Can Do MS is an organization driven by a deep passion and commitment to help people live their best lives with multiple sclerosis. Our highly qualified leadership team, governed by a board of directors comprised of business professionals and MS advocates and staffed by some of the leading professionals in the MS field, all share the core belief that everyone has the power to live their best life with MS. Each plays a critical role in helping us fulfill our mission. From stewardship to administration, fundraising and program delivery, our mission is only as successful as the individuals behind it.
SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM
|Heidi A. Heltzel, President & Chief Executive Officer: Heidi joins the Can Do MS team from the American Transplant Foundation (ATF) where she spent five years with as their Executive Director. She is also a co-founder of this Denver based nonprofit whose mission is to save lives by reducing the growing list of women, men, and children who are waiting for a transplant. In her work with the ATF, Heidi launched educational and outreach programs, directed fund raising efforts and coordinated collaborative efforts with organizations throughout the community. Her past experience makes her well suited to move Can Do MS towards its goal of creating a world in which every person impacted by MS maximizes their potential and improves their quality of life. Read more|
|Jennifer Myers, Director of Marketing & Communications: Jenn directs marketing and communications for our Program and Development Departments. Her passion for meaningful work led her to Can Do MS in April 2011 as the Communications and Marketing Manager. Since then she has been promoted to Director and oversees all marketing operations. Combining strong writing skills and an enthusiasm for communications, Jenn supports Can Do MS’s mission. She currently serves on the communications committee for the Multiple Sclerosis Coalition. Jenn graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in Communications/Public Relations. She enjoys using her can do spirit by teaching Yoga to fellow colleagues weekly to empower the Can Do MS staff to take an active role in feeling healthy. When she is not in the office, you can find Jenn hiking with her dog Mr. Pele, skiing or striking a Yoga pose.|
|Cathy Ethington, Director of Development: Cathy joins the Can DO MS team from Swift Communications – Colorado Mountain News Media where she was Ad Director of the Vail Daily newspaper and online publications and publisher of Vail Luxury Magazine. Cathy was previously employed with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin as Director of Development. It is there that she witnessed first hand the power of a mission based on making a positive impact in lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions and their families. Cathy’s role to develop, manage and implement strategic plans aimed at raising vital funds is centered around the opportunity to cultivate relationships with Can Do MS supporters and prospects. Cathy and her family moved to Vail from Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2011. She is an avid skier and enjoys the many outdoor activities that are apart of the Vail Valley lifestyle.|
|Lauri O’Brien, Director of Programs: Lauri joined the Can Do MS team in July 2012 and oversees all the strategic, programmatic, financial, and management operations of the Programs Department. She has more than twelve years’ experience as a manager and comes from a diverse background in experiential marketing, non-profit leadership and hospitality sales. Lauri’s passion for giving back and making a difference in people’s lives led her to Can Do MS. With her strengths in planning and program execution skills, Lauri is dedicated to implementing powerful empowerment programs for people living with MS and their support partners. Lauri loves living in the Vail Valley and relishes time with her family in the great outdoors. Read more|
|Melissa McClendon, Controller: Melissa is the Can Do MS Controller. She has nine years of experience in finance and accounting, and is excited to use her knowledge of numbers to help the Can Do MS team assist people impacted by multiple sclerosis. Melissa has lived in the Vail Valley for eight years, and loves to spend as much time outdoors as possible, usually accompanied by her dog, Maybelline. Read more|