NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter announced Founding President and CEO Dorine Gordon will retire after 23 years in the position, effective September 16th. Former Chief Development Officer of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, Judith Arner Brown will succeed Gordon.
"I am so proud of the extraordinary team of dedicated professionals at the Chapter and I know they will continue to provide the highest level of care to the ALS community." Gordon said. "I am confident that under Judi Brown's leadership our chapter will continue the patient services programs we pride ourselves on."
Gordon started the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter in 1994 after her mother lost her battle to ALS. Under Gordon's leadership the Chapter now serves more than 750 people living with ALS, and is the largest Chapter in the country, raising more than $6 million a year.
"Dorine's leadership and commitment to the cause are unparalleled. She has been a persuasive voice, fearless advocate, and passionate friend to ALS patients and their families. Her dedication to the fight against ALS leaves a legacy from which everyone benefits, now and in the future," ALS Association Greater New York Chapter, Chairman of the Board, Allen Popowitz said.
Under Gordon's leadership the chapter now sponsors research and care at 5 ALS treatment centers, hosting 7 walks across the Greater New York and New Jersey region, and leading the largest team of home care visit nurses and social workers of any Chapter across the country. Gordon has also led the fight in Washington D.C to raise awareness and funding for ALS research. It is due to Gordon's devotion to advocacy that helped to establish the National ALS Registry.
Gordon was instrumental in the creation of the annual Lou Gehrig Sports Award Benefit Dinner that has become a premiere ALS fund-raising event, raising more than $20 million. Honorees have included Muhammad Ali, Joe Torre, Sandy Koufax, and Mariano Rivera.
"I am committed to the Chapter's mission of providing compassionate care and support to patients and their families and to the relentless pursuit of treatments and ultimately a cure," Brown said. "I am honored that The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter has put its faith in me to continue Dorine's legacy."
About ALS Association Greater New York Chapter
The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter serves patients and families throughout the Hudson Valley New York City, Long Island, Westchester County, and Northern & Central New Jersey. The Chapter plays a major role in promoting the mission to lead the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy. For more information about The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter, visit our website at http://www.als-ny.org, Facebook and Twitter.
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