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Up Front

By Douglas G. Franklin
MSAA President and CEO

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Douglas G. Franklin

Despite the challenging economic times, I am pleased to report that supporters of MSAA continue to help us fulfill our mission in so many ways. Our Board members have been very attentive to our needs as we look to keep our vital programs and services strong while maintaining fiscal sustainability.

This spring, two important medical conferences were held: the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting in Seattle and the Consortium of MS Centers (CMSC) conference in Atlanta. This edition of The Motivator highlights updates from these two conferences. We are pleased to provide fair and balanced information for our readers.

While in Atlanta, the Multiple Sclerosis Coalition (MSC) held its annual meeting. At this meeting I was asked to serve another three-year term as MSC President, and we welcomed two new members: the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses and the United Spinal Association, bringing the total number of members to nine. Our unified effort is tremendously important to addressing critical issues for the MS population.

Social media continues to grow with our use of Facebook and YouTube. Please look for MSAA on these sites. While online, please also visit MSAA's blog, "Life Lessons," at

In closing, the growth of programs, services, and educational forums throughout our regional offices hit record highs this year. It is a tribute to all of the hard work and dedication of the great team we have here at MSAA. Together, we will continue to serve more people in more places with quality programs and caring support.

Doug Franklin joined MSAA as President & CEO in 1999. He has a distinguished career in nonprofit leadership and is a former national trainer in strategic planning for the Peter Drucker Foundation. A published international expert in social marketing and corporate social investment, he is a graduate of four universities. He currently serves on the National Board of the Key Philanthropic Organizations Committee of the American Society of Association Executives; on the Executive Committee of Health First - America's Charities Board in Washington, DC; and as President of the Multiple Sclerosis Coalition.

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