President of Can Do MS resigns |

President of Can Do MS resigns

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AVON — Can Do Multiple Sclerosis, a national nonprofit that provides lifestyle empowerment programs to people living with multiple sclerosis, as well as their support partners, has announced that Heidi A. Heltzel has resigned as president and CEO. Heltzel led Can Do MS for four years.

“We wish Heidi the best in her future endeavors and thank her for the exceptional leadership she has provided to Can Do MS,” said Richard Kelly, Can Do MS board chair. “Her work has laid the foundation upon which this organization will continue to grow, thrive and make a positive impact on the lives of people with MS.”

In 2016, Can Do MS will build upon Heltzel’s work as it turns its focus to a series of strategic goals that aim to:

• Solidify a wellness collaboration with the National MS Society to include a multi-week program and monthly webinar series.

• Create new programs, including a young professionals program in New York City and a multi-day adaptive recreation program in Lake Tahoe.

• Continue to develop lifestyle empowerment programs that impact the lives of thousands of people with MS and their support partners each year.

Under Heltzel’s leadership, Can Do MS accomplished the following:

• Impacting 13,757 people in 2015, the largest number to date, through in-person programs and Web resources.

• Receiving a 4-star Charity Navigator rating from America’s largest independent charity evaluator, a designation given to only one out of every four nonprofits.

• Developing a stronger partnership with the National MS Society, together bringing more programs to the MS community.

• Expanding the Vertical Express for MS event series to seven mountains, as well as adding adaptive ski experiences to the 2016 events.

The Can Do MS board of directors has engaged a search firm to find a new executive to lead the organization. In the interim, the Can Do MS department heads will play an integral role.

For more information, visit the organization’s website at or call 970-926-1270.

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