Can Do MS appoints interim CEO |

Can Do MS appoints interim CEO

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AVON — Can Do Multiple Sclerosis, a national nonprofit and provider of lifestyle empowerment programs that help people living with multiple sclerosis as well as their support partners, has announced that Lisa Mattis, principal at Catalyst Philanthropy, will serve as the organization’s interim CEO.

The Can Do MS board began the search for an interim CEO after former president and CEO Heidi A. Heltzel announced her departure from the organization in December. Mattis, a seasoned executive with 25 years of nonprofit and management experience, will continue in her position until the board appoints a permanent CEO.

“I am honored to serve as the interim CEO for an organization so dear to my heart,” Mattis said. “My expertise lies in building organizations and generating growth, but serving fellow members of the community is my passion. The opportunity to work with an organization like Can Do MS during this transitional period is one I take on with great responsibility and humility.”

As the principal at Denver-based Catalyst Philanthropy, Mattis has more than two decades of experience in strategic planning, board and staff development and organizational alignment. She also recently served in interim executive leadership roles at the Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges, World Class Accessibility Foundation and The Joshua School. Her work with Catalyst Philanthropy, expertise in executive leadership and dedication to the Can Do MS mission are among the reasons why the organization chose Mattis to oversee the transition.

Mattis will oversee existing programs, fundraising efforts and financial goals, while implementing management programs and organizational assessments focused on cultural and team development. She will also remain in the role to ensure proper preparation for the hiring of a permanent CEO.

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