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Home > MSAA Publications > The Motivator > The Motivator: Fall 2007 > Meet MSAA Board Member Bob Manley

Meet MSAA Board Member Bob Manley

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Bob Manley

Bob Manley, one of MSAA's newest Board members, was looking for a way to give back to the community. After a lengthy conversation with his friend, MSAA Board member Tom Vassallo, Bob came to the decision that MSAA might be the right organization for him to join. Bob explains, "Once Tom described the mission of MSAA and told me how the programs and dedicated staff change lives, I thought this could be the one for me. I have been very blessed in my life, and I believe that when you are given a lot, you should give back."

After attending his first Board meeting in June 2007, Bob knew he had made the right choice. He was greatly impressed by the accomplishments of the staff at MSAA. "The high quality of work that is produced by such a small staff is amazing. Numerous awards have been received for MSAA's publications as well as its new educational video," says Bob. "Everyone I have met at MSAA is extremely passionate about his or her job and it shows."

Bob was also inspired by the numerous ways MSAA impacts so many people in so many different ways. "When I received my first packet of information from MSAA, I was surprised by all of the different programs and services offered," states Bob. "There are many different ways that MSAA touches the lives of people affected by MS, and I like that."

During his tenure on the Board, Bob would like to see MSAA continue to grow and roll out new programs, such as the life-coaching program presently under consideration. "Many times you can get great medical advice and treatments," Bob points out, "but the human touch is missing – the person who puts his or her arm around your shoulder and says,'You're not alone. Let's put some plans in place for feeling your best and reaching your goals.' For individuals who are newly diagnosed, that is the emotional support they need. MSAA can be there to help."

Bob resides in Westchester County, New York with his wife Karen and three teenage daughters. Professionally, Bob owns a home-healthcare company and is a registered nurse (RN).

– Amanda Bednar

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