Development Committee. At MSAA, he is its Treasurer, and member of its Executive Committee.

A cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, with honors in Russian Language and Literature, Bill speaks Russian, French, and Polish. He is married with two sons and lives with his wife, Sally, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

Secretary: Monica Derbes Gibson (New Orleans, LA)

Monica Derbes Gibson is an environmental attorney who has practiced in both the federal government and the private sector. She currently works for the law firm of Liskow & Lewis in her home town of New Orleans. Monica was previously of counsel with Venable LLP. She also served as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice and as an attorney and manager in the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Ms. Gibson is an active member of the community. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, and she currently serves as the Secretary and as a member of the Audit Committee. She also volunteers as a cook for So Others Might Eat, a Washington DC organization that helps the homeless. At St. Peter School on Capitol Hill, where her son is in fifth grade, she has served in numerous volunteer capacities, including bringing Mardi Gras to St. Peter School students.

Ms. Gibson is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was on the managing board of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal and was active in community theatre and the Charlottesville AIDS Support Group. She is a member of the American Bar Association and is admitted to practice in Louisiana, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. She is also a member of the bars of the Supreme Court and the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the First Circuit, the Fourth Circuit, and the Fifth Circuit.

Robert J. Barth, Ph.D (Chattanoga,TN)

Robert J. Barth, Ph.D. has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, for making “significant contributions to the science and profession of neuropsychology.” He has been invited to provide faculty, writing, editorial review, and program development duties for many health science academies, governmental agencies, healthcare publishers, and other organizations (e.g., American Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association, American Psychological Association, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Academy of Neurology, etc.).

His family accuses him of excessively doing volunteer work, due to his very long history of involvement with a wide variety of health-related non-profit organizations (e.g., focused on helping people who are faced with incurable illness, brain injury, dementia, occupational injuries, disability, etc.).

Eric K. Bossard (Worcester, PA)

Eric Bossard founded Commonwealth Insurance Advantage in 2016 in an effort to expand his outsourced risk management and insurance expertise globally. In addition, he co-founded Archway Insurance in 2002 as an outsource risk manager, which placed insurance coverage on behalf of brokers nationwide. In 2006, Mr. Bossard was instrumental in the acquisition of Alliance National Insurance Company (formally UMI Insurance Company), a New York domiciled property and casualty insurance company where he originally served as president and chief operating officer. He is currently one of the owners.

A graduate of West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Mr. Bossard has amassed more than 30 years of industry experience on both the broker side (sales, marketing, and e-commerce) and the carrier side (accounting, finance, preparation of the insurance company annual statement, budgeting, underwriting, and reinsurance, including captives). He has served on the Board of Directors for both profit and nonprofit entities. He also volunteers his time coaching youth sports.

Timothy Garrett (St. Louis, MO)

Timothy Garrett graduated from Parks College of Saint Louis University with a Bachelor of Science of Aerospace Engineering in 1981. Currently working for Boeing Phantomworks, Tim is an expert at aircraft configuration advanced design with 33 years of experience. Mr. Garrett was the lead configurator on the X-36 tailless demonstrator that led to the successful flight program in 1997-1998. In addition, Mr. Garrett holds five aerospace patents.

Tim was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis in 1989. Tim is also a speaker at MS patient programs where he inspires patients to never give up their dreams. Tim’s dream of building and flying a two-seat experimental homebuilt aircraft while working his dream job were all accomplished while living with MS. Tim currently holds a private pilot license with over 700 hours logged. Most of that flight time was after his MS diagnosis.

Robert Manley (Eastchester, NY)

Bob Manley is a registered nurse working in the home health care industry for more than thirty years. He began his career in public health at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York in 1979. In his early twenties Mr. Manley was promoted to the position of Patient Service Manager, one of the youngest RN’s ever to attain this distinction at VNSNY. In 1981 he worked with Cambodian refugees in Southeast Asia and later coordinated the development of a mobile health unit, jointly sponsored by Cornell Medical School’s Department of International Medicine and the International Rescue Committee. The mobile unit provided clinical outreach and initiated an immunization program for more than a dozen remote villages along the Cambodian border in Thailand. In 1986 at the age of thirty, he founded PRN Professional Registered Nursing, a home care services agency licensed by the New York State Department of Health, which specializes in providing emergency after hours coverage to a number of the most prominent home health agencies in the New York metropolitan area. In addition to running PRN, Mr. Manley currently works as a Health Care Consultant to several Managed Care Organizations. In 2005 Mr. Manley was asked to speak in St. Louis at the National Meeting for the ALS Association, the topic “Reawaken Your Passion”, addressed burnout among caregivers and staff. In May 2006 he received the “Corporate Community Service Award” for “Outstanding Philanthropy” from the Visiting Nurse Association of Hudson Valley.

Barry A. Singer, MD (St. Louis, MO)

Barry Singer, MD, has been the director of The MS Center for Innovations in Care at Missouri Baptist Medical Center since 2008. He is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine since 1999 and maintains privileges at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He has been an investigator in greater than 25 multiple sclerosis trials (Phases I to III) focused on new therapeutic options. He continues to publish peer-reviewed articles, present posters and lecture globally on multiple sclerosis.

Dr. Singer earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his residency training in neurology at New York Hospital-Cornell University. In addition, Dr. Singer completed a neuroimmunology fellowship focusing on clinical and laboratory research in multiple sclerosis at the National Institutes of Health.

As a patient advocate, he started national award-winning and that provide information and inspiration, respectively, to those living with MS globally. He has served on the health advisory committee of the Gateway Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society since 2000 and is the recipient of the 2008 Pathlighter Award. In addition, Dr. Singer has received a Congressional Proclamation for MS Research in 2008.

Bobby Soileau (Baton Rouge, LA)

Bobby is the founder/owner/master craftsman of Restoration Carpentry. This allows him to pair his passion for working with his hands along with his MBA degree – which he used in progressive corporate positions for more than 14 years after completing his graduate work in London, England. Bobby focuses his custom cabinetry and precision carpentry business in the Baton Rouge, New Orleans and North Shore Metro areas.

Bobby has volunteered his time with numerous charity and professional organizations, including MSAA for the past eight years. He spends his personal time traveling and enjoying the outdoors with his growing children, Andy and Maggie. Bobby is also an avid high-altitude mountain snowmobiler.

W. Frederick Uehlein, Esquire (Osterville, MA)

Fred Uehlein’s career spans 40 years as a lawyer, businessman and entrepreneur focusing primarily on service companies that manage disability and medical costs. He is the Founder and Chairman of Insurance Recovery Group, Inc., specializing in property and casualty subrogation, second injury fund and COLA recoveries for employers, insurers, and third party administrators throughout the United States. He was founder of Employee’s Advocacy Group, a leading provider of assistance to disabled workers seeking Social Security disability. He also has been Managing Partner and Founder of a Massachusetts law firm in the field of insurance defense and prior to that, advocated for injured workers claiming workers’ compensation benefits. He currently assists emerging companies that seek to improve the quality of life for injured workers.

In addition, Mr. Uehlein has been a frequent lecturer and writer on insurance claims issues, second injury fund and COLA recovery, as well as litigation management. He has testified before Congress on insurance issues. He has been a member of the Workers’ Compensation Trial Lawyers Association, on the Advisory Committee of John Burton’s “Workers’ Compensation Resources;” and an associate editor of the AMA (American Medical Association) Guides Newsletter. Mr. Uehlein is a graduate of Boston College Law School and Trinity College. He currently resides in Osterville, Massachusetts with his lovely wife Diana.

Mary Alissa Willis, MD (Cleveland, OH)

Alissa Willis is a board certified neurologist practicing at the Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Research at the Cleveland Clinic. Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Mississippi Medical School. Her interest in multiple sclerosis began as a medical student and grew during neurology residency at UMMC. She completed fellowship training in clinical neuroimmunology at the Mellen Center in 2011.

Alissa joined the MSAA Board of Directors in May 2013. She also serves on the editorial board for the International Journal of MS Care and participates in research at the Mellen Center. She supports the efforts of her local National MS Society chapter through educational talks and participation in the annual MS bike ride.