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    Can Do MS Welcomes Heidi Heltzel as New President and CEO

    Posted Friday, December 16, 2011

    A new leader to take us to new levels.
    Can Do Multiple Sclerosis™, the leading provider of innovative lifestyle empowerment programs for people with multiple sclerosis and their support partners, has appointed Heidi Heltzel as its President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Working with the nonprofit search firm Commongood Careers, the Board of Directors conducted a thorough assessment of Can Do MS’s needs to ensure the organization continues its programmatic growth while maintaining best practices and continuing to achieve recognition for its effectiveness, efficiency and stewardship of donor dollars.

    "The Board of Directors is confident in Heidi’s leadership,” said Can Do MS’ Board President Michelle Leighton. “She is smart and energetic and already working on ways to reduce our expenses, increase our fundraising and expand our national presence."

    Ms. Heltzel is the Co-Founder and former Executive Director of the American Transplant Foundation (ATF), a 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, Ms. Heltzel launched educational and outreach programs, directed fund raising efforts and coordinated collaborative efforts with organizations throughout the community to ensure that the ATF fulfilled its mission. “Heidi’s past experience makes her well suited to move Can Do MS towards its goal of creating a world in which every person impacted by multiple sclerosis maximizes their potential and improves their quality of life.” said Ms. Leighton.

    Ms. Heltzel was previously the Vice President of Governmental Affairs at the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, the State Chamber of Commerce. “Can Do MS’ mission to empower people and families living with MS to transform and improve their quality of life is one that resonates with me,” Ms. Heltzel said.  “I am excited to be part of an organization that 26 years ago spearheaded a unique approach to living with MS and which today continues to use its transformative, experiential and multi-disciplinary approach to impact the lives of thousands of people each year.”

    Comments and questions to Ms. Heltzel are encouraged. She can be contacted at 800-367-3101 ext. 1278; 970-926-1278; or  

    A national nonprofit organization based in Edwards, Colo., Can Do MS is an innovative provider of lifestyle empowerment programs that empower people with MS and their support partners to transform and improve their quality of life. For more information, visit the organization’s Web site at or call 970-926-1270.


    Media Contact information:
    Jennifer Myers
    Can Do Multiple Sclerosis™
    800-367-3101 (toll free)
    970-926-1270 (direct)

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    Can Do Multiple Sclerosis™ is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.
    Charitable Organization Number: 74-2337853

    Formerly The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis | Founded by Jimmie Heuga

    A national nonprofit organization, Can Do MS is a leading provider of innovative lifestyle empowerment programs
    that empower people with MS and their support partners to transform and improve their quality of life.

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