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    The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis’ board appoints Kim Sharkey as new CEO

    Posted Friday, February 20, 2009

    Edwards, Colo. • February 20, 2009 –The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis’ Board of Directors appointed Kim Sharkey, previously Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer, to Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The Heuga Center’s nominating committee, in conjunction with Colorado-based JVA Consulting, conducted a thorough assessment of needs and capabilities to ensure the organization continues to lead the way with nationally-renowned health and wellness programs for people and families living with multiple sclerosis (MS).

    "The Board of Directors is confident in Kim's leadership,” said Richard Neustedter, The Heuga Center’s board president. “We value her passion for our mission and commitment to operational excellence.  These factors were instrumental in our decision and we feel exemplify the qualities which attract donors and ensure we are able to provide needed programs and services for years to come."

    Sharkey’s five years of successful leadership at The Heuga Center can be seen through the implementation of best practices that demonstrate the highest integrity of its MS programs and services, and organizational transparency. Her leadership resulted in The Heuga Center earning the highest four-star rating for the second consecutive year from nonprofit evaluator Charity Navigator for fiscal responsibility. This coveted rating puts The Heuga Center in the top 18 percent of more than 5,000 charities rated by Charity Navigator, providing donors confidence that The Heuga Center’s mission-based focus continues as more than 80 percent of funds are dedicated to programs and services.

    “I’m committed to maintaining our highest rating for fiscal responsibility and positively impacting more people with MS,” said Sharkey.  “For 25 years, we’ve empowered people and families living with MS to transform and improve their quality of life through our CAN DO, CAN DO 2 and JUMPSTART programs, and other educational services. To advance our mission, we’re planning exciting new programs and services, continuing to grow with and for people and families living with MS around the country.  I look forward to preserving the Center’s core values which are at the forefront of all Center activities.”

    A 19-year veteran of the nonprofit sector, Sharkey has expertise in fundraising, volunteer management, operational management and serving on nonprofit boards. She’s a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and a member of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals (AFP).

    Comments and questions to Sharkey are encouraged. Sharkey can be contacted at: 800-367-3101 ext. 1278; 970-926-1278; by email.

    Based in Edwards, Colo., The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis is a nonprofit organization leading the way with comprehensive programs that empower people and families living with MS to transform and improve their quality of life.  The Heuga Center’s health and wellness programs are: five-day CAN DO®, two-day CAN DO 2® and one-day JUMPSTART®. 

    Visit to learn more about The Heuga Center.

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