WESTMINSTER, Colo., Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center announced today it has named Gina Berg as its new CEO. The Rocky Mountain MS Center is the regional leader in providing clinical care, research, education and support to people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and their families. As CEO, Berg has oversight of the strategic direction and operation of the MS Center's programs and services. She has already assumed her duties.
Berg has more than 14 years of experience as a nonprofit executive. Prior to joining the Rocky Mountain MS Center, she served as a major gifts officer for the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation and as director of development for the Denver affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Her professional history also includes positions as executive director of the Argyle Foundation and development coordinator at Red Rocks Community College Foundation. Berg earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado Boulder, where she majored in journalism. She is a member of the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, where she serves on the board of directors and chairs the local mentoring program.
"Gina is an excellent fit for the Rocky Mountain MS Center," said Board Chair Paul Wisor. "We are thrilled to welcome her to this important position. She is a dynamic leader with an outstanding track record of success. Her extensive experience in nonprofit management and fundraising will serve us well as we broaden our efforts to support those who live with multiple sclerosis and expand our vigorous research program to find a cure for MS."
"The Rocky Mountain MS Center has an active and engaged community of physicians, researchers, staff and supporters who are passionate about our mission," Berg said. "I am excited to join such a talented team and look forward to working with our many community partners. I am a Colorado native and have several family members and friends who live with MS. So it's personal for me. I am very pleased to have the opportunity to bring my skill set to the Rocky Mountain MS Center in support of such an important cause."
Dr. Timothy Vollmer, who is the MS Center's medical director and co-director of the Rocky Mountain MS Center at Anschutz Medical Campus, also commented on Berg's appointment. "In addition to her managerial expertise, Gina excels at building positive relationships with everyone she interacts with on a day-to-day basis. I am fully confident that the health and well-being of the MS community will benefit tremendously under her guidance and leadership," Dr. Vollmer said.
Berg succeeds Interim Executive Director Renelle Darr who served in that position since the resignation of Karen Wenzel in August 2013.
About the Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center
Founded in 1978, the Rocky Mountain MS Center is a patient and family-centered nonprofit organization that provides a comprehensive and integrated wellness approach to MS, life-changing support services, and cutting-edge research. The MS Center's mission is to improve the lives of people with MS and their families through care, support, education and research. MS is a chronic neurological disease that affects an estimated 2.5 million people worldwide. It is the leading cause of disability in young women and the second leading cause of disability in young men.
Led by Drs. Timothy Vollmer and John Corboy, physicians and researchers at the Rocky Mountain MS Center at Anschutz Medical Campus operate one of the largest clinical research programs in the U.S., and treat patients as young as 18 months as well as underserved patients including veterans, and uninsured and underinsured. The Rocky Mountain MS Center practices a proactive, comprehensive care approach to disease management. In addition to clinical care and research, the MS Center provides an award-winning adult day program, a hydrotherapy program, counseling services, social security disability assessments, and educational seminars. For more information, visit www.mscenter.org
SOURCE Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center